Raspberry Pi Zero

26 November 2015

Today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation released a new product: the Raspberry Pi Zero.

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The Raspberry Pi Zero, a $5 computer

Read more about it on the main Raspberry Pi blog below.

Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 computer – Raspberry Pi

Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important. Even in the developed world, a programmable computer is a luxury item for a lot of people, and every extra dollar that we ask someone to spend decreases the chance that they’ll choose …

You may be wondering if it can be used with the Sense HAT. The answer is yes! You can use this tiny, cheap computer to write code that can run on the Astro Pis aboard the International Space Station! However, to achieve this you’ll need to do two things before you can connect a Sense HAT.

You’ll notice that the 40-way GPIO pin header is not populated; this is needed for any type of HAT.

Step 1: Learn to solder

A lot of people have a fear of doing this. It’s really not as hard as you think, and it’s actually quite therapeutic once you get the hang of it. This video tells you everything you need to know.

Collin’s Lab: Soldering

Learn the basics of soldering from Collin Cunningham!

Step 2: Solder on a 40-way header

Solder a 40-way GPIO pin header onto the Pi Zero. It’s probably a good idea to practice on something else and build up some confidence before you do this. It will involve making 40 individual solder joins and shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes. The header is available from all good Raspberry Pi retailers, along with some useful adapters.

If you want to obtain the header elsewhere, look for a 2 x 20 pin 0.1″ (2.54mm) pitch spaced male header.

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Once you’re done, you can connect a Sense HAT and get coding as though you were on any other type of Raspberry Pi.

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