Raspberry Pi: RP2040 microcontroller launches for next to nothing
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has presented its first chip, albeit the one that it embedded in the Raspberry Pi Pico. The RP2040 is now available without a companion board though, bringing its cost down too.
According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, retailers will stock the RP2040 for US$1 or an equivalent amount, depending on the currency. Initially, the Foundation will distribute approximately 40,000 units, before offering 'some serious volume available' in the autumn.
The RP2040 features two ARM Cortex-M0+ cores running at up to 133 MHz. The Foundation has also included 264 KB of RAM and hardware support for I2C, SPI, UART and USB 1.1. Additionally, the Foundation has already published hardware and software documentation for the RP2040, including guides on getting started with C/C++ and MicroPython.