Upton Talks Raspberry Pi Pico 25,000 Boards, Global Supply, And More

It’s been a busy few weeks for our Raspberry Pi friends, from a huge Raspberry Pi Pico promotion at Embedded World 2022 to the June 30 launch of the Raspberry Pi Pico W. Check out Mathias Claussen’s recent conversation with Eben Upton.

It’s been a busy few weeks for our friends at Raspberry Pi, from a huge Raspberry Pi Pico promotion at Embedded World 2022 to the June 30 launch of the Raspberry Pi Pico W. Check out Mathias Claussen’s recent chat with Eben Upton.

25,000 Raspberry Pi Picos at EW22

Raspberry Pi knows how to make embedded systems engineers and high-tech innovators smile. While many companies handed out the usual giveaways (e.g., datasheets and press releases) to Embedded World 2022 attendees, Raspberry Pi went big giving away thousands of Raspberry Pi Pico boards.

“The good news we brought to the show here is that we have 25,000 Raspberry Pi Pico boards, each equipped with a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller.”

Imagine the excitement of receiving a Pico when you were just waiting for your two hundredth data sheet. Now This is a truly epic addition to anyone’s bag.

 

Mathias was lucky enough to win one of the 25,000 RP2040!

Elektor has covered the Pico and RP2040 since the initial launch. Here are some helpful resources:

Upton’s thoughts on the MCU Availablity

The global chip crisis has affected us all, from consumers of everyday devices to blue-chip manufacturers looking to create the hottest technologies of tomorrow. When Claussen asked Upton about the state of the market and where Raspberry Pi stands, the message was clear.

“Really, the message we’re bringing to the embedded world this year is that in this year of scarcity, we have microcontrollers that perform well, are cost effective, and most importantly, are available,” Upton explained.

Watch the full interview for more details.