Until now, Raspberry Pis RP2040 SoC has only been available in bulk to official partners and to some lucky makers who pitched their ideas directly to Eben Upton. Via the Raspberry Pi blog, June 1 marks the general availability of the RP2040 SoC, pulled forward three months, and for the bargain price of $1 a chip.
In a recent email exchange Raspberry Pi Trading CEO and co-founder Eben Upton confirmed to Tom’s Hardware that today on June 1, there is general availability of the dual core Arm Cortex M0+ powered RP2040 for those wishing to add the powerful silicon to their projects. Upton explains that demand for the RP2040 is high. “Since launch, we’ve had a lot of people get in touch asking for RP2040 parts via our ‘secret (sic) Twitter samples program’; some of these are maker businesses who have found themselves effectively unable to build products this year due to the global semiconductor shortage.”