BBC micro:bit to be made available for public purchase in the U.K. from element14 and available for pre-order now

At the heart of the BBC micro:bit is a single Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy wireless technology System-on-Chip (SoC). This integrates the BBC micro:bit’s computer brain (a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 microprocessor) where the school child-created software code runs, and that also allows the BBC micro:bit to both wirelessly communicate with other BBC micro:bits, and sync to or be updated from smartphones, tablets, and computers via Bluetooth – all from a single chip

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that in its official role as BBC micro:bit partner that the BBC micro:bit is now available for public purchase pre-order in the U.K. from BBC micro:bit manufacturing partner, element14.

Prices range from GBP £12.99 ($ 19) for a single micro:bit; £14.99 ($ 22) for the starter kit ‘Micro:bit Go’, which includes a BBC Micro:bit plus mini USB, battery pack, and four project ideas to get users started; and £140.00 ($ 205) for a ‘Micro:bit Club’ pack that includes 10 devices and everything needed to get a coding club started.

The BBC micro:bit is also supported by a website (www.microbit.co.uk) with a range of development resources and tutorials, and can be coded direct from a smartphone.

At the heart of the BBC micro:bit is a single Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 Bluetooth® low energy (previously known as Bluetooth Smart) wireless technology SoC. This integrates the BBC micro:bit’s computer ‘brain’ (a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 microprocessor) where the school child-created software code runs, and that also allows the BBC micro:bit to both wirelessly communicate with other micro:bits, and sync to or be updated from smartphones, tablets, and computers via Bluetooth – all from a single chip.

Nordic Semiconductor pioneered the development of ultra low power wireless during the early 2000s, and later became a key contributor in the creation and evolution of the ultra low power Bluetooth low energy version of Bluetooth wireless technology that can run from small batteries such as watch batteries for months to years.

Since then Nordic has worked tirelessly to continually define and re-define the leading edge of the ultra low power wireless market and in particular to make it ever more accessible, simple, and open to the widest number of people, including for the first time those from a non-professional or non-electronics engineering background.