Almost a year has passed since the Raspberry Pi Pico, and the RP2040, was released and the RP2040 has only been available from resellers thus far. However, Raspberry Pi is launching a new service, Raspberry Pi Direct. This is for direct-to-business sales only and RP2040 chips will still be available from resellers.
The direct pricing offered is as follows:
- Reels of 500 RP2040 chips, with a unit price of $0.80 ($400)
- Reels of 3,400 RP2040 chips, with a unit price of $0.70 ($2380)
Note that taxes, import duty and shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.
Raspberry Pi also had the following to say about RP2040 availability:
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.https://www.raspberrypi.com/news/raspberry-pi-direct-buy-rp2040-in-bulk-from-just-0-70/