Raspberry Pi Pico board

Interesting new micro-controller board and custom chip from Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi Pico.

Pico provides a single push button, which can be used to enter USB mass-storage mode at boot time and also as a general input, and a single LED. It exposes 26 of the 30 GPIO pins on RP2040, including three of the four analogue inputs, to 0.1”-pitch pads; you can solder headers to these pads or take advantage of their castellated edges to solder Pico directly to a carrier board.

It is programmable with Python and C/C++. Cross-platform toolchain for development on Windows, macOS, and Linux — including, naturally, the Raspberry Pi family itself Supports TensorFlow Lite.

Raspberry Pi is looking to do for the microcontroller market what they’ve already done for single-board computers with the launch of the Pico. The board — priced at just $4 — is based on the RP2040, a dual-core Cortex-M0+ processor designed in house. It designed to be easy to taken into use.

Announcement at Facebook says:

It’s been a big week. We launched something tiny, something new – Raspberry Pi Pico, just for you.

Read all about it, plus everything else that went down at Raspberry Pi in the last few days, in Raspberry Pi Weekly.


Raspberry Pi’s just-announced Pico board! Powered by RPi’s first custom silicon, the RP2040, this little board breaks out 26 GPIO pins and is designed to be embeddable. Let’s take a look!

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Robin Reiter’s Pixel Pump Is an Open Tool for SMT Pick-and-Place, Powered by a Raspberry Pi RP2040

    Powered by the same microcontroller as the Raspberry Pi Pico, this open source vacuum pump aims to make SMT assembly a cinch.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dmytro Panin’s Solar System Clock Does All Its Orbital Calculations on a Raspberry Pi RP2040

    Adding a real-time clock and display to the Raspberry Pi Pico, this unusual clock keeps track of where each planet is in its orbit

    Written in MicroPython, the program runs on the Raspberry Pi Pico’s RP2040 and displays its output in full colour on a Pimoroni Pico Display Pack. Rather than relying on the RP2040′s internal clock, it uses an external DS3231 real-time clock — which, once set, can be kept ticking using an optional coin-cell battery. The current date can be adjusted using the buttons on the face.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Getting Started: Arduino IoT Cloud and Nano RP2040 Connect

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi Pico Turret Calculates the Perfect Shot
    By Ash Hill 4 days ago

    Ready, aim, Pico!


  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    SB Components Ltd has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a Raspberry Pi Pico carrier board designed to improve its suitability for IoT — by giving it a cellular modem.

    SB Components’ Latest Board Looks to Get Your Raspberry Pi Pico Projects Online via 2G Cellular

    This surprisingly affordable feature-packed expansion board is built with the IoT in mind, but has a finite lifespan thanks to 2G shutdowns.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Redditor EnviousMedia developed this Pico clone to practice PCB design and replaced the micro USB port with USB-C.

    Get USB-C with This Raspberry Pi Pico Clone

    Redditor EnviousMedia developed this Pico clone to practice PCB design and replaced the micro USB port with a USB-C port.

    Whenever you want to learn a new creative skill, replication is a great way to practice. If you want to pick up painting, you can try reproducing Van Gogh’s Starry Night. If you’re learning CAD, try to create a 3D model of something sitting on your desk. Redditor EnviousMedia is learning about microcontrollers and PCB design. To practice their skills, they designed this Raspberry Pi Pico clone that features a USB-C port.


  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Invector Labs’ Challenger RP2040 WiFi Offers a Raspberry Pi Pico, ESP8285 Wi-Fi, and LiPo Charging
    MicroPython, CircuitPython and Arduino IDE compatible, this low-cost Feather board ticks a lot of boxes.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    In this article we will present the advantages and disadvantages of this new microcontroller, and the changes it brings compared to previous versions. There is also a temperature measurement project using the internal temperature sensor. https://qr.ae/pGOP2f

  9. Travis scott merch shop says:

    i am thakful to sharing this amazing post

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    MacroPact Is a Raspberry Pi Pico Macro Keyboard
    This stunning Raspberry Pi Pico macro keyboard features 17 keys, two encoders, an IPS screen, and a 3D-printed enclosure.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Supercharge your Nano RP2040 Connect, Nano 33 BLE and Nano 33 BLE Sense — they’re now compatible with OpenMV’s MicroPython!


