BASIC for the micro:bit

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basicchip
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BASIC for the micro:bit

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The microbit is a board build for educational uses and large numbers are out there now. It combines an nRF51822 with an NXP/Freescale KL26Z which supports the mbed programming protocol.

We have ported our BASIC firmware to this device and it can be downloaded here.

https://www.coridium.us/files/NRF51822.bin

To install that BASIC firmware connect the micro:bit and it will show up as a disk drive to the PC. Copy that binary to the micro:bit disk drive.

Once that is installed our standard BASICtools https://www.coridium.us/files/setupBASIC.exe can program the microbit in BASIC.
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More details at the blog

https://www.coridium.us/coridium/blog/b ... r-microbit



Chris
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Re: BASIC for the micro:bit and Win7

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The recent version of the Coridium ARM compiler, BasicTools, installed smoothly on my Win7 64 bit laptop.

However, Win7 is noted for not having built-in USB to serial drivers. I went on a fruitless search to get details of how to install Microsoft's USBSER driver, as there was no 'other devices' tab in my Device Manager.

By luck, I stumbled on the 'mbed' site, hosted by Lancaster University, who wrote much of the ARM software for the micro:bit. I installed their standalone driver for Win7 micro:bit 'USB to serial', found at:
https://os.mbed.com/docs/mbed-os/v6.7/p ... river.html

The result was 'mbed serial port com 5' created and instant success talking to the micro:bit through BasicTools!
I ran several test examples provide by Coridium, all downloaded and worked perfectly.

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