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Goodbye, October! Hello, Custom Board Designs.

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It has been a busy couple of weeks for us here at SparkFun. Last week we released the MicroMod line, which allows you easily swap out a variety of processors into function-specific carrier boards. This week we announced À La Carte (ALC), SparkFun's custom printed circuit board production service! We went into some detail about ALC on Wednesday, but we're excited so we're going to talk about it again, as well as a new SparkX product!

What can YOU make with ALC?

ALC helps you create new, custom boards

SparkFun has been designing boards for more than a decade, and we're the source for the latest and greatest technologies. We've taken all that knowledge built a platform that turns components and modules into easy-to-choose blocks. SparkFun À La Carte allows you to create custom boards by selecting only the blocks you want to use and adding them to your board. Whether you're a test engineer building 15 test fixtures or a Burning Man artist needing 47 light-activated servo controllers, ALC is there to bridge the gap between prototype and production.

Interested in trying ALC? We’re offering 50% off the design fee on all new orders through 11:59 p.m. on 12/31/2020 with promo code: ALCSPARKFUN50

Start your design with ALC


Qwiic Digital Capacitor - NCD2400M

Qwiic Digital Capacitor - NCD2400M

SPX-17182
$7.95

Ever need to fine tune an oscillator circuit or RF filter? It can be tricky and repetitive switching out capacitors on a PCB. SparkX's Qwiic Digital Capacitor, complete with the NCD2400M IC, can be a great solution. Solder the nibs onto any 0603 or 0402 footprint, plug in a Qwiic cable and RedBoard, and change the capacitance in code.


That's it for this week! As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!

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Mighty Modular Power Processors

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Hello there, everyone! We have had a very busy week here with two major product releases: On Monday, Raspberry Pi released their new Compute Module 4 series and, since we are now an Approved Reseller, we are offering several different options of the board including a way to easily access them. On Wednesday, we announced our brand new SparkFun MicroMod ecosystem that allows you to swap out small Processor Boards on function-specific Carrier Boards. Let's take a closer look!

Watch Avra build a project with our new MicroMod boards!

SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor

SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor

DEV-16401
$14.95
SparkFun MicroMod ESP32 Processor

SparkFun MicroMod ESP32 Processor

WRL-16781
$14.95
SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor

SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor

DEV-16791
$14.95

Pick processors from SparkFun's own Artemis to ESP32 or SAMD51 (and more to come). Mix, match, test and prototype different processors with few to no code changes!

  • SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor: Leveraging the ultra powerful Artemis Module, the SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor is the brain board of your dreams. With a Cortex-M4F with BLE 5.0 running up to 96MHz, and with as low power as 6uA per MHz (less than 5mW), the M.2 MicroMod connector allows you to plug in a MicroMod carrier board with any number of peripherals.
  • SparkFun MicroMod ESP32 Processor: The MicroMod ESP32 Processor Board combines Espressif's ESP32 with our M.2 connector interface to bring a processor board with reliable WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities into our MicroMod ecosystem.
  • SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor: With a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F MCU, the SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor Board is one powerful microcontroller packaged on a small board! The provides you with an economical and easy-to-use development platform if you need more power with minimal working space.

Rob goes over the MicroMod ecosystem boards in more detail!

SparkFun MicroMod ATP Carrier Board

SparkFun MicroMod ATP Carrier Board

DEV-16885
$19.95
SparkFun MicroMod Input and Display Carrier Board

SparkFun MicroMod Input and Display Carrier Board

DEV-16985
$59.95
SparkFun MicroMod Data Logging Carrier Board

SparkFun MicroMod Data Logging Carrier Board

DEV-16829
$19.95
SparkFun MicroMod Machine Learning Carrier Board

SparkFun MicroMod Machine Learning Carrier Board

DEV-16400
$19.95

Choose a carrier board to access different inputs and outputs based on your specific needs. Each carrier board is easily expandable by utilizing our Qwiic Connect System.

