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Maker Pi RP2040 : Simplifying Robotics with Raspberry Pi® RP2040

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Cytron Maker Pi RP2040 features the first microcontroller designed by Raspberry Pi - RP2040, embedded on a robot controller board. This board comes with a dual channel DC motor driver, 4 servo motor ports and 7 Grove I/O connectors, ready for your next DIY robot/motion control project while trying out the new RP2040 chip.

The DC motor driver onboard is able to control 2x brushed DC motors or 1x bipolar/unipolar stepper motor rated from 3.6V to 6V, providing up to 1A current per channel continuously. The built-in Quick Test buttons and motor output LEDs allow for a functional test of the motor driver in a quick and convenient way, without the need of writing any code. Vmotor for both DC and servo motors depends on the input voltage supplied to the board.

Maker Pi RP2040 features all the goodness of Cytron's Maker series products. It too has lots of LEDs useful for troubleshooting (& visual effects), is able to make quite some noise with the onboard piezo buzzer and comes with push buttons ready to detect your touch.

There are three ways to supply power to the Maker Pi RP2040 - via USB (5V) socket, with a single cell LiPo/Li-Ion battery or through the VIN (3.6-6V) terminals. However, only one power source is needed to power up both the controller board and motors at a time. The power supply from all these power sources can all be controlled with the power on/off switch onboard.

Cytron Maker Pi RP2040 is basically the Raspberry Pi Pico + Maker series' goodness + Robot controller & other useful features. Therefore this board is compatible with the existing Pico ecosystem. Software, firmware, libraries and resources that are developed for Pico should work seamlessly with Cytron Maker Pi RP2040 too.

CircuitPython is preloaded on the Maker Pi RP2040 and it runs a simple demo program right out of the box. Connect it to your computer via a USB micro cable and turn it on, you will be greeted by a melody tune and LEDs running light. Press GP20 and GP21 push buttons to toggle the LEDs on/off while controlling any DC and servo motors connected to it to move and stop. With this demo code, you get to test the board the moment you receive it!

While connected to your computer, a new CIRCUITPY drive appears. Explore and edit the demo code ( & lib folder) with any code editor you like, save any changes to the drive and you shall see it in action in no time. That's why they embrace CircuitPython - it's very easy to get started. If you wish to use other programming languages, you are free to use MicroPython and C/C++ for Pico/RP2040.

  • Powered by Raspberry Pi RP2040
    • Dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ processor
    • 264KB internal RAM
    • 2MB of Flash memory
    • Exact same specifications as Raspberry Pi Pico
  • Robot controller board
    • 4x Servo motors
    • 2x DC motors with quick test buttons
  • Versatile power circuit
    • Automatic power selection: USB 5V, LiPo (1-cell) or Vin (3.6-6V)
    • Built-in 1-cell LiPo/Li-Ion charger (over-charged & over-discharged protection)
    • Power on/off switch
  • 13x Status indicator LEDs for GPIO pins
  • 1x Piezo buzzer with mute switch
  • 2x Push button
  • 2x RGB LED (Neopixel)
  • 7x Grove ports (flexible I/O options: digital, analogue, I2C, SPI, UART...)
  • Preloaded with CircuitPython by default
  • Mounting holes
    • 4x 4.8mm mounting hole (LEGO® pin compatible)
    • 6x M3 screw hole
Features/Specification Maker Pi RP2040 Maker Pi Pico
Main Application Robotics Learning/Prototyping
Microcontroller Raspberry Pi RP2040, Dual-Core Cortex M0+ up to 133MHz, 264KByte SRAM  Raspberry Pi RP2040, Dual-Core Cortex M0+ up to 133MHz, 264KByte SRAM 
Flash Size 2MByte Q-SPI Flash  2MByte Q-SPI Flash 
Pre-Loaded Programming Language  CircuitPython  CircuitPython
Power Input
  • 5V via USB Micro B
  • 3.7V via Li-Po/Li-Ion battery port
  • 3.6V-6V via VIN terminal with automatical power input selection
  • 5V via USB Micro B
  • 1.8V-5.5V via VSYS pin
Power Switch Yes  No
Reset Button Yes Yes
Push Button 3x Programmable Push Buttons: BOOTSEL, GP20 & GP21 4x Programmable Push Buttons: BOOTSEL, GP20, GP21 & GP22
Piezo Buzzer Yes - Mute switch at GP22 Yes - Mute switch at GP18
Programmable LEDs 13xBlue LEDs: GP0-7, GP16-17 & GP26-28 26x Blue LEDs: GP0-22 & GP26-28
 RGB LEDs Two, connected to GP18  One, connected to GP28
DC Motor Terminal Dual-Channel H-bridge, controls up to 2x brushed DC motor or 1x stepper motor.
M1A: GP8 | M1B: GP9
M2A: GP10 | M2B: GP11
 Servo Motor Port 4x Servo motor port: GP12, GP13, GP14, GP15  No 
 Grove Port (3.3V) GROVE 1: GP0, GP1
GROVE 4: GP16, GP17
GROVE 5: GP6, GP26
GROVE 6: GP26, GP27
GROVE 7: GP7, GP28
GROVE 6: GP26, GP27
Header Pin No, except for servo ports Yes, pre-soldered & breakouts all Pico's GPIO pins
 Mico SD socket No Yes, GP10-GP15
WIFI Socket No Yes, Gp16/GP17 for ESP-01
Audio Socket No Yes, 3.5mm (1/8) Stereo Audio Jack. Connected to GP18 & GP19
 Debug Port Serial Wire Debug (SWD) Port   Serial Wire Debug (SWD) Port + 3.3V, GND & RUN Pins