This is the new Raspberry Pi Zero W - with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

New $10 computer adds wireless connectivity to the tiny Pi Zero.
Written by Steve Ranger, Global News Director

The new Raspberry Pi Zero W.

Image: Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled a new model of the tiny computing board, the Raspberry Pi Zero W, which adds Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and is priced at $10.

In November 2015 the Raspberry Pi Zero was released -- a tiny $5 entry-level Raspberry Pi, cheap enough that the Foundation even gave it away free with its MagPi magazine (if you managed to grab one quick enough). Since then the tiny board has been used in projects from miniature arcade cabinets to electric skateboards. But many of these projects need wireless connections which means adding a wireless dongle -- and that can easily cost more than the Zero.

The new Zero W uses the same Cypress CYW43438 wireless chip as Raspberry Pi 3 Model B to provide 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

The Foundation said the device will now make a better general-purpose computer because users are less likely to need a hub, and if using Bluetooth peripherals might not need to plug anything into the USB port. "And of course it's a great platform for experimenting with IoT applications," it added.

The Foundation said there is also a new official injection-moulded case for the board, and new distributors including ModMyPi in the UK; pi3g in Germany; Samm Teknoloji in Turkey; Kubii in France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal; and Kiwi Electronics in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

The Foundation said the new board is available from all Zero distributors today, with the exception of Micro Center, which should have stock in stores by the end of this week.

It's five years since the original Raspberry Pi was launched. In that time it has grown into one of the biggest UK technology successes of all time. The team thought they might sell a thousand: they sold one hundred thousand on the first day, and have now sold over twelve million of the tiny devices in various designs.

Last month the Pi makers unveiled the Compute Module 3, a slimmed-down Raspberry Pi 3 for developing customized hardware, such as TV displays, industrial control systems, and home media players.

Raspberry Pi Zero W specs

  • 1GHz, single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini-HDMI port
  • Micro-USB On-The-Go port
  • Micro-USB power
  • HAT-compatible 40-pin header
  • Composite video and reset headers
  • CSI camera connector
  • 802.11n wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.0

TechRepublic had taken a deep dive into the Raspberry Pi Zero W with a detailed look at the performance of the new hardware, a gallery taking a closer look at the Pi, and videos on how to set up your Raspberry Pi Zero W and a guided tour of the new $10 board.

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