Raspberry Pi launched its own MCU RP Pico (Raspberry Pi Pico) featuring the RP2040 SoC back in January. Since then, Pico has become quite popular and a lot of platforms are coming up with their support to Raspberry Pi Pico. Hence, the RP Pico is all about customization of its functionalities and more. The PICO supports complex high-performing components for advanced design applications. Hence, Seeed has launched its PCB Assembly service with its support for RP Pico for using the full potential of the device. It also allows converting the design ideas into products very quickly. Additionally, Seeed is also giving away 5x Raspberry Pi Pico free for those applying for their PCB Assembly service.
Discussing further the RP2040 chip comes with two ARM Cortex-M0+ cores working at 133MHz. It also features 256KB RAM and 6 dedicated IO for SPI Flash. MCU includes a 2MB QSPI Flash memory and allows up to 30 GPIO pins with a flexible range of interfacing options. As discussed earlier, the board comes with a castellated hole/pad design for headers to be soldered onto the pads similar to development boards. Also, the whole board can act as a surface-mountable module. “The modules provide a tape and reel format to further support SMT assembly.”
You can build a cool application with Raspberry Pi Pico. Some ideas are:
- Light and temperature sensing and controlling those devices
- Fire detection and building safety devices
- Remote controls
- Embedded systems and more