Adafruit PyGamer

The Adafruit PyGamer is a ARM development board based on the Atmel ATSAMD51J19A family of SoC.

It has many built-in devices, such as a 1.8” 160x128 Color TFT Display, a dual-potentiometer analog stick, 4 x square-top buttons, 5 x NeoPixel LED, a triple-axis accelerometer, a light sensor, and a speaker. The PyGamer uses the ST7735 display, so you may use the tinygo-org st7735 driver. The accelerometer is the LIS3DH so you may use the tinygo lis3dh driver.

Interfaces

Interface Hardware Supported TinyGo Support
GPIO YES YES
UART YES YES
SPI YES YES
I2C YES YES
ADC YES YES
PWM YES YES

Machine Package Docs

Documentation for the machine package for the Adafruit PyGamer

Flashing

UF2

The PyGamer comes with the UF2 bootloader already installed.

CLI Flashing

  • Plug your PyGamer into your computer’s USB port.
  • Flash your TinyGo program to the board using this command:

    tinygo flash -target=pygamer [PATH TO YOUR PROGRAM]
    
  • The PyGamer board should restart and then begin running your program.

Troubleshooting

If you have troubles getting your PyGamer board to receive code, try this:

  • Press the “RESET” button on the board two times to get the PyGamer board ready to receive code.
  • The PyGamer board will appear to your computer like a USB drive.
  • Now try running the command as above:
tinygo flash -target=pygamer [PATH TO YOUR PROGRAM]

Once you have updated your PyGamer board the first time, after that you should be able to flash it entirely from the command line.

Notes

You can use the USB port to the PyGamer as a serial port. UART0 refers to this connection.