The Pi Zero is here!

The Raspberry Pi foundation announced a new variant of the Raspberry Pi this morning (2 a.m. ET). It is called the Raspberry Pi Zero.

What is the Raspberry Pi Zero?

Raspberry Pi Zero is a variant of the Raspberry Pi model A, A+ but in a smaller form factor.

It comes with:

  • 512 MB RAM
  • BCM 2835 processor clocked at 1 GHz.
  • 40 GPIO pins (similar to other variants)
  • mini HDMI port
  • USB OTG (On-The-Go) port (this could be used to interface any USB peripheral device like a mouse, USB Wi-Fi adapter etc)

According to Eben Upton, the Raspberry Pi creator and founding member of the foundation, the idea of the Raspberry Pi Zero was born from a conversation with Eric Schmidt @ Google.


Raspberry Pi Zero: (Picture borrowed from’s blog post)

Since I live on the west coast of the United States, I was awake when the Raspberry Pi foundation made their announcement. Lady Ada (of Adafruit Industries) did a live demo + a setup tutorial, between 2 a.m. and 3.a.m. in the morning. They also gave away 5 kits to Raspberry Pi fans.

The Raspberry Pi foundation is giving away a Raspberry Pi Zero with each copy of the MagPi. I have ordered the Pi Zero from the Pi Hut and Adafruit (let’s see who gets it to my doors first!).


The Pi Supply store is also giving away a Raspberry Pi Zero.

Disclosure: I get an additional entry for every person that enters the give away.

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