Feather M4 CAN

by Adafruit

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One of our favorite Feathers, the Feather M4 Express, gets a glow-up here with an upgrade to the SAME51 chipset which has built-in CAN bus support! Like its SAMD51 cousin, the ATSAME51J19 comes with a 120 MHz Cortex M4 with floating point support and 512 KB Flash and 192 KB RAM. Your code will zig and zag and zoom, and with a bunch of extra peripherals for support, this will for sure be your favorite new chipset for CAN interfacing projects.

At the end of the board we have placed a CAN transceiver chip as well as a 5 V converter to generate 5 V power to the transceiver even when running on battery. The two CAN signal lines and ground reference signal are available on a 3-pin 3.5 mm terminal block. The chip and booster can be put to sleep for power saving. The built-in CAN can read or write packets and has support in both Arduino and CircuitPython.

Like the original Feather M4 Express, you’ll find a Mini NeoPixel and 2 MB SPI Flash. When used in CircuitPython, the 2 MB flash acts as storage for all your scripts, libraries and files.

And best of all, it’s a Feather - so you know it will work with all our FeatherWings! What a great way to quickly get up and running. It’s even pin-compatible with the original Feather M4.

Easy reprogramming: the Feather M4 CAN comes pre-loaded with the UF2 bootloader, which looks like a USB storage key. Simply drag firmware on to program, no special tools or drivers needed! It can be used to load up CircuitPython or Arduino IDE (it is bossa-compatible).

Comes fully assembled and tested, with the UF2 USB bootloader. We also toss in some headers so you can solder it in and plug into a solderless breadboard.

Technical details

  • Measures 2.0” x 0.9” x 0.28” (50.8 mm x 22.8 mm x 7 mm) without headers soldered in
  • Light as a (large?) feather - 5 grams
  • ATSAME51 32-bit Cortex M4 core running at 120 MHz, 32-bit, 3.3 V logic and power
  • Hardware CAN bus support with built-in transceiver, 5V booster and terminal connection.
  • Floating point support with Cortex M4 DSP instructions
  • 512 KB flash, 192 KB RAM
  • 2 MB SPI FLASH chip for storing files and CircuitPython code storage.
  • No EEPROM
  • 32.768 kHz crystal for clock generation & RTC
  • 3.3 V regulator with 500 mA peak current output
  • USB-C connector for USB native support, comes with USB bootloader and serial port debugging
  • Built in crypto engines with AES (256 bit), true RNG, Pubkey controller
  • 21 GPIO pins with following capabilities:
    • Dual 1 MSPS 12 bit true analog DAC (A0 and A1) - can be used to play 12-bit stereo audio clips
    • Dual 1 MSPS 12 bit ADC (6 analog pins some on ADC1 and some on ADC2)
    • 6 hardware SERCOM - Native hardware SPI, I2C and Serial all available
    • 16 PWM outputs - for servos, LEDs, etc
    • I2S input and output
    • 8-bit Parallel capture controller (for camera/video in)
  • Built in 100 mA lipoly charger with charging status indicator LED
  • Pin #13 red LED for general purpose blinking
  • Power/enable pin
  • 4 mounting holes
  • Reset button

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CircuitPython 7.3.3

This is the latest stable release of CircuitPython that will work with the Feather M4 CAN.

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, audioio, audiomixer, audiomp3, binascii, bitbangio, bitmaptools, board, busio, canio, countio, digitalio, displayio, errno, floppyio, fontio, framebufferio, frequencyio, getpass, gifio, i2cperipheral, json, keypad, math, microcontroller, msgpack, neopixel_write, nvm, onewireio, os, paralleldisplay, ps2io, 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, zlib

CircuitPython 8.0.0-beta.1

This is the latest unstable release of CircuitPython that will work with the Feather M4 CAN.

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, audioio, audiomixer, audiomp3, binascii, bitbangio, bitmaptools, board, busio, canio, countio, digitalio, displayio, dotenv, errno, floppyio, fontio, framebufferio, frequencyio, getpass, i2ctarget, json, keypad, math, microcontroller, msgpack, neopixel_write, nvm, onewireio, os, paralleldisplay, ps2io, 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, 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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Update UF2 Bootloader

Latest version: v3.14.0

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.).

It is not necessary to update your bootloader if it is working fine. Read the release notes on GitHub to see what has been changed. In general, we recommend you not update the bootloader unless you know there is a problem with it or a support person has asked you to try updating it.

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. After you update, check INFO_UF2.TXT to verify that the bootloader version has been updated. Then you will need to reload CircuitPython.

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