Raspberry Pi Foundation Releases New Raspberry Pi Zero W with Wireless LAN and Bluetooth

by Ryan Harbison | 1Q 2017 | IN-4467

On February 28, 2017, Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, announced the release of the Raspberry Pi Zero W, an updated version of the Raspberry Pi Zero, which was released in November 2015. The Raspberry Pi Zero W uses a Cypress CYW43438 wireless chip to provide 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and sells for approximately US$10 plus tax (the previous Raspberry Pi Zero costs US$5). Upton also announced that the Raspberry Pi Foundation sold over 12 million devices since launching in 2012, with 4 million devices sold over the past year alone. The success of the Raspberry Pi proved that there was significant market demand for single-board computers and end-user programming development kits. Despite the release of development kits from ARM, Atmel, Broadcom, Intel, Libelium, and other manufacturers, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has continued to draw developers and grow the maker market using its devices by lowering the traditional barriers to entry.

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