A new RTC Module that utilizes the RV-8803 is available, along with a new version of the SIK Refill Pack.
Hello everyone and welcome back. We have two new products this week: the Qwiic RV-8803 RTC Breakout, a cost-effective way to accurately keep time in your next project, and a revised version of the SIK Refill Pack, for those who want to replace parts in a SparkFun Inventor's Kit without purchasing them individually.
As a reminder, make sure to check out our Spring Kit Sale - available through April 17th! Designed with beginners in mind, these kits offer a springboard into electronics through circuit building, creating e-textile crafts, measuring the weather, practicing soldering, and exploring the Internet of Things (IoT). This sale is perfect for those of you who have have bored kids at home to keep them engaged and learning.
Now onto the new products!
The SparkFun RV-8803 Real Time Clock Module is a Qwiic-enabled breakout board for the RV-8803 RTC. The RV-8803 boasts some impressive features, including a temperature compensated crystal with extremely precise time-keeping, low power consumption and time stamp event input, along with a user-programmable timing offset value. The RV-8803 also has an improved I2C interface compared to the RV-1805 RTC, which removes the need to sequence commands/writes to the device. Best of all, the temperature compensation comes factory calibrated. Utilizing our handy Qwiic system so no soldering is required to connect it to the rest of your system. However, we still have broken out 0.1"-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.
If you use the SparkFun Inventor's Kit in a classroom or workshop setting, you know that when a bunch of people get their hands on the same kit, things get lost or broken. That's why we offer the SparkFun Inventor's Kit Refill Pack. This way, you don't need to buy a whole new kit if you lose a few of the smaller or more wear-prone bits.