Smallest form factor Raspberry Pi hits the market

26-11-2015 |   |  By Paul Whytock

The Raspberry Pi product range available from element14 has been extended with the addition of the smallest form factor Raspberry Pi on the market, the Raspberry Pi Zero.

To save space and cut costs the Raspberry Pi Zero has one Micro USB data port and a Mini HDMI port which supports HD 1080P output. It measures 65mm long by 30mm wide and 5mm deep.

The 40pin GPIO contains the same pin-out as the Raspberry Pi 2 but is unpopulated providing the flexibility to use only the connections the solution requires. The Raspberry Pi Zero features the single-core BCM2835 processor which can now be over-clocked to 1GHz. The board has 512MB of RAM with a MicroSD port for storage.

The company expects this model will appeal to hobbyists and makers as well as industrial engineers looking to create solutions in applications where size and low power consumption, such as robots, drones and motor control.

Two Raspberry Pi Zero packages are available, from elelment14 and both include a mini HDMI to HDMI adapter and Micro USB ‘On the Go’ adapter, and the second includes the NOOBS MicroSD card.


By Paul Whytock

Paul Whytock is European Editor for Electropages. He has reported extensively on the electronics industry in Europe, the United States and the Far East for over twenty years. Prior to entering journalism he worked as a design engineer with Ford Motor Company at locations in England, Germany, Holland and Belgium.

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