The Great Search: RP2040 Microcontroller Chips and Dev Boards #TheGreatSearch #digikey #RP2040 @DigiKey @adafruit @raspberry_pi
This week (video) marks the 10th anniversary of MicroPython, the project from which CircuitPython is derived. We’ve also been churning out lots of Raspberry Pi RP2040-based microcontroller boards – and maybe you’d like to also make your own designs based on the popular chip!
Well you are in luck, there’s tons of RP2040 chips and devboards available at Digi-Key. Let’s look at some options for RP2040 integration and when you might want to pick one over the other.
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