Raspberry Pi market situation and availability in 2022 for industry

A customer asked me about the availability of Raspberry Pis for his industrial design-ins (in this case, the company makes fire alarm systems). Since this is a recurring question, I promised him to write a blog post. Basic information about the industrial Raspberry Pi availability in 2022 The situation is difficult in 2022, especially in…

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CircuitPython, Adafruit Feather RP2040 and I2C

The RP2040 has two I2C controllers – good for example, when you want to run two I2C devices with the same I2C address. In my test setup, I have an Adafruit Feather RP2040 microcontroller board, and have attached two of our BME688 breakout boards – one using the pins SCL + SDA and one using…

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PiCockpit on Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye

Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye has been released a couple of days back. I’ve had a bug report from a user who says the PiCockpit installer fails on Bullseye. The error which occurs is currently this: 30.11.2021 Note: the bugfix given below does NOT work, we’re working on another solution, see below. I’ve released a hotpatch…

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Everything about Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W in a nutshell Almost 4 million Pi Zeros have been sold up to date – it’s time for a refresh of the series! The new Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is a significant upgrade to the previous Pi Zero generation. The most important change is the powerful CPU upgrade: The…

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Sneak preview for PiCockpit v2.1

Behind the scenes, we have been working on PiCockpit v2.1 for a while now. There is a cool new feature coming for PiStats, but this will be revealed when PiCockpit v2.1 is ready For now a sneak preview into one of the two new apps (“BME688 Air Quality Meter” and “CO2 Sensor”) for the…

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C extension for MicroPython on Raspberry Pi Pico

This is a guide on how to write and run a basic C extension for MicroPython on the Raspberry Pi Pico. I will cover reasons for extending MicroPython, how to write the extension module, how to compile it and how to install it on the Pico. If you want to read more about this topic,…

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Raspberry Pi Pico Video Output

TL;DR The Raspberry Pi Pico is an incredible little microcontroller. While it does not have a video output interface built-in, like it’s bigger Raspberry Pi Zero / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 400 brethren (HDMI / double HDMI in their case), it is possible to add a video output to the Pico!…

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Raspberry Pi Pico and MicroPython on Windows

This article answers the question: How do I use the Raspberry Pi Pico with MicroPython on Windows? We also show how to install the right driver for “Board CDC” (which the Pico will show up as once MicroPython is installed) on Windows 8.1. (Also we will discuss the differences to CircuitPython where applicable – where…

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All about SD card / microSD card health on the Raspberry Pi

The SD card is – next to the power supply – a critical additional component of the Raspberry Pi. Monitoring it’s health is really important to ensure a smooth operation of your Raspberry Pi operating system, and a good user experience. This article will show you several ways how to check and monitor the health…

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