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Raspberry Pi Zero W: Wi-Fi And Bluetooth In A $10 Single Board

By Monica U Santos , Mar 01, 2017 03:00 AM EST
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Today, Raspberry Pi is celebrating its fifth birthday and to acknowledge this event, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the Raspberry Pi Zero W. It is a mini-PC double the price of the original Raspberry Pi Zero from $5 to $10. It features 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The “W” in its name stands for wireless.

Raspberry Pi Zero W Specs

While many computers come with massive towers, as well as price tags, the Raspberry Pi is completely the opposite. It’s small and cheap, but still very powerful. The modules are commonly used by do-it-yourselfers or DIY and for educational projects. The latest version of Raspberry Pi, a single-board computer, is the Pi Zero W. According to the International Business Times, this new board is a sort of hybrid version of two earlier models of computers made by the UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The features of the new single board include a 1GHz single-core CPU, mini-HDMI, and a micro-USB OTG port. The Raspberry Pi Zero W also sports 512MB of RAM, micro-USB for power, 40-pin header, composite video as well as reset headers, a camera connector, and its new wireless feature. The Raspberry Pi Foundation continuously creates an easier way for hardware users to afford simple and throwaway computers that can be used for all kinds of projects.

This Pi Zero W will make it easier for people to create fun DIY projects. Packed in a tiny package, it boasts 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity as well as the Bluetooth 4.0 wireless chip, and the Cypress CYW43438, which is found in the Pi 3 Model B. The Raspberry Pi Foundation also unveiled an official plastic case for the Zero W. The case arrives with three swappable lids, one with an aperture for GPIOs, one with a blank cover and one with a mounting point for a camera.

Raspberry Pi Zero W Price

The Raspberry Pi Zero W will cost $10. According to PCWorld, that is $5 more than the existing Pi Zero. Prior to the inception of wireless connectivity with the Pi Zero W, users are required to purchase different kinds of accessories to add similar functions to the boards that can't connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. However, the new release of the board will not need that anymore.

 

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