The new Qwiic EEPROM is now in SparkFun red and supplies you with an easy to connect memory option!
Welcome back everyone - we're here with another week of new products! We start off with a new Qwiic board that just recently graduated from SparkX to receive a full production run and support: the Qwiic EEPROM Breakout, which adds easily accessible memory to your next project! Following that we have the new ESP32-C3 Module, along with a mini development board that utilizes it. Espressif has really outdone themselves with these. Let's dive in and take a closer look at all of our new products.
The SparkFun Qwiic EEPROM Breakout is a simple and cost effective option to add some extra storage space to any project. With 512 kilo-bits (or 64 kilo-bytes) of storage, this product is great for any microcontroller that doesn't have any EEPROM storage space, like the SAMD21. You can use the Qwiic EEPROM for storing data like GPS waypoints and other user settings that need to be maintained between sketch uploads. The SparkFun Qwiic EEPROM has three address jumpers, allowing for up to eight EEPROMs on one bus. All communication is enacted exclusively via I2C, utilizing our handy Qwiic system (as the name implies). However, we still have broken out 0.1" spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.
The Espressif ESP32-C3 is the next version of the popular ESP32 Bluetooth® and WiFi enabled module. This module features a single core, RISC-V-based processor with WiFi and Bluetooth LE 5.0 radios built into the SoC. The module features a PCB antenna and castillated plated pins for surface-mount affixment. This variation has 4 MB of on-board SPI flash and is the 85 °C temperature tolerant version.
The ESP32-C3 Mini Development Board is an entry-level development board based on ESP32-C3-MINI-1, a module named for its small size. This board integrates complete Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® LE functions.
That's it for this week! As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made! Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we'll see you next week with even more new products!
Although I find your videos entertaining and informative, as someone who has been doing computers since the days more than 50 years ago when "core" memory meant just that -- tiny magnetic "cores" strung on wires -- I am annoyed by your pronounciation of "EEPROM" as though it were "EPROM" -- a MUCH different critter. I recall having to take an EPROM out of its socket, then waiting around for the UV lamp in the eraser to erase it so that I could plug it into the programmer to reprogram it before plugging it back into its socket where it would normally live. Of course, this beat using PROMs which were not erasable but were "field programmable" one time, which in turn beat ROMs for which you had to send the data off to the chip manufacturer on either punched cards or punched paper tapes then wait a couple of months to get the first programmed ROMs back.