Circuit Playground Express + Displayio
Extend and expand your Circuit Playground projects with a bolt on TFT Gizmo that lets you add a lovely color display in a sturdy and reliable fashion. This PCB looks just like a round TFT breakout but has permanently affixed M3 standoffs that act as mechanical and electrical connections.
Once attached you’ll get a 1.54” 240x240 IPS display with backlight control, two 3-pin STEMMA connectors for attaching NeoPixel strips or servos, and a Class D audio amplifier with a Molex PicoBlade connector that can plug one of our lil speakers.
This is a great companion for our Circuit Playground Express or Bluefruit boards thanks to their fast SPI hardware speeds, and works in Arduino and CircuitPython. You can use it with the Circuit Playground Classic but it won’t be very fast, as you have to bitbang the SPI - and the display has a lot of pixels - so it’s not recommended.
Comes with a PCB that has pre-soldered standoffs attached, and 12x M3 screws for attachment. Fits all Circuit Playgrounds but like we mentioned earlier, the Express and Bluefruit are recommended.
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This is the latest stable release of CircuitPython that will work with the Circuit Playground Express + Displayio.
Start here if you are new to CircuitPython.
Built-in modules available: analogio, audiobusio, audiocore, audioio, board, busio, digitalio, displayio, errno, gamepad, math, microcontroller, neopixel_write, nvm, os, pulseio, pwmio, random, storage, struct, supervisor, terminalio, time, touchio, usb_hid, usb_midi
This is the latest unstable release of CircuitPython that will work with the Circuit Playground Express + Displayio.
Unstable builds have the latest features but are more likely to have critical bugs.
Built-in modules available: analogio, atexit, audiobusio, audiocore, audioio, board, busio, digitalio, displayio, errno, fontio, getpass, math, microcontroller, neopixel_write, nvm, onewireio, os, pulseio, pwmio, rainbowio, random, storage, struct, supervisor, terminalio, time, touchio, traceback, usb_cdc, usb_hid
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.
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.
Install/Repair UF2 Bootloader
Latest version: v3.13.0
The bootloader allows you to load CircuitPython, Makecode, and Arduino programs. The bootloader is not CircuitPython.
Update UF2 Bootloader
Latest version: v3.13.0
The bootloader allows you to load CircuitPython, Makecode, and Arduino programs. The bootloader is not CircuitPython. You can check the current version of your bootloader by looking in the INFO_UF2.TXT file when the BOOT drive is visible (FEATHERBOOT, CPLAYBOOT, etc.).
To update, first save the contents of CIRCUITPY, just in case. Then double-click the reset button to show the BOOT drive. Drag the update-bootloader .uf2 file to the BOOT drive. Wait a few tens of seconds for the bootloader to update; the BOOT drive will reappear. Check INFO_UF2.TXT to verify that the bootloader version has been updated. Then you will need to reload CircuitPython.