The official Raspberry Pi town foundation has today launched a new Raspberry Pi mini PC, which takes the form of a Raspberry Pi Zero variant and is called the Raspberry Pi Zero W.
As the name suggests the Raspberry Pi Zero W brings with it support for wireless network connectivity and Bluetooth and is now priced at just $10 And builds upon the original Raspberry Pi Zero design which was first launched back in November 2015.
Full specifications of the new Raspberry Pi Zero W (Wireless) mini PC include :
• BCM2835 (same as Pi 1) but up-clocked to 1GHz, so 40% faster
• 512MB RAM
• Mini HDMI
• USB On-The-Go port
• Micro USB power
• HAT-compatible 40-pin header
• Composite video and reset headers
• CSI camera connector
• 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
• Bluetooth 4.1
• Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
Over the ensuing fifteen months, Zero grew a camera connector and found its way into everything from miniature arcade cabinets to electric skateboards. Many of these use cases need wireless connectivity. The homebrew “People in Space” indicator in the lobby at Pi Towers is a typical example, with an official wireless dongle hanging off the single USB port: users often end up adding a USB hub to allow them to connect a keyboard, a mouse and a network adapter, and this hub can easily cost more than the Zero itself.
Zero W fixes this problem by integrating more functionality into the core product. It uses the same Cypress CYW43438 wireless chip as Raspberry Pi 3 Model B to provide 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.