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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Ickle Welsh 'puter packs punch, is cheaper than a pricey latte

Raspberry Pi Zero

Our American cousins may be getting stuck in to pumpkin pie today, but Raspberry Pi hopes they'll also appreciate its $5 (£4) Pi Zero computer, which the Blighty outfit launched today.

In a video showing off the teeny-tiny 'puter, Raspberry Pi boss Eben Upton spoke about how the high cost of machines, such as the Commodore Amiga, had been "a real barrier" to him learning about computers when he was a kid.

He said that the new product, dubbed the Raspberry Pi Zero, came about to make sure that cost doesn't get in the way of anyone interested in coding.

A few tens of thousand of the computers have been produced in Wales by the org, said Upton.

The device comes loaded with a Broadcom BCM2835 chip processor, including a 1GHz ARM11 core, that has been "upclocked" making it 40 per cent faster than the Raspberry Pi 1.

It has 512MB RAM, an HDMI connector, SD card, two Micro USB ports and the same GPIO pinout as Raspberry Pi 2, which was launched in February this year.

And it's titchy, with a form factor measuring at just 65mm x 30mm x 5mm.

The computer runs applications such as Scratch and Minecraft and is available in the US and the UK from today.

"We really don't think we're going to get any cheaper than this, Upton added, comparing the £4 price tag to the cost of a latte.

This man clearly has expensive taste in coffee. ®

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