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Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Released with Ubuntu Server 21.10 Support

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Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is the successor of the Raspberry Pi Zero W board and the third model in the Raspberry Pi Zero series, which has sold nearly four million units worldwide since its launch six years ago.

Powered by the same Quad-Core 64-bit Broadcom BCM2710A1 ARM Cortex-A53 processor as the first version of the Raspberry Pi 3 board, Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is bundled into a single space-saving package with 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM, 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, and OpenGL ES 1.1 / 2.0 graphics.

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Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Launches As Newer, Faster $10 Single Board

  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Launches As Newer, Faster $10 Single Board Computer

    The Raspberry Pi Foundation today is launching the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W as their newest single board computer succeeding the $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W.

    The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is a form-factor-compatible, drop-in replacement to its predecessor but now sports a 1.0GHz quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor as a big upgrade over the original 1GHz single-core in the original Zero W. There is 512MB of RAM like its predecessor. The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is using a Raspberry Pi RP3A0 system-in-package with BCM2710A1 die that can result in 40% faster single-threaded performance and around five times better multi-threaded performance thanks to the single core to quad core jump.

7 new articles on Raspberry Pi Zero W

  • Raspberry Pi Zero W takes a SiP of Cortex-A53

    The $15 “Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W” updates the tiny Zero W SBC with a SiP packaged, 1GHz, quad -A53 BCM2710A1 SoC that is up to five times faster. The Zero 2 W upgrades the WiFi/BT module to pre-certified 802.11n with BT 4.2.

    Raspberry Pi has launched an updated version of the $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W, which arrived in early 2017 as a wireless-enabled alternative to the similarly petite, $5 Raspberry Pi Zero. The $15 Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W maintains the 65 x 30mm footprint and ports of the W, but advances from the 1GHz, ARM11-based Broadcom BCM2836 to a SiP-packaged Broadcom BCM2710A1 with 4x Cortex-A53 cores.

  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W with Ubuntu Server 21.10 support is here | Ubuntu

    The hits keep coming from Raspberry Pi this month. Last week we saw the release of the Raspberry Pi Build Hat, which combines the flexibility of LEGO with the power of the Pi to unlock a new learning experience for educators and makers.

    This week it’s the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W. We are stoked to confirm that both Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu Core will run on the Zero 2 W. To share the excitement, here is a rundown of the exciting aspects of the Zero 2 W and a guide on how to get started with Ubuntu Server 21.10. Users of 20.04 and Ubuntu Core 20 will have to hold tight until November, but we’ve also included a setup guide below in preparation.

  • New Raspberry Pi Zero 2 Upgrades To Quad-Core Processor | Hackaday

    Over the years, we’ve seen a steady stream of updates for the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s flagship single-board computer (SBC), with each new release representing a significant boost in processing power and capability. But the slim Raspberry Pi Zero, released all the way back in 2015, hasn’t been quite so fortunate. Beyond the “W” revision that added WiFi and Bluetooth in 2017, the specs of the diminutive board have remained unchanged since its release.

    That is, until now. With the introduction of the $15 USD Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, the ultra-compact Linux board gets a much-needed performance bump thanks to the new RP3A0 system-in-package, which combines a Broadcom BCM2710A1 die with 512 MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM and a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1 GHz. In practical terms, the Raspberry Pi Foundation says the new Zero 2 is five times as fast as its predecessor with multi-threaded workloads, and offers a healthy 40% improvement in single-threaded performance. That puts it about on par with the Raspberry Pi 3, though with only half the RAM.

  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: We Have a New Pi Priced at $15

    Today we can take a look at the brand new Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W which has just been released by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. So let’s go and take a closer look.

    Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is a tiny low-cost computer with a massive user base that is perfect for embedded projects. But let’s start with the name. The number 2 indicating second generation and the W meaning that it’s got wireless connectivity.

  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is Here! - It's FOSS News

    Raspberry Pi Zero W is one of the most affordable single-board computers that include wireless and Bluetooth connectivity.

    While there are some differences between the Raspberry Pi Zero vs. Raspberry Pi Zero W, both were pretty solid deals considering they launched for $5 and $10, respectively.

    Now, Raspberry Pi has unveiled the successor to this lineup after about six years, i.e., Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W priced at $15.

  • $15 Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W launched with quad-core CPU, 512MB RAM - CNX Software

    Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is the first quad-core SBC from the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the Raspberry Pi Zero form factor. Based on the RP3A0 system-in-package (SiP) comprised of a Broadcom BCM2710A1 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor and 512MB LPDDR2, the new Pi Zero W 2 board offers the exact same interfaces as its predecessor.

