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Technoblogy RP2040

A minimal controller sporting a RP2040 chip with all the 30 GPIO pins broken out – designed by Technoblogy.

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Published June 10, 2022

Another RP2040-based controller, this time in a different form factor and with open source. (Attention! This one has no USB connector!)

So @techmech_'s tweet lead me to a new controller designed by David Johnson-Davies aka technoblogy.

This breakout board is referred to as both Minimal RP2040 and Technoblogy RP2040 Board – according to the silkscreen.

David has a detailed post on the design and construction process, and he published the Eagle files here.

The first thing you may notice is that it doesn't have an on-board USB connector. This may or may not be a problem depending on your keyboard design.

Many boards, especially those with one-piece classic layouts, have USB daughterboards and extension cables making it possible to position the connector further from the controller.

Pic:

If you're about to build something like that, an on-board connector would be in the way, and you needed as much GPIO pins as possible, this controller board may come in handy. (It's also narrower than a Pi Pico: only 15.24mm.)

For other form factors check out the Pro Micro compatible KB2040, Key Micro RP or Blok; the Stamp; or the even smaller RP2040-Zero, Tiny2040 or Seeduino's Xiao RP2040 (you can get one free!). These are all capable of running CircuitPython and KMK.

Published on Fri 10th Jun 2022. Featured in KBD #82 (source).


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