87RASPBERRY PI ZERO V1.2 KIT WITH ADAPTERS (RPI ZERO / PI-ZERO / RaspberryZero )
Raspberry Pi Zero
This ultra-small and ultra-slim Raspberry Pi board is the smallest form factor Raspberry Pi on the market today at only 65mm long by 30mm wide and 5mm deep. The board supports mini connectors to save on space, and the 40pin GPIO is unpopulated providing the flexibility to use only the connections your solution requires.
- Broadcom BCM2835 ARMv6 system-on-a-chip, running at up to 1GHz
- 512MB on-board RAM
- Unpopulated 40pin GPIO for added flexibility
- MicroSD port for OS and storage
- Micro USB power input
- 1x Micro USB Data port and Mini HDMI Port
(comes with Micro USB ‘On the Go’ adapter and Mini HDMI to HDMI adapter)
- CPU: Broadcom BCM2835, can be overclocked up to 1GHz.
- RAM: 512MB on board.
- Power: 5V, supplied via micro USB connector, drawing160mA (even when connected to an HD display).
- Dimensions: 65mm x 30mm x 5mm
- Storage: MicroSD card.
- Video & Audio: 1080P HD video output. Audio output via mini-HDMI connector.
- Operating System: Linux, installed via NOOBS.
- Click here for an exploded image of the Pi Zero's features.
Difference between the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and the new Pi Zero?
- The Pi Zero uses the single-core BCM2835 processor with 512MB RAM as used in the Raspberry Pi 1 series, versus the newer, faster BCM2836 quad-core processor on the latest high performance Raspberry Pi 2.
- To save space the following products have been replaced with alternative solutions or removed completely:
4 USB ports and Ethernet port have been replaced with one Micro USB data port on the Pi Zero.
40 pin GPIO still contains the same pin out on both boards, but the connector remains unpopulated on the Pi Zero.
The full size HDMI port on the Raspberry Pi 2 has now been replaced with a Mini HDMI port on the Pi Zero. This requires an adapter to be fitted before connecting the Pi Zero to your TV. The Pi Zero still supports full HD 1080P output.
The camera and display interfaces have been removed as well as the 4-pole stereo and composite video port.
- The Pi Zero follows the same philosophy that gave birth to the Raspberry Pi platform in the first place; low cost computing for everyone. The Pi Zero complements the other models in the Raspberry Pi family by providing an entry-level model with stripped down components to target users with specific solutions in mind.
- Is it the same as the other Raspberry Pis? Yes and no. It's still a fully functioning Linux-based computer with 1080P video output, but it's also much more closely related to the small, efficient, single-purpose world of IoT.
The Raspberry Pi Zero: Inputs and Outputs
- MicroSD Card Slot: The Pi Zero gets its storage space from a MicroSD card, which you'll need to install the operating system on.
- Mini HDMI: Video output for the Pi Zero is by way of a mini-HDMI connector. In terms of their operation, these connectors perform identically to their larger versions. N.B. A mini-HDMI to standard HDMI adapter is included with the Pi Zero from element14.
- Micro USB: You'll notice there are two micro USB connectors on the Pi Zero. One is for data (the connector on the left, if the MicroSD card slot is on the left), and one is for power. Don't get them mixed up. A micro USB "On the Go" to USB adapter is included with the Pi Zero from element14 so you can connect a USB hub, and therefore all your peripherals (keyboard, mouse etc).
- GPIO: The Pi Zero has the same 40 pin General Purpose Input/Output connections as the Model A+, B+ and RPi2, but the connector pins are unpopulated. So if you want to use the GPIO, you'll either have to solder the required pins in place, or solder your connections directly to the Pi Zero.
- RUN Mode Pins: There are two unpopulated RUN mode pins, which can be used to connect a reset button to the Pi Zero. Again, you'll either have to add the pins yourself, or solder a button straight to the board.
- Composite Video: Here's an interesting one. There's an RCA composited video output via two (unpopulated) pins, so you can hook the Pi Zero up to older display equipment that accepts a phono plug as an input. You can check out the RCA video output in use in our Raspberry Pi Zero Retro Gaming System project right here.
More about the Raspberry Pi Zero
Find out more about the Raspberry Pi Zero right here.