Raspberry Pi Zero launched, towards < 60$ Linux autopilots?

Announced a new Raspberry:

Today, I’m pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5. Zero is a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family, featuring:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
    • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD card slot
  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
    • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

With this, shields like the PXF 2.0, NavIO, Raspilot and the one from VirtualRobotix may have a way to cut down costs.

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Comment by Quadzimodo on November 26, 2015 at 4:01am

This is big news.

The Zero offers all the functionality of the previous generation with a 40% faster clock and 512MB of RAM to delivering ~3 times more power on less than a watt... all in a nice little single sided package weighting just 9-grams and at a unit price comparable to a can of soft drink.

Comment by Linus on November 26, 2015 at 4:07am

Less wight, size and costs. Sounds all very good from diy drone perspective.

Should be a good companion computer as well i think.

At this price i will buy one for sure.

Comment by JB on November 26, 2015 at 4:19am

Sweet....just in time for making a mini sensor board and running APM in a 100 micro quad.

Shame that they didn't route out the camera connector...

Most places are still out of stock though. Get them when you can!

Comment by Stephen Gloor on November 26, 2015 at 4:45am

Remember the Odroid W


It had a camera connector.  For some 'unknown' reason Broadcom stopped allowing them to use the processor and they had to stop making it.

Probably a coincidence ........

Comment by Víctor Mayoral on November 26, 2015 at 4:47am

Edit: s/Linux/Linus

Agreed. And there's room for a good DIY kit similar to BBBMini. @Linus, you probably could redesign slightly the PXF 2.0 and make slots for the breakout boards. That'll do.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 26, 2015 at 5:07am

And Moore's Law marches on... :)

Comment by Tobias Witting on November 26, 2015 at 5:28am

I can't see a connector for the r-pi camera. This would be cool for HD-FPV with low weight!

Comment by Randy on November 26, 2015 at 5:34am

That is really great. $5 is just insanely cheap.  nicely done.

A companion computer even for little copters!

Comment by JB on November 26, 2015 at 5:59am

Can we make a ~$30 sensor shield to turn it into a Linux APM?

Who wants to give it a whirl? I'm in.

Comment by Linus on November 26, 2015 at 7:28am

I want such Wollmilchsau shield for the rpi zero as well :)


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