Raspberry Pi Zero production update from Eben Upton

Raspberry Pi Zero production

Good news from Raspberry Pi Trading – Raspberry Pi Zero production is soon to enter a new phase, bringing with it better availability… and something mysterious. Here’s what Eben Upton had to say on a recent Raspberry Pi Forum thread:

Raspberry PI Zero production is restarting in Wales next Monday after a hiatus to allow us to focus on Raspberry Pi 3 (a million units built and counting). We have placed 250ku of new orders, and are aiming to produce at least 50ku/month for the rest of this year. Distribution will continue to be via Pimoroni, Pi Hut, Adafruit and Micro Center for now.

He also added a mysterious hint of something new to be added to the Zero:

To thank you for your patience, we’ve taken advantage of the hiatus to add a (much requested) new feature. I’ll leave you all to guess what it is (it’s not WiFi).


So! What do you reckon the new feature is? Add a comment below with your best guess!


27 comments for “Raspberry Pi Zero production update from Eben Upton

  1. Matt
    13 April 2016 at 10:57 am

    Calling it:
    Donut dispenser!

    Always needed one of those on my desk! Can’t wait. Don’t let me down!

  2. Mike Marshall
    13 April 2016 at 11:15 am

    If it’s not WiFi, then I’m guessing it’ll be the addition of header pins.

  3. Ola
    13 April 2016 at 11:17 am

    Audio out via the composite video header?

  4. Canuck
    13 April 2016 at 11:41 am

    Bluetooth, Zigbee, or full-sized USB.

    Sorry, that’s three guesses…

  5. Bargepole
    13 April 2016 at 11:52 am

    SATA Connection 🙂

  6. Scott Bridges
    13 April 2016 at 11:57 am

    Would love to see a CSI connector.

  7. Pegleg
    13 April 2016 at 12:14 pm

    USB power socket will work as USB 2 port.

  8. Szymon
    13 April 2016 at 12:43 pm

    USB BackPower?

  9. 13 April 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Maybe is the quad core processor from Raspberry Pi 2, considering the competence like Orange Pi ONE or C.H.I.P.

  10. 13 April 2016 at 1:01 pm

    The P5 header is coming back 🙂

    A camera interface would be cool, but maybe that’s not possible?

  11. 13 April 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Camera connector.

  12. trustypenguin
    13 April 2016 at 1:10 pm


  13. lidrol
    13 April 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I wish it to be the camera connector

  14. Brian Williams
    13 April 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Ok, I’ll guess ethernet. Can’t understand why they cannot just add that little bluetooth-wifi chip like on the Pi 3.

    • Michael Horne
      13 April 2016 at 3:26 pm

      I’m sure it’s just a question of space and not wanting to put things on the underside of the board. Mind you, Eben has said that there’s no guarantee of form factor. But, it’s definitely not wifi at the moment!

  15. Zak Zebrowski
    13 April 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I’ll cross my fingers for solar power. Not realistic, but fun to think about.

  16. David S
    13 April 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Wifi and Bluetooth and CSI is unlikely because it uses more space and makes the rpi more expensive.

    • Michael Horne
      15 April 2016 at 1:35 pm

      And it’s definitely not wifi/bluetooth because of what Eben said in the post quoted.

  17. 13 April 2016 at 6:50 pm

    A reason for me to buy yet another, I imagine.

  18. Jim Murphy
    13 April 2016 at 9:13 pm

    My bet is for a Bluetooth LE chip as fitted on the RPi3

  19. 15 April 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Reset switch

  20. TheFred
    15 April 2016 at 1:41 pm

    GPIO Pins and that idea about a reset or shutdown switch would be very nice indeed.

  21. Topher Campbell
    15 April 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I hope its an onboard lipo battery circuit so we can power these through a battery. that would be amazing.

  22. RFincher
    7 May 2016 at 2:17 am

    More memory (although the header would be nice to, but some folks like the low profile without it).

    Memory can be added without changing anything on the board, just substituting a new chip for the old one.

  23. Paul Whitehouse
    9 May 2016 at 9:28 pm

    It would be nice just to be able to actually get hold of one (Pi Zero) – the last I saw of one was in the hand of Lord Lucan as he rode into the sunset on Shergar…

    • Michael Horne
      10 May 2016 at 11:12 am

      Don’t forget Jimmy Hoffa. All I can say is: keep your eyes peeled over the next week.

  24. Paul Whitehouse
    9 May 2016 at 9:30 pm

    For my money the new addition will be the camera… absolutely certain…. especially as a new one has been released..

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