NXP and the BBC roll micro:bit to create next-generation coders

NXP and the BBC roll micro:bit to create next-generation coders

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

The BBC micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable personal coding device being manufactured and given free to every 11-12 year-old child across the UK – 1 million devices total – as part of the BBC’s “Make it Digital Initiative.” The BBC micro:bit program is designed to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers. It aims to challenge young people to get creative with digital design, learn how to code and develop core skills in science, technology and engineering.

As a key technology partner of the program, NXP began working with the BBC and other partners in 2014 and has contributed four of its products within each device. These include a Kinetis KL26 microcontroller based on an ARM® Cortex®-M0+ core; two motion sensors – a MMA8652 3-axis accelerometer and a MAG3110 3-axis magnetometer; and a PRTR5V0U2F system-level ESD (electro-static protection device).

The micro:bit project is an important part of NXP’s work to build a Smarter Society, a global initiative, the company is focused on in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), startups and incubators. Through partnerships and a series of innovative programs, the Smarter Society initiative will explore how these important groups impact our larger world and communities, ultimately creating the infrastructure for secure, smart transportation, secure, connected solutions, smart cities, smart stadiums and more.

“At NXP, we are committed to stimulating innovation at all levels, from mentoring young people interested in how things work, to guiding budding scientists in their pursuit of building life-changing technologies to supporting entrepreneurs and designers working in incubators and start-ups,” said Rick Clemmer, CEO at NXP.

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