  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This Raspberry Pi Pico-Powered Compact Keyboard PCB Breaks Unused GPIO Out to 3.5mm Jacks
    Designed to make the most of the RP2040 microcontroller, this clever compact keyboard includes a rotary encoder and two expansion ports.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Oak Development Technologies is back with another board design, this time taking the Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller and making every function accessible to breadboard users: the BREAD 2040.

    Oak Development Technologies’ BREAD 2040 Brings All RP2040 Features to Breadboard Users

    Tweaks over the Raspberry Pi Pico include a physical reset button, USB Type-C, and breadboard-friendly SWD pins.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Pimoroni’s New Plasma 2040 Aims to Make NeoPixel, DotStar LED Strip Projects as Easy as Possible
    Powered by the same microcontroller as the Raspberry Pi Pico, this board has one purpose in life: driving LED strips.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Three-component project only needs a Raspberry Pi Pico or other RP2040-based board, an amplifier, and a speaker.

    Adafruit’s Kattni Rembor Shows How Easy It Is to Play MP3s on a Raspberry Pi Pico via CircuitPython

    Three-component project only needs a Raspberry Pi Pico or other RP2040-based board, an amplifier, and a speaker.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Blackbeat.io’s Blackboard Is a Minimalist Capacitive Input Device Powered by a Raspberry Pi Pico
    Featuring a flat black surface with 24 capacitive touch positions, plus a 3×3 LED matrix, this gadget is certainly stylish.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Visual MicroPython Platform BIPES Gets Some Major
    Upgrades, Including a Dashboard and Web Bluetooth

    Latest release brings new IoT features, refactored code, a better file browser, Web Bluetooth support, Snek for AVRs, and more.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    LILYGO’s T-Display Gets an RP2040 Makeover, Offers Microcontroller and Display for Under $10

    Selling for under $10, this board breaks out a lot of RP2040 features — behind a bright, full-color IPS LCD panel.

    Internet of Things (IoT) specialist LILYGO has launched a new version of its compact T-Display development board — this time packing a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller underneath a 1.14″ color display.

    LILYGO showed off the design of the T-Display RP2040, as the new board is named, back in July. Based on its earlier T-Display ESP32 design, the breadboard-friendly microcontroller kit features a USB Type-C connector for data and power, 2.54mm GPIO pins to both edges, and two user-addressable buttons

    Its biggest feature, though only relatively speaking: A 1.14″ full-color IPS LCD display, offering a 240×135 resolution.

    To the microcontroller’s on-board dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ processing cores, eight programmable input/output (PIO) state machines, and 264kB of static RAM (SRAM) LILYGO has added 4MB of external SPI flash and a two-pin JST connector for an optional lithium-polymer battery.

    The LILYGO T-Display RP2040 is now available on AliExpress at $9.98 with unsoldered male headers and a JST cable — a 20% saving over the usual retail price.


  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    BlueMicro’s PyKey60 Is a 60% Mechanical Keyboard Powered by an RP2040 and CircuitPython

    Designed for beginners, this custom programmable keyboard includes per-key RGB LED lighting and hackable firmware.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Concoct your own robotic cocktail mixer using a Nano RP2040 Connect, some simple components, and the Arduino Cloud.

