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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Raspberry Pi Zero W — A Cheap Single Board Computer With Wi-Fi And Bluetooth

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced Raspberry Pi Zero single board computer in October 2015. It was priced just at $5 and offered 40% more computing power as compared to the original Raspberry Pi. Now, the Foundation is back with its new offering on its fifth birthday.
The latest release, Raspberry Pi Zero W, is a new variant of Raspberry Pi Zero, priced at just $10. Here, W stands for Wireless. This release brings Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities to Raspberry Pi Zero.
In its announcement post, the Foundation tells that users often felt the need for wireless connectivity. To answer this issue, Raspberry Pi Zero W is released. For providing Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n wireless LAN, Raspberry Pi Zero W uses the same Cypress CYW43438 wireless chip used in Raspberry Pi Model 3.

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Specifications and features of Raspberry Pi Zero W:

  • 1GHz, single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini-HDMI port
  • Micro-USB On-The-Go port
  • Micro-USB power
  • CSI camera connector
  • 802.11n wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • HAT-compatible 40-pin header
  • Composite video and reset headers
The Foundation has also released the official Raspberry Pi Zero W case using the injection-moulding technique. Take a look:

With this release, many new Raspberry Pi Zero distributors have been added. You can find the buy links here.
Are your interested in Raspberry Pi DIYs? Feel free to share your projects and experiences with us.

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