Introducing Seeed’s Wio RP2040 Family – Mini Dev Board & Module!

Seeed is proud to share our brand new Wio RP2040 Family, based on the RP2040 processor from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Comprising a wireless module and a development board, here’s all you need to know about this exciting release!

The RP2040 Chip

February this year, the brand new RP2040 microcontroller chip was announced alongside the Raspberry Pi Pico. The RP2040 features a dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ processor clocked at 133MHz with 264KB internal SRAM and 2MB internal flash storage, and can be programmed in both C/C++ and the beginner friendly MicroPython.

With powerful hardware capable of running even machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow Lite, and building on the success of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s immensely popular Raspberry Pi single board computers, RP2040 boards like the Raspberry Pi Pico have been deservedly given a warm welcome by the global maker community and have grown in popularity in the recent months.

Unfortunately, the RP2040 doesn’t come with network connectivity out of the box! Community members have tried to work around the issue, with software engineer Sandeep Mistry even developing a software-based ethernet stack to enable ethernet connectivity with the Pi Pico. With the Wio RP2040, however, this reality is about to change!

Wio RP2040 Module

The Wio RP2040 Family is built around the Wio RP2040 Module, which features integrated WiFi capabilities with the RP2040 to provide stable and reliable wireless transmission. The module is fully compatible with RP2040 development tools, such as MicroPython with the Thonny Python code editor that is used with the Raspberry Pi Pico. With just a few simple lines of code, you can easily add wireless connectivity to your projects and build effective and reliable IoT-capabilities!

The Wio RP2040 Module features castellated pads in a compact form factor, and can be soldered onto various PCBs conveniently. Furthermore, it comes with rich hardware interfaces, including 32 GPIO pins, 20 of which are programmable and PWM-capable, along with 2 UART, 4 ADC, 2 SPI, 2 I2C, and 1 USB pins. Some pins can even be multiplexed, granting you great flexibility in your choice of I/O.

You’ll also be most excited to know that the Wio RP2040 comes with Seeed’s Wio RP2040 MicroPython UF2 bootloader, which gives your Wio RP2040 module wireless drivers, network, usocket, MQTT support right out of the box – getting you straight to development!

Product Features

  • RP2040 Dual-Core Arm Cortex-M0+ Processor clocked at 133MHz
  • 264KB Internal SRAM, 2MB Flash
  • WiFi Connectivity, 2.4-2.4835 GHz with AP & Station Mode
  • I/O Pins: 32 GPIO (20 PIO / PWM), along with 2 UART, 4 ADC, 2 SPI, 2 I2C, 1 USB
  • C/C++, MicroPython Support with Seeed’s Wio RP2040 MicroPython bootloader

The Wio RP2040 Module is suitable for the mass development of products and can be easily surface mounted on various PCB designs – but if you’re still at the prototyping stage, don’t fret because we’ve got you covered too!

Wio RP2040 Mini Dev Board

Introducing the Wio RP2040 Mini Dev Board, which integrates the Wio RP2040 module with additional hardware peripherals to ease your prototyping experience. Built around a USB-C interface, the Wio RP2040 Mini Dev Board also adds two buttons for Boot and Reset to make testing your projects a much more convenient and enjoyable process!

In addition, as part of our new release, stand to win 5 Wio RP2040 Modules free when you have you have your Wio RP2040 design made with Seeed Fusion PCBA. Click here to find out more!

Visit the Seeed Online Store to learn more about the Wio RP2040 Family today!

Working with the RP2040 – Grove Shield for Pi Pico!

Here at Seeed, we are committed to improving the making experience for the global community. As the Raspberry Pi Pico comes with castellated holes, interfacing with breadboards or solder can be challenging for the beginner. That’s exactly why we’ve developed the Grove Shield for use with the Raspberry Pi Pico!

Grove is a standardised and modular prototyping system that allows you to build your electronics projects easily! With Grove, beginners and experts alike can get started on projects without all the complications of soldering and wiring. You will also be able to rely on our extensive Grove Seeed Wiki, that provides in-depth information and tutorials for each Grove module.

The Grove Shield for the Raspberry Pi Pico adds plug-and-play support for various Grove connectors, including I2C, UART, digital, analog, SPI and SWD interfaces. This means that any Grove sensor, actuator or communications module that uses these connections will now be plug-and-play compatible with your Raspberry Pi Pico!

Now, you can conveniently pick up both the Raspberry Pi Pico and its Grove Shield with our new Grove Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi Pico. The kit also includes 13 Grove modules, comprising sensors, actuators, LEDs and an LCD display to kickstart your making journey. Don’t miss out – be sure to visit the Seeed Online store today!

Grove Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi Pico

More RP2040 Products on the Seeed Online Store!

We’re also happy to announce that Arduino’s latest Nano RP2040 Connect is also now available for purchase on the Seeed Online Store – Click here to view our coverage of the release or click here to visit its product page!

Be sure to also stay tuned to hear the latest news on even more RP2040 product releases!

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May 2021