New Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: more powerful but not more expensive!

A new Raspberry Pi for your home automation?

Last week, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that it was severely affected by the semiconductor crisis and that it had no other choice but to significantly increase the price of its Raspberry Pi 4. The bad news of this increase of 30% today leaves room for a much more pleasant news with the announcement of the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W output.

More powerful, more connected, but not more expensive than before, it will still cost you only the modest sum of 16 € to acquire it. Let's see what is in the belly of this nanocomputer which can render us proud services in home automation ...

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: more powerful, more connected!

After a first Zero W launched in 2017, the Raspberry Pi foundation is back today with a second version logically called Raspberry Pi Zero 2W.

A new model now equipped with a Broadcom BCM2710A1 SoC, the same one found in the Raspberry Pi 3, supporting a chip 53-bit ARM Cortex-A64 Quad-Core clocked at 1 GHz accompanied 512MB SDRAM. According to the foundation, this hardware would make the Pi Zero 2W up to 5 times more powerful en multithreading et 40% more efficient en single-threaded.

More powerful, but not more greedy for all that, since the Raspberry Pi Zero 2W still only requires one 2W power supply and remains fully compatible with the accessories of its predecessor. No worries about heat dissipation which is compensated by thicker copper bars, without the format of only 65 x 30 mm does not change.

In short, you will understand, you can easily replace a Zero W by a Zero 2 W at a lower cost. Great news for fans of automation DIY !

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The new Raspberry Zero 2W also offers a rich connection with an interface USB 2.0 OTG, a card reader MicroSDA port mini HDMI, a camera connector CSI-2 and the essential port 40 pin GPIO HAT compatible.

Note, finally, interesting developments on the connectivity side with the presence of a chip Bluetooth LE 4.2 and the arrival of the very useful Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b / g / n 2,4 GHz.

Information

  • SoC : Broadcom BCM2710A1
  • Processor : Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 64 bits at 1 GHz
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth LE 4.2
  • Connectors : Micro USB 2.0 OTG USB port, mini HDMI, CSI-2 camera slot, 40-pin GPIO
  • Dimensions : 65 30 mm x

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: price and availability

Good news, the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is available today in America as in Europe or the United Kingdom. The foundation announces that it will be able to distribute 200 units this year and 000 units as of the first half of 250.

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