Raspberry Pi Pico released and available at $4 only - I kind of want 10

AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider

nixCraft did a great write up so I won't duplicate much: https://www.cyberciti.biz/hardware/raspberry-pi-pico-released-and-available-at-4-only

Specs:

  • CPU – RP2040 microcontroller chip. Dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ processor, flexible clock running up to 133 MHz
  • SRAM – 264KB on-chip
  • Form factor – 21 mm × 51 mm
  • QSPI Flash – 2MB on-board
  • Interfacing – 26 multifunction GPIO pins, including 3 analogue inputs
  • 2 × UART, 2 × SPI controllers, 2 × I2C controllers, 16 × PWM channels
  • 1 × USB 1.1 controller and PHY, with host and device support
  • 8 × Programmable I/O (PIO) state machines for custom peripheral support
  • Supported input power 1.8–5.5V DC
  • Operating temperature – -20°C to +85°C
  • Castellated module allows soldering direct to carrier boards
  • Drag-and-drop programming using mass storage over USB
  • Low-power sleep and dormant modes
  • Accurate on-chip clock
  • Temperature sensor
  • Accelerated integer and floating-point libraries on-chip

I am more excited to see what the 2nd and 3rd gen etc versions will pack hardware wise for $4 :)

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  • Wow this is neat. It's on the large side compared to some alternatives, but it is cheap and capacious and probably uses less power than a similar ESP32 board. Thanks for the alert. There is also of course the Raspberry Pi Zero at $5 that has been around for a while.

  • Ahh, but will it run aspiscp with Magento? :#

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  • mikhomikho AdministratorHosting ProviderOG

    I want this.
    I'm still looking for usages for the old Raspberry I have (3 pieces)

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  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider

    @AlwaysSkint said:
    Ahh, but will it run aspiscp with Magento? :#

    No, but you can be sure someone will complain about it using the following sentence structure: "I know it is only $4 but..."

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  • cybertechcybertech OGBenchmark King

    can the main RPI 4 model B function well as a desktop? play YouTube?

    Mostly lurking for now.

  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider

    @cybertech said:
    can the main RPI 4 model B function well as a desktop? play YouTube?

    yep.

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  • Lack of wifi is a killer though :/

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  • cybertechcybertech OGBenchmark King

    @AnthonySmith said:

    @cybertech said:
    can the main RPI 4 model B function well as a desktop? play YouTube?

    yep.

    looks like my next home desktop.

    Mostly lurking for now.

  • @cybertech said: can the main RPI 4 model B function well as a desktop? play YouTube?

    4K too.

    Also look into Raspberry Pi 400 ( no additional case needed and plus a keyboard )

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  • But Can It Run Crysis? :p

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  • cybertechcybertech OGBenchmark King

    @Rahul said:

    @cybertech said: can the main RPI 4 model B function well as a desktop? play YouTube?

    4K too.

    Also look into Raspberry Pi 400 ( no additional case needed and plus a keyboard )

    thanks clocked at 1.8ghz even better

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  • cybertechcybertech OGBenchmark King

    @Rahul a little sad there's no 8GB ram

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  • bibblebibble OG
    edited January 21

    @cybertech said:
    can the main RPI 4 model B function well as a desktop? play YouTube?

    Chromium & VLC have been optimised. VLC even does X265 4K. A [email protected] desktop resolution too. But don't think the Pi can do HDR yet.

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    @bibble said:

    @cybertech said:
    can the main RPI 4 model B function well as a desktop? play YouTube?

    Chromium & VLC have been optimised. VLC even does X265 4K. A [email protected] desktop resolution too. But don't think the Pi can do HDR yet.

    Keep in mind that overclocking the pi 4b is trivial, with a good PSU you can go to 2 - 2.2 GHz with a $1 heat sync and a good quality PSU.

    That allows it to do a fair bit more.

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  • cybertechcybertech OGBenchmark King

    @AnthonySmith said:

    @bibble said:

    @cybertech said:
    can the main RPI 4 model B function well as a desktop? play YouTube?

