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‘Pi Silicon’ Partners Reveal RP2040 Boards and Accessories

SparkFun and Pimoroni, partners in the recent Raspberry Pi Pico project, have announced their own RP2040 ‘Pi Silicon’ based boards with extra features and changes to the Pico form factor. Pimoroni is also the first partner to have add-on boards available for purchase for release day. This follows announcements from Adafruit and Arduino, who are also releasing boards based upon the new RP2040 SoC. All of these new RP2040 boards have the same Arm Cortex M0+ CPU and 264KB of SRAM, but they each bring something unique to the table.

SparkFun Thing Plus

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SparkFun Thing Plus

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SparkFun Thing Plus

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SparkFun Thing Plus

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SparkFun Thing Plus

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SparkFun’s Thing Plus shares the same form factor and basic pinout as Adafruit’s Feather RP2040, but hidden on the underside of the board is a micro SD card slot useful for larger project files or data logging projects, with 16MB of flash storage granting the SparkFun Thing Plus a large storage capacity. Thing Plus also has a JST battery charging port, 30 GPIO pins including four 12-bit ADC channels, SparkFun’s Qwiic Connect I2C sensor connection, and a WS2812 RGB LED. Thing Plus can be used with C/C++ and MicroPython.

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