Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find answers to questions we get often from the community. We’re still building this up so check back soon!
What is MicroPython?
MicroPython is a lean and fast implementation of the Python 3 programming language that is optimised to run on a microcontroller. MicroPython was successfully funded via a Kickstarter campaign and the software is now available to the public under the MIT open source license.
Read more about MicroPython here
How open source is the open source hardware?
A1. For non-commercial use: You can use, change and embed the WiPy design files into your project freely, we only ask to make a reference to us in your documentation. For a small donation we can make a reference to your project/product on our website and in the credits of the WiPy.
A2. For commercial use: You can use, change and embed our WiPy design files into your project, we only ask to make a reference to us in your documentation and a (small) donation of your choice. For the donation we can also make a reference to your project/product on our website and in the credits of the WiPy.
What is the WiFi range of Pycom development boards?
All Pycom development boards have a WiFi range of 1km.
Will the Pysense and Pytrack work with any development board?
Yes, the Pysense and Pytrack will work with every Pycom development board. This includes the WiPy 2.0, LoPy, SiPy, GPy and FiPy.
However if you’re a Pycom veteran and still own the discontinued WiPy 1.0, unfortunately the Pysense and Pytrack will not be compatible.
Where in the world is Sigfox supported?
Sigfox is supported around much of the globe. You can find exact details at the coverage section on the Sigfox website.
What can I use the WiPy for?
The WiPy is a good fit for a large number of embedded applications. It has up to 24 GPIO pins available, UARTs, SPI, I2C, SD card, and I2S interfaces, WDT, RTC, 32 bit timers with PWM, a 12 bit ADC, and of course, a state of the art WiFi network processor. Besides that, the board packs 3v3 ultra low noise regulator output, which you can use to power lots of external accessories. In general the WiPy is made for WiFi connected applications (IoT), and if low power is a must, then the WiPy is the way to go.
I need 3D models of some Pycom products
What is the difference between the Expansion Board 1.0 and the Expansion Board 2.0?
The Expansion Board 1.0 is for use with our now discontinued WiPy 1.0.
The Expansion Board 2.0 on the other hand will work with every Pycom development board, including the WiPy 2.0, LoPy, SiPy, GPy and FiPy.
I need to know some technical specifications
If you’re looking for some in-depth info about our products, head over to our downloads page where you can find specification sheets, pinout diagrams and more.