Raspberry Pi PICO


Raspberry Pi foundation has released their latest product Raspberry Pi PICO. This is their first product using a microcontroller which they have designed inhouse.

RP2040 is manufactured on a modern 40nm process node, delivering high
performance, low dynamic power consumption, and low leakage, with a variety
of low-power modes to support extended-duration operation on battery power.

Raspberry Pi Pico is the debut microcontroller-class board from Raspberry Pi.
Built around our RP2040 silicon platform, Pico brings Raspberry Pi’s signature values of
high performance, low cost, and ease of use to the microcontroller space.

Raspberry Pi PICO 1
Photo Courtesy: Raspberry Pi Foundation

Technical Specification

  • Compact size: 21 mm × 51 mm form factor MCU Board. Castellated module allows soldering direct to carrier boards
  • RP2040 microcontroller chip designed by Raspberry Pi in the UK
  • Dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ processor, clock running up to 133 MHz
  • 264KB on-chip SRAM
  • 2MB on-board QSPI Flash (Program resides and executes from this memory)
  • 26 multifunction GPIO pins, including 3 analogue inputs
  • 2 × UART
  • 2 × SPI
  • 2 × I2C controllers
  • 16 × PWM channels
  • 1 × USB 1.1 controller and PHY, with host and device support
  • 8 × Programmable I/O (PIO) state machines for custom peripheral support
  • Supported input power 1.8–5.5V DC
  • Operating temperature -20°C to +85°C
  • Drag-and-drop programming using mass storage over USB
  • Low-power sleep and dormant modes
  • Accurate on-chip clock
  • Temperature sensor
  • Accelerated integer and floating-point libraries on-chip

Raspberry Pi PICO Pinout

Raspberry Pi PICO 2
Photo Courtesy: Raspberry Pi Foundation

Getting started with Raspberry Pi PICO

One can program PICO board using C/C++ or MicroPython. Whatever your preference is, you can find all information available here

To wo know more in depth about PICO and hardware application interfacing, refer to the documentation here.

Raspberry Pi PICO board design is Open Source and available here. In case you are building your own project using PICO board, don’t forget to use the step file to add to your board 3D model.

How to buy PICO?

PICO board is selling at 4$ worldwide. In India it is costing some where from 350/- to 450/- in retail from many of the authorized resellers.

So, what are you thinking of building using Raspberry Pi PICO?

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