NeoKey Trinkey - SAMD21

by Adafruit

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It’s half USB Key, half Adafruit Trinket, half mechanical keebit’s NeoKey Trinkey, the circuit board with a Trinket M0 heart, a NeoPixel glow, and a Cherry MX-compatible. We were inspired by single-key macro pads we’ve seen. So we thought, hey what if we made something like that that plugs right into your computer’s USB port, with a fully programmable color NeoPixel? And this is what we came up with!

The PCB is designed to slip into any USB A port on a computer or laptop. There’s an ATSAMD21 microcontroller on board with just enough circuitry to keep it happy. One pin of the microcontroller connects to a Cherry MX-compatible switch. Another connects to a NeoPixel LED. The third pin can be used as a capacitive touch input. A reset button lets you enter bootloader mode if necessary. That’s it!

The SAMD21 can run CircuitPython or Arduino very nicely - with existing NeoPixel and our FreeTouch libraries for the capacitive touch input. Over the USB connection you can have serial, MIDI or HID connectivity. The NeoKey Trinkey is perfect for simple projects that can use a few user inputs and colorful output. Maybe you’ll set it up as a macro-controller, or a password-enterer, or an Escape key for your MacBook.

Please note this board DOES NOT come with a key soldered in - we expect folks to pick their favorite MX-compatible key switch and key cap! Two solder points and you’re done.

We think it’s just an adorable little board, small and durable and inexpensive enough that it could be a first microcontroller board, or inspiration for advanced developers to make something simple and fun.

  • ATSAMD21E18 32-bit Cortex M0+ - 48 MHz 32 bit processor with 256KB Flash and 32 KB RAM
  • Native USB supported by every OS - can be used in Arduino or CircuitPython as USB serial console, MIDI, Keyboard/Mouse HID, even a little disk drive for storing Python scripts.
  • Can be used with Arduino IDE or CircuitPython
  • Single reverse-mount RGB NeoPixel LED
  • One Capacitive Touch pad
  • Cherry-MX compatible footprint can be used by nearly any mechanical switch. Note we only have a center-nub hole. If your switch has two mini side-nubs they need to be clipped off.
  • Reset switch for starting your project code over or entering bootloader mode
  • Cute & keychain-friendly!

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CircuitPython 6.3.0

This is the latest stable release of CircuitPython that will work with the NeoKey Trinkey - SAMD21.

Start here if you are new to CircuitPython.

Release Notes for 6.3.0

Built-in modules available: _pixelbuf, board, digitalio, math, microcontroller, neopixel_write, nvm, os, random, storage, struct, supervisor, time, touchio, usb_hid, usb_midi

CircuitPython 7.0.0-alpha.5

This is the latest unstable release of CircuitPython that will work with the NeoKey Trinkey - SAMD21.

Unstable builds have the latest features but are more likely to have critical bugs.

Release Notes for 7.0.0-alpha.5

Built-in modules available: adafruit_pixelbuf, board, digitalio, math, microcontroller, neopixel_write, nvm, os, rainbowio, random, storage, struct, supervisor, time, touchio, usb_cdc, usb_hid, usb_midi

Absolute Newest

Every time we commit new code to CircuitPython we automatically build binaries for each board and language. The binaries are stored on Amazon S3, organized by board, and then by language. Try them if you want the absolute latest and are feeling daring or want to see if a problem has been fixed.

Past Releases

All previous releases are listed on GitHub, with release notes, and are available for download from Amazon S3. They are handy for testing, but otherwise we recommend using the latest stable release. Some older GitHub release pages include the same binaries for downloading. But we have discontinued including binaries as assets on newer release pages because of the large number of files for each release.

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