The Raspberry Pi Pico is shaping as much as be the preferred board of 2021 and whereas official companions are busy ending off their vary of RP2040 boards, different firms are beginning improvement on their very own. M5Stack, maybe extra notable for his or her modular ESP32 based mostly M5Stick and M5Paper gadgets has posted a teaser to Twitter which means that they’re engaged on their very own ‘Pi Silicon’ based mostly board.
Within the tweet, M5Stack present a Raspberry Pi Pico on a laptop computer with a pinout sticker for one among their Espressif based mostly boards. Is that this hinting at a future M5Pico? It might seem so. In response to a direct query, M5Stack say “sure, m5pico is on the way in which”.
What type may the M5Pico take? Might it’s a customized RP2040 based mostly board that sits within the product line up or may it’s a breakout board to be used with a Raspberry Pi Pico? We reached out to M5Stack for remark and their reply was “It’s not a raspberry factor, all new, subsequent month,” which is fairly cryptic. So proper now we are able to solely wait and see what future could deliver.
The Raspberry Pi Pico and the RP2040 chip which powers it have quickly develop into fairly the success story. In simply two months there have been over 1.1 million Raspberry Pi Pico orders taken, of which 400,000 have shipped. This leaves fairly the rising backlog, however for companions and others wishing to embed the RP2040 into their product provides are even shorter with solely 60 to 80,000 chips manufactured per week.