BlackBoard Artemis

Think of the BlackBoard Artemis as just another Arduino... That has BLE. And one meg of flash. And the processor uses less than 1mA. Oh, and it can run TensorFlow models. Ya, that too. The BlackBoard 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 BlackBoard Artemis has the improved power conditioning and USB to serial that we've refined over the years on our BlackBoard line of products. A modern USB-C connector makes programming easy. A Qwiic connector makes I2C easy. The BlackBoard 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 1M flash and 384k RAM you'll have plenty of room for your sketches. The Artemis module runs at 48MHz with a 96MHz turbo mode available and with Bluetooth to boot!

The SparkFun BlackBoard 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 Mega and Nano versions of the Artemis line.

Note: We are actively working on getting FCC and compliance certifications for the SparkFun Artemis Module. Once our certifications are complete we will be moving the BlackBoard to a RedBoard format with the FCC Certified version of the Artemis on board. Please be aware that this could happen as soon as a few weeks to a month so this BlackBoard version is for those of you who can't wait and want to start using the SparkFun Artemis as soon as possible!

  • Arduino Uno R3 Footprint
  • 1M Flash / 384k RAM
  • 48MHz / 96MHz turbo available
  • 24 GPIO - all interrupt capable
  • 21 PWM channels
  • Built in BLE radio
  • 10 ADC channels with 14-bit precision
  • 2 UARTs
  • 6 I2C buses
  • 4 SPI buses
  • PDM interface
  • I2S Interface
  • Qwiic Connector

BlackBoard Artemis Product Help and Resources

Hookup Guide for the SparkFun RedBoard Artemis

August 28, 2019

Get started with the RedBoard Artemis - all the functionality of the SparkFun Artemis module wrapped in the familiar Uno R3 footprint

How to Install CH340 Drivers

August 6, 2019

How to install CH340 drivers (if you need them) on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Designing with the SparkFun Artemis

June 20, 2019

Let's chat about layout and design considerations when using the Artemis module.

Artemis Development with Arduino

June 20, 2019

Get our powerful Artemis based boards (Artemis Nano, BlackBoard Artemis, and BlackBoard Artemis ATP) blinking in less than 5 minutes using the SparkFun Artemis Arduino Core!

Core Skill: Programming

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.

2 Programming

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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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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.

2 Electrical Prototyping

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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Looking for answers to technical questions?

We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.

  • Member #1190468 / about 5 years ago / 1

    Im testing the board with analogWrite and there appears to be a serious problem. First, running the Fade example on pin 4, 5, 9 or 10. The PWM duty cycle stops after the first ramp up.

    Changing to pin 0, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 stops the lock-up however, there seems to be some issue with the timings. Toggling a pin every loop round shows that the loop time jumps between 30ms and 33ms.

    Additionally, the PWM frequency is only 185Hz. I don't know if this is intended or not but I was expecting at least the same 500Hz as an Uno.

    This is all pretty poor behaviour for a new board and not encouraging for anything more complicated than analogWrite.

  • Member #797661 / about 5 years ago / 1

    Is there going to be any functional difference between these blackboards and their redboard equivalents?

    • Functionally, no, there won't be much of a difference. Mainly what you will see is the Artemis Module being updated from the Engineering Version, we currently carry, to the FCC Certified version with the tin can. You could also expect a few minute differences like a test pad being moved, silk changes, etc.

  • Isdale / about 5 years ago / 1

    love that it has a qwiic connector there next to artemis. greatly simplifies a LOT of prototype projects

  • This looks like the Artemis is included in the BlackBoard, but I don't see that specifically called out in the description and at a shockingly low $20 for the board, it's worth confirming!

    • Yup, each of the Artemis BlackBoards are equipped with an Artemis module!

      The BlackBoard Artemis takes the incredibly powerful Artemis module from SparkFun and wraps it up in an easy to use and familiar Uno footprint.

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