Challenger 840 BLE

by Invector Labs

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The Challenger 840 BLE board is an Arduino/Circuitpython compatible Adafruit Feather format micro controller board packed with loads of functionality for your projects that require low power consumption and a BLE connection.

The main controller of this board is the Nordic Semiconductor nRF52840 with 1MByte of FLASH memory and 256KByte of SRAM. The nRF52840 SoC is the most advanced member of the nRF52 Series. It meets the challenges of sophisticated applications that need protocol concurrency and a rich and varied set of peripherals and features. It offers generous memory availability for both Flash and RAM, which are prerequisites for such demanding applications.

The nRF52840 is fully multiprotocol capable with full protocol concurrency. It has protocol support for Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, Zigbee, 802.15.4, ANT and 2.4 GHz proprietary stacks.

In the recent years we have noticed that we are seeing more and more USB Type C cable laying around the lab due to the fact that all new phones and accessories use them. As of yet we haven’t seen any shortage of micro USB cables but we are not getting any new ones any more and old ones do break occasionally. So we decided to go for a USB Type C connector for this board. A bonus of this is that they are quite bit more durable and you don’t have to fiddle with the cable before plugging it in.

The board is packed with hardware features, here’s a short list of its most prominent ones.

– Sturdy USB Type C connector – nRF52840 @ 64MHz – 1MB FLASH + 256KB RAM – 2 MByte of NOR FLASH memory – 32.768 KHz crystal for clock generation & RTC – 3.3V regulator with 600mA peak current output, most of which is reserved for the board itself – USB native support, comes with UF2 USB bootloader – 20 GPIO pins – Hardware Serial, hardware I2C, hardware SPI support – PWM outputs on all pins – 6 x 12-bit analog inputs – Built in 250mA lipoly charger with charging status indicator LED – Pin #13 red LED for general purpose blinking – Power/enable pin – 4 mounting holes – Reset button – Neopixel LED that indicates board status but that can be used by the programmer

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CircuitPython 7.3.3

This is the latest stable release of CircuitPython that will work with the Challenger 840 BLE.

Start here if you are new to CircuitPython.

Release Notes for 7.3.3

Built-in modules available: _bleio, adafruit_bus_device, adafruit_pixelbuf, aesio, alarm, analogio, atexit, audiobusio, audiocore, audiomixer, audiomp3, audiopwmio, binascii, bitbangio, bitmaptools, board, busio, countio, digitalio, displayio, errno, fontio, framebufferio, getpass, gifio, json, keypad, math, microcontroller, msgpack, neopixel_write, nvm, onewireio, os, paralleldisplay, pulseio, pwmio, rainbowio, random, re, rgbmatrix, rotaryio, rtc, sdcardio, sharpdisplay, storage, struct, supervisor, synthio, terminalio, time, touchio, traceback, ulab, usb_cdc, usb_hid, usb_midi, vectorio, watchdog, zlib

CircuitPython 8.0.0-beta.1

This is the latest unstable release of CircuitPython that will work with the Challenger 840 BLE.

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

Release Notes for 8.0.0-beta.1

Built-in modules available: _bleio, adafruit_bus_device, adafruit_pixelbuf, aesio, alarm, analogio, atexit, audiobusio, audiocore, audiomixer, audiomp3, audiopwmio, binascii, bitbangio, bitmaptools, board, busio, countio, digitalio, displayio, dotenv, errno, fontio, framebufferio, getpass, json, keypad, math, microcontroller, msgpack, neopixel_write, nvm, onewireio, os, paralleldisplay, pulseio, pwmio, rainbowio, random, re, rgbmatrix, rotaryio, rtc, sdcardio, sharpdisplay, storage, struct, supervisor, synthio, terminalio, time, touchio, traceback, ulab, usb_cdc, usb_hid, usb_midi, vectorio, watchdog, zlib

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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