Raspaberry creates its own SoC for its first microcontroller | Digital Trends Spanish

Only $ 4 dollars. This is what the Raspberry Pi Pico, the first microcontroller developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, will cost.

According to the Foundation, it can be useful for the development of a standalone board or as a complement for those who already own a Raspberry Pi microcomputer.

The microcontroller is built on the basis of the SoC RP2040, designed by the Foundation itself to work with the Raspberry Pi Pico.

“It seems that every fruit company is making its own silicon these days, and we are no exception,” said the company, alluding to the Apple M1.

He added that the “RP2040 builds on the lessons we’ve learned from using other microcontrollers in our products.”

The RP2040 has a 133 MHz dual-core ARM processor, 264 KB of RAM, a micro-USB port, and a temperature sensor. In addition, it has 2 MB of flash memory and the ability to expand to 16 MB with an external memory.

It is equipped with 30 general purpose input / output pins, allowing connection to a wide variety of hardware.

The foundation said it had three goals for the RP2040: high performance, a flexible input / output system, and obviously low cost.

The Raspberry Pi Pico does not have built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Low energy

Microcontrollers are designed to interact with other devices, but they have the advantage of being cheap, small, and consuming very little power.

Unlike computers, microcontrollers do not run traditional operating systems, rather their code runs directly on the chip.

In fact, the microprocessor’s power supply chip supports input voltages between 1.8 volts and 5.5 volts and can be powered by a pair of AA batteries.

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