The SparkFun DA16200 Thing Plus utilizes a highly integrated ultra-low power WiFi system on chip (SoC) from Dialog that allows users to develop WiFi and IoT solutions. The DA16200 module contains an 802.11b/g/n radio (PHY), a baseband processor, a media access controller (MAC), on-chip memory and a host networking application processor all on a single silicon die. To make the Thing Plus as easy to use as possible, we've made the board Feather-compatible and it utilizes our handy Qwiic Connect System which means no soldering or shields are required to connect it to the rest of your system!
The SparkFun DA16200 Thing Plus includes Qwiic and LiPo battery connectors, multiple GPIO pins, and JTAG PTH pins for debugging. This unique Thing Plus model is ideal for your next IoT project, thanks partly to the numerous sleep modes that allow you to take advantage of current draws as low as 0.2 - 3.5 µA on the WiFi module.
The DA16200's system on a chip (SoC) has full offload capabilities to run the entire networking OS and TCP/IP stack on the chip; therefore, an external network processor, CPU, or microcontroller is not required. The module is WiFi Alliance certified for IEEE802.11b/g/n, WiFi Direct, and WPS functionalities. The WiFi Alliance transfer policy can transfer the WiFi Certifications without being tested again.
Note: Please be aware that the Thing Plus - DA16200 has a 3.3V logic level voltage.
The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.
SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200 Features
PWR - Red 3.3V power indicator
CHG - Yellow battery charging indicator
STAT - Blue status/test LED (
DA16200MOD General Features:
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: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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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: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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