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Pimoroni’s Automation 2040 W Mini Packs a Raspberry Pi Pico W for Up-to-40V Automation Tasks



Sheffield, UK-based Pimoroni has introduced the most recent gadget in its Raspberry Pi RP2040-powered vary: The Automation 2040 W Mini, constructed across the Raspberry Pi Pico W growth board-slash-module.

“Automation 2040 W Mini is a compact Pico W/RP2040 powered monitoring and automation board,” the corporate explains of its newest launch. “It has a bunch of helpful options for controlling different bits of digital and industrial equipment – analog channels, powered outputs, buffered inputs and a relay. Excellent for controlling followers, pumps, solenoids, chunky motors, digital locks, or static LED lighting (as much as 40V).”

The discharge comes just a little over three months after the corporate unveiled its “Pico W Aboard” vary — service boards, that are supplied with a Raspberry Pi Pico W, the second-generation Raspberry Pi microcontroller board with a brand new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radio added, pre-installed as a surface-mount module.

The Automation 2040 W Mini is offered, as with its Pico W Aboard stablemates, with the Raspberry Pi Pico W already hooked up — offering the consumer with a dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+, 264kB of static RAM (SRAM), 2MB of exterior QSPI flash with execute-in-place (XIP) assist, and useful programmable enter/output (PIO) blocks. Because the W-suffixed variant, it additionally consists of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity — although, on the time of writing, solely Wi-Fi was supported within the gadget’s firmware.

From this, the board exposes three 12-bit analog to digital converter (ADC) inputs appropriate for as much as 40V, two digital inputs secure to the identical voltage, two digital sourcing outputs, which function at provide voltage with 4A steady present or 2A when configured as a 500Hz pulse-width modulated (PWM) sign, and a single relay with normally-closed and normally-open terminal supporting as much as 2A at as much as 24V or 1A at as much as 40V.

Elsewhere on the board are user-addressable tactile buttons with LED indicators, a Qwiic/STEMMA QT header for exterior {hardware}, and three.5mm screw terminals for all obtainable inputs, outputs, and energy enter — the latter supporting provide voltages from 6V all the best way as much as 40V. On the software program aspect, the corporate has offered MicroPython and C++ examples ― although recommends its personal “pirate-brand” construct of MicroPython for freshmen.

The Automation 2040 W Mini is in the stores from the Pimoroni retailer now, priced at $36.08.

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