  • SparkFun MicroMod ATP Carrier Board: Access all the pins (i.e. ATP) of the MicroMod processor boards with the SparkFun MicroMod ATP Carrier Board! This board breaks out the MicroMod processor board's pins on the M.2 connector to 0.1-inch spaced female headers and PTH pads on the edge of the board.
  • SparkFun MicroMod Input and Display Carrier Board: This carrier board combines a 2.4-inch TFT display, six addressable LEDs, onboard voltage regulator, a 6-pin IO connector, and microSD slot with the M.2 pin connector slot, so it can be used with compatible processor boards in our MicroMod ecosystem.
  • SparkFun MicroMod Data Logging Carrier Board: The SparkFun MicroMod Data Logging Board offers a highly customizable, low-power data logging platform using the MicroMod system, allowing you to choose your own processor to pair with the carrier board.
  • SparkFun MicroMod Machine Learning Carrier Board:The MicroMod Machine Learning Carrier Board combines some of the features of our SparkFun Edge Board and SparkFun Artemis boards, but allows you the freedom to explore with any processor in the MicroMod lineup without the need for a central computer or web connection. Voice recognition, always-on voice commands, gesture, or image recognition are possible with TensorFlow applications.

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 32GB (Wireless Version) - 4GB RAM

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 32GB (Wireless Version) - 4GB RAM

DEV-17392
$65.00
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 Lite (Wireless Version) - 2GB RAM

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 Lite (Wireless Version) - 2GB RAM

DEV-17384
$30.00
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 8GB - 2GB RAM

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 8GB - 2GB RAM

DEV-17284
$35.00
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 8GB (Wireless Version) - 2GB RAM

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 8GB (Wireless Version) - 2GB RAM

DEV-17391
$40.00
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 16GB - 2GB RAM

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 16GB - 2GB RAM

DEV-17390
$40.00
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 - Lite

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 - Lite

DEV-17364
$25.00
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 I/O Board

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 I/O Board

DEV-17360
$35.00
Raspberry Pi 4 Compute Module Antenna Kit

Raspberry Pi 4 Compute Module Antenna Kit

WRL-17389
$5.00

Since we are now an Approved Reseller for Raspberry Pi, we are happy to carry versions of the brand new Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 represents a huge change for the Compute Module line, the biggest change being the move from the DDR2 SODIMM connector form factor to a high density connector on the bottom of the board. True to the line, the Compute Module 4 packs all the best features of the Raspberry Pi Model B 4 into a more favorable form-factor for embedded or OEM applications.


That's it for this week! As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!

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Introducing SparkFun MicroMod

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Today is a special day for us - for the last several months we've been working on a new and growing ecosystem of products that customize the processor you want to use. Meet MicroMod, a modular interface ecosystem that connects a microcontroller “processor board” to various “carrier board” peripherals utilizing the M.2 standard.

MicroMod

As a modular ecosystem of interchangeable processors and carrier boards, MicroMod enables rapid prototyping and development that allows for dynamic project changes. There's no need to worry about soldering or finding the right length cable - just swap your processor and go! Whether you are an avid electronics enthusiast or a professional engineer, the MicroMod system works to make project and prototype upgrades as seamless as possible.

Now let's meet the boards!


Carrier Boards: These provide access to different peripherals and functionality.

SparkFun MicroMod ATP Carrier Board

SparkFun MicroMod ATP Carrier Board

DEV-16885
$19.95
SparkFun MicroMod Input and Display Carrier Board

SparkFun MicroMod Input and Display Carrier Board

DEV-16985
$59.95
SparkFun MicroMod Data Logging Carrier Board

SparkFun MicroMod Data Logging Carrier Board

DEV-16829
$19.95
SparkFun MicroMod Machine Learning Carrier Board

SparkFun MicroMod Machine Learning Carrier Board

DEV-16400
$19.95

Choose a carrier board to access different inputs and outputs based on your specific needs. Each carrier board is easily expandable by utilizing our Qwiic Connect System.

