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Raspberry Pi Is Now Ridiculously Cheap At $5: What You Should Know

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The smallest yet Raspberry Pi Zero is now available for barely minimum price of? $5.

The latest Raspberry Pi Zero unveiled by UK based charitable organization is now priced at just $5 down from the price of previous models which were available at $20 to $35.?The?Zero is one of the smallest computers with dimensions at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm making it smaller than a credit card reported Engadget.

The new computer is powered by a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor with 1GHz ARM11 core and 512 MB LPDDR2 SDRAM making it 40 per cent faster processing speed than Raspberry Pi 1 according to their website.?The Raspberry Pi also features a mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output, a micro-SD card slot and Micro-USB sockets for data and power.? The Zero has 40-pin GPIO header with same pin-out as in its other models including A+, B+ and 2B and video composite header as well. The users will have to buy powered USB hub to connect input devices like the mouse, keyboard? as the device doesn?t support standard USB or ethernet ports.?The Zero runs Raspbian, Linux based operating system that has been designed specifically to work with Raspberry Pi and as well as other apps such as Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi.

Raspberry Pi has been a largely successful with more than seven million of its devices?sold so far and 270,000 in October alone . According to Wired, Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton said they have built tens of thousands of units? so far, and are building more, but expect demand to outstrip supply soon. The organization has also planned to give away free Pi Zero computers with the December issue of the MagPi magazine which is exclusively available in UK.

The first Raspberry Pi was first launched in 2012 by Raspberry Pi Foundation, the charitable organization promoting the study of computing. The idea behind the cheap computers is to provide young students across the world opportunity to study computing.?Pi Zero is now available in stores across UK and USA with many outlets bundling MicroSD cards and adapters for mini HDMI and micro-USB ports to allow use of standard cables and devices.

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