I just had to have one as soon as I saw it.
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
It’s a complete computer on a board, costing just $5.
And my one came free on the cover of MagPi magazine issue #40. It arrived this morning.
When this was launched in the UK a few weeks ago, the initial build of 20,000 units sold out inside 24 hours.
It takes me back to the days when I used to programme in assembler hex on a Motorola 6800 D2 kit, which cost about £200 back in 1977, and had all of 256 bytes of memory, and was probably the size of at least four $5 bills laid side by side.
I’ll need to get a few adaptors. And I’ll have to download the Raspbian operating system. It’ll probably be weeks or months before I plug everything in, and see if it works.
What do I want to use it for?
Nothing. Nothing at all.
I just had to have one.