  • SparkFun MicroMod ATP Carrier Board: Access all the pins (i.e. ATP) of the MicroMod processor boards with the SparkFun MicroMod ATP Carrier Board! This board breaks out the MicroMod processor board's pins on the M.2 connector to 0.1" spaced female headers and PTH pads on the edge of the board.
  • SparkFun MicroMod Input and Display Carrier Board: This carrier board combines a 2.4" TFT display, six addressable LEDs, onboard voltage regulator, a 6-pin IO connector, and microSD slot with the M.2 pin connector slot, so it can be used with compatible processor boards in our MicroMod ecosystem.
  • SparkFun MicroMod Data Logging Carrier Board: The SparkFun MicroMod Data Logging Board offers a highly customizable, low-power data logging platform using the MicroMod system, allowing you to choose your own processor to pair with the carrier board.
  • SparkFun MicroMod Machine Learning Carrier Board:The MicroMod Machine Learning Carrier Board combines some of the features of our SparkFun Edge Board and SparkFun Artemis boards, but allows you the freedom to explore with any processor in the MicroMod lineup without the need for a central computer or web connection. Voice recognition, always-on voice commands, gesture, or image recognition are possible with TensorFlow applications.

Processor Boards: Mix and match processor boards and choose which one works best for you.

SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor

SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor

DEV-16401
$14.95
SparkFun MicroMod ESP32 Processor

SparkFun MicroMod ESP32 Processor

WRL-16781
$14.95
SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor

SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor

DEV-16791
$14.95

Pick processors from SparkFun's own Artemis to ESP32 or SAMD51 (and more to come). Mix, match, test and prototype different processors with little to no code changes!

  • SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor: Leveraging the ultra powerful Artemis Module, the SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor is the brain board of your dreams. With a Cortex-M4F with BLE 5.0 running up to 96MHz, and with as low power as 6uA per MHz (less than 5mW), the M.2 MicroMod connector allows you to plug in a MicroMod carrier board with any number of peripherals.
  • SparkFun MicroMod ESP32 Processor: The MicroMod ESP32 Processor Board combines Espressif's ESP32 with our M.2 connector interface to bring a processor board with reliable WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities into our MicroMod ecosystem.
  • SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor: With a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F MCU, the SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor Board is one powerful microcontroller packaged on a small board! The provides you with an economical and easy-to-use development platform if you need more power with minimal working space.

Guides and Resources: Find the guide that's right for you.

Make your own MicroMod processor and carrier boards utilizing SparkFun’s Eagle libraries and guides. We have multiple open source carrier boards already designed so you can use them as a reference design and starting point. We can’t wait to see what you make.

New!

Getting Started with MicroMod

October 21, 2020

Dive into the world of MicroMod - a compact interface to connect a microcontroller to various peripherals via the M.2 Connector!
New!

Designing with MicroMod

October 21, 2020

This tutorial will walk you through the specs of the MicroMod processor and carrier board as well as the basics of incorporating the MicroMod form factor into your own PCB designs!

We are incredibly proud of this release, and we have plenty more ideas to grow MicroMod into a system of multiple processors and carriers that provide you with all the combinations of boards you can imagine. We'll look deeper into each board this Friday when Avra brings you a project showing the boards in action! See you then!

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As Teensy As Pie

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Friday Product Post - and what a Friday it is. We have so many new products to get through today and we'll start with two new shields for your Teensy! The Qwiic Shield for Teensy and Extended Qwiic Shield for Teensy allow you to use up to four different Qwiic connectors on a regular sized Teensy Dev board (like the 4.0) as well as the longer versions (like the 4.1). Next up, and you might have seen this if you joined us on Tuesday, but we have six new micro:bit v2 products, from a standalone board to several different kits (all of which are now available for pre-order)! That's not all because we also have 8GB versions of our popular Raspberry Pi 4 Basic and Desktop Kits. We have several other new products available starting today, so read on!

Get your Teensy Qwiic-capable!

