Seeed Studio has released a new mini development board, the Wio RP2040. The new board is chock-full of features that are sure to pique the interest of a few developers and makers. The Wi-Fi module supports frequency in the range of 2.4-2.4835 GHz frequency. Separating the I/O pins into headers, it has two LEDs. With one acting as a power indicator, the other is programmable. There are two buttons on the board: one for the Boot feature, which can be used to re-upload the firmware and one for the RUN reset button.
The module has 2MB of QSPI flash memory, but plenty of space for a project with careful usage. The development board includes 28 GPIO pins, 19 pins supporting PIO and PWM, 2 UART, 4 ADC, 2 SPI, and 2 I2C, in addition to the RP2040 + Wi-Fi chip combination. Furthermore, some pins such as GP12 and GP13 with I2C, SPI, and UART features, can be multiplexed. As a result, with 28 GPIO pins, you can get more I/O pins and interfaces.
The development board features a USB Type-C interface for power. As mentioned earlier, the manufacturer has introduced a user-controllable LED light, in addition to the onboard power LED light (connected to the GP13 pin). All of the prototypes will help developers debug their code more effectively. Additionally, the RP2040 onboard processor is a dual-core Cortex-M0+ processor with a clock speed of 133MHz, 264 KB SRAM, and 2MB flash storage. The Wio RP40 board has an inbuilt Wi-Fi module that supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4-2.4835 GHz frequency, and Ap&Station mode.
The board is programmable by making use of C/C++ and MicroPython SDKs. Still, Seeed Studio is developing a custom Wio RP2040 Module MicroPython UF2 bootloader. This new feature provides provisions for wireless drivers, network, usocket, and MQTT right out of the box. The Wio RP2040 mini wireless development board is completely compatible with the Thonny code editor, which means you can monitor hardware devices using a simple MicroPython language without having advanced electronic engineering experience!
Seeed’s Wio RP2040 module and the mini development board are sold separately. You can pre-order the Wio RP2040 mini development board at $12.95 only. Read more about this wireless dev board at the official website of Seeed Studio Store.
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