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SparkFun Thing Plus - RP2040

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The SparkFun Thing Plus - RP2040 is a low-cost, high performance board with flexible digital interfaces featuring the Raspberry Pi Foundation's RP2040 microcontroller. Besides the Thing Plus or Feather footprint (with 18 GPIO pins), the board also includes an SD card slot, 16MB (128Mbit) flash memory, a JST single cell battery connector (with a charging circuit and fuel gauge sensor), an addressable WS2812 RGB LED, JTAG PTH pins, four (4-40 screw) mounting holes, and our signature Qwiic connector.

The RP2040 contains two ARM Cortex-M0+ processors (up to 133MHz) and features:

  • 264kB of embedded SRAM in six banks
  • 6 dedicated IO for SPI Flash (supporting XIP)
  • 30 multifunction GPIO:
    • Dedicated hardware for commonly used peripherals
    • Programmable IO for extended peripheral support
    • Four 12-bit ADC channels with internal temperature sensor (up to 0.5 MSa/s)
  • USB 1.1 Host/Device functionality

The RP2040 is supported with both C/C++ and MicroPython cross-platform development environments, including easy access to runtime debugging. It has UF2 boot and floating-point routines baked into the chip. While the chip has a large amount of internal RAM, the board includes an additional 16MB of external QSPI flash memory to store program code.


The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.


SparkFun Thing Plus - RP2040 Features

  • Raspberry Pi Foundation's RP2040 microcontroller
  • 16MB QSPI Flash Memory
  • JTAG PTH Pins
  • Thing Plus (or Feather) Form-Factor:
    • 18[1]x Multifunctional GPIO Pins[2]
      • Four available 12-bit ADC channels with internal temperature sensor (500kSa/s)
      • Up to eight 2-channel PWM
      • Up to two UARTs
      • Up to two I2C buses
      • Up to two SPI buses
  • USB-C Connector:
    • USB 1.1 Host/Device functionality
  • 2-pin JST Connector for a LiPo Battery (not included):
    • 500mA charging circuit
  • Qwiic Connector
  • Buttons:
    • Boot
    • Reset
  • LEDs:
    • PWR - Red 3.3V power indicator
    • CHG - Yellow battery charging indicator
    • 25 - Blue status/test LED (GPIO 25)
    • WS2812 - Addressable RGB LED (GPIO 08)
  • Four Mounting Holes:
    • 4-40 screw compatible
  • Dimensions: 2.3" x 0.9"

RP2040 General Features:

  • Dual Cortex M0+ processors, up to 133 MHz
  • 264 kB of embedded SRAM in 6 banks
  • 6 dedicated IO for QSPI flash, supporting execute in place (XIP)
  • 30 programmable IO for extended peripheral support
  • SWD interface
  • Timer with 4 alarms
  • Real time counter (RTC)
  • USB 1.1 Host/Device functionality
  • Supported programming languages
    • MicroPython
    • C/C++

1. Note: GPIO 08 is not included in this count, as it passes through the WS2812 addressable RGB LED first. GPIO 07 and GPIO 23 are counted as a single GPIO because they are tied together.

2. Note: The GPIO pins are programmable so you can reconfigure the pins! Check out the RP2040 datasheet for more information on the GPIO functionality.

SparkFun Thing Plus - RP2040 Product Help and Resources

RP2040 Thing Plus Hookup Guide

January 21, 2021

Want to take a stab at advancing your programming skills? Check out the Thing Plus - RP2040, with the first microcontroller from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. This guide will get you started working with the RP2040 and programming in MicroPython and C/C++.

Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

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Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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It will be great with more software support

As RP2040 support in MicroPython improves there will be more devices supported. Hopefully CircuitPython will be running on it soon also. That will instantly improve the driver availability for scores of devices.

RP2040 Thing

Nice board with 16MB of flash makes it easy to get experiments done. Qwiic connector (4 pin 1mm JST) makes peripherals easy to add. Low current draw as well.