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Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040 with MicroPython

Introduction of MicroPython

MicroPython is a Python interprer with a partial native code compilation feature. It provides a subset of Python 3.5 features, implemented for embedded processors and constrained systems. It is different from CPython and you can read more about the differences here.

Getting Started

First, we are going to connect the Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040 to the computer and upload a simple code from MicroPython to check whether the board is functioning well.

Hardware Setup

Software Setup

  • Step 1. Download and Install the latest version of Thonny editor according to your operating system
  • Step 2. Launch the Thonny

  • Step 3. Click "Tools→Options" to open the settings.

  • Step 4. Chose the "Interpreter" interface and select the device as "MicroPython(Raspberry Pi Pico)" and the port as "Try to detect prot automatically"

Connect Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040 to the PC and Light it up

  • Step 1. Press and hold the "BOOT" button and then connect the Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040 to the PC through the Type-C cable. If it works well, there is an "RPI-RP2" desk shown on the PC.
  • Step 2. Press the "Stop/Restart Backend" button and there will be a pop-up window that helps you install the MicroPython firmware on the board. The Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040 uses the same chip as the Raspberry Pi Pico, thereby the Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040 is compatible with Pico's MicroPython files.

The following information will be shown on the interface once the firmware is complete.

  • Step 3. Copy the following codes to Thonny.
from machine import Pin, Timer

led = Pin(25, Pin.OUT)
Counter = 0
Fun_Num = 0

def fun(tim):
    global Counter
    Counter = Counter + 1
    print(Counter)
    led.value(Counter%2)

tim = Timer(-1)
tim.init(period=1000, mode=Timer.PERIODIC, callback=fun)
  • Step 4. Upload the codes by clicking the "Run current script" button. For the first time, Thonny will ask where you want to save your codes file. Both This Computer and Raspberry Pi Pico are fine.

If it works well, you will see the LED light turn on and off once a second. And the output of the increasing number will as well be displayed in the Shell.

The connection is commplete and now we can proceed to the other projects.

Light up RGB LED on the Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040

There is an RGB LED equipped in the Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040 and we are going to light it up by MicroPython. It is required a third-party library so we need to add an additional library first.

  • Step 1. Download the ws2812.py library and open it with Thonny.

  • Step 2. Click "File→Save as" and save the library.

Chose the "Raspberry Pi Pico" as the location we save.

Make sure the saved file name is "ws2812.py", otherwise it will not work.

  • Step 3. Copy the following codes to Thonny.
from ws2812 import WS2812
import utime
import machine
power = machine.Pin(11,machine.Pin.OUT)
power.value(1)
BLACK = (0, 0, 0)
RED = (255, 0, 0)
YELLOW = (255, 150, 0)
GREEN = (0, 255, 0)
CYAN = (0, 255, 255)
BLUE = (0, 0, 255)
PURPLE = (180, 0, 255)
WHITE = (255, 255, 255)
COLORS = (BLACK, RED, YELLOW, GREEN, CYAN, BLUE, PURPLE, WHITE)

led = WS2812(12,1)#WS2812(pin_num,led_count)

while True:
    print("Beautiful color")
    for color in COLORS: 
        led.pixels_fill(color)
        led.pixels_show()
        utime.sleep(0.2)
  • Step 4. Upload the codes by clicking the "Run current script" button. For the first time, Thonny will ask where you want to save your codes file. Both This Computer and Raspberry Pi Pico are fine.

If it works well, you will see the RGB LED light convert and flash the lights. And the output of the text "Beautiful Color" will as well be displayed in the Shell.

Connect with Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040 with Display through IIC

In this project, we are going to connect Grove - OLED Display 0.96" (SSD1315) through the IIC interface to demonstrate the IIC function on the Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040.

Hardware Connect

  • Step 1. Download the ssd1306.py library and open it with Thonny.

  • Step 2. Click "File→Save as" and save the library in the "Raspberry Pi Pico"

Chose the "Raspberry Pi Pico" as the location we save.

Make sure the saved file name is "ssd1306.py", otherwise it will not work.

  • Step 3. Copy the following codes to Thonny.
from ssd1306 import SSD1306_I2C
from machine import Pin, I2C
from time import sleep

i2c = I2C(1, scl=Pin(7), sda=Pin(6), freq=200000)#Grove - OLED Display 0.96" (SSD1315)
oled = SSD1306_I2C(128, 64, i2c)

while True:  
    oled.fill(0)#clear
    oled.text("Hello,World!",0,0)
    oled.show()
    #sleep(0.5)
  • Step 4. Upload the codes by clicking the "Run current script" button. For the first time, Thonny will ask where you want to save your codes file. Both This Computer and Raspberry Pi Pico are fine.

If it works well, you will see the text "Hello,World!" displayed on the screen.

Additional Resources

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