    This robotic bartender serves up drinks using a Nano RP2040 Connect and the Arduino Cloud

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    $10 Raspberry Pi Pico Alternative Comes With LCD Screen
    By Ian Evenden 11 days ago

    Tiny screen for a tiny price


  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Seeed XIAO RP2040 Review: $5 Brain Food
    Cheaper than a Big Mac meal and much more nourishing

    + Small form factor
    + USB C
    + Castellated edges
    + Low cost
    - Documentation needs a little work
    - Onboard NeoPixel doesn’t work with CircuitPython
    Seeed’s XIAO RP2040 is a diminutive board. It looks too small to be useful, but appearances can be deceptive. This isn’t the first XIAO board from Seeed, previously there was an Arm Cortex M0+ running at 48 MHz powered model, Seeeduino XIAO which looks identical to the XIAO RP2040 and is also identically priced at $5.40. The XIAO was an impressive board, but the XIAO RP2040 brings the RP2040 SoC to the table and with that we have a much more powerful microcontroller, for zero extra money. We put the XIAO RP2040 through its paces to see if it is worth your $5; spoiler, it is.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:


    Tarvitseeko rakenteluprojektisi pienikokoista sulautettua korttia? Ei hätää. Avnet-konserniin kuuluva Farnell myy nyt sekä Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect- että Raspberry Pi Pico -kortteja suoraan varastostaan.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi Pico Makes For Expeditious Input Device

    With its copious number of GPIO pins and native USB, the Raspberry Pi Pico is arguably the ideal microcontroller for developing your own platform agnostic USB Human Input Devices. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out how quickly the $4 USD board allowed [Alberto Nunez] to put together a pair of foot pedals for his computer.

    USB Pedal based on Rpi Pico

    USB pedals (or any other momentary switches) who emulates keyboard keypress or combination of keys. Handy to use with video edition

    ey features:

    Developed using CircuitPython, friendly and easy to learn
    Compatible with the most common operating systems
    No need to install apps for initial firmware download
    Key configuration done in a text file
    Splash resistant and shockproof
    Detachable and replaceable pedals
    Built using hardware prototyping system
    Powered by USB, no additional power source needed

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Farnell now shipping Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect and Raspberry Pi Pico from stock
    Two game changing development boards, Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect and Raspberry Pi Pico, are designed to permit easy integration into production systems.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi -ohjainpiiri taipui teollisuusmoduuliksi

    Raspberry Pi -säätiö yllätti monet alkvuodesta esittelemällä oman talon sisällä kehitetyn ohjainpiirin. Nyt Sfera Labs on tuonut trjolle teollisuuden IO-moduulin, joka perustuu samaiseen RP2040-mikro-ohjaimeen. Moduulissa yhdistyy digitaalinen ja analogisen tulo/lähtöliitäntä ohjaimen suorituskykyyn ja helppokäyttöisyyteen.

    Moduuli on nimeltään Iono RP. Se on kompakti ohjelmoitava I/O -moduuli, jolla voidaan toteuttaa kestäviä, turvallisia, luotettavia ja helposti liitettäviä moduuleja teollisuus- ja asuinympäristöihin. Moduuli on täysin CE-, FCC- ja IC -yhteensopiva.

    Iono RP sisältää RP2040: n, Raspberry Pi: n suunnitteleman ensimmäisen suorituskykyisen mikro-ohjainsirun, joka on suunnattu sekä teollisille että harrastajamarkkinoille. Siinä on kaksiytiminen Arm Cortex-M0+ -prosessori (kellotaajuus jopa 133 MHz) 264 kilotavua sisäinen RAM-muistia ja erittäin joustava tulo/lähtöarkkitehtuuri, jossa on useita vakiorajapintoja.

    Laajalla 12-24 V: n tuloilla ja lähdöillä Iono RP tukee useimpia standardin mukaisia analogisia tuloja, 0-10 V:n analogialähtöä, digitaalisia tulo-/lähtölinjoja ja RS-485-sarjaliitäntää. Kaikki tämä on pakattu pieneen DIN-kiskoon istuvaan koteloon, joka on valmis asennettavaksi sähkökaappeihin ja integroiduksi automaation ohjausjärjestelmiin.


  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Pimoroni Pico VGA Demo Base

    Pimoroni PIM553 – Built especially to showcase the low cost, feature-rich RP2040 chip on the Raspberry Pi Pico, this board has VGA output, an SD card slot, digital I2S audio output, and more!

