Note: This Go Bundle comes with the latest micro:bit V2 mainboard that launched on 13 October 2020
Check out the microbit V2 vs V1.5 by the young maker, Jayden Lam:
Well, as the name says, micro:bit V2 is the enhanced version of the micro:bit controller.
If you like BBC micro:bit you will love this bundle because with just paying a little extra, you get everything you need to kickstart your project in no time. BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer which offers an amazingly simple way to learn coding, electronics and even robotics. Initiated by BBC, most of the student in UK uses this board to learn code and have fun with electronics since 4 years ago.
This micro:bit v2 Go Bundle is the perfect starter kit for the BBC micro:bit v2. It includes everything you need, even a little USB cable and batteries, to begin learning with hardware and software. If you only need the micro:bit board without accessories, click here.
Designed specifically for kids and beginners, the micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customize and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. It’s a small, code-able device that is a non-intimidating introduction to programming and making – switch on, program it to do something fun – wear it, customize it, develop new ideas.
At half the size of a credit card, you will be surprised at the amount of hardware each board is equipped with, including 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The micro:bit can even detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading. It can also use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to interact with other devices and the Internet.
Taking a closer look at the front of the V2 board, we can see the 5x5 LED array is still there for you to draw on, display words, numbers and other information, and of course the two programmable cute buttons! V2 board comes with a MEMS microphone input hole and a mic indicator LED. If the sound input is enabled in the program or your code, the mic indicator will be illuminated. And not to forget the micro:bit logo, it is now a capacitive touch sensor. If you look carefully, it is now gold plated PCB instead of the color mask on the previous version board :) So it can be used to detect touch. Awesome improvement!
On the back of the board, you will find the upgraded brains of the micro:bit. The microcontroller on the micro:bit V2 has been upgraded to nRF52833 with double the memory size to 512KB Flash, and 8 times larger size of RAM to 128KB. With the upgrades of the main controller, micro:bit V2 is now Bluetooth 5.1 and also BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy).
Besides the MCU, the co-microcontroller that handles USB connection, KL26Z with 16KB RAM is being upgraded to KL27Z with 32KB of RAM too. micro:bit V2 still comes with an accelerometer, compass, and Bluetooth Smart antenna, as well as a micro USB and two-pin JST connector for different power options.
Finally, at the bottom of the board, you will still get the 20 gold-tabbed edge pins and however, the five ring connectors (three for digital/analog I/O, two for power and ground) for hooking up external components now come with notched edges. These notched edges will help the insert to the socket. And you can always use the crocodile/alligator clip :)
Of course, the intuitive mobile app that lets you send your code to your micro:bit over Bluetooth (without using a USB cable) and more remains compatible with the new micro:bit V2. With this app, you will be able to interact with your micro:bit on a higher level of accessibility.
If you’re new to coding and hardware, then the micro:bit V2 Go Bundle is a great place to start. It’s incredibly easy to use and a perfect platform to help you leapfrog onto other microcontrollers and computers such as Circuit Playground, Arduino, Feather, or even Raspberry Pi.
Features of BBC micro:bit:
- 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 CPU
- Main microcontroller: Nordic Semiconductor nRF52833
- Clock Speed: 64MHz
- Memory size: 512KB Flash
- RAM size: 128KB RAM
- USB Interface: NXP KL27Z with 32KB RAM
- 5x5 LED Matrix Display (Red LEDs)
- Two Programmable Buttons
- Touch Sensitive micro:bit logo
- Additional Power Indicator LED and Mic input indicator LED
- Built-in MEMS microphone input
- Onboard Accelerometer, Compass, Light and Temperature Sensors
- Wireless Communication, via Bluetooth 5.1 and BLE and 2.4GHz Radio
- Edge Connectors:
- Total 25 pins: 20 smaller pitch to pitch pins, 5 RINGS Notched Edge pins
- 4 Dedicated GPIO, PWM, I2C, SPI, Power and etc.
- 5 Ring pins for connecting crocodile clips or banana plugs
- 20-pin Edge Connectors, 5 notched edge Connectors
- Dedicated I2C bus for peripherals
- Power Button to power off the MCU
- Micro USB Type-B Connector
- JST-PH Battery Connector (Not JST-XH)
- Reset Button with Status LED
- Available current for external devices: 200mA
- Programming Platform: C++, Makecode, Python, Scratch
- Size: 5cm (w) x 4cm (h)
- 1 x BBC micro:bit V2 Board
- 1 x Micro USB cable, 6" end-to-end
- 1 x Two-cell AAA battery holder
- 2 x AAA battery
- Getting Started Guide (Official)
- About micro:bit
- micro:bit V2 Hardware
- micro:bit Apps
- The launching of the micro:bit V2, by micro:bit
- BBC micro:bit V2 In-Depth - Major Upgrades! By Joshua Lowe, in micromag.cc