Metro nRF52840 Express

by Adafruit

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The Adafruit Metro nRF52840 Express is a new Metro family member with Bluetooth Low Energy and native USB support featuring the nRF52840! 

This chip has twice the flash, and four times the SRAM of its 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.

More later!

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
  • more later!

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CircuitPython 5.3.1

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

Start here if you are new to CircuitPython.

Release Notes for 5.3.1

CircuitPython 6.0.0-rc.0

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

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

Release Notes for 6.0.0-rc.0

Built-in modules available: _bleio, _pixelbuf, aesio, analogio, audiobusio, audiocore, audiomixer, audiomp3, audiopwmio, bitbangio, board, busio, digitalio, displayio, framebufferio, gamepad, math, microcontroller, neopixel_write, nvm, os, pulseio, pwmio, random, rgbmatrix, rotaryio, rtc, sdcardio, sharpdisplay, storage, struct, supervisor, terminalio, time, touchio, ulab, usb_hid, usb_midi, vectorio, watchdog

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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UF2 Bootloader

Latest version: 0.3.2

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.).

Updating the bootloader on nRF52840 boards is an involved process right now. Follow the instructions in this README. It is not necessary to update on each release if your bootloader is working fine. Read the release notes on GitHub to see what has been changed.

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