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Teensy

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Teensy

DEV-17119
$3.95
SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Teensy - Extended

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Teensy - Extended

DEV-17156
$4.50

The SparkFun Qwiic Shields for Teensy provide you with a quick and easy way to enter into SparkFun's Qwiic ecosystem with your desired Teensy boards. This regular-version shield is sized to work with the footprint of Teensy 4.0, Teensy 3.2, and Teensy LC, while the extended-version is sized to work with the footprint of Teensy 4.1, Teensy 3.6, and Teensy 3.5. These shields connect to the I2C bus (GND, 3.3V, SDA and SCL) on your Teensy to four SparkFun Qwiic connectors (two horizontally-mounted and two vertically-mounted). The Qwiic ecosystem allows for easy daisy-chaining so, as long as your devices are on different addresses, you can connect as many Qwiic devices as you'd like.


micro:bit v2 Board

micro:bit v2 Board

DEV-17287
$14.95

The micro:bit v2 is a pocket-sized computer that lets you get creative with digital technology. Each order contains just the micro:bit v2 board. You can code, customize and control your micro:bit from anywhere! You can use your micro:bit for all sorts of unique creations, from robots to musical instruments and more. 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 tactile buttons, and a touch sensitive logo 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 5.0) to interact with other devices and the Internet.

All micro:bit v2 products are available for pre-order and we expect to start shipping in November. If you want to learn more about the differences between the previous v1.5 micro:bit and the new v2, make sure to check out Tuesday's post. We go into goo detail about what's new and different!


micro:bit v2 Go Bundle

micro:bit v2 Go Bundle

DEV-17288
$16.50
micro:bit v2 Club Kit - Go Bundle 10-Pack

micro:bit v2 Club Kit - Go Bundle 10-Pack

KIT-17290
$159.95

This micro:bit v2 Go Bundle provides you with everything you need to get hooked up and powered. This kit includes the micro:bit v2 a short USB cable, a AAA battery holder and AAA batteries. Also inside the Go Bundle you will find a Quick Start Guide with four unique ideas to get you started with micro:bit! The Go Bundle is a quick and economical way to get started with the micro:bit.

If you need more than one Go Bundle (maybe 10?) we also carry the micro:bit v2 Club Kit, which contains ten Go Bundles that provides a group with the means to start using micro:bit right away.


SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit v2

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit v2

KIT-17362
$49.95
SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit v2 Lab Pack

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit v2 Lab Pack

LAB-17363
$450.00
SparkFun Educator Lab Pack for micro:bit v2

SparkFun Educator Lab Pack for micro:bit v2

LAB-17361
$299.95

Of course, we couldn't forget developing kits to learn more about the micro:bit v2 for individuals, classrooms, and educators! Each of these kits are available for pre-order today as well. Makes sure to visit each or their respective product pages to learn more about them!


SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit - 8GB

SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit - 8GB

KIT-16831
$114.95

The Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit includes everything you'll need to get up and running with the new Raspberry Pi 4 8GB. The Pi 4 moves to a MicroHDMI Connector for monitors and a USB Type-C connector for powering the board. Inside the kit you will find a MicroHDMI to HDMI cable and USB Type-C Wall Adapter with USB Type-C Cable for power (USB 2.0 data rates only) - two things needed to run the Pi, but that you probably didn't have sitting around already. The wall adapter provides 15.3W of power, enough to properly power the Pi and most projects.


SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit - 8GB

SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit - 8GB

KIT-16812
$179.95

The Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit includes everything you need to turn any monitor with an HDMI port into a desktop PC. A 64GB MicroSD card provides the capacity and speed needed to run most operating systems for the Raspberry Pi platform smoothly. The USB Type-C wall adapter and Type-C to Type-C cable provide a modular power system for the Raspberry Pi 4. The heat sink case provides protection for the Raspberry Pi Board but also cools the major components, allowing it to run smoothly during heavy usage. The Logitech K400 keyboard provides a plug and play HID solution for the system. Finally, we've included both an HDMI to Micro HDMI cable to interface to any HDMI monitors, and our Qwiic Shim, which allows for easily attaching any of our Qwiic Boards for adding another level to your desktop setup.


