Raspberry Pi Zero W has Wi-Fi Capabilities

At the end of February, Raspberry Pi launched Raspberry Pi Zero W. This is the first Raspberry Pi that offers Wi-Fi connectivity on their boards. The Raspberry Pi Zero W is an updated version of the original Raspberry Pi Zero v1.3, with a wireless chip that supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0. At 2.6″ x 1.2″ x 0.2″, the Pi Zero W has the same dimensions as the original but weighs a little more due to the extra chip.

Raspberry Pi Zero W

The Pi Zero W has the same radio chip as the Raspberry Pi 3, but has an antenna that has been printed into the board. The antenna is licensed technology from Swedish company Proant. Roger Thornton, principal hardware engineer, says, it is “a resonant cavity which is formed by etching away copper on each layer of the PCB structure.” This means radio waves resonate in the cavity at the right frequency. The Pi Zero W comes with a case with interchangeable lids, sold separately, that have holes for ports, pins and a ribbon connector for the camera.

Raspberry Pi Zero W Antenna
Raspberry Pi Zero W Antenna

You can buy the Pi Zero W at CanaKit, Adafruit, or Micro Center in the US. Here is the full list of specifications for the new Pi Zero W.

  • Dimensions: 65mm × 30mm × 5mm
  • SoC: Broadcom BCM2835
  • CPU: ARM11 running at 1GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Wireless: 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth Classic 4.1 and Bluetooth LE
  • Power: 5V, supplied via micro USB connector
  • Video & Audio: 1080P HD video & stereo audio via mini-HDMI connector
  • Storage: MicroSD card
  • Output: Micro USB
  • GPIO: 40-pin GPIO, unpopulated
  • Pins: Run mode, unpopulated; RCA composite, unpopulated
  • Camera Serial Interface (CSI)

Source: Raspberry Pi

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