RedBoard Turbo Hookup Guide

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Introduction

If you're ready to step up your Arduino game from older 8-bit/16MHz microcontrollers, the RedBoard Turbo is an awesome alternative. The RedBoard Turbo uses the ATSAMD21G18, which is an ARM Cortex M0+, 32-bit microcontroller that can run at up to 48MHz. The RedBoard Turbo is similar to the SAMD21 Dev Breakout, with a few improvements. The RedBoard Turbo steps up the flash memory from the 256kB of internal memory to 4MB of external memory. Along with the UF2 Bootloader, the RedBoard Turbo is even easier to program than before!

SparkFun RedBoard Turbo - SAMD21 Development Board

SparkFun RedBoard Turbo - SAMD21 Development Board

DEV-14812
$24.95
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The RedBoard Turbo equips the ATSAMD21G18 with a USB interface for programming and power, a Qwiic connector, an RTC crystal, WS2812-based addressable RGB LED, 600mA 3.3V regulator, LiPo charger, and a variety of other components.

Required Materials

In addition to the RedBoard Turbo, you'll also need a Micro-B Cable (as if you don't already have dozens in your USB cable drawer!). That's all you'll need to get started. You can also take advantage of its LiPo charger with a single-cell Lithium Polymer battery. You may not need everything though depending on what you have. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary.

SparkFun RedBoard Turbo - SAMD21 Development Board

SparkFun RedBoard Turbo - SAMD21 Development Board

DEV-14812
$24.95
3
USB micro-B Cable - 6 Foot

USB micro-B Cable - 6 Foot

CAB-10215
$4.95
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Suggested Reading

Before continuing on with this tutorial, you may want to familiarize yourself with some of these topics if they’re unfamiliar to you:

Qwiic Connect System
Qwiic Connect System

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What is an Arduino?

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Installing Arduino IDE

A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

SAMD21 Mini/Dev Breakout Hookup Guide

An introduction to the Atmel ATSAMD21G18 microprocessor and our Mini and Pro R3 breakout boards. Level up your Arduino-skills with the powerful ARM Cortex M0+ processor.