SparkFun Qwiic MP3 Trigger

SparkFun Qwiic MP3 Trigger

DEV-16892
$19.95

Sometimes you just need an MP3 to play, whether it's a theme song as you enter the room or a power song when you are working out. The SparkFun Qwiic MP3 Trigger takes care of all the necessary requirements - all you need to do is send a simple I2C command and listen to whatever is on your micro SD card. Utilizing our handy Qwiic system, no soldering is required to connect it to the rest of your system. However, we still have broken out 0.1"-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.


Hologram eUICC SIM Card

Hologram eUICC SIM Card

CEL-17117
$4.95

The Hologram eUICC SIM Card is a mix between legacy and new technology for cellular service for your project. Hologram’s eUICC SIMs enable profile switching capabilities, so you can work with Hologram to dynamically change the subscriber profile of the SIM while the devices are in the field over-the-air. For those looking for IoT cellular service with no intentions on switching cellular carriers, this SIM card is also for you.


Thumb Joystick Knob - Deluxe

Thumb Joystick Knob - Deluxe

COM-17263
$0.95

This is a "deluxe" joystick knob very similar to the thumb pads on PlayStation controllers. We specifically carry this knob to pair with our 16mm Deluxe Thumb Joystick.


That's it for this week! As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!

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Announcing the new micro:bit 2.0

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Over the past few years, we have seen the micro:bit grow into one of the most useful programming tools available. Here at SparkFun, we even developed and released a whole ecosystem of carrier boards and kits for it. The micro:bit became our top selling educational platform within a year of its release. Since then, it has been a steady rock for STEAM education in a time of uncertainty while most students participate in school at home. The micro:bit is easy to program, easy to administer and affordable enough to send home with students.

All of that being said, this week marks an exciting moment for the micro:bit: the announcement of micro:bit 2.0! Here is a sneak peek on what's new on the micro:bit 2.0 to look forward to.

micro:bit 2.0 Front

micro:bit 2.0 Back

Before jumping into the new additions, here's a quick comparison for you table nerds out there.

micro:bit 2.0 Features

New Brain

Not that the older version of the micro:bit was a scarecrow by any means - it was pretty hefty in terms of computing power - but there were some users, specifically those looking to get the most out of Bluetooth, who were pushing the micro:bit to the limits.

New micro:bit 2.0 Back

The micro:bit 2.0 sports a new Nordic nRF52833 and doubles the amount of flash memory on the board. This updates a number of features, speed and power consumption on the micro:bit. One thing we are looking forward to is its potential to open the doors to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for your micro:bit projects (this is just us speculating - there is nothing to point at in terms of the micro:bit Foundation and its partners rolling out AI/ML out of the gates, but it does have potential in the future). We will keep an eye on this prospect.

Audio Upgrade

Since the release of the original micro:bit, students have always been able to have fun programming the micro:bit to play music and sounds, sometimes through an external speaker. This was always a bit of a letdown for those getting into micro:bit, as it was something they had to add on to the hardware.

Close up of the micro:bit 2.0 Back

We’re glad to see that the micro:bit 2.0 has a built-in speaker. The speaker is on the back of the micro:bit 2.0, and I can tell you from experience it is as loud and annoying as the external speakers that we include in our kits. Now your students can make a noise machine, set up a burglar alarm or build a musical instrument using just the micro:bit itself. Oh, joy!

The powered up micro:bit 2.0

Along the lines of sound, the micro:bit 2.0 also has a microphone. This was a wonderful addition to the on-board sensor suite of the board. At first I was skeptical about the quality of the microphone and how clean its inputs would be - would it be too sensitive, or not sensitive enough? However, I was wonderfully surprised by how responsive the microphone was and, at least when combined with the bar graph functionality on the LED array as a graphical output, how consistent and clean the signal was. Between the microphone and the speaker this opens up a whole possibility of new projects with just the micro:bit alone!

