Waveshare’s New ESP32-C6-Pico Board Shares the Same Form Factor as the Raspberry Pi Pico

Waveshare’s New ESP32-C6-Pico Board Shares the Same Form Factor as the Raspberry Pi Pico


Waveshare has recently launched a new ESP32-C6-Pico Board that has a similar form factor to the Raspberry Pi Pico. However, instead of an RP2040 chip, the board is built around an ESP32-C6-MINI-1 module. This little tweak makes the board compatible with a series of Waveshare LED displays, RS-232, NB-IoT, and other boards.

The ESP32-C6-MINI-1 enables the board to access features like Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5, Zigbee 3.0, and Thread 1.3. On top of that, the board also includes a TCA9554PWR IO expander IC, which adds seven more pins to this board.

Previously, we have covered many similar boards based on the ESP32-C6 module. These include the Beetle ESP32-C6 Board, FireBeetle 2 ESP32-C6, SparkFun ESP32-C6, and other similar boards. Feel free to check those out if you are looking for ESP-based boards.

RPi Pico Compatible ESP32-C6-Pico Board Specification

  • Wireless Module: ESP32-C6-MINI-1
    • SoC: ESP32-C6H4
      • Type: 32-bit RISC-V microprocessor
      • Speed: up to 160 MHz
      • Memory: 320KB ROM, 512KB High-Performance SRAM, 16KB Low-Power SRAM
      • Storage: 4MB flash
    • Wireless Connectivity:
      • WiFi: 2.4 GHz WiFi 6 with Target Wake Time (TWT) support
      • Bluetooth: 5.3 LE and Mesh
      • Radio: 802.15.4 with Zigbee, Thread, and Matter support
    • Antenna: PCB Antenna
  • USB: 1x USB Type-C port for power/charging and programming
  • Expansion:
    • GPIO: 20x multi-function GPIO pins
    • IO Pins: 7x expanded IO pins
  • Power Management:
    • Supply Voltage Options:
      • 5V via USB-C port
      • 3.3 to 6V via VBUS pin
    • Converter: MP28164 buck-boost with 2A max load
    • Power Consumption:
      • Deep sleep: ~18uA above 3.3V or ~33uA below 3.3V
  • Dimensions: 57.3 x 21 mm (Raspberry Pi Pico compatible)

The company provides a convenient wiki page to help users get started with the development board. Along with that, there is also a hardware parts diagram for an easy understanding of the many features of the board.

Waveshare’s ESP32-C6-Pico board is available for $12.99 on Amazon and $13.49 with shipping on AliExpress. However, prices drop to as low as $6.99 on Waveshare’s online store, and the version with soldered headers (ESP32-C6-Pico-M) is $7.99.

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