1 Introduction to the micro:bit

If you’ve been paying attention to news in the world of technology, you may have noticed that there seems to be an astonishing number of single-board computers (SBCs) hitting the market lately. In a wave of devices that may have started with the Raspberry Pi, there are now dozens of small, powerful devices, ranging in price from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. The Pi Zero, the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s lowest-cost board, uses a small, 1 GHz, single-core ARM chip and costs about five dollars. On the other end of the spectrum, the NVIDIA Jetson TK1 includes both an ARM A57 quad-core chip and a 256-core Maxwell GPU and will cost you about six hundred dollars. It is, however, still considered a single-board ...

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