In the Qwiic of Time

The new Qwiic Mini ToF Imager is here with a new Pixhawk flight controller and bladeRF 2.0 micro SDR FPGA boards!

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Happy Friday! We have an eclectic combination of boards for you to check out this week and they all should be slightly familiar to you. We start the week off with a miniaturized version of our VL53L5CX Qwiic ToF Imager. This board is near-identical to our existing breakout, except it is half the size with Qwiic connectors aligned in a vertical arrangement. After that, we are going to take a look at a new bladeRF SDR FPGA board and a new Pixhawk flight controller. Let's jump in and take a closer look at all of our new products!

SparkFun Qwiic Mini ToF Imager - VL53L5CX

SparkFun Qwiic Mini ToF Imager - VL53L5CX


The SparkFun Qwiic Mini ToF Imager is a state of the art, 64 pixel Time-of-Flight (ToF) four meter ranging sensor built around the VL53L5CX from STMicroelectronics. This Mini version has a footprint that is half the size (0.5in. x 1in.) of our standard Qwiic VL53L5CX board. Additionally, we moved the Qwiic connectors to the back of the board in a vertical orientation. These design changes favor mounting applications where the VL53L5CX sensor faces outward from an enclosure or chassis, and keeps your Qwiic cables cleanly tucked away.

bladeRF 2.0 micro xA5

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The bladeRF 2.0 micro xA5 is the next generation Software Defined Radio (SDR) offering a frequency range of 47MHz to 6GHz, 61.44MHz sampling rate, and 2×2 MIMO streaming. Packed into a small form factor, the bladeRF 2.0 micro was designed for high performance as well as mobile applications. Through libbladeRF, the bladeRF 2.0 micro is compatible with GNURadio, GQRX, SDR-Radio, SDR#, gr-fosphor, SoapySDR, and more on Windows, Linux and macOS.

Pixhawk 5X


The Pixhawk® 5X is the latest update to the successful family of Pixhawk® flight controllers, based on the Pixhawk® FMUv5X Open Standard and the Pixhawk® Autopilot Bus Standard. It comes with the latest PX4 Autopilot® pre-installed, triple redundancy, temperature-controlled, isolated sensor domain, delivering incredible performance and reliability.

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, Facebook or LinkedIn. Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we'll see you next week with even more new products!

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