Raspberry Pi launches Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

In the winter of 2015, the Raspberry Pi Zero was launched, a full-featured single-card computer in the neat size 65 × 30 × 5 mm. The model is equipped with a Broadcom BCM2835 with an ARM11 core in 1.0 GHz flanked by 512 MB LPDDR2 and the very low price tag 5 USD, intended to cost a cup of coffee.

The series was then supplemented with the Raspberry Pi Zero W, which for the cost of another cup of coffee also included support for wireless network connection. Now another model in the Zero family is welcomed, Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, where five years later they believe that they have finally managed to squeeze in more performance without changing the computer’s physical form factor.

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The base consists of the same system circuit that the Raspberry Pi 3 had at launch, the Broadcom BCM2710A1 with four cores ARM Cortex-A53 slightly clocked down to 1.0 GHz. Like the previous model, this company comes with 512 MB of LPDDR2 primary memory, as with package-on-package (POP) stacked over the system circuit to accommodate both. The increase in performance compared to the Raspberry Pi Zero varies mainly when it comes to single-wire performance. The biggest differences are seen in multi-wire applications, where Zero 2 W is said to perform almost exactly five times faster.

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W takes a blade from the remaining newcomers in the Raspberry Pi family for improved cooling. Unlike the first model, layers of copper have been integrated to dissipate heat more efficiently than before. It adds a little more weight, but the dimensions are identical and most accessories for previous models should also fit the new one.

In order to keep down both price and form factor, the company has, as before, scaled down the connection possibilities somewhat. Zero 2 W has a memory card slot for Micro SD, Mini HDMI for picture connection and a USB port with support for USB On-The-Go (OTG). There is also a 40-pin GPIO and CSI-2 connection for camera modules. Zero 2 W also supports wireless connections via Bluetooth or Wifi (802.11 b / g / n). In addition, there is a Micro USB port for power supply.

Sadly, Zero 2 W isn’t immune to the current global semiconductor shortage. We expect to ship roughly 200k units this calendar year, with a further 250k to follow in the first half of 2022.

The original model has been manufactured and sold in millions of copies, but the Raspberry Pi notes that the availability of the Zero 2 W, like much else, is currently affected by ongoing circuit shortages. Approximately 200,000 units are expected during the last months of the year and another 250,000 during the first half of 2022.

The price lands at 15 USD, which is translated by Raspberry Pi’s approved Swedish retailers into 180 kronor. Previous models in the Zero series, on the other hand, are not discontinued, but continue to be both manufactured and sold.

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