RP2040 Thing Plus Hookup Guide
Introducing the SparkFun Thing Plus - RP2040, featuring the RP2040 microcontroller (MCU) on a Feather (Thing Plus) form-factor. Additionally, this development platform also provides an SD card slot, 16MB (128Mbit) flash memory, a JST single cell battery connector (with a charging circuit and attached fuel gauge sensor), a WS2812 RGB LED, JTAG (PTH) pins, and our signature Qwiic connector.
The Raspberry Pi RP2040 (the first MCU from the Raspberry Pi Foundation) is a low cost, dual-core Arm® Cortex® M0+ microcontroller with 264kB of SRAM, running at 133MHz. It includes USB host functionality, a timer with 4 alarms, a real time counter (RTC), six dedicated IO pins for Quad-SPI flash (supporting execute in place), and thirty multifunction GPIO (*18 of which are broken out on the board), with the following capabilities:
- Four 12-bit Analogue to Digital Converter (ADC) channels
- Two UART buses
- Two I2C buses
- Two SPI buses
- Up to 16 PWM channels
- Can emulate interfaces such as SD Card and VGA
To get started, users will need a few items. Now some users may have a few of these items, feel free to modify your cart accordingly.
- SparkFun Thing Plus - RP2040
- USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot - The USB interface serves two purposes: it powers the board and allows you to upload programs to it. (*If your computer doesn't provide a USB-A slot, then you will need to choose an appropriate cable or purchase an adapter as well.)
- Computer with the an operating system (OS) that is compatible with all the software installation requirements:
- Windows 10
- Mac OSX
- Raspberry Pi OS
wish to perform. Feel free to modify the items in your cart to fit your needs.
For mobile applications, users will want to pick up a single-cell LiPo battery from our catalog. Below, are a few available options:
If you would like to follow along with the examples below to interact with the physical world, you will also need the following items:
Headers & Accessories
Headers are great for development purposes, letting users swap parts with just a set of jumper wires. If you would like to add headers to your board, check out some of the options for the Thing Plus or Feather form factor boards:
Here are a few tutorials that may help users familiarize themselves with various aspects of the board.
How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering
Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)
Pulse Width Modulation
One of the new, convenient features of the board is that it takes advantage of the Qwiic connect system. We recommend familiarizing yourself with the Logic Levels and I2C tutorials. Click on the banner above to learn more about Qwiic products.