Hello Raspberry Pi Pico and RP2040!

Raspberry Pi has been on a roll those previous few months and they don’t seem to be preventing now! SparkFun is proud to co-announce and introduce you to the Raspberry Pi Pico and the RP2040 processor! This marks the primary time the Raspberry Pi Foundation has produced a microcontroller over a microcomputer, and even if they range very much, each were produced with the similar degree of care and attention as some other Raspberry Pi board. So what precisely is being introduced and launched as of late? Let’s have a look!

Raspberry Pi Pico

Raspberry Pi Pico



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The Raspberry Pi Pico is a cheap, high-performance microcontroller board with versatile virtual interfaces. It options the RP2040 – Raspberry Pi’s first microcontroller designed in-house. Pico supplies minimum (but versatile) exterior circuitry to beef up the RP2040 chip (Flash, crystal, energy provides and decoupling and USB connector). The majority of the RP2040 microcontroller pins are dropped at the consumer IO pins at the left and proper edges of the board. Four RP2040 IO are used for inside purposes – using an LED, on-board Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) energy keep watch over and sensing the gadget voltages.

At the middle of the Pico is Raspberry Pi’s new RP2040 IC. The RP2040 is supported with each C/C++ and MicroPython cross-platform construction environments, and simple get right of entry to to runtime debugging missing in different microcontrollers. It has been constructed with critical consideration to element, with UF2 boot and float-point routines baked into the chip. As a consequence it’s simple to make use of, with inbuilt USB that may act as each instrument and host, and twin symmetric cores. It is succesful, with excessive inside bandwidth, helpful for sign processing and video. It is deterministic, however keeps flexibility. This feeds into functionality, particularly for real-time paintings. The chip has a fairly great amount of inside RAM to be had, however makes use of exterior flash for flexibility, permitting you to make a choice how a lot reminiscence you wish to have to your product.

That’s no longer just about all, even though, as a result of Raspberry Pi has additionally enabled all in their members, together with SparkFun, to create their very own construction forums that make the most of the RP2040 processor. With that wisdom, we’re glad to additionally announce as of late three new SparkFun Original forums with the RP2040 at their hearts.

SparkFun Pro Micro - RP2040

SparkFun Pro Micro – RP2040



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SparkFun MicroMod RP2040 Processor



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SparkFun Thing Plus – RP2040


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We are glad to carry you three distinctive shape components: Pro Micro, MicroMod, and Feather-compatible Thing Plus – all provided with the RP2040. With its 3.3 V tolerance, the RP2040 makes a super are compatible with the Qwiic Connect System, which is why we made positive to incorporate them on each our Pro Micro and Thing Plus variations. Of route, you’ll additionally be capable to make the most of the 100+ Qwiic ecosystem forums with the MicroMod RP2040 as smartly – you can simply must come to a decision which Carrier Board you wish to have to your challenge!

Each of those forums are actually to be had for pre-order, and we are hoping to start out transport them in the following couple of weeks. Avra might be again day after today to supply us with extra main points on every of those forums!


Get Started with MicroPython on Raspberry Pi Pico



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Of route, Raspberry Pi has additionally supplied you with the approach to best possible paintings with their new Pico board. With Get Started with MicroPython on Raspberry Pi Pico, you can discover ways to paintings with the Raspberry Pi Pico and create methods that make the most of the board’s enter and output pins to do such things as keep watch over LEDs, write to elementary persona LEDs, and a lot more. The abilities you can be told with this guide will even switch to different {hardware}, similar to Raspberry Pi computer systems and different forums that settle for programming within the MicroPython language.

We are past excited to get our arms at the new Raspberry Pi Pico and create new tasks, however what do you wish to have to make use of it for? Are you excited to check out making one thing new with Raspberry Pi’s first microcontroller? Let us know within the feedback under and we will communicate with you once more day after today with additional info at the SparkFun Original RP2040 forums!

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