Last year, Raspberry Pi launched its first in-house developed microcontroller. Initially pushed into the hobbyist's corner, the »RP2040« is becoming more and more popular. This is not least due to its high availability and low cost.
At electronica, Raspberry Pi Ltd. was highlighting its growing line of industrial computing and microcontroller products. Its flagship microcontroller, RP2040, brings Raspberry Pi’s signature values of high performance, low cost, and ease of use to the microcontroller space.
Designed in Cambridge, the RP2040 provides two Arm Cortex-M0 cores clocked at 133 MHz and 264 kB on-chip SRAM. In addition, many flexible I/O options. Launched in January 2021, the microcontroller finds it's use in IoT sensors, industrial controllers, USB devices and numerous other applications. RP2040 is available today, in single-unit and bulk quantities. It is priced from 0.70 Dollars per unit for a 3,400-unit reel, and can be ordered through Raspberry Pi distributors, or directly from Raspberry Pi.
Pi Developers got direct information about the microcontroller as well as all other Raspberry Pi products at the Raspberry Pi booth at electronica. Visitors were able to interact with a demo application with Raspberry Pi Pico, a compact RP2040-based design that can be used as a development platform or as an embedded module. Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Ltd, added: »We’re delighted to have brought our flagship microcontroller to electronica. RP2040 offers customers fantastic performance and interfacing capability in its price class, and it’s available now in volume quantities.«