Raspberry Pi has been making small, affordable computer for a while now, but it's just gone and made things insanely cheap. Its latest miniature computer, the Pi Zero, will cost just $19.
The miniature board — it measures just 65mm x 30mm x 5mm — is intended to make it even easier to provide people all around the world with their first steps into the world of coding. For $19 you might not be expecting much in the way of hardware, but the specs are actually fairly impressive. The board features:
- A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
- 1GHz ARM11 core
- 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
- A micro-SD card slot
- A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
- Micro-USB sockets for data and power
The board runs Raspbian, and will happily let you use applications like Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi. Or your own creations. Whatever.
Australians can order it for $19.38 from element14. Eben Upton, the founder of Raspberry Pi, writes that the company has "built several tens of thousands of units so far, and are building more, but we expect demand to outstrip supply for the next little while."
So, you might need to be patient before you can lay your hands on one.
Raspberry Pi image via swag.raspberrypi.org