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Re: No one even mentioned the new Raspberry Pi Pico?

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:56 pm
by stevestrong
I installed the whole tool kit + SDK on win 10 PC (see chapter 8.2), and it runs ok, you need however ~8 GB free space for that.

I use GCC 7.2.1., this is what the system recognized, and build from the command line.

Re: No one even mentioned the new Raspberry Pi Pico?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:02 pm
by mrburnette
This is only an opinion, my opinion, but since we are in an off-topic forum, I want to express some disappointment in humanity.

In the U.S. Microcenter is selling the Pico at the introductory price of $1.99. Sadly, some enterprising horse asses (opinion) are gaming the system by purchasing the discounted units solely for the purpose of resale on eBay. Yes, it is legal, but IMO the resellers are low-life bottom-feeding "Ferengi" intent to only turn a profit.
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I know everyone wants to get their hands on the newest tech ... but summiting to eBay extortion simply makes the stabilizing of the general availability much longer and has a negative effect for the next round of technology; or anything in limited supply like face masks, hand sanitizer, etc. Participation only makes things worst overall.


Re: No one even mentioned the new Raspberry Pi Pico?

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:41 pm
by ag123
seem like arduino threw in a gps as well? ... ct-spotted

Re: No one even mentioned the new Raspberry Pi Pico?

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:15 pm
by mrburnette
I picked up 3 at Microcenter last week: 1 for me, 2 for two friends that are not near a microcenter location. $1.99 promotional, each.

I started playing with MicroPython official port, but switched to the more friendly Adafruit Circuit Python. I started with Thonny IDE but wound up on Mu which directly supports CircuitPython.

Of course, none of this is how I would use this uC ... I just found it remarkably easy to use a short USB-micro cable, attach the Pico, coil the 1foot cable into a small loop, and plug it into my Surface Pro Windows 10 tablet. Great for CircuitPython playing.

Yes, same could be done on ESP32 or ESP8266 or ...

The board quality is excellent. The USB connectivity is good, no issues w/ Win10. The single button is a one-time thing with Micro/CircuitPython... once the firmware is loaded, there is never a need to use the boot button until a Python firmware replacement.. that is, the virtual disk drive appears instantly at power-on.

When the Arduino core is baked, I will see how Adafruit handles the board differences as the Arduino official product will have different board pinouts... well, reduced uC pinouts because of added sensors.
The Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect has only 30 GPIO pins, versus the 40 present on the Raspberry Pi Pico. What we lose in GPIO pins we gain in extra features, and the Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect will come with WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 9-axis IMU sensor and microphone.