Cytron launches the Maker Pi RP2040, a cheap developer board with a Raspberry Pi microcontroller
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The Cytron Maker Pi RP2040 is, as its name suggests, based on the RP2040, a microcontroller that the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched in March. Essentially, the Maker Pi RP2040 is a way to utilise the RP2040 without having to build a board yourself. Cytron intends people to use the board for robotics projects, as it details on its product page.
Accordingly, the manufacturer has included seven Grove ports, four Servo Motor connectors and two DC Motor terminals. Additionally, the Maker Pi RP2040 has over a dozen GPIO LEDs, two WS2812 RGB LEDs, a Piezo buzzer and two pushbuttons. The Maker Pi RP2040 can also be powered by a micro USB connection or LiPo/Li-ion batteries.
Currently, Cytron sells the MakerPi RP2040 for US$9.90 on its website. The board comes pre-loaded with CircuitPython on its 2 MB of QSPI flash storage. Incidentally, the board has 264 kB of SRAM, too. Please note that Cytron will only sell two units per customer, for the time being.