Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W outperforms predecessor by 5x

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W outperforms predecessor by 5x

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new version of its compact, wireless $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W board offering increased performance.
By Rich Pell

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

Key Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W specifications include:

  • Broadcom BCM2710A1, quad-core 64-bit SoC (Arm Cortex-A53 @ 1GHz)
  • 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE
  • 1 × USB 2.0 interface with OTG
  • HAT-compatible 40 pin I/O header footprint
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Mini HDMI port
  • Composite video and reset pin solder points
  • CSI-2 camera connector
  • H.264, MPEG-4 decode (1080p30); H.264 encode (1080p30)
  • OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 graphics

In common with other recent Raspberry Pi products, Zero 2 W uses thick internal copper layers to conduct heat away from the processor.

“If you hold a Zero W and a Zero 2 W in your hands, you can really feel the difference in weight,” says Eben Upton, Chief Executive Raspberry Pi Trading. “All this extra copper translates into higher sustained performance: we’ve found that in a 20°C ambient environment, an uncased Zero 2 W can run our favourite LINPACK linear-algebra stress test indefinitely without throttling.

Like all Raspberry Pi products since 3B+, Zero 2 W has FCC modular certification, which reduces the compliance workload involved in incorporating it into an end product. A new official USB power supply is also available, for $8, which closely resembles the Raspberry Pi 4 PSU, but with a USB micro-B connector in place of the USB-C connector, and with a slightly reduced peak current rating of 2.5A.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is available now in the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong.

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