The Raspberry Pi Pico and RP2040 turn one year old #PiDay #CircuitPython #MicroPython @RaspberryPi
Raspberry Pi is celebrating the one year anniversary of releasing the Raspberry Pi Pico with it’s in-house designed RP2040 microcontroller.
A year ago today we launched our Raspberry Pi Pico board, the first product powered by the RP2040 microcontroller, a brand-new chip developed right here at Raspberry Pi. A year later we’ve sold nearly 1.5 million Picos, and thousands of you have used RP2040 in your own electronic projects and products.
A lot has happened over the last year, and everyone here at Pi Towers has their own list of favourite projects and products they’ve seen or played with.
The article discusses programming the chip in different languages including CircuitPython and MicroPython.
The official port of MicroPython shipped alongside Raspberry Pi Pico, and the C SDK, back in January last year. It’s probably your first port of call if you’re more comfortable with Python than C.
The “other Python” that runs on Raspberry Pi Pico and other RP2040-based boards is CircuitPython. Also released alongside Pico at launch last year, while CircuitPython looks somewhat like MicroPython there are some differences.
Adafruit also has a great walkthrough on how to get started with CircuitPython and the Mu editor on Raspberry Pi Pico, and again the first thing you do after you’ve got everything installed is to blink the onboard LED on and off again.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.