>> RASPBERRY PI ZERO - FOR ONLY FIVE BUCKS?
I am a sucker for cheap hardware - this is great news for IoT!
Earlier today, the
Raspberry Pi Zero
was announced and made available for sale - best of all, they are pricing
it at a very low five dollars! Just because it is cheap; it doesn't mean
it is useless - it is in fact more powerful than the original Raspberry Pi
(40% faster) and is a fraction of the size!
The full specifications are:
- A Broadcom BCM2835 CPU (1Ghz ARM11 core)
- 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
- Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
- An unpopulated composite video header
- 65mm x 30mm x 5mm
It is great they dropped some of the components that not all projects need;
this device would be a great replacement for the
Raspberry Pi X-Arcade
for MAME project. The extra 100Mhz may come in useful for handling some of
the more complex games - so this is a great upgrade opportunity!
The Raspberry Pi Zero would be great for applications that do not use
typical TCP/IP based networking environments, the GPIO expansion will allow
for other low level wireless technologies such as Bluetooth Smart (BLE),
ZigBee and RF transmitters.
I ordered a few from the
The Pi Hut
(one per customer) - but choose different options for multiple!