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:
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
PWR- Red 3.3V power indicator
CHG- Yellow battery charging indicator
25- Blue status/test LED (
WS2812- Addressable RGB LED (
RP2040 General Features:
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.↩
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.
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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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.
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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Based on 3 ratings:
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.
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.
The board python setup was a simple and quick. Getting C/C++ was not that easy. Over all well worth it.