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The Pico chip is available now for pairing with Raspberry Pi mini computers.
The Raspberry Pi Pico.
Raspberry Pi on Thursday announced the launch of its first microcontroller product. The $4 Raspberry Pi Pico is powered by a new chip developed by the company. The 7x7mm chip has 40nm silicon with a dual-core Arm Cortex-M0 processor.
Raspberry Pi has sold over 37 million products to date. Its mini computers cost just $35, but sometimes need to be paired with a microcontroller. Until now, Raspberry Pi hadn’t developed its own.
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Here’s the full list of specs for the Raspberry Pi Pico:
- Dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ @ 133MHz
- 264KB of RAM
- 16MB of Flash memory
- DMA controller
- Interpolator and integer divider peripherals
- 30 GPIO pins, four of which can be used as analogue inputs
- 2x UARTs, 2× SPI controllers, and 2× I2C controllers
- 16x PWM channels
- 1x USB 1.1 controller and PHY, with host and device support
- 8x Raspberry Pi Programmable I/O (PIO) state machines
- USB mass storage boot mode with UF2 support
You can buy it online now, or get one for free in the Feb. 2021 issue of HackSpace magazine.