Welcome back, everyone! It's Friday, and that means more new products to share. This week, we have two brand new Thing Plus boards equipped with the new XBee3 Micro Module. We also have a Qwiic Atmospheric Sensor Breakout that utilizes the reliable BME280 chip, and a new Raspberry Pi Zero W version. We round out the day with three panel-mountable USB cables. Let's jump in and take a closer look!
The XBee3 Thing Plus U.FL and Chip Antenna boards are an ultra capable and easy way for getting into wireless device development. The combination of XBee and Qwiic in a space-conscious design represents a much needed update to our XBee offering. With 20 I/O pins and Lithium Polymer Ion battery management, the XBee3 Thing Plus has all the basics for quickly prototyping or developing a connected device such as a remote sensor. The Qwiic connector and JST connector for the battery make for a solder-less option when working with the board, which shortens setup time.
The SparkFun BME280 Atmospheric Sensor Breakout is an easy way to measure barometric pressure, humidity and temperature readings, all without taking up too much space. Basically, you can find out anything you need to know about atmospheric conditions from this tiny breakout. The BME280 Breakout has been designed to be used in indoor/outdoor navigation, weather forecasting, home automation, and even personal health and wellness monitoring. Utilizing our handy Qwiic system, no soldering is required to connect it to the rest of your system. However, we still have broken out 0.1"-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.
The credit card-sized computer has become even smaller! The Raspberry Pi Zero W is still the Pi you know and love, but at a largely reduced size of only 65-by-30 mm, and now includes headers! With the addition of wireless LAN and Bluetooth, the Raspberry Pi Zero W is ideal for making embedded Internet of Things (IoT) projects. The Pi Zero W has been designed to be as flexible and compact as possible with mini connectors and a populated 40-pin GPIO.
Also today, we have three new, panel-mountable USB cables: a micro-B and a USB-C extension cables as well a USB-B to micro-B cable. Each cable is 6 inches in length, and includes two 14-millimeter M3 screws compatible with the cable's 3 mm panel-mount holes.