Raspberry Pi Pico: $4 Microcontroller From Raspberry Pi With Self-Developed SoC

Raspberry Pi Foundation has just presented its most ambitious project — a microcontroller called Raspberry Pi Pico, equipped with an SoC designed by the Foundation itself. 

After four years of work and development, the Raspberry Pi Foundation presents the Raspberry Pi Pico, the first microcontroller with an RP2040 SoC. All for a price of just $4

The RP2040 dual-core ARM Cortex-M0+ processor with 264KB internal RAM and support for up to 16MB of off-chip Flash. A wide range of flexible I/O options includes I2C, SPI, and — uniquely — Programmable I/O (PIO).

The idea behind the Raspberry Pi Pico seeks to bring programming to as many people as possible, those who are thinking of developing a project with specific tasks, such as robotics or home automation.

The Raspberry Pi Pico has a very small size and more than enough specifications to perform tasks with high-performance workflows, without a graphical environment and that do not require wireless connectivity, since it does not have an internal module for it.

Unlike other Raspberry Pi products, Raspberry Pi Pico does not have an integrated operating system. Its functionality resides in the execution of actions through programming languages ​​such as C or MicroPython. Thanks to this, we can create a weather station, a home automation center, or robotics jobs.

Raspberry emphasizes that this new microcontroller is intended for both beginners and advanced users.

Bhasker Das
Bhasker Das
Bhasker Das, with a master's in Cybersecurity, is a seasoned editor focusing on online security, privacy, and protection. When not decrypting the complexities of the cyber world, Anu indulges in his passion for chess, seeing parallels in strategy and foresight.


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