“We risked buying a lot of waffles and could sell one to two million a month, up to the maximum of our test capacity,” Raspberry Pi Trading Director Roger Thornton told Electronics Weekly in Nuremberg. “You can buy a reel today and have it in three to four weeks.”
The company hopes to turn the heads of designers struggling to get their preferred microcontrollers due to a shortage of chips, offering a 7 x 7 mm QFN-56 RP2040 that has two 133MHz Arm Cortex-M0 + cores and 264 kbyte RAM, but no flash – instead supports up to 16Mbyte external flash memory via QSPI bus.
Appropriate software development tools are freely available.
For those who are tempted, the price of the 7-inch (500 pieces) reel is $ 400, and the 13-inch reel of 3,400 pieces is $ 2,380.
If you’re in Embedded World and only want one and don’t mind being soldered to a working Raspberry Pi Pico development board, you’re almost certain to get one if you head to the Raspberry Pi booth in the corner of Hall 4A (4A-101).
How about a shortage of Raspberry Pi educational computers?
Deliveries are still limited, Thornton confirmed. “When it’s not one part, it’s another,” he said. “We spend a lot of time looking for parts.”
The various Pis are still in production because partial deliveries allow, he said, focusing on businesses that depend on the arrival of Raspberry Pi boards to survive – “The tough decision is that we need to prioritize industrial customers.” , he said.