Raspberry Pi Pico: a microcontroller at only $4 to appeal to the general public

Raspberry Pi Pico is the new product of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It is a very small microcontroller, equipped for the first time with an internally developed chip: the RP2040. Find out everything you need to know.

With his miniature computer, the Raspberry Foundation has already won the hearts of geeks… for a long, long time. These small devices offer many possibilities and give free rein to the inventiveness of the users.

At present, the foundation is seeking to diversify by developing microcontrollers and chips. The new Raspberry Pi Pico is a $4 microcontroller even smaller than the previous models. It embeds a chip powerful enough for Machine Learning projects.

As explained by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in a blog post, existing Pi are already often used together with a smaller microcontroller. By producing its own, the foundation wishes to avoid the use of third party devices by users.

Raspberry Pi Pico: a homemade RP2040 chip

For the first time, the Pico is equipped with a chip produced by the foundation: the RP2040. The processor is a dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ clocked at 133MHz. This chip is combined with 2MB of RAM, a clickable button, and a Micro USB type B port. Up to 16MB of flash memory can be supported via a QSPI bus.

Partnerships have been formed with companies such as Arduino, Adafruit or Pimoroni to integrate the RP2040 chip with other cards and gadgets. These include, for example the Pimoroni PicoSystem game consoleThe Adafruit Feather RP 2040 card, or the Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect.

pico console

The Raspberry Pi Pico is available right now for 4 dollars only. With this unbeatable prize, the foundation hopes to appeal to a wide audience…

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