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Raspberry Pi-designed RP2040 chip now available from Newark

Raspberry Pi-designed silicon chip found at the core of popular Raspberry Pi Pico development board now available as standalone chip

Chicago – June 1: Newark, an Avnet Company and global distributor of electronic components, products and solutions, has today announced the availability of the 2040 chip built on Raspberry Pi-designed silicon. This new chip, which is at the core of the $4 Raspberry Pi Pico delivers a combination of high performance, low cost, and ease of use.

The Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller offers high performance for integer workloads, a large on-chip memory, and a wide range of I/O options, making it a flexible solution for a wide range of microcontroller applications.

Professional design engineers who are already comfortable working with Raspberry Pi will easily adopt the Raspberry Pi Pico and appreciate its ease of use and affordability.

Key features include:

  • Two ARM Cortex-M0+ cores clocked at 133 MHz
  • 264 kB of on-chip SRAM
  • 30 multifunction GPIO pins
  • Dedicated hardware for commonly used peripherals alongside a programmable I/O subsystem for extended peripheral support
  • Four-channel ADC with internal temperature sensor
  • Built-in USB 1.1 with host and device support.

Lee Turner, Global Head of Semiconductors and SBC at Newark, said: “We are delighted that Raspberry Pi has chosen to make this chip available as a standalone component. The Raspberry Pi Pico, which has the RP2040 at its core, has been hugely popular with customers and is showing potential to transform the microcontroller market in the same way that the original Raspberry Pi board did for single board computing. Customers can now use the Raspberry Pi Pico within their design phase and shift to the RP2040 in production, giving ultimate flexibility and opportunity for design engineers.”

Newark is the longest standing Raspberry Pi partner and has sold more than 15 million units to date. Newark stocks the complete range of Raspberry Pi single board computers including the recently launched Raspberry Pi Pico, enabling customers to build a wide range of devices for home, professional, education or commercial use. Customers can also benefit from 24/5 technical support alongside free access to valuable online resources on the Newark website, and engineering and maker community, element14.

The Raspberry Pi 2040 is available from Newark in North America, Farnell in EMEA, and element14 in Asia Pacific.

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