Adafruit has this week unveiled the new Feather M0 WiFi ATSAMD21 and ATWINC1500 boards that will soon be arriving and available to purchase from their online store expanding the Feather range of electronics even further.
The latest additions to the range have been created to provide an all-in-one development board that is Arduino compatible with built in USB battery charging feature and is capable of providing high-speed reliable wireless connectivity.
To re-cap the small, lightweight and thin Feather range of development boards have been designed to offer developers Hobbyists and makers a new standard of portable micro controllers, and have been designed and developed by Adafruit in-house. Adafruit explains more about the new additions tot he range :
Connect your Feather to the Internet with this fine new FCC-certified WiFi module from Atmel. This 802.11bgn-capable WiFi module is the best new thing for networking your devices, with SSL support and rock solid performance – running our adafruit.io MQTT demo for a full weekend straight with no hiccups (it would have run longer but we had to go to work, so we unplugged it).
This module works with 802.11b, g, or n networks & supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption. The datasheet says it can do Soft-AP mode but we don’t have any code to actually use that. You can clock it as fast as 12MHz for speedy, reliable packet streaming. And scanning/connecting to networks is very fast, a few seconds.
You might be wondering why use this when you can get a HUZZAH Feather? Well, you get a highly-capable Cortex M0+ processor with ton more I/O pins, lots of ADCs, a DAC, 6 total SERCOMs that can each do SPI, I2C or UART, plenty of timers, DMA, native USB, and a Real Datasheet. You can also stream data faster and more reliably with the ATWINC, 2Mbps+ without hiccups. You also don’t have to ‘yield’ all the time to the WiFi core, since its a separate chip.
For more information on the new Feather M0 WiFi boards jump over to the Adafruit website for details via the link below.