Introducing Raspberry Pi Pico

New Raspberry Pi announcement brings new excitement. This is no different. It’s as exciting as any other Raspberry Pi new product announcement.

Please welcome, a new tiny member to the Raspberry Pi family, Raspberry Pi Pico. Pi Pico is a micro-controller board based on in-house custom designed chip (RP2040) by Raspberry Pi in the UK. RP2040, the chip at the heart of Pico, is an ultra powerful Dual Core ARM Cortex-M0+ clocked at 133MHz with 256KB RAM, 2MB of on-board QSPI Flash memory for code and data storage. It also has 30 GPIO pins and lots of interfacing options including 2 × SPI, 2 × I2C, 2 × UART, 3 × 12-bit ADC, 16 × controllable PWM channels. Moreover, 26 of the GPIO pins are multi-function, which means we can configure those pins to a different behaviour like UART/I2C/SPI/GPIO as given in an image below:

Did it get you excited yet? What’s even more exciting is Pico costs less ₹ 400.

We bet you can’t wait to get your hands on one and wondering how you can start working on your own? Look no further, Raspberry Pi has provided an excellent documentation to get you started.


The API level Doxygen documentation for the Raspberry Pi Pico C/C++ SDK is available as a micro-site


MicrocontrollerRP2040 2MByte Flash designed by Raspberry Pi in the UK
ProcessorDual-core Arm Cortex M0+ processor
Clock Speed133 MHz
SRAM264KB multi-bank high performance
Flash Memory On Board2MB
USB On BoardVersion 1.1 (device or host)
GPIO Pins30 Pin GPIO (26 Multi-function Pins)
Communication2 × SPI, 2 × I2C, 2 × UART, 3 × 12-bit (500ksps) ADC, 16 × controllable PWM
Extra FeaturesAccurate clock and timer on-chip, Temperature sensor, Accelerated floating-point libraries on-chip
Programmable I/O (PIO)8 for custom peripheral support
Operating Voltage3.3V
Debugging3-pin ARM Serial Wire Debug (SWD) port
Input Voltage Range~1.8 to 5.5V
Thickness Of PCB1 mm with 0.1″ through-hole pins
PCB Dimension51x21mm
Operating Temperature-20C to 85C
Recommended Max. Ambient Temperature70C

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