With the ongoing talks about the release of the BeagleV beta development board have sparked the interest of users to work more on the boards that come with the RISC-V based MCU processor core. One such board released by Espressif Systems, ESP32-C3 DevKitM-1 is especially for IoT-based applications making it suitable for smart agriculture and smart cities.
Glancing at the specifications of ESP32-C3-DevKitM-1
The development kit has the ESP32-C3-MINI-1 wireless module incorporated onboard with ESP32-C3FH4 or ESP32-C3FN4 MCU at the core of this module, running a 32-bit RISC-V processor at up to 160 MHz. The ESP32-C3-MINI-1 is works on the ESP32-C3 single-core MCU. It aids with Wi-Fi and BLE 5.0 connