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Raspberry Pi Zero, the World’s First 5$ Computer

"$5 Raspberry Pi Zero"
Developers compared their $5 computer to the five dollar bill.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation introduces users to Raspberry Pi Zero, the World’s first 5$ computer. The goal of the company is to produce incredibly cheap computers that can be purchased by children, who cannot afford the otherwise costly devices.

While world-renowned developers race each other to produce incredibly expensive devices that can only be acquired by high-end consumers, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is focused on methods of cost minimization. Their latest achievement: the Raspberry Pi Zero computer, which will only cost $5 even though it features highly advanced tech specs.

The company has already made a reputation with their past computer models, but none of them was as affordable as the Pi Zero. Models like Raspberry A, B and 2 were very cost efficient, but their prices did not go lower than $35 and $20, respectively. Zero is not only the first $5 computer, it is also 40 percent faster than the aforementioned models.

Advantages don’t stop here: the overall size of the circuit board is not larger than 65X30 millimeters, although it features many impressive components. The Broadcom BCM2835, which has been placed at the heart of the chip is a 1GHz ARM11 model.

The only inconvenient is the small memory capacity. The computer has been endowed with just 512MB of RAM, so it may be rather slow at times. Nevertheless, one should not lose sight of its main purpose, namely that of providing an educative resource to children who cannot afford such devices. To save memory space, the operating system, Raspbian Linux, has been added on the micro-SD card of the computer chip.

Screens may be connected to the circuit board with the help of the mini-HDMI socket which allows the video representation of 1080p files. The foundation has chosen this particular socket because they think some customers may want to connect their TVs to the circuit boards and, thus, save more money.

Zero can be recharged through the micro-USB sockets that developers have provided on the small board. Data transfer is also possible through these slots, the foundation has further explained.

The $5 computer, Pi Zero can be purchased from the U.S. store Adafruit or the Pi Hut, for customers in the UK. The model may be improved with the Budget accessory pack in exchange for $29.99 or the Starter Pack, available for $59.95. For more information, customers can visit Raspberry Pi Foundation’s official website.

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About Megan Bailey

Megan Bailey is a true journalist, but it wasn’t easy for her to find her true calling. She worked in a PC service all throughout her college and not she is using her hardware and software skills to write technology articles. The thing she loves most about her job is being able to keep tech lovers up to date with the recent trends.

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