If you want to do more with the BBC micro:bit, getting those pins from the card-edge connector is going to be your first hurdle. Unlike many dev-boards, the micro:bit isn’t breadboard friendly. That makes the ‘bit durable and easy to manufacture but means you need a special connector.
This surface-mount edge connector is designed specifically for the micro:bit. It’s very slim and fully SMT so it’s a breeze to automate. It also only has contacts on one side, just like the ‘bit, so you save money by only paying for the contacts you’re going to use.
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