The Raspberry Pi microcomputer keeps getting and better even since its release exactly five years ago. To celebrate this great achievement for an amazing piece of technology, the Raspberry Pi foundation has announced a new version of their popular micro-PC, the Raspberry Pi Zero W.
The W in the name stands for wireless, as the company has finally added wireless connectivity to the device in form of Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi. However, the new functionality has doubled the initial price of the original Pi Zero, from just $5 to $10.
The new Zero W micro-PC is available for purchase from most of the usual Raspberry Pi carriers. The Foundation stated that the main reason it has decided to release a wireless version of their miniaturized PC is because wireless connectivity was in very high demand.
Until now, anyone who wanted to have wireless functions on their Raspberry Pi had to install the hardware by themselves as well as perform various hacks into the standard software to allow those types of systems to function. Thankfully, this new and obvious step in the future development of the Pi Zero micro-PC manages to address the users’ needs.
The new Zero W uses the same chip for wireless connectivity as the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, while the rest of the device is similar to the original Zero Pi computer. It includes a 512 MB of RAM, a 1GHz single-core CPU, a micro-USB OTG port, mini-HDMI, a micro-USB for power, a 40-pin header as well as composite video, camera connector and reset headers.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s latest announcement also includes the official reveal for the plastic case of the Zero and Zero W micro-PCs. Both cases come with swappable lids, one lid having a blank cover, one includes an aperture for GPIOs, and the third one comes with a mounting point for a camera. Furthermore, $5 Zero case features a camera adapter cable as well as rubber feet to prevent it from sliding off a table.
With the addition of wireless connectivity, Raspberry continues to facilitate the development of all sorts of various projects which involves ultra-cheap and disposable computers.
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