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This xCHIP is an interface module which is equipped to power and program other modules via a USB A connector. The USB A connection is required for programming the range of CPU Core xCHIPS over the USB-serial bridge provided by the FT232R.
If you have a WiFi Core (CW01) not pre-loaded for use with the micro:bit, you need this USB Programming interface to connect the CW01 to get the correct firmware loaded in order to work with the micro:bit.
USB Programming Interface IP01 Datasheet
XinaBox is pronounced as X-in-a-Box!
The XinaBox range currently includes over 80 sensors, bridges, cores, interfaces and other types of peripherals, and it is growing all the time. These ‘xChips’ will help you to super-charge your BBC micro:bit:
Micro:bit ready: see here for full details
The connection - plug and play, no wire
Build simple and complex circuits quickly and easily. The modular system allows you to connect xChips like building blocks - anyone can build a circuit in seconds, with no need for soldering irons, breadboards or consumables. And when you are done, disassemble the circuit and start again! It takes seconds when you know how.