The Raspberry Pi Pico is an entirely new type of microcontroller from Raspberry Pi. Small, cheap and flexible - it’s great for learning to code with MicroPython!
Whether you’re looking to learn about the MicroPython programming language, take your first steps in physical computing or want to build a hardware project, the Raspberry Pi Pico – and its amazing community – will support you every step of the way.
The Pico isn’t designed to replace the Raspberry Pi, which is a different class of device known as a single-board computer.
Whereas you might use your Raspberry Pi to play games, write stories and browse the web, your Raspberry Pi Pico is designed for physical computing projects where it can control familiar components such as LEDs, buttons, sensors, motors and even other microcontrollers.
The Pico can be quickly and easily programmed using MicroPython and C/C++ using popular editors such as Thonny. Getting started is also very easy thanks to the dedicated Getting Started page.
You can program your Pico from your computer, a Raspberry Pi 4 or even another Raspberry Pi Pico!
Raspberry Pi Pico Specifications
The main chip on board is the 'RP2040' made by Raspberry Pi (their first in-house microcontroller chip!) and is a dual-core ARM Cortex M0+ processor, with a flexible clock running up to 133MHz.
- RP2040 microcontroller chip designed by Raspberry Pi in the United Kingdom
- Dual-core ARM Cortex M0+ processor, flexible clock running up to 133 MHz
- 264kB of SRAM, and 2MB of onboard Flash memory
- Castellated module allows soldering directly to carrier boards
- USB 1.1 Host and Device support
- Low-power sleep and dormant modes
- Drag & drop programming using mass storage over USB
- 26 multi-function GPIO pins
- 2×SPI, 2×I2C, 2×UART, 3×12-bit ADC, 16×controllable PWM channels
- Real-time clock (RTC)
- Temperature sensor
- Accelerated floating-point libraries on-chip
- 8×Programmable IO (PIO) state machines for custom peripheral support
- Dimensions: 51mm x 21mm (click for drawing)
Raspberry Pi Pico FAQs
- What else do I need to use a Raspberry Pi Pico?
- You'll need a micro-USB cable to allow you to connect it to your computer or Raspberry Pi for programming
- You may want to purchase a header set to allow you to use the Pico with a breadboard
- There's also the excellent Get Started with MircoPython on Raspberry Pi Pico book for learning how to use the Pico
- Do I need a Raspberry Pi to use the Raspberry Pi Pico?
- Nope! You can program a Pico from a Raspberry Pi 4, but you can also just use your PC or laptop.
- Do I need an SD card?
- Nope! The onboard flash memory stores your programs.
- How do I power a Raspberry Pi Pico?
- A PC/Raspberry Pi USB port will provide enough power for your Pico, but you can also use any micro-USB power supply (such as the official Raspberry Pi 3 power supply)
- Can I run Raspberry Pi OS on a Raspberry Pi Pico?
- No - the Pico doesn't run a full desktop operating system like the Raspberry Pi 4, it runs code directly without a desktop interface (similar to an Arduino)
- What’s the difference between a Raspberry Pi 4 and a Raspberry Pi Pico?
- The Raspberry Pi 4 is a single-board computer with a full Linux operating system (similar to a traditional desktop PC) whereas the Raspberry Pi Pico is a different class of device designed to run physical computing projects.
- How do I program the Raspberry Pi Pico?
- You use a PC, laptop or even a Raspberry Pi to write code and push your program to the Pico - which then runs that code whenever powered up. The Raspberry Pi Product Page shows you how to do this with lots of helpful information.
- I'm new to coding - is this for me?
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