Raspberry Pi Direct: buy RP2040 in bulk from just $0.70

Almost exactly a year ago, we launched Raspberry Pi Pico, the first product powered by our own microcontroller, RP2040. Since then, we’ve sold nearly 1.5 million Picos, and thousands of you have used RP2040 in your own electronic projects and products.

Since June, RP2040 has been available through our worldwide network of Approved Resellers, for a single-unit price of $1. This remains the best way to get your hands on the chip for prototyping, and for small- to medium-scale production. But as RP2040 products begin to ramp to scale, and the global semiconductor shortage has transmuted most other microcontrollers into unobtainium, we’ve started to see people asking to buy tens of thousands of chips at a time.

To allow us to serve these customers better, today we’re launching Raspberry Pi Direct.


Raspberry Silicon, direct from Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Direct is an online storefront, which currently sells exactly two products:

  • Reels of 500 RP2040 chips, with a unit price of $0.80
  • Reels of 3,400 RP2040 chips, with a unit price of $0.70

Simply create an account, add products to your basket, and check out as you would do in any online store. We’ll contact you to arrange payment by bank transfer (Raspberry Pi Direct does not support credit or debit card payments), and ship your products once funds clear.

1: Log in
2: Buy your reels
3: Check out
4: Pay your invoice, and wait by the mailbox

Unobtainium no longer

RP2040 is built on a more modern semiconductor process (TSMC 40LP) than most other microcontrollers. As a result, it makes extremely efficient use of scarce silicon wafer supply: each die occupies just 2mm2, and each 300mm wafer yields roughly 21,000 dice. We have sufficient wafer stock on hand to produce 20 million chips, with more on the way.

If you want to build your product on a microcontroller you can actually buy in 2022, RP2040 is your friend. Head on over to Raspberry Pi Direct to get yours today.


Neil avatar

Is this a new alternative to Bitcoin?

MrZANE avatar

Any chance you will be selling the required external flash also, or maybe make a version with built in flash?

MikeDB avatar

When can we buy CM4s direct ? They far harder to get in quantity.

Joseph avatar

If you want to talk about hard to get it is the $5 pi Zero.
They did say this was a newer process so maybe they can’t get the other stuff themselves?

Meghan Roshak avatar

they are literally sold out everywhere…the pico is about the only board that isn’t sold out

Liz Upton avatar

Not actually the case – they’re there if you look, and more are coming onto shelves (and selling) all the time.

Meghan Roshak avatar

any advice on as to where? Online they are completely out and there are no stores near me that sell them

Hermann Seib avatar

I’d really love to see where I could get a Raspberry Pi 4 8GB or a Compute Module 4. Your own website directs me to two dealers for Austria, both show it as “Sold out.” Amazon – ditto.

Carmine Noviello avatar

Once logged in the store, it’s not clear if the chips are available and if not what is the lead-time. Any experience with large orders (50k-100k pcs)?

Customer Service avatar

Hi Carmine,
Thanks for your note. Yes, the product is available, and you can place an order even for large quantities such as 50k – 100k.

Nihho avatar

Can you add Bosnia and Hercegovina to the country list so we can place the order?
Thank you

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