    Built especially to showcase the low cost, feature-rich RP2040 chip on the Raspberry Pi Pico, this board has VGA output, an SD card slot, digital I2S audio output, and more!

    Based on the reference design by Raspberry Pi, our Pimoroni Pico VGA Demo Base is a great way to start experimenting with Raspberry Pi Pico/RP2040. It’s the perfect way to demo of some of the fun things you can achieve with the RP2040 microcontroller such as generating a solid VGA output without taxing the CPU at all!

    Amaze your friends by showing them you still own a D-sub cable!
    Bask in the glory of 15-bit analog video!
    Get teary eyed over the warm, authentic, RC filtered PWM audio!

    This board will run the various video example programs that Raspberry Pi have put together to demonstrate features of the RP2040.

    The pin-out of our board is the same as Raspberry Pi’s reference board, you can find it in chapter 3 of Hardware Design with RP2040 along with more general info about the VGA reference board.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The M5Stack Color Maker Can Mix Paint To Match Your Subject

    We’ve all learned in primary school art classes that blue and yellow make green, and that adding a little black to a color will make it darker. But what if you want to paint with a color that exactly matches something else? Usually, that requires a lot of trial and error (and paint), and the end result may not look the way you wanted after all.

    To help aspiring artists, [Airpocket] made the M5Stack Color Maker. This is a device that reads out a color sensor and automatically mixes watercolor paint in the right proportions to match what it sensed. It dispenses drops of cyan, magenta, yellow and black paint (CMYK) into a small bowl, from which you can then apply it with a paintbrush.

    The color sensor is similar in use to the color picker (or “dropper”) tool present in most graphics programs: simply point it at something that has the right color, and it will generate the correct values for you. It is based on an AMS TCS34725 color sensor, which is housed in a 3D-printed shell that also includes a white LED. The sensor outputs Red, Green and Blue (RGB) values, which are converted into the corresponding CMYK values by a Raspberry Pi Pico. A touch-sensitive screen allows the user to make adjustments before activating the paint pumps.

    M5Stack Color Maker
    With this device, you can copy the color of an object or create a new color with your imagination.

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    bad USBs are SCARY!! (build one with a Raspberry Pi Pico for $8)

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    With nothing more than a low-cost RP2040 dev board and a microphone, you too can build an on-device smoke alarm audio monitor.

    Sandeep Mistry Walks Through TinyML Audio Classification Using TensorFlow Lite, Raspberry Pi RP2040

    With nothing more than a low-cost RP2040 dev board and a microphone, you too can build an on-device smoke alarm audio monitor.

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Micro Gherkin Is a Tiny Pico-Powered Keyboard
    The Micro Gherkin is a tiny Raspberry Pi Pico-based keyboard that is just a little bit larger than the Pico itself.

    It doesn’t take many resources to manage a typical keyboard. All the microcontroller has to do is monitor the keyboard matrix and send keypress information to a computer or other device (usually over USB these days). Almost every microcontroller on the market today can handle the job; provided it has enough I/O pins or you implement shift registers. But at $4, the Raspberry Pi Pico costs less than most other microcontroller development boards on the market. Combine that with the built-in USB HID capabilities, and the Pico is a very solid choice for a controlling keyboards.

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    15 Great Raspberry Pi Pico Projects for the year 2021

    If you wish to read a detailed article on these projects, follow the link below:

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Melopero has become the latest to launch a development board built around Raspberry Pi’s popular RP2040 microcontroller.

    Melopero’s Shake RP2040 Aims to Be Your Go-To Feather-Format Raspberry Pi Pico Alternative

    With 16MB of flash, a single-color and an RGB LED, physical reset button, LiPo charging circuit, and USB Type-C, the Shake looks good.

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Spooky activator

    A little platform that enables you to light up whatever object is placed on it. Brightness of the platform can be controlled via USB, conversely, it can be used standalone with the LED pulsating.


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