Feather nRF52840 Express

by Adafruit

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The Adafruit Feather nRF52840 Express is the new Feather family member with Bluetooth Low Energy and native USB support featuring the nRF52840!  It is Adafruit’s take on an ‘all-in-one’ Bluetooth Low Energy device with built in USB plus battery charging. With native USB it’s part of the CircuitPython party.

This chip has twice the flash, and four times the SRAM of it’s earlier sibling, the nRF52832 - 1 MB of FLASH and 256KB of SRAM. Compared to the nRF51, this board has 4-8 times more of everything.

This is Adafruit’s first BLE-friendly CircuitPython board! CircuitPython works best with disk drive access, and this is the only BLE-plus-USB-native chip that has the memory to handle running the Python interpreter. The massive RAM and speedy Cortex M4F chip makes this a good match.

It’s got tons of peripherals: plenty of GPIO, analog inputs, PWM, timers, etc. Best of all, it’s got that native USB! Finally, no need for a separate USB serial chip like CP2104 or FT232.

Some other upgrades are an extra ‘USER’ switch that could be used to trigger OTA updates (or whatever you choose), a NeoPixel LED for status updates, 2 MB of QSPI Flash for storing CircuitPython files, and a SWD connector.

Comes pre-programed the chip with a UF2 bootloader, which can use either command line UART programming with nrfutil or drag-n-drop mass storage, for CircuitPython installation and also because mass-storage-drive bootloaders make updating firmware so easy. Want to program the chip directly? You can use command line tools with your favorite editor and toolchain. If you want to use an SWD programmer/debugger (for even more advanced usage), use a standard 2x5 0.05” connector.

Features:

  • ARM Cortex M4F (with HW floating point acceleration) running at 64MHz
  • 1MB flash and 256KB SRAM
  • Native Open Source USB stack - pre-programmed with UF2 bootloader
  • Bluetooth Low Energy compatible 2.4GHz radio (Details available in the nRF52840 product specification)
  • FCC / IC / TELEC certified module
  • Up to +8dBm output power
  • 1.7v to 3.3v operation with internal linear and DC/DC voltage regulators
  • 21 GPIO, 6 x 12-bit ADC pins, up to 12 PWM outputs (3 PWM modules with 4 outputs each)
  • Pin #3 red LED for general purpose blinking, NeoPixel for colorful feedback
  • Power/enable pin
  • Measures 2.0” x 0.9” x 0.28” (51mm x 23mm x 7.2mm) without headers soldered in
  • Light as a (large?) feather - 6 grams
  • 4 mounting holes
  • Reset button
  • SWD connector for debugging

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CircuitPython 4.0.1

This is the latest stable release of CircuitPython that will work with the Feather nRF52840 Express.

Start here if you are new to CircuitPython.

Release Notes for 4.0.1

CircuitPython 4.0.0-rc.3

This is the latest unstable release of CircuitPython that will work with the Feather nRF52840 Express.

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

Release Notes for 4.0.0-rc.3

Absolute Newest

Every time we commit new code to CircuitPython we automatically build binaries for it. They are stored on Amazon S3 by language (some which may be unreleased.) Try them if you want the absolute latest and are feeling risky.

Past Releases

All previous releases are available on GitHub. They are handy for testing but we recommend the latest stable otherwise.