Raspberry Pi Zero W with ZXBaremulator – The Hardware

Good Evening!

Like I said on the previous post I’ve here a Raspberry PI Zero W laying around, the “guinea pig Hardware” for the ZXBaremulator.

I also have available a Raspberry PI 2 Model B used for all kind of tests, I’ll evaluate the emulator on this hardware next.

The Raspberry PI Zero W is an even smaller computer, less processing power than the others, but already used by me (and performed well!) with OSMC – a Media Center Distro.

OSMC is available for all PI models except PI 4 (maybe soon, the site says it’s on the Roadmap), and is developed around KODI, so it should do the trick for ZX Spectrum Emulation.

Raspberry PI Zero W

Raspberry PI Zero W has small dimensions (6,5cm x 3cm x 0,5cm), ARM1 CPU 1 GHz and 512MB of RAM.

Besides Wireless, has Bluetooth, and the GPIO for connecting even more stuff, like a real ZX Spectrum, for instance.

As input ports, has available a mini-HDMI connector and 2 micro USB ports, 1 for power and other for input (to connect our Recreated ZX Spectrum).

Don’t forget to either buy the adapter if you have a normal HDMI cable or a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.

You’ll also need a micro USB -> USB adapter / cable for connecting the Keyboard.

Check here for some raspberry pi zero w options and related accessories.

To see my first try installing ZXBaremulator, jump to the next post, ZXBaremulator SD Install Step 1 – Install Raspberry PI OS.


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Arcade games and Retrogaming enthusiast. Computer and Software Engineer. Playing computer games singe the 80's Golden Age, and working with computers, programming and computer science since his first machine (ZX Spectrum 48K+).

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