Raspberry Pi Zero

Raspberry Pi Zero – The Smallest Computer.

Raspberry Pi team always tries to offer a computer for a reduced price. Recently Raspberry team have brought down their price to 35 dollars with Raspberry Pi 3. But still they think about decreasing the cost even more because they always try to help people those have a great desire for programming and electronics. As a result of widening roads for new opportunities for more people on programming, now they have introduced their latest innovation Raspberry Pi Zero for a price of 5 dollars. If you are unable to afford 35$ for a Raspberry Pi 3, you can just start with a Raspberry Pi Zero.

Raspberry Pi Zero

This latest innovation from Raspberry will open doors to the first experience of your programming journey. All the credits goes to the Raspberry Team for designing an affordable Raspberry device for everyone around the world and special thanks to Mike Stimson for his great and successful effort of designing Raspberry Pi Zero.

Let’s have a look on Raspberry Pi Zero specification and hardware.

Raspberry Pi Zero Specifications.

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 SoC (Faster 40% than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • LPDDR2 SDRAM (512 MB)
  • External memory slot (micro-SD card slot)
  • A mini-HDMI socket compatible with a video output of 1080p60
  • Micro-USB sockets for data communication and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header (Pinout is similar to model A+/B+ and 2B/HAT – Compatible)
  • An unpopulated composite video and reset header
  • Smallest raspberry in size, (Dimensions: 65mm x 30mm x 5mm)

Raspbian OS on Raspberry Pi Zero.

The smallest guy “Zero” comes with the Raspberry OS Raspbian. Raspbian is a free OS designed depending on Debian, though it depends on Debian it is extremely optimized for the hardware requirements of Raspberry Pi. It includes several utilities and packages which are really important when running Raspberry system. Also the Raspbian package includes some of our favorite apps such as Minecraft, Sonic Pi and Scratch.

See below video to setup your Raspberry Pi Zero.

Raspberry Pi 3

What is Raspberry Pi 3 – Complete Guide.

Raspberry Pi comes to the electrical and electronic market with a range of compacted computers. Approximately it consume the size of a credit card. But, due to input and output ports it consumes some more space than that. The current latest model of Raspberry Pi series is announced as Raspberry Pi 3 . It was released to the public on February 2016 and it carries a good combination of hardware and software. Raspberry Pi Foundation which was initiated in United Kingdom is the main body behind developing Raspberry Pi series. Raspberry Pi 3 is targeted to be sold for 35$. However this amazing single board computer is capable of providing a services of a general computer, media system, security or monitoring system, image processing system or even as a server. There are much more capabilities and possibilities that can be implemented with Raspberry Pi 3.

Raspberry Pi 3

Raspberry Pi 3 Specifications

  • Release date : February, 2016
  • Price : Approximately 35 USD
  • SOC-used (System-on-chip) : BCM 2837 (Broadcom)
  • CPU : 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex – A53 (32 or 64 bit)
  • RAM : 1 GB running at 900 MHz ( LP DDR2)
  • Storage : External Micro SDHC Slot. (at least 4 GB needed to setup NOOB)
  • GPU : Broadcom VideoCore IV (300 MHz and 400 MHz)
  • Power Consumption : 800mA , (4.0W)

With the announcement of the latest Raspberry Pi 3 powered with  Broadcom 2837, they have introduced enhanced frequencies for GPU (Graphic processing unit). In previous versions of Raspberry Pie it was 250 MHz. But new version Pi 3 performs at 300 MHz on 3D  part and 400 MHz on Video part of GPU. Also the performance is really high because of the the GFLOP (Flop represents a single operation within one second in computing) compatibility of Raspberry Pi 3 BSM 2837 version and the original spec shows that this configuration is ready with 1080p HD video a well.

Raspberry Pi 3 Operating System.

Raspberry Pi 3 is compatible with different types of OS platforms including Linux, Windows and even for Android. Please refer below list.

  • Android (RTAndroid) Updated constantly
  • Linux – Angstrom
  • Linux –  Arch  ARM , No more image updates .
  • Chromium OS
  • Debian
  • Fedora ARM (Compatible with Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 only.)
  • Fedberry  (Compatible with Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 only.)
  • FreeBSD
  • Gentoo
  • IPFire
  • Kali Linux
  • LibreELEC
  • Meego MER + XBMC
  • Nard SDK  (For Embedded systems)
  • NetBSD
  • OpenELEC + XBMC
  • OpenWrt
  • OSMC , Open source
  • PiBang
  • QtonPi
  • Plan 9
  • Raspbian , a derivative of pure Debian
  • Raspbmc , is now OSMC
  • RaspBSD
  • RetroPie
  • Risc OS
  • Slackware ARM
  • SliTaz
  • Ubuntu Mate
  • Void Linux
  • Windows 10 IoT Core