Introducing the Raspberry Pi Zero

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It has been a very exciting morning today! After much teasing and speculation the Raspberry Pi foundation released a new Pi called Raspberry Pi Zero.

This is an amazing 6.5cm x 3cm Raspberry Pi. Super Tiny!

Photo by Alex Eames

Photo by Alex Eames

So lets get to spec:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
    • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD card slot
  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
    • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • Smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

Phew serious kit but that is not even the best news. $5… What! Yes its the cost of a fancy coffee!

If you have family in the UK or hell just subscribe to the Magpi you will get a Free Raspberry Pi Zero with your Magazine.. No joke. This takes me back to the 80’s when we used to get Spectrum tapes attached to the Magazine for games or programs. Well now you can get a computer! Still for that cost of a latte!


Oh course the low cost comes at a cost. Its a single core as the original pi although 40% faster. This can be totally forgiven when you consider the use cases for the Pi Zero or any Pi for that matter. You don’t need a Pi 2 to build a robot for example. The Pi Zero just makes it that little bit smaller… Cheaper and effective!

DSI and CSI are out. Again forgiven for the size of the Pi. But personally I pine for the CSI port as I love my Pi camera and the smaller size and lower power consumption mean that its the perfect little Camera nugget to leave outside for time lapse.

Oh yeah did I mention is using the least amount of power compared to all the other Pi models!

Back to the Camera. We already know that the sensor for the picamera is done and this morning I also noted a few stores selling them for 10 euro. So I am looking forward to see what the Foundation will do with the next model. Hopefully they would consider making compatible with the Pi Zero. Time will tell.

Unpopulated GPIO port…. Ok you might see this as a negative. I don’t. Having the GPIO unpopulated only means you have options to how you want you GPIO’s to work

From Pimoroni Bilge Tank

From Pimoroni Bilge Tank

But also no pins has its own benefits!


Beyond that the Pi Zero is a brilliant addition to the Raspberry Pi Family and I look forward to getting my hands one!

Finally to ask a likely burning question…. Current HATs will still work with the Raspberry Pi Zero. The 40 pin GPIO is just the same as all the other Pi’s before it. BUT!

Pimoroni, those clever pirates are already building their own pHAT boards (Partial Hardware Attached on Top) so they will meet the same form factor as the Pi Zero. Yes also you might have already guessed it the pHAT boards would be compatible with regular Pi’s!

Screenshot from 2015-11-26 11:48:48

Also what would a Pi be without a Pibow…

Pibow_Zero_2_of_3_1024x1024Win win and boxes checked.

Now Mr postman don’t keep me waiting any longer