Think of the RedBoard Artemis as just another Arduino... That has BLE. And one megabyte of flash. And runs at less than 1mA. Oh, and it can run TensorFlow models. Ya, that too. The RedBoard Artemis takes the incredibly powerful Artemis module from SparkFun and wraps it up in an easy to use and familiar Uno footprint. We've written an Arduino core from scratch to make programming the Artemis as familiar as
Serial.begin(9600). Time-to-first-blink is less than five minutes.
The RedBoard Artemis has the improved power conditioning and USB to serial that we've refined over the years on our RedBoard line of products. A modern USB-C connector makes programming easy. A Qwiic connector makes I2C easy. The RedBoard Artemis is fully compatible with SparkFun's Arduino core and can be programmed easily under the Arduino IDE. We've exposed the JTAG connector for more advanced users who prefer to use the power and speed of professional tools. We've added a digital MEMS microphone for folks wanting to experiment with always-on voice commands with TensorFlow and machine learning. We've even added a convenient jumper to measure current consumption for low power testing.
With 1MB flash and 384k RAM you'll have plenty of room for your sketches. The on-board Artemis module runs at 48MHz with a 96MHz turbo mode available and with Bluetooth to boot!
The SparkFun RedBoard Artemis is a great platform to 'kick the tires' of this amazing module. If you're interesting in testing out the full capabilities of the SparkFun Artemis module or if you're looking for more compact solution, be sure to checkout our ATP and Nano versions of the Artemis line.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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It works as advertised, and is really easy to program. My only complaint is that some of the breakouts and accessory boards that are available need to have their libraries updated for the Artemis. It acts more like a DUO and the software libraries need to reflect that difference.
The similar layout served as a good drop in replacement for me. I had a few projects were I need some extra speed or memory. Looking forward to developing down into the artemis further.
In the past, for small jobs I used the 32u4 based boards. For beefier jobs, I used the ESP32 boards. This is a great replacement for all projects you might use a 32u4 board and many projects you may have used the ESP32. Lots of ram and flash, super fast ADC, DMA transfers and excellent price point, the Artemis rocks.
My only gripe is the pad to pin conversion in Arduino is confusing and different between the various boards.