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Raspberry Pi Zero

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Now a $5 Raspberry Pi lunched. Yes it is but you may need to pay more depending on your country and distributer.

Before you go for it you must know what are the features available with this $5 mini computer.

Raspberry Pi Zero is a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family.

Raspberry Pi Zero features:

·       A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor

·       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

·       Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B

·       An unpopulated composite video header

·       Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

Raspberry Pi Zero runs Raspbian and all your favourite applications, including Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi.

I have got a nice comparison chart from element 14 which can be useful for buyers who are looking for a new Pi Zero.

Raspberry Pi Zero, Pi 2 Comparison:

 

 

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

NEW! Raspberry Pi Zero

Dimensions

85mm x 56mm x 21mm

65mm x 30mm x 5mm

Chip

Broadcom BCM2836 ARMv7 Quad Core Processor

Broadcom BCM2835 ARMv6 SoC full HD multimedia applications processor

CPU

900 MHz Low Power ARMv7 Quad Core Processor

1 GHz Low Power ARM1176JZ-F Applications Processor

GPU

Dual Core VideoCore IV® Multimedia Co-Processor

Dual Core VideoCore IV® Multimedia Co-Processor

RAM

1GB SDRAM @ 450 MHz

512 MB SDRAM @ 400 MHz

Storage

MicroSD

MicroSD

USB 2.0

4x USB Ports

1x Micro USB Port

Ethernet

1x 10/100mb Ethernet RJ45 Jack

None

Video Connections

HDMI, Composite RCA (shared with audio jack)

HDMI

Supported Resolutions

640×350 to 1920×1200, including 1080p, PAL & NTSC standards

640×350 to 1920×1200, including 1080p, PAL & NTSC standards

Audio

Multi-Channel HD Audio over HDMI, Stereo from 3.5 mm jack

Multi-Channel HD Audio over HDMI

Operating Systems

Raspbian, RaspBMC, Arch Linux, Risc OS, OpenELEC, Pidora

Raspbian, RaspBMC, Arch Linux, Risc OS, OpenELEC, Pidora

Power

5V micro USB input. 800mA rating

5V micro USB input. 160mA rating

GPIO

40

40 pin (unpopulated)

Other Connectivity

1x CSI-2 for Raspberry Pi camera modules

1x DSI for Raspberry Pi displays

None

Power Source

1x Micro-USB

1x Micro-USB

Highlights

No more buffer face – boots up Raspbian in less than half the time as the Model B+

More power for your favourite projects – create Space Progammes, Time Lapse Videos, GPS tracking, HD audio and lots more with a full ecosystem of supporting accessories.

Build your own workstation – create and manage your documents and spreadsheets with ease using LibreOffice™

The 40 pin GPIO is unpopulated providing the flexibility to use only the connections your solution requires.

Power rating of just 160mA even when connected to a 1080P display, making this the most efficient Raspberry Pi to date.

1 Micro USB “on the go” data port for linking to accessories and peripherals like an external USB hub.

  

Raspberry Pi B+, A+ Comparison Chart:

 

 

Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+

Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+

Dimensions

85mm x 56mm x 17mm

65mm x 56mm x 12mm

Chip

Broadcom BCM2835 SoC full HD multimedia applications processor

Broadcom BCM2835 SoC full HD multimedia applications processor

CPU

700 MHz Low Power ARM1176JZ-F Applications Processor

700 MHz Low Power ARM1176JZ-F Applications Processor

GPU

Dual Core VideoCore IV® Multimedia Co-Processor

Dual Core VideoCore IV® Multimedia Co-Processor

RAM

512 MB SDRAM @ 400 MHz

256 MB SDRAM @ 400 MHz

Storage

MicroSD

MicroSD

USB 2.0

4x USB Ports

1x USB Port

Ethernet

1x 10/100mb Ethernet RJ45 Jack

None

Video Connections

HDMI, Composite RCA (shared with audio jack)

HDMI, Composite RCA (shared with audio jack)

Supported Resolutions

640×350 to 1920×1200, including 1080p, PAL & NTSC standards

640×350 to 1920×1200, including 1080p, PAL & NTSC standards

Audio

Multi-Channel HD Audio over HDMI, Stereo from 3.5 mm jack

Multi-Channel HD Audio over HDMI, Stereo from 3.5 mm jack

Operating Systems

Raspbian, RaspBMC, Arch Linux, Risc OS, OpenELEC, Pidora

Raspbian, RaspBMC, Arch Linux, Risc OS, OpenELEC, Pidora

Power

5V micro USB input. 600mA rating

5V micro USB input. 200mA rating

GPIO

40

40

Other Connectivity

1x CSI-2 for Raspberry Pi camera modules

1x DSI for Raspberry Pi displays

1x CSI-2 for Raspberry Pi camera modules

1x DSI for Raspberry Pi displays

Power Source

1x Micro-USB

1x Micro-USB

Highlights

Improved power management which improves USB support and allows for high-drain devices such as external USB hard drives.

Larger bank of accessible GPIO ports compared to Model B board allows for direct hardware device control.

Smaller, compact design

Works well as an introductory educational tool

Suitable for a smaller scale electronics project that requires standard IO ports

Minimalistic design assists in pick and choosing devices, helps  reduce overall power consumption

HAT Compatible

 

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