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Espressif Releases the ESP32 Board as a Low Cost and Low Power Development Kit

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

Espressif releases the ESP32 board as a low-cost and low-power development kit. Espressif Systems has launched a new System-on-Chip (SoC) with a series of development kits.

The ESP32 comes with Wi-Fi and dual-mode Bluetooth capabilities. The board uses a single core, or dual-core Tensilica Xtensa LX6 Microprocessor (MPU) which can clock up to 240 MHz.

The SoC is highly integrated with many features, including, a low-noise receive amplifier, filters, power management modules, built-in antenna switches, touch-sensitive pins, a built-in hall effect sensor, and a temperature sensor.

The ESP32 has been designed and developed for module devices, wearable electronics, and IoT applications.

The advantages seem to be, that it is a successor to the ESP8266, and the ESP32 is also low-cost. It offers ultra-low-power consumption due to power-saving features such as fine-resolution clock gating, several power modes, and dynamic power scaling. There are many more GPIO pins than the older ESP8266.

Aimed at DIY makers, this board with its many features is perfect for the enthusiast and developer alike. The most suitable projects would be Internet of Things projects, or DIY smart home projects.

The pricing is a little more than the ESP8266, the ESP32 is priced at $6 to $12 out the door.

To find out more about the Espressif Systems ESP32 see the product page here.

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