Espressif got new competitor RDA5981 dedicated for IoT and audio apps

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Few years ago Espressif released their first low cost WiFi chip ESP8266 and turned upside down the WiFi connectivity for small MCU. They have been left relatively to no competition from the big Western chip makers who couldn’t match their aggressive pricing, but later there was semi successful competition from Realtek and now there is another competitor who is focused on low cost IoT audio applications but their chip is quite good for general purpose WiFi stuff also. The RDA5981 is based on Cortex-M4 inside

  • running at 160Mhz
  •  160KB SRAM
  • 8MB PSRAM
  • 4MB Flash
  • build in USB 2.0 host interface allow USB devices to be connected to the module directly which is advantage toward Espressif chips
  • Support Bluetooth 2.1 EDR + BLE4.2
  • SDMMC interface
  • 2x 10bit ADCs
  • SIDO x1, I2C x1, I2S x2, PWM x8, IR, SPI x4, UART x2, GPIO with interrupts x14
  • operating temperature -30+80C

According to the PR message their focus is voice recognition / audio play and they shipped already 200 Millions of these chips ин 2016. Looking at the features above they can be used for other IoT applications as well if their SDK is easy enough to use by maker community. The question is will be they smart enough to be more user friendly as ESP.

I check their web and even to download their datasheet they require registration :). I understand this as – we hide our product info from our potential customers as we do not want they to evaluate our chips. These registrations beside pissing off potential customers do not hide anything from their competitors as they would easily register with fake info and get them anyway, but obvious this is the way most Chinese companies work.

via Twitter (Thanks to Rudi!)

EDIT 10-01-2018: There is actually GitHub repo with the datsheet, so their web may be not updated!

New Product in stock MOD-WIFI-AR9271 libre drivers and firmware WiFi dongle

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AR9721 chipset is the only one on the market with completely open source linux drivers and firmware, this make it WiFi chipset of choice for people who respect their freedom.

We have MOD-WIFI-AR9721-ANT for quite some time and it’s very popular item, but the 200mm antenna make it not quite small. Now we add to our web shop the version without external antenna. It’s with 85 x 25 x 10 mm dimension and have same working distance as the external antenna version.

A64-OLinuXino Open Source Hardware board with 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor is in released

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A64-OLinuXino OSHW board is now released. Current revision is Rev.C.

Features are:

  • A64 Cortex-A53 64-bit SoC from Allwinner
  • AXP803 PMU with Lipo charger and step-up
  • 1 or 2GB or DDR3L @672 Mhz
  • 0 / 4 or 16GB of industrial grade eMMC
  • SPI Flash in SO8 package with hardware WP (not assembled)
  • USB-OTG and USB-HOST
  • HSIC connector (not assembled)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • BLE/WiFi module
  • HDMI and MIPI display connectors
  • microSD card
  • Debug console serial connector
  • Audio In and Out
  • LCD display connector
  • GPIO 40 pin connector (not assembled)
  • UEXT connector (not assembled)
  • 5V power jack
  • Dimensions: 90×62.5 mm

For the moment we have three models:

  • 1G0G with 1GB RAM, no Flash, no WiFi/BLE
  • 1G4GW with 1GB RAM, 4GB eMMC and WiFi/BLE
  • 2G16G-IND with 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC with industrial grade components -40+85C

The optional connectors and SPI Flash etc may be assembled upon request for small fee.

ESP32-WROOM-32 WiFi/Bluetooth module is in stock!

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ESP32-WROOM-32 modules are in stock now!

Again these are from the very first lot and with limited supply. To give chances to more developers to try them we will not allow more than 3 modules per order.

This module is good only if you develop your own board. For these who are not good with the soldering iron and SMD components soldering our advice is to wait for new supply of ESP32-CoreBoards or our own ESP32-EVB which will come with two Relays, Two buttons, SD-card connector, Ethernet 100Mbit and all signals on prototyping friendly 0.1″ step connectors.

Thanks for all who posted tips on our blog about ESP32-EVB feature wishlist!

EDIT: there was question on Twitter if these are original Espressif parts and why there is no FCC/CE markinig, my guess is that the certification is not complete, as it’s in the datasheet but not on module body. The modules come directly from Espressif, as you can see from reel label they are manufactured October 15th 2016 and one week later are in our stock for sale 🙂

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ESP32-CoreBoard is sold out, ESP32-EVB design has started

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ESP32 is really hot, the first lot we got sold out for couple of days. If we didn’t put the restriction for one module per order it would be sold out in matter of hours, as people wanted to buy x5 and x10.

ESP32-WROOM-32 modules are shipped from Espressif and we wait them to arrive next week.

Meantime we started the design of our ESP32-EVB board.

What we think so far is to have these features:

  • power supply from 5V
  • LiPo charger and step up converter to allow un-interruptable power supply
  • Two relays 220VAC/15A
  • Two user buttons
  • UEXT connector to which you can connect many of our sensor UEXT boards, or to program the board with serial cable same way like ESP8266-EVB
  • status LEDs

With the two relays you will be able to switch on and off two different appliances.

With the sensors on UEXT you will be able to measure temperature, light, moisture etc. and log them.

The plan is to complete the design in October and start selling this board in November.

Our target is to release this EVB for EUR 15.00.

If you think we should add something else let us know.

First ESP32-DevKitC development kits in Europe will be in stock next week

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We have good news! The first ESP32 development kits in Europe will be next week for sale in our shop.

The quantity is very limited due to the high demand Espressif still can’t fill all the orders they got, so we will got less than 100 to start with.

If your WiFi project needs to go to next level and you want WiFi +BLE in same package ESP32 is the right device for you.

The technical resources are here. Due to the limited supply we will not process orders in which basket is put more than one ESP32-DevKitC, please give chance to more people to evaluate 🙂

The price is EUR 17.00

New product soon to be in stock: MOD-WIFI-AR9271-ANT WiFi USB dongle with Open Source Firmware and Linux drivers

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AR9271 chipset is the only one with Open Source Firmware and Linux drivers. It has build in Kernel support since Kernel 2.6.35 so if you want to run GNU/Linux clean of non-free binary blobs with unknown content this is the device for you. It will work with your desktop PC, laptop, or SBC like OLinuXino and Raspberry Pi etc.

MOD-WIFI-AR9271-ANT samples are tested and proven to work with all our OLinuXinos and have excellent WiFi reception due to the huge antenna they came with. We have pending order and they will be in stock very soon.

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