The Raspberry Pi Zero W will be available for purchase this month
Just when it seemed it was everything you thought it could
be, the Raspberry Pi got a whole lot smarter and easier to use. The Raspberry Pi Foundation
recently announced its latest super-cheap DIY computer chip: the Raspberry
Pi Zero W.
The Rapsberry Pi Zero W and its three interchangeable lids. Image source: Lifehacker.
Being five years since the Foundation launched the original
Pi and sold one hundred thousand units in the first day, this milestone was a
reason to celebrate. Priced at just $10, the new variant of Raspberry Pi Zero
comes equipped with wireless LAN and Bluetooth. This means you won’t need a
separate hardware to connect to the internet for building your projects.
The Zero W chip will certainly add to the popularity of the
tiny computer chip among electronics hobbyists and students. Also released with
the new Pi is an official case set for the Zero W chip having three
interchangeable lids that can be used with the camera and other attachments,
along with a camera adapter and rubber feet to ensure Zero or Zero W’s grip.
As expected, the Raspberry Pi Zero W comes with most of the
same specs as the standard Pi Zero, except for adding in the the same 802.11n Wireless LAN and
Bluetooth that the Raspberry Pi 3
has. The CPU and RAM are the same as the standard Pi Zero, which are basically
the same as the earliest Raspberry Pi 1 models. Below is a breakdown of the
full specs on the Raspberry Pi Zero W.
- 1GHz, Single-core CPU
- 512MB RAM
- Mini HDMI and USB
- Micro USB power
- HAT-compatible 40-pin
- Composite video and
- CSI camera connector
- 802.11n wireless LAN
- Bluetooth 4.0
Raspberry Pi Zero was launched by The Raspberry Pi Foundation in November 2015,
with the $5 chip selling quickly among DIY enthusiasts and makers. After
multiple complaints about the lack of connectivity in the Zero W chip, the
Foundation resolved this issue for an additional $5.
Raspberry Pi Zero W will be available for purchase this month.