Touch Sensor

The micro:bit Foundation added one more sensor to the board: a capacitive touch sensor. If you have used the micro:bit before, you may have used the touch functionality on the pins of its edge connector. This was great, but at times was a little tough to use with the pins being jammed together. The micro:bit 2.0 has moved the touch functionality and connected it to the micro:bit logo at the top of the board.

Metal micro:bit 2.0 Logo

Comparing it to a previous version, you can see that the logo is no longer part of the silk screen, but actually metal. Another wonderfully simple input for this little board.

Bluetooth

While not the most flashy collection of updates to the board for most people, for those looking to push the limits of the micro:bit, v2.0 features BLE 5.0. This change opens up a number of potential avenues in terms of communication with other devices such as phones, laptops, etc.

At SparkFun, we also like the change to a dedicated I2C port, as many of our accessories such as the moto:bit and weather:bit communicate with the micro:bit via I2C. This means a more stable and consistent user experience.

Improved Connections

Another update to the micro:bit 2.0 that you may have noticed are the small “bites” taken out of the edge connector.

The newest micro:bit

These are there to make it easier to connect external components to the micro:bit with alligator clips without them sliding around, falling off or shorting on other pins. I can tell you from personal experience, this small and seemingly simple modification is a big deal and improves prototyping greatly.

Power

Last but not least, the additions of a few updates around powering the micro:bit and its output. The micro:bit 2.0 includes a way to turn it on/off from the board. Those of you that have burned through batteries when students leave the battery packs plugged in will understand the value of this!

Another great update for those who do a lot of tinkering with external components and the micro:bit is that the total output current through the micro:bit v2.0 has been bumped from 90mA to 200mA. This is great for driving more than one or two LEDs before things start to go dim. There are also a few improvements for the power inputs as well, but I will wait to test those in more depth until I have more than one on my desk.

Looking Forward

After reviewing the board and being hands on with it, I can tell you that the Foundation put a lot of thought into the updates. They listened to feedback - both from teachers and students, but also from partners.

micro:bit v2 Board

micro:bit v2 Board

DEV-17287
$14.95
micro:bit v2 Go Bundle

micro:bit v2 Go Bundle

DEV-17288
$16.50
micro:bit v2 Club Kit - Go Bundle 10-Pack

micro:bit v2 Club Kit - Go Bundle 10-Pack

KIT-17290
$159.95

The micro:bit 2.0 will start shipping sometime around mid to late November, with limited availability. Until then, we are offering the micro:bit 2.0 Board, the micro:bit 2.0 Go Bundle, and the micro:bit 2.0 Club Kit for pre-order today. Placing your order will reserve stock in the order that it is received, so the sooner you place your order, the sooner you'll get your micro:bit 2.0 product!

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit v2

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit v2

KIT-17362
$49.95
SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit v2 Lab Pack

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit v2 Lab Pack

LAB-17363
$450.00
micro:bit v2 Educator Lab Pack

micro:bit v2 Educator Lab Pack

LAB-17361
$299.95

Between now and when we expect micro:bit 2.0 to start shipping, we are updating our current ecosystem to support the 2.0 release with the SIK for micro:bit 2.0, SIK Labpack for micro:bit 2.0, and the micro:bit 2.0 Educator Lab Pack. All three of these kits are available for pre-order and the photos may not be final and are subject to change. Don't worry, all of our previous micro:bit Kits will remain available for at least the next year.

We will be testing out our existing micro:bit ecosystem of carrier boards to make sure that everything works and is as compatible as we can make it. We may even sneak some new content in there for those of you that are early adopters of the 2.0. Keep an eye out for updates from us on our social media channels, newsletter and video releases.

