Raspberry Pi moves into the microcontroller market

January 21, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Raspberry Pi moves into the microcontroller market
Raspberry Pi-designed silicon delivers high-performance, low-cost and is easily incorporated into a range of professional microcontroller applications.

Farnell, an Avnet Company, has announced the first product built on Raspberry Pi-designed silicon, the Raspberry Pi Pico. This product brings Raspberry Pi’s signature values of high performance, low cost, and ease of use to the microcontroller market, in a game-changing $4 development kit.

The Raspberry Pi Pico development kit is built around the brand-new Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller, delivering a flexible, highly affordable development platform that can also be directly deployed into end products, reducing time-to-market. RP2040 offers high performance for integer workloads, a large on-chip memory, and a wide range of I/O options, making it a flexible solution for a wide range of microcontroller applications.

Professional design engineers who are already comfortable working with Raspberry Pi will easily adopt the Raspberry Pi Pico and appreciate its ease of use and affordability.

The RP2040 has 264kB of on-chip SRAM, 2MB of on-board QSPI Flash and 26 GPIO pins, of which 3 can be used as analogue inputs. An on-board power supply generates 3.3 V for the RP2040 and external circuitry, while a wide input voltage range, from 1.8 V to 5.5 V, gives designers the flexibility to select their preferred power source. To aid manufacturing, the device has 0.1-inch through-hole pads with castellated edges for SMT assembly.

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