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Raspberry Pi Pico is a Microcontroller With the Same Reliability as All Raspberry Pi’s

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

The Raspberry Pi Pico is the stand-out microcontroller that debuted recently to join the company’s line of boards. Built around the RP2040 silicon platform, Pico is a high-performance, low-cost, easy-to-use microcontroller.

There is a large on-ship memory, symmetric dual-core processor complex, deterministic bus fabric, and a rich peripheral set. All of that is augmented with a unique Programmable I/O (PIO) subsystem. The RP2040 professional users have more power and flexibility.

The detailed documentation, a complete MicroPython port, and a UF2 bootloader in ROM, it has a low barrier for the entry of beginning or hobbyist users. It helps the novice get started in the world of Raspberry Pi.

RP2040 is manufactured on a modern 40nm process node. This means it delivers high performance, low dynamic power consumption, and low leakage. There is a variety of low-power modes to support extended-duration operation while on battery power.

Raspberry Pi Pico in addition to the RP2040, also has 2MB Flash memory, and a power supply chip that supports input voltages from 1.8V to 5.5V. There are 26 GPIO pins, three of which can be set to run as analog inputs, on 0.1 pitch through-hole pads with castellated edges.

The Raspberry Pi Pico can be purchased in individual units, or as 600-unit reels for automated assembly.


  • Form factor 21mm x 51mm
  • Dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ at 133MHz
  • 264KB on-chip SRAM, 2MB onboard QSPI Flash
  • 26 GPIO pins, including 3 analog inputs
  • 2x UART
  • 2x SPI Controllers
  • 2x I2C controllers
  • 16x PWM channels
  • 1x USB 1.1 Controller and PHY with host and device support
  • 8x PIO state machines
  • 1.8V to 5.5V DC
  • -20° to +85°C

Compliance – local and regional product approvals visit

For the Raspberry Pi Pico product brief and the specifications please visit Datasheets Raspberry Pi Pico

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