Raspberry Pi Pico W Adds Wireless Networking, Only Costs $6

Last year, the Raspberry Pi Pico launched for just $4, now it can be getting upgraded to include wi-fi networking whilst only costing $2 much more.

In reality, Raspberry Pi is launching a few new versions of the Pico(Opens in a new window) now. Together with the principal $6 Pico W(Opens in a new window), you will find also a $5 Pico H, and a $7 Pico WH, each of which insert pre-populated headers. At the heart of all of them remains the RP2040 microcontroller, consisting of a twin-core Arm Cortex-M0+ processor operating at 133MHz with 264kB of inner RAM and up to 16MB of off-chip flash memory.

The wireless chip on the Pico W is the CYW43439(Opens in a new window) from Infineon and provides 2.4GHz 802.11n connectivity. The identical chip also features assist for Bluetooth Common and Bluetooth Very low-Energy, but Raspberry Pi hasn’t enabled them on the new board (but). Anyone by now doing work with the present Pico will be pleased to hear the Pico W retains pin compatibility with the more mature board.

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Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Ltd., says that despite the international provide complications, millions of RP2040 microcontrollers are accessible and there is certainly a “pipeline in area for tens of thousands and thousands much more.” That’s why the $6 Pico W is offered and shipping and delivery nowadays.

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