SparkFun has launched a brand new entry within the Factor Plus household, constructed round an Espressif ESP32-C6 module — providing a microcontroller core constructed across the free and open supply RISC-V instruction set structure (ISA) and a radio block supporting Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, and IEEE 802.15.4.
“Full of cutting-edge know-how and housed in a compact, user-friendly footprint, the SparkFun ESP32-C6 Factor Plus empowers your wi-fi creations like by no means earlier than,” claims SparkFun’s Chris McCarty of the most recent entry within the vary. “At its coronary heart lies the highly effective ESP32-C6 WROOM-1-N16 module from Espressif, boasting a RISC-V single-core processor, greater than sufficient flash reminiscence, and a various number of wi-fi connectivity choices.”
Designed particularly for tasks involving the Web of Issues, the ESP32-C6 as the brand new board’s coronary heart encompasses a single 32-bit RISC-V core — coming, because it did, after Espressif introduced a shift away from proprietary architectures — and a radio able to single-band 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, and IEEE 802.15.4 connectivity, the latter overlaying each Zigbee and Thread, together with 16MB of flash storage.
There are 23 general-purpose enter/output (GPIO) unfold throughout each lengthy edges of the board’s breadboard-friendly structure, which embrace as much as seven 12-bit analog to digital converter (ADC) channels, SPI, two UART and one low-power UART buses, one I2C and one low-power I2C buses, pulse-width modulation (PWM), and I2S connectivity. “Many of those peripherals,” McCarty notes, “may be mapped to any GPIO pin, although some are tied to particular pins.”
Most of the chip’s peripherals may be flexibly mapped to any GPIO pin. (📷: SparkFun)
As an official Factor Plus board, there isn’t any shock to search out further connectivity too: a two-pin JST connector resulting in a Microchip MCP73831 battery charger and Analog Units MAX17048 gasoline gauge for an optionally available lithium-polymer battery, a four-pin Qwiic connector for solderless enlargement, a microSD Card slot for native storage, USB Sort-C for information and energy, and a user-addressable WS2821 RGB LED.
The SparkFun Factor Plus ESP32-C6 board is now obtainable on the corporate’s net retailer for $19.95 earlier than quantity reductions. The corporate can be stocking the ESP32-C6-WROOM-1 as a naked module, priced at $4.25 with 16MB of flash storage, and the extra compact ESP32-C6-MINI-1 module with 4MB at $4.95.