Raspberry Pi has been selling cheap, compact computers for more than a decade, but in recent history the company has also expanded into programmable embedded boards. Now another non-computer Raspberry Pi has arrived for the low price of just $6.
The Raspberry Pi Pico W is a slightly improved version of last year’s $4 Raspberry Pi Pico. It’s not a full Linux system like Raspberry Pi 4 and 400, so you can’t use it as a computer; instead, it functions as a microcontroller board for DIY electronics projects. Like the original Pi Pico, it has an RP2040 microcontroller with two ARM Cortex-M0+ cores and 264kB of SRAM.
The main upgrade with the Pico W is the integrated 2.4GHz Wi-Fi module, which is a useful addition for anyone trying to build their own smart home devices or other similar projects. To help you get started, the Pico SDK has been updated with support for wireless networks.
Raspberry Pi also announced Pico H and Pico WH, which are just Pico and Pico W with preloaded headers and a 3-pin debug connector. The Pico H is $5 and available now, while the Pico WH will be $7 when it arrives in August.
The original Pico board has been used for countless DIY projects, including an oscilloscope that sends data to a smartphone, a ‘Pico phone’ that texts jokes to a given phone number, a humidity sensor with a display integrated and an emulator. for the BBC Micro computer. The new Pico W is pin compatible with the first model, so it should work with any project and guide designed for the first Pico.
Raspberry Pi was also quick to point out that the Pico series does not suffer from the same supply chain shortages that have made it difficult to buy the Pi 4 and Pi 400. The company said in a blog post: “We always believed that RP2040 [chipset] it was ideal for commercial and industrial applications, but the worldwide shortage of semiconductors has greatly accelerated its adoption. With millions of units available today, and the pipeline rolling for tens of millions more, design engineers who have been let down by their current suppliers have a perfect excuse to experiment.”
The Raspberry Pi Pico W is available from stores like ThePiHut and PiShop starting today. Raspberry Pi will maintain a list of approved resellers on the Pi Pico site, but if you visit that page, be sure to select ‘Yes’ from the Wireless dropdown menu.
Source: Raspberry Pi