Wireless-enabled Raspberry Pi Zero launched for $10
Mar 10 2017
The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a new product called Raspberry Pi Zero W, a new variant of Raspberry Pi Zero with wireless LAN and Bluetooth, priced at $10. The announcement was made by Raspberry Pi founder Uben Upton on Feb, 28 2017. The foundation has sold Twelve million units of Raspberry Pi that was launched five years ago. Zero W is an enhanced version of an earlier product (Raspberry Pi Zero) that was launched in Nov, 2015 for $5.
Upton wrote on the foundation’s official blog that many of the emerging use cases need wireless connectivity. Before Zero W, users had to add a USB hub to connect a keyboard, a mouse and a network adapter. The hub usually costs more than the Zero itself.
The new Zero W fixes the issue by adding more functionality into the core product. With Zero W, users do not have to attached a dongle to plug in all the required peripherals to use the board. Cypress CYW43438 wireless chip is used to provide 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The foundation partnered with T-Zero and Kinneir Dufort to create a pretty injection-moulded case for Zero W with three variations (a blank one, one with aperture, and a third one with an aperture & mounting point for a camera).
+ Full feature list of Raspberry Pi Zero W includes 1GHz, single-core CPU, 512MB RAM, Mini-HDMI port, Micro-USB On-The-Go port, Micro-USB power, HAT-compatible 40-pin header, Composite video and reset headers, CSI camera connector, 802.11n wireless LAN, and Bluetooth 4.0
+ Zero W is double the price of the Pi Zero, but adds wireless LAN and Bluetooth.
+ Zero W can be used to create Pi projects like fitting RetroPie into a retro controller or slipping it into an Altoids tin to make a computer out of it.