The founder of computer component manufacturer Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton, has announced the immediate availability of the Raspberry Pi Zero model of computers for just $5, and this item comes with a lot of pre-loaded goodies.
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But that is not all; the firm is also giving away a free Raspberry Pi Zero computer to lucky winners who qualify for it via the December issue of the magazine The MagPi which begins to be available across UK stores starting today.
According to founder Upton, his firm is aware that programmable computer is financially out of the league of the average Joe; and his company is set all out to make computers cheap and accessible to everybody almost everywhere.
To this end, the company initially made the Raspberry Pi Model B together with its successors and made it available to users for only $20 to $35, but while thousands of people have had this programmable computer since 2012, million others do not have the needed funds to get one, hence the need to make a whole cheaper Raspberry Pi to meet the needs of the teeming masses.
This led to the birth of the Raspberry Pi Zero priced at only $5. Manufactured in Wales, it has the following features –
• A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
o 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
• 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
• A micro-SD card slot
• A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
• Micro-USB sockets for data and power
• An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
o Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
• An unpopulated composite video header
• Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm
UK stores such as Element14, Pimoroni, and The Pi Hut have the computer, and those in the US can get it from Adafruit and Micro Center. Joyfully, the computer uses the Raspbian technology and it is able to run Minecraft, Sonic Pi, and Scratch among other applications.
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Anyone can choose to use cables with their Zero is obtained for free through subscription to The MagPi, in which case they can get it with a mini-HDMI and micro-USB adapter for only $4.