The Raspberry Pi Zero W offers wireless connectivity at double the price of the previous model.
(CCM) — The Raspberry Pi Foundation has celebrated the fifth birthday of its tiny computer with the launch of the Pi Zero W with built-in Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities. The release is an upgrade to the Pi Zero which was launched in November 2015 without wireless connectivity options, priced at just $5. The price of the new Raspberry Pi has doubled to $10, but for that users get a slim, single-sided board equipped with a 1GHz 32-bit Broadcom BCM2835 CPU, 512 MB RAM, a mini-HDMI port, a micro-USB power and On-The-Go port, composite video and reset headers and a CSI camera connector. An official injection-moulded case for the Pi Zero W is also available.
The Foundation says that it has made 80,000 of the new devices already and is producing more at the rate of 25,000 per week in an effort to avoid the shortages that have plagued previous models. The first Raspberry Pi was released in early 2012 to promote the teaching of science in schools and in developing countries. Since then it has been widely adopted by makers, robotics enthusiasts and many other hobbyists, resulting in combined sales of over 12 million units worldwide to date.
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