    Chromium & VLC have been optimised. VLC even does X265 4K. A [email protected] desktop resolution too. But don't think the Pi can do HDR yet.

    Keep in mind that overclocking the pi 4b is trivial, with a good PSU you can go to 2 - 2.2 GHz with a $1 heat sync and a good quality PSU.

    That allows it to do a fair bit more.

    what's a good quality PSU? seems like phone chargers give out 5V/3.0A as well

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  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider
    edited January 21

    @cybertech said:

    @AnthonySmith said:

    @bibble said:

    @cybertech said:
    can the main RPI 4 model B function well as a desktop? play YouTube?

    Chromium & VLC have been optimised. VLC even does X265 4K. A [email protected] desktop resolution too. But don't think the Pi can do HDR yet.

    Keep in mind that overclocking the pi 4b is trivial, with a good PSU you can go to 2 - 2.2 GHz with a $1 heat sync and a good quality PSU.

    That allows it to do a fair bit more.

    what's a good quality PSU? seems like phone chargers give out 5V/3.0A as well

    Yeah many will give you 5V / 2A but some weaker ones only deliver 5V/1A/1.3A or less but really my point was more about being able to offer that for hours and hours on end at a stable rate if you put some load on a generic USB charger and them measure the draw on a component you might see s shitty one wavering from 4.7V to 5.25V rapidly

    Voltage regulators take care of that in most things but when overclocking a pi on already low voltage things get super sensitive.

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  • vyasvyas OGContent Writer

    @cybertech

    @Ympker also has a Pi4, as do I. Problem with the 4 GB RAM model is heating. I suppose the issue will be bigger with 8 GB model.

    Ympker did not have that problem because of his location.

    Depending on where you live, you may or may not be happier with a 4 GB

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  • I still have the original one, stashed/languishing behind the TV.
    It has heat sinks, bridged USB diodes (IIRC) and a clear case - reminds me of Orac, post 'stabilised atomic implosion'. ;)

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  • cybertechcybertech OGBenchmark King
    edited January 21

    @vyas said:
    @cybertech

    @Ympker also has a Pi4, as do I. Problem with the 4 GB RAM model is heating. I suppose the issue will be bigger with 8 GB model.

    Ympker did not have that problem because of his location.

    Depending on where you live, you may or may not be happier with a 4 GB

    current is model B , should be good I guess?

    alternatively RPI 400 4GB has good temps.

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  • @mikho said:
    I want this.
    I'm still looking for usages for the old Raspberry I have (3 pieces)

    Same i have 4 rn here :)

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  • This is great for industrial side as well, the biggest issues with Linux board systems are community support and Linux and documentations, Raspberry PI did that very well. We are prototyping ESP32 solutions, now this is better alternative for many use cases.

  • Imagine buying anything released by the Raspberry PI foundation

  • But can it host Parler?

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  • sparkfun.com had pi pico in stock last night, limit qty 100 which is a lot. It's cool that the pi foundation is doing this but I wonder if it brings new capabilities that weren't available with the ESP32 and e.g. the Longan Nano, at similar price points to the pi pico.

    The pi 400 apparently has a rather crappy keyboard and no way to replace the keyboard if it breaks. So I'm likely to stay with a 4B and a USB keyboard, if I go for a pi4 at all.

  • @havoc said:
    Lack of wifi is a killer though :/

    Arduino is apparently making a wifi version. Will wait for that

  • @cybertech said:

    what's a good quality PSU? seems like phone chargers give out 5V/3.0A as well

    The Pi4 is fussy AF. Not just the power supply but cable too. If uncertain try to get the official charger. Most Anker ones seem to work too though.

    Official one is 5.1V 3.0A 15.3W

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  • I don't see much point to a wifi version that will be more expensive. Just get an ESP32 module, or a pi zero W.

  • anyone here running pi-hole on pi at home successfully?

  • @seenu said:
    anyone here running pi-hole on pi at home successfully?

    Yes. It's easy.

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