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Raspberry Pi Pico W provides Wi-Fi and prices simply $6

The Raspberry Pi Basis has introduced a brand new model of its Pico microcontroller and this time it’s obtained WiFi on board.

The Pico W prices $6, in comparison with the $4 the corporate charged for the unique Pico, however that’s unlikely to concern builders who can now profit from built-in entry to the community because of the Infineon CYW43439 chip that additionally helps Bluetooth, however isn’t enabled as but.

The Pico, introduced in January final yr, was Raspberry Pi’s first microcomputer operating by itself silicon. The RP2040 is constructed upon TSMC’s 40nm low-power course of and features a pair of 133MHz Arm Cortex-M0+ cores and 264KB of on-chip SRAM.

Raspberry Pi founder Eden Upton says the muse has offered 2 million Picos to date, as they’re excellent for the en vogue Web of Issues (IoT) functions.

Which means the W is prone to be snapped-up, not solely by the corporate’s conventional base of hobbyists and residential bakers, however small corporations seeking to construct merchandise at scale. It’s particularly helpful to these people given the blockages within the conventional provide chains.

That additional couple of dollars may harm that invoice of products price considerably, however the $4 Pico will stay accessible for these people who don’t want entry to the web.

“Quick cores, giant reminiscence, and versatile interfacing make RP2040 a pure constructing block for Web of Issues (IoT) functions. However Pico itself has one apparent lacking function for IoT: a technique for connecting to the community. Now, that is about to vary,” Upton mentioned within the weblog put up.

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