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GPIO Me Oh My

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How's it going, SparkFans? We have a LOT of new products to showcase this week - so many, in fact, that we had to announce four of them on Monday! Two versions of the NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB are available, both with and without WiFi adapters. On top of that we also offer new versions of the DLI Kit and JetBot Kit, both with the new 2GB Jetson Nano. Two new Qwiic boards are available as well that offer new GPIO and OLED options. Last up, SparkFun now carries the 8GB version of the Raspberry Pi 4 with three unique cases and a Fan HAT. Let's jump in and take a closer look at our new products!

Unlock all the I/O with Qwiic!

SparkFun Qwiic GPIO

SparkFun Qwiic GPIO

DEV-17047
$5.95

The Sparkfun Qwiic GPIO is an I²C device based around the TCA9534 I/O Expander IC from Texas Instruments. The board adds an additional eight IO pins, which you can read and write just like any other digital pin on your controller. The details of the I²C interface have been taken care of in an Arduino library so you can call functions similar to Arduino's pinMode and digitalWrite, allowing you to focus on your creation!


SparkFun Qwiic OLED Display (0.91 in, 128x32)

SparkFun Qwiic OLED Display (0.91 in, 128x32)

LCD-17153
$9.95

The SparkFun Qwiic OLED Display can display up to three lines of text and features 128x32 pixels in a small, 0.91-inch (diagonal) frame. As an OLED, this display does not have a back light layer (unlike LCDs) and therefore it’s thinner, consumes less power, and has higher contrast.


NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit

NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit

DEV-17244
$59.00

NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit (without Wireless Adaptor)

DEV-17283

Discover the power of AI and robotics with NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit. It’s small, powerful, and features a more economical price tag to lower the barrier to entry for you to get started in AI and machine learning. This means educators, students and other enthusiasts can now easily create projects with fast and efficient AI using the entire GPU-accelerated NVIDIA software stack, as well as cloud-based tools. These boards are now available for pre-order.


SparkFun DLI Kit for Jetson Nano 2GB

SparkFun DLI Kit for Jetson Nano 2GB

KIT-17245
$139.95
SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by Jetson Nano 2GB

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by Jetson Nano 2GB

KIT-17246
$209.95

We have you covered with Jetson Nano 2GB Kits, too! The SparkFun DLI Kit and SparkFun JetBot AI Kit are both now available with the 2GB Jetson Nano with a WiFi adapter. If you are interested in picking either of these kits up, they are now available for pre-order and will ship the same time as the standalone boards.


Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (8 GB)

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (8 GB)

DEV-16811
$75.00

In the next iteration of the Model B line, Raspberry Pi has given us the very powerful Model B 4 with the goal of becoming a full desktop experience. The 8GB DDR4 RAM version of this board has the ability to run two 4k monitors at once via two micro HDMI ports, and features the long-asked-for, true Gigabit Ethernet. This creates a much higher-performing multimedia experience with the new Pi! In addition to two USB2 ports the Raspberry Pi 4 also has two USB 3 ports, making data transfers that much quicker over USB.


Argon ONE Raspberry Pi 4 Case

Argon ONE Raspberry Pi 4 Case

PRT-17157
$25.00
Argon NEO Raspberry Pi 4 Case

Argon NEO Raspberry Pi 4 Case

PRT-17161
$15.00
Argon POLY+ Raspberry Pi 4 Case

Argon POLY+ Raspberry Pi 4 Case

PRT-17162
$5.00

Raspberry Pi is a favorite development board in the maker community, so you will want to make sure you have a way to protect it as well as you can! With the Argon ONE, Argon NEO, and Argon POLY+ you will have three different options to house your favorite Pi.


Argon40 Fan HAT for Raspberry Pi 4, 3B, and 3B+

Argon40 Fan HAT for Raspberry Pi 4, 3B, and 3B+

DEV-17163
$10.00

The Argon40 Fan HAT for the Raspberry Pi Model B boards is a great way to cool your board during more intensive applications. This software-controlled fan comes in a typical HAT configuration and plugs right into the 40-pin I/O header on the Raspberry Pi.


That's it for this week! As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!

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