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November 26, 2015

Raspberry Pi Zeros in on size and cost

News: Zero will be available for $5.

By James Nunns

Britain’s most successful homegrown computer, Raspberry Pi, is getting smaller and cheaper.

The company is aiming to further reduce the price barrier to entry by making the latest version, Raspberry Pi Zero, available for $5. The device’s bigger brothers of the Zero model cost between $20-$35.

The shrunk down version of the original Raspberry Pi will offer users fewer ports and will run more slowly, but at a lower price than the original, with the idea being to reach as broad a market as possible.

Manufactured in Wales it will feature a 1GHz ARM11 core, 512MB of SDRAM, a micro-SD card slot, mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output, micro-USB sockets for data and power and will have dimensions of 65mm x 30mm x 5mm.

Zero will run Raspbian so users can run applications such as Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi.

The little computer has been extremely successful with seven million sold so far, including 270,000 in October this year.

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