Raspberry Pi Zero W Adds Wi-Fi And Bluetooth Connectivity

Mar 01, 2017 12:20 AM EST | Yen Palec

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The first Raspberry Pi board was released five years ago, and as part of the celebration the Raspberry Pi Foundation recently announced the new Raspberry Pi Zero W. The new Pi Zero W costs $10, which is double the price of the current model, but it supports 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

The "W" in the Raspberry Pi Zero W essentially stands for wireless. As of this writing, the board is available on outlets that sell Raspberry Pi boards. The Raspberry Pi Foundation said that since the release of the Zero model, users have demanded the addition of wireless connectivity to the mini-PC board, hence the decision to add Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to the new Zero W model.

The new Raspberry Pi Zero W has the same Cypress CYW43438 wireless chip which can be found on the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. The chip provides 802.11n wireless local network and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

"Other than adding Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, there's no change [from the Zero to the Zero W]," Raspberry Pi product evangelist Matt Richardson told Ars Technica, "We've added a wireless LAN and Bluetooth chipset to the board and a PCB antenna layout that we licensed from ProAnt in Sweden."

Regarding the specs of the new Raspberry Pi Zero W, it has 512MB of memory and a 1GHz single-core processor. It has a mini-HDMI port, a micro-USB power port, a micro-USB on-the-go port, an HAT-compatible 40-pin header, a CSI camera connector, and composite video and reset headers.

In February, the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the Compute Module 3 which is a slimmed-down version of the Raspberry Pi 3. According to ZDNet, the board can be customized for a variety of applications like home media players, industrial control systems, and TV displays.

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