If you are new to coding and hardware, then the micro:bit v2.2 micro-controller would be a great start. It's incredibly easy to use and a perfect platform to help you move on to other micro-controllers and computers such as Circuit Playground, Arduino, Feather, or Raspberry Pi.
The latest version of the BBC micro:bit is designed to be completely familiar to anyone who has used the original device. It’s the same size, shape, looks very similar, and works in the same way. Every program that could run on a micro:bit version 1 can be re-built to run on the latest revision. The editors will support both versions simultaneously for features common to both boards.
The latest revision builds upon the current micro:bit experience by refining the board and adding widely requested sound making and sensing capabilities.
Amongst the micro:bit features, ‘sound’ is in a unique position of being already present in the editors, but not on the board, so it is already familiar to teachers, yet the speaker and microphone on the board are transformative in the kinds of applications people can build.
Introducing the brand-new micro: bit V2, a must-have for technology and STEM enthusiasts. Now available with improved features to the hugely successful predecessor board with over 4 million boards being sold worldwide. This powerful, pocket-sized computer will be loved by all that use it. Designed to teach kids coding and solve problems using technology.
BBC micro:bit v2 interface processor change (v2.2)
- The Micro:bit Educational Foundation is releasing a minor revision of the micro:bit v2 that replaces one of the chips on the board.
- This change will not impact the use of the micro:bit with the apps and editors.
- If you’d like to know more about this, and future hardware changes, please subscribe to the Devices, Editors and DAL mailing list
- We are changing the ‘interface processor’ of the micro:bit v2. This is the part of the micro:bit responsible for managing USB communication, for example showing the MICROBIT drive, and helping you program the device. It runs the micro:bit firmware
- The chip that runs user programs is not changing.
- There are no changes to the user experience, features or behaviour of the micro:bit.
Why are you making this change?
- Due to the pandemic there are global problems with the production of the silicon chips that are in so many everyday items from cars and games consoles to washing machines and phones.
- This change is necessary in order to continue production of the BBC micro:bit during this supply chain disruption.
How does it affect me?
- You do not need to distinguish between the micro:bit v2.0 and v2.2 in everyday use.
- You do not need to modify your programs, scripts, editors or printed resources. Any hex files you have that work on micro:bit v2 will work on the updated micro:bit v2.2
- This revision will still be referred to as a “micro:bit v2”, but will have the revision number v2.2 (compared to v2.0 for the existing micro:bit v2).
- Although most users will never need to update their firmware, the micro:bit firmware update page will be enhanced to guide users through identifying their board when performing a firmware update, as v2.2 requires a different firmware build.