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Testing Your Microcontroller Board with CircuitPython, a BME280 Sensor and a Display

Adafruit QT-PY RP2040 microcontroller board

Installation and startup:

- Hit <Reset> button: Python disk drive boots up as RPI-RP2

- Drag flash-nuke.uf2 to RPI-RP2. Hold down <Boot> button, press & release <Reset> button, release <Boot> button. Board is now "scrubbed"

- Drag latest Adafruit QT-PY2040 board .uf2 file to RPI-RP2 and wait for it to reboot. Python drive now boots up as CIRCUITPY -  a CircuitPython drive!

- If the board reboots with the flash-nuke.uf2 file still intact, delete it

 

- On CIRCUITPY drive, change to "lib" folder

- Download the latest v7.x bundle, navigate to the "lib" folder and drag the "adafruit_bme280" library folder to the CIRCUITPY drive's "lib" folder

- Hit <Reset> button: system will reboot as a CircuitPython system with a Temp/Humidity/BP sensor library installed

- Copy the "bme280_simpletest.py" file from the latest v7.x bundle "examples" folder to the root folder of the CIRCUITPY drive and rename it to "code.py"

- Startup MU editor. Close any open files on your MU desktop. "Load" the code.py file you saved to the CIRCUITPY drive. Click the "Serial" button and the program should be running showing the current sensor data. If not, hit the <Reset> button. Because the file is named "code.py", it will run whenever the system is rebooted.

Adafruit QT-PY RP2040 Pinout

Adafruit BME280 Sensor

NEW

 

Adafruit BME280 sensor:

- I2C or SPI connection: Temperature, Humidity, Barometric Pressure

- 3.3v or 5v operation (onboard level-shifter)

- Stemma QT connector for quick I2C hookup

- Product guide available in .pdf format

OLD BME280

RPi RP2040 Pico

microcontroller board  

Installation and startup:

- Hit <Reset> button: Python disk drive boots up as RPI-RP2

- Wire a switch from pin 30 to GND to serve as a <Reset> switch

- Drag flash-nuke.uf2 to RPI-RP2. Hold down <Boot> button, press & release <Reset> button, release <Boot> button. Board is now "scrubbed"

- Drag latest Adafruit CircuitPython .uf2 board file for the Pico to RPI-RP2 and wait for it to reboot. Python drive now boots up as CIRCUITPY -  a CircuitPython drive!

- If the board reboots with the flash-nuke.uf2 file still intact, delete it

 

- On CIRCUITPY drive, change to "lib" folder

- Download the latest v7.x bundle, navigate to the "lib" folder and drag the "adafruit_bme280" library folder to the CIRCUITPY drive's "lib" folder

- Hit <Reset> button: system will reboot as a CircuitPython system with a Temp/Humidity/BP sensor library installed

- Copy the "bme280_simpletest_pico.py" file from the latest v7.x bundle "examples" folder to the root folder of the CIRCUITPY drive and rename it to "code.py". (Note how line 10 differs from the QT-PY version: "i2c = busio.I2C(board.GP17, board.GP16) # SCL, SDA")

- Startup MU editor. Close any open files on your MU desktop. "Load" the code.py file you saved to the CIRCUITPY drive. Click the "Serial" button and the program should be running showing the current sensor data. If not, hit the <Reset> button. Because the file is named "code.py", it will run whenever the system is rebooted.

RPi RP2040 Pico Pinout

Adafruit Feather RP2040

microcontroller board

 

Adafruit Feather RP2040

The board utilizes common "Arduino pinout" arrangement for compatibility with all other Feather projects

It contains a full set of features like the RPi RP2040 Pico plus additional ones like:

- 8MB QSPI Flash chip for storing files including Python files (microPython or circuitPython)

- 2-pin JST PH connector for LiPo battery, includes 200mA charger and charging LED

- USB-C connector for power or configuration

- Separate BootSelect and Reset buttons: hold both then release Reset to bootload

- StemmaQT/Qwiic/Grove connector for I2C peripherals

- 3 LEDs: RGB neopixel, traditional red LED on pin 13, LiPoly charging/charged LED

CircuitPython v7.x for this board can be found here.

 

 

Feather RP2040 Pinout

 

Adafruit 3.5" TFT FeatherWing

 

Adafruit 2.4" TFT FeatherWing

Adafruit 3.5" TFT FeatherWing

TFT display with microSD storage for image files.

- Resolution: 480 x 320 pixels

- HX8357 display driver

- Product ID 3651

 

Adafruit 2.4" TFT FeatherWing

- Smaller TFT display with microSD storage for image files

- Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels

- ILI9341 display driver

- Product ID 3315

 

Familiarization:

To become familiar with pins, power and programming either of the displays, the recommended document review order is:

- 3.5" TFT FeatherWing or 2.4" TFT FeatherWing

- CircuitPython displayio setup for TFT FeatherWings. Stop after you have read either the 3.5" or 2.4" sections

- displayio Library Overview. This intro can be very helpful in learning how to display content

- CircuitPython Display Text library.

- displayio API Documentation. "The" reference doc

 

Learn CircuitPython Programming:

- Here are 10 free videos to get you started

 

displayio Hierarchy

 

Hierarchy & Nesting

 

Groups

Adafruit Feather M4 Express

 

Another handy reference:

- GFX Graphics Library for Arduino (not CircuitPython)

 
 

 

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