    This includes a MicroSD card socket, a mini HDMI port, two micro USB ports, a MIPI CSI-2 camera connector, as well as an unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header. The wireless module appears to have changed but still offers WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 4.x BLE, and it’s using the same VideoCore IV GPU to handle 3D graphics and video encoding and decoding up to 1080p30.

  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W and Zero W features comparison - CNX Software

    So the main reasons to get a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W over a Raspberry Pi Zero W is the extra performance enabled by the quad-core Cortex-A53 processor and possibly better wireless performance. The downsides are at the new board costs $5 more, and power consumption might be higher, but this would have to be tested under various scenarios. Another reason you may end up getting the Zero 2 W board that is not shown in the specifications is the recent shortage of chips, so the new board may be more likely to be in stock at your local distributor.

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  • New Raspberry PI Zero 2 W Released!

    About 6 years after the first 5$ computer (Raspberry PI Zero) and about 4 years after the wireless-integrated Raspberry PI Zero W, the Foundation has announced another new family component: the Raspberry PI Zero 2 W

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  • New product: Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W on sale now at $15

    Priced at $15, Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W uses the same Broadcom BCM2710A1 SoC die as the launch version of Raspberry Pi 3, with Arm cores slightly down-clocked to 1GHz, bundled into a single space-saving package alongside 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM. The exact performance uplift over Zero varies across workloads, but for multi-threaded sysbench it is almost exactly five times faster.

  • Everything about Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

    Read on for all the details and reasons behind these technology choices, and find out what you can and what you can’t do with the new Raspberry Pi family addition. Also check out our FAQ section for any questions you still might have. (Yes, you can overclock the Zero 2).

  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Review: The Long Awaited Sequel

    The year is 2021 and after six long years we finally see a CPU update to the Raspberry Pi Zero range. The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is a $15 quad core Arm Cortex A53, similar to that of the Raspberry Pi 3, in fact they share the same BCM2710A1 die, but the Zero 2 W is underclocked to 1 GHz on all cores. We were lucky enough to get hands on with the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, months ahead of its launch and we put it through its paces to see if it is worth the extra $5.

  • Look inside the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W and the RP3A0-AU

    Today, Raspberry Pi released their new Zero 2 W, and it includes a new Raspberry Pi-branded chip, labeled RP3A0-AU.

    I was able to get early access to the Zero 2, and I have a full review of the device on my YouTube channel, but I wanted to share more of the X-ray images I took of the device to reveal its inner workings, and because I just think they look cool. Also, I paid a bit of money to get these pictures, so might as well share!

  • TSMC founder questions US move to rebuild chip supply chain

    A veteran of the semiconductor industry has cast doubts on whether the US$52 billion allocated by the US for investment in its chip industry will be enough to rebuild a complete supply chain in the country.

  • The $15 Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is ready to power your tiniest projects

    The Raspberry Pi company is best known for its main eponymous product line, now in its fourth incarnation (and also getting a little pricier, at least temporarily). But there are all sorts of variations on the inexpensive single-board computers, including ones that go even smaller and less powerful, for the tiniest of custom projects and industrial builds. The latest is a sequel to the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero, the Pi Zero 2 W.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W mini review - Benchmarks and thermal perf

  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W mini review - Benchmarks and thermal performance - CNX Software

    The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W board yesterday with the main difference against Raspberry Pi Zero W board being the much faster Raspberry Pi RP3A0 SiP with a Broadcom quad-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1.0 GHz and overclockable to 1.2 GHz.

    I received my sample shortly after publishing the announcement, and I had time to test it. Since the main difference is the processor, I’ll focus this review on benchmarks and whether additional cooling is required for the board.

Video: Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

Review by a hardcore Microsoft booster

  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W review: Low-cost single-board device gets a quad-core upgrade

    The launch of the $15 Pi Zero 2 W was still something of a surprise. Not only did it offer considerable speed upgrades, it introduced new Raspberry Pi-specific silicon packaging in the RP3A0. Starting with the same quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 SoC used in the Raspberry Pi 3 (BCM2710A1), it packages the processor die with 512MB of SDRAM, putting the memory in the same package as the SoC. The packaging even includes its own copper heatsinks, which should mean the Pi Zero 2 W runs cooler than its predecessor -- even when it's running at 1 GHz. This isn't Raspberry Pi developing its own silicon like it did with the RP2040, but it is providing its own spin on silicon packaging.

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