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 120MHz Cortex M4 with floating point support and 512KB Flash and 192KB 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 5V converter to generate 5V power to the transceiver even when running on battery. The two CAN signal lines and ground reference signal are available on a 3-pin 3.5mm 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.




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CircuitPython 6.2.0

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 6.2.0

Built-in modules available: _bleio, _pixelbuf, analogio, audiobusio, audiocore, audioio, audiomixer, audiomp3, binascii, bitbangio, bitmaptools, board, busio, canio, countio, digitalio, displayio, errno, framebufferio, frequencyio, gamepad, i2cperipheral, json, math, microcontroller, msgpack, neopixel_write, nvm, os, pulseio, pwmio, random, re, rotaryio, rtc, sdcardio, sharpdisplay, storage, struct, supervisor, terminalio, time, touchio, ulab, usb_hid, usb_midi, vectorio

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.