Adafruit Circuit Playground Express

Hardware

Platform Atmel SAM: Atmel | SMART offers Flash- based ARM products based on the ARM Cortex-M0+, Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M4 architectures, ranging from 8KB to 2MB of Flash including a rich peripheral and feature mix.

Microcontroller SAMD21G18A
Frequency 48MHz
Flash 256KB
RAM 32KB
Vendor Adafruit

Configuration

Please use adafruit_circuitplayground_m0 ID for board option in “platformio.ini” (Project Configuration File):

[env:adafruit_circuitplayground_m0]
platform = atmelsam
board = adafruit_circuitplayground_m0

You can override default Adafruit Circuit Playground Express settings per build environment using board_*** option, where *** is a JSON object path from board manifest adafruit_circuitplayground_m0.json. For example, board_build.mcu, board_build.f_cpu, etc.

[env:adafruit_circuitplayground_m0]
platform = atmelsam
board = adafruit_circuitplayground_m0

; change microcontroller
board_build.mcu = samd21g18a

; change MCU frequency
board_build.f_cpu = 48000000L

Uploading

Adafruit Circuit Playground Express supports the next uploading protocols:

  • sam-ba
  • blackmagic
  • jlink
  • atmel-ice

Default protocol is sam-ba

You can change upload protocol using upload_protocol option:

[env:adafruit_circuitplayground_m0]
platform = atmelsam
board = adafruit_circuitplayground_m0

upload_protocol = sam-ba

Debugging

PIO Unified Debugger - “1-click” solution for debugging with a zero configuration.

Warning

You will need to install debug tool drivers depending on your system. Please click on compatible debug tool below for the further instructions and configuration information.

You can switch between debugging Tools & Debug Probes using debug_tool option in “platformio.ini” (Project Configuration File).

Adafruit Circuit Playground Express does not have on-board debug probe and IS NOT READY for debugging. You will need to use/buy one of external probe listed below.

Compatible Tools On-board Default
Atmel-ICE   Yes
Black Magic Probe    
J-LINK    

Frameworks

Name Description
Arduino Arduino Wiring-based Framework allows writing cross-platform software to control devices attached to a wide range of Arduino boards to create all kinds of creative coding, interactive objects, spaces or physical experiences.