Raspberry Pi launches a $6 Wi-Fi board
By Shiva Kumar
Raspberry Pi, the world's most versatile microcontroller maker
The business is capitalizing on the popularity of its $4 Pico board, which has sold just under two million copies since its launch in January 2021.
The new Pico W is available today for $6; the "W" (plus an extra $2) adds 802.11 Wi-Fi connectivity to the system.
The Pico H ($5) adds a pre-populated header enabling interoperability with other systems, while the Pico WH ($7) has both. The first two are currently available, while WH will come sometime in August.
its boards have found a lot of success outside of their original hobbyist and instructional focus, as corporations have begun to integrate the controllers directly into their products.
I've seen very sophisticated pieces of machinery being operated by these low-cost systems more than once in the field.
Surprisingly, the company reports that the chip shortfall has boosted sales to third-party manufacturers.
"We've always thought [Pi Pico] was a perfect fit for commercial and industrial applications, but the worldwide semiconductor shortage has significantly expedited adoption,"
"With millions of units on hand today and tens of millions more on the way, design engineers who have been let down by their current suppliers have an excellent justification to experiment."
The addition of wireless opens the system up to a plethora of intriguing networked IoT/smart gadgets.
And the price is absolutely right for the corporation to sell a couple million more by this time next year.
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