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element14 touts smallest form factor Raspberry Pi board

30 Nov 2015

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element14 has extended its Raspberry Pi product portfolio by introducing what it describes as the smallest form factor Raspberry Pi on the market, the Raspberry Pi Zero. The ultra-slim Raspberry Pi board measures only 65mm long by 30mm wide and 5mm deep. To save space and reduce cost on the Raspberry Pi Zero there is one Micro USB data port and a Mini HDMI port that supports full HD 1080P output.

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

Raspberry Pi board Zero

It is expected that this model will appeal to hobbyists and makers as well as industrial engineers looking to create solutions where size and low power consumption is at a premium such as robots, drones for capturing video, or to connect to add-ons for motor control.

element14 has two Raspberry Pi Zero packages available, both include a mini HDMI to HDMI adapter and Micro USB On the Go adapter, and the second includes the NOOBS MicroSD card. Both are available to purchase from CPC in the UK and Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 and MCM in North America, and Embest and element14 in Asia Pacific.

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