Raspberry Unveils Pi Zero; Cheapest, Smallest Computing Stick

November 28, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Raspberry, the tiny computer hardware providers, has introduced their latest offering in the Pi devices range. Called Pi Zero, the device now makes it to the list as the smallest, and the cheapest computing board from the manufacturer.

Raspberry has designed the Pi Zero to be kept short in size, but uncompromised in performance. Certainly, there have been some sacrifices when compared to the last Raspberry Pi 2 device.

But that’s not something which pulls it back, since a comparison of a $5-priced device with a $20 plus priced device won’t seem legit. Yet, it’s heavily powered when being compared to the older versions of the Raspberry Pi.


A 512 GB RAM is what it offers in the memory section. That’s same as of that in Raspberry Pi 1 Model B, but only half of that in Raspberry Pi 2. But collectively, it can put up a performance that’s better than the former model, thanks to the Broadcom BCM2835 processor which comes clocked at 1GHz.

The processor packs a single ARM 11 core which is claimed to be working at 40% faster rates than the previous cores used in Raspberry Pi 1.

The compromise for making it short is reflected mainly with the display ports it offers. Raspberry Pi does support Full HD video output, but you don’t get an HDMI port in the device. Instead, you will be able to plug-in only mini HDMI cables.

An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header will make sure that it can be integrated with most of the external hardware. There’s also a composite video header, with which they have also provided a micro-SD card slot, and a dual micro USB socket for data and power transmission.

Besides cutting down the size of the device, Raspberry has also added a new form factor to Pi Zero. Measuring 65mm x 30mm x 5mm in dimensions, Raspberry Pi Zero is more of a stick than a board, which could be a take on the growing PC sticks like the one from Google.

The $5-priced Raspberry Pi Zero can now be grabbed from Adafruit and Micro Center in-stores across US and from The Pi Hut and Pimoroni across UK.

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