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The Brief

Raspberry Pi Zero is a $5 dollar computer. Ya, that’s cheaper than a latte and smaller than a $5 bill. The programmable computer chip was invented by Raspberry Pi founder, Eben Upton, who released the 65mm × 30mm × 5mm chip during the holiday season of December 2015. He gave away the first 10, 000 for free off the cover of the December MagPi issue.

five dollar computer“The direction we’ve drifted in has deprived us of a supply of computer programmers. We have a generation of consumers, not producers, and consumption hardware and not production hardware,” he said. “We are trying to generate a group of people who see computing as an open environment, see it as a platform for creating their own destiny.” -Eben Upton

The Overview

Featuring a fully-functional Linux computer compressed into one chip. With the Raspberry Pi Zero, you can learn how to code and seriously build anything you can dream up. The Raspberry Pi features the following powerhouse specs:

– 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.

The $5 Raspberry Pi computer makes computer programming accessible to everyone all over the world and its aim is to pull in and create more computer programmers from regions where $1 makes a huge difference.

For more information on Raspberry Pi swag please visit the official Raspberry Pi store.

To see how Eben Upton first introduced the world’s first $5 computer, watch the video below.

Source: Raspberry Pi

About Pauly Rich

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