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The all new Raspberry Pi Pico | specs, features and more

Updated: Apr 21

We all are familiar with the Raspberry Pi. It has outranked all mini desktop computers for decades of computing history. Nay, it has even become computing history. Although extremely famous for extremely cheap and tiny computers, Raspberry Pi had never tried to enter the electronic world of microcontrollers. Until now. With the announcement and release of Raspberry Pi Pico, the well known brand instantly rooted itself deeply into the field of electronics. Arduino has always been the leading supplier of Microcontrollers. Is that about to change? Let's have a closer look at what the new Raspberry Pi Pico has to offer.

Raspberry Pi Pico
Raspberry Pi Pico
RP2040 Processor

The Pi Pico has its own custom-made processor, the RP2040. The processor is designed for Microcontrolling. It has all the features that you might ever need, and its learning curve ranges from beginner to very intermediate learners. The "2" in the processor's name stands for dual-core. Imagine having two cores in a processor made for miniature circuits. Keep that image in mind because it's going to get crazier. This processor can reach to speeds up to 133 MHz. This powerful processor allows for many power-consuming components attached together and leaves out plenty of room for more calculations. All of that in a small chip, the size of a fingernail.

The RP2040 Processor
The RP2040 Processor
Wireless connectivity!

A microcontroller that fits in half your palm, now with wireless connectivity! The latest Pi Pico models, Pico W and Pico WH, now support a fully equipped 2.4Hz Wireless connectivity card. The applications know no bounds. Any data from sensors and components can direct reach your computer connected with LAN or maybe a server and put online. Only sky's the limit. The wireless connectivity feature brings this already sophisticated piece of hardware above all other microcontrollers.

The newly added NIC to the Pi Pico
The newly added NIC to the Pi Pico
All specs.
  • 21 mm × 51 mm form factor

  • RP2040 microcontroller chip designed by Raspberry Pi in the UK

  • Dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ processor, flexible clock running up to 133 MHz

  • 264kB on-chip SRAM

  • 2MB on-board QSPI flash

  • 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless LAN (Raspberry Pi Pico W and WH only)

  • 26 multifunction GPIO pins, including 3 analogue inputs

  • 2 × UART, 2 × SPI controllers, 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 (Raspberry Pi Pico and Pico H); -20°C to +70°C (Raspberry Pi Pico W and Pico WH)

  • Castellated module allows soldering direct to carrier boards (Raspberry Pi Pico and Pico W only)

  • 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

And not just that...

If you're looking for Microcontrollers in 2022, the Pi Pico is a no-brainer. The advanced chip, the amazing features all create a piece of hardware so powerful that you won't even use all of its capabilities ever, perhaps. All of that in just $6. $6 for the most expensive models. Yes, all this power comes in just $3-6. If you haven't tried the Pi Pico yet, this is the time.

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Short and effective! LearnElectronics India never disappoints.


Anushka Gupta
Anushka Gupta

I found this blog/article on the Raspberry Pi Pico to be incredibly insightful. The writer from Learn Electronics India has a knack for explaining complex concepts in a clear and concise manner. I particularly enjoyed reading about the board's unique features and potential applications. It's a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the Raspberry Pi Pico.

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