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#1 Tonk

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Posted 27 January 2021 - 03:53 PM

I picked up one of these the day they were released (this time last week) for £3.50 in the UK - but you can only order in singles for now. It uses the new RP2040 MCU designed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. More on it here:

https://www.raspberr...co-now-on-sale/

 

One nice feature that I latched onto straight away was the flat bottom castellated board form factor that makes it ideal as a direct mounting on your main PCB board, something I've been doing with the Arduino Nano Every for the last 6 months on a variety of designs I've been involved with for some astro related projects. However its not a member of the Arduino world so you have to learn a new programming environment .... or do you?? This is a post from the Arduino Team made also last week on the Raspberry Pi forum
 

 

We are going to port the Arduino core to this new architecture in order to enable everyone to use the RP2040 chip with the Arduino ecosystem (IDE, command line tool, and thousands of libraries). Although the RP2040 chip is fresh from the plant, our team is already working on the porting effort… stay tuned.

(see - https://blog.arduino...rocontrollers/)
 

Wooo hoo - I'm excited as this means I might find porting my Arduino code base to run on the Raspberry Pi Pico just that much easier

Anyone else picked up a RP Pico yet?


Edited by Tonk, 27 January 2021 - 03:55 PM.

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Posted 27 January 2021 - 03:55 PM

What is it?



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Posted 27 January 2021 - 05:11 PM

What is it?

The first link in my original post answers that nicely - and has pictures smile.gif . But this video is useful

https://www.youtube....h?v=ZY-HrRGCQ4w
 

Its a micro controller like most Arduino boards - but the first from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. For example it is currently ~ 1/3 cost of the Arduino Nano Every board (but slightly larger in width and a little longer in length being 40 pins). It also has 3 debug pins on the rear edge to allow the MCU to be stepped in a software debugger.


Edited by Tonk, 27 January 2021 - 05:16 PM.



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