Today the official Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched a new addition to their range of boards, announcing the availability of the new Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller for just £3.60 or $4. The new Pico isn’t designed to replace a Raspberry Pi, which is a different class of device known as a single-board computer. The Raspberry Pi Pico is designed for physical computing projects where it can control familiar components such as LEDs, buttons, sensors, motors and even other microcontrollers. The new microcontroller is powered by a custom chip designed by the Raspberry pi Foundation taking the form of the new dual-core Arm M0+ processor, the RP2040.
Specifications of the new Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller :
- RP2040 microcontroller chip designed by Raspberry Pi in the United Kingdom
- Dual-core Arm Cortex M0+ processor, flexible clock running up to 133 MHz
- 264KB of SRAM, and 2MB of on-board Flash memory
- Castellated module allows soldering direct to carrier boards
- USB 1.1 with device and host support
- Low-power sleep and dormant modes
- Drag-and-drop programming using mass storage over USB
- 26 × multi-function GPIO pins
- 2 × SPI, 2 × I2C, 2 × UART, 3 × 12-bit ADC, 16 × controllable PWM channels
- Accurate clock and timer on-chip
- Temperature sensor
- Accelerated floating-point libraries on-chip
- 8 × Programmable I/O (PIO) state machines for custom peripheral support
To learn more about the new Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller jump over to the official Raspberry Pi Foundation website by following the link below where lots of documentation has been released to help you get started.
Source : RPi
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