Third-party Raspberry Pi RP2040 boards from Arduino, Adafruit, Sparkfun and Pimoroni

I’ve just written about the launch of the Raspberry Pi Pico board and Raspberry Pi RP2040 MCU, which, as I explained in the announcement, could be used with third-party boards, but what I was not made aware during the embargo was that RP2040 boards were already being worked on, and other companies jointly announced their own custom Raspberry Pi Pico compatible board with Adafruit, Arduino, Pimoroni, and Sparkfun joining the party.

Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect Board

When I first wrote about Raspberry Pi Pico, I really saw it would be a competitor to Arduino boards, but instead Arduino and Raspberry Pi joined hands to design Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect with the board including 16MB external SPI flash, a u-blox NINA WiFi & Bluetooth module, an STMicro MEMS sensor with 9-axis IMU and microphone, and the ECC608 crypto chip. That obviously means Arduino Core will also support the new RP2040 MCU.

Pre-orders are expected to start in the next few weeks.

Adafruit Feather RP 2040 & ItsyBitsy RP 2040

If you prefer Adafruit Feather form factor, no problem! Adafruit is about to launch the Adafruit Feather RP 2040 board with a USB-C port, LiPo battery charging support, 4MB of QSPI flash, a STEMMA QT I2C connector, and an optional SWD debug port. The board will obviously be available with FeatherWing add-on boards. There’s no price yet, but the board is listed on Adafruit as coming soon, and you can register to get notified.

Adafruit even made another board with the smaller ItsyBitsy RP 2040, also equipped with 4MB of QSPI flash, plus boot and reset buttons and an RGB NeoPixel LED.

Again, it’s not available, but you can register to get notified at launch.

SparkFun prepares three RP2040 boards

SparkFun even worked harder (just joking) with three boards in development. Saumitra timely published an article about MicroMod M.2 cards a couple of days ago as the company will bring a fifth member to the family with “MicroMod RP2040 Processor” card.

It will also be compatible with all the MicroMod carrier boards for data logging, weather, machine learning, etc.. covered in the aforementioned article.

SparkFun Thing Plus – RP2040 is also a Feather-compatible board, but it seems to offer a bit more with a MicroSD card slot, 16MB flash memory, a JST battery connector, a USB-C port, a WS2812 RGB LED, and a Qwicc I2C connector.

While there’s no product page for the MicroMod RP2040 board yet, Thing Plus – RP2040 page is for pre-order up with a $16 price tag.

SparkFun Pro Micro – RP2040 is more compact and offers castellated holes, a WS2812B addressable LED, boot & reset buttons, Qwiic connector, and a USB-C port.

The board is also up for pre-order for $9.95 with a 100 units limit per customer.

Pimonori Picosystem

While not technically a development board, Pimoroni PicoSystem gaming system will be based on RP2040 MCU, and allow people to play games on a tiny screen.  I’m pretty sure it will be programmable as well, but no info has been provided so far. It’s coming soon and will be sold for 58.50 GBP (around $80).

Raspberry Pi Pico Carrier Boards

Pimonori does not have an RP2040, but they did make Pico Explorer carrier board for Raspberry Pi Pico with a breadboard, a small LCD display, four buttons, and two breakout connectors for expansion. It’s available now for £22.20 (around $30) including VAT.

Maker Pi Pico

If you’d like something cheaper, Cytron has launched the Maker Pi Pico baseboard which exposes all pins via female headers, includes LEDs for all GPIOs pin, six Grove connectors, three user push-buttons, one RGB LED, a piezo buzzer, an audio jack, a MicroSD card, and an ESP-01 socket to add WiFi connectivity.

Maker Pi Pico is currently sold for $5 (beta version), but the final price will $10.

I’m pretty sure we’ll see other RP2040 boards and Raspberry Pi Pico carrier board in the next few days and weeks.

Via Raspberry Pi Blog.

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