Dubbed the Raspberry Pi Zero the board is made in Wales and is considered a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family.
It has 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, and an unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
The chip is small – 65mm x 30mm x 5mm and runs Raspbian and all the usual applications, including Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi.
It is available today in the UK from our friends at The Pi Hut and Pimoroni, and in the US from Adafruit and in-store at your local branch of Micro Centre.
The outfit is giving away a free Raspberry Pi Zero on the front of each copy of the December issue of The MagPi, which arrives in UK stores today. Which has to be the first free computer given away with a magazine.
Who would have thought when I was trying to learn code on a hugely over-priced Commodore Pet that you would ever be able to pick up a computer with a thousand times the spec free with a magazine.