micro:bit Breakout Board Hookup Guide

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Contributors: Shawn Hymel, Ell C
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Hardware Overview

The micro:bit Breakout board allows you to utilize all of the pins on the micro:bit and opens up some previously inaccessible communication ports, like I2C and SPI.

Pins

Most of the micro:bit's pins can be configured for one or more functions.

Top-down diagram of the micro:bit breakout board

Pin Function 1 Function 2 Description
GND Ground
GND Ground
3V3 3.3V
0 Analog In Connected to large pin 0
1 Analog In Connected to large pin 1
2 Analog In Connected to large pin 2
3 Analog In LED Column 1 Controls part of LED array
4 Analog In LED Column 2 Controls part of LED array
5 Button A Connected to Button A on micro:bit
6 LED Column 9 Controls part of LED array
7 LED Column 8 Controls part of LED array
8 Open GPIO pin
9 LED Column 7 Controls part of LED array
10 Analog In LED Column 3 Controls part of LED array
11 Button B Connected to Button B on micro:bit
12 Open GPIO pin
13 SCK GPIO or SPI clock
14 MISO GPIO or SPI MISO
15 MOSI GPIO or SPI MOSI
16 Open GPIO pin
19 SCL GPIO or I2 clock
20 SDA GPIO or I2 data

Power Pin

The pin listed as 3V3 can be used as an input (regulated 3.3V, do not exceed 3.6V!) or an output if you plug a battery pack or USB into the micro:bit.

LCn Pins

The pins labeled with LCn (e.g. LC1, LC8) refer to pins that are used to control the LED array on the front of the micro:bit. You can use them as GPIO, but you'll often get weird patterns to show up on the LEDs, or when you write to the LED array, you may see unexpected behavior. If you use them as GPIO, we recommend disabling the LED display.

Qwiic Connectors

We've added a couple of Qwiic connectors on either side of the breakout board to take advantage of the I2C bus. For more information on the qwiic system, head on over to the Qwiic Connect System Landing Page.

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Board Outline

Outline of board 16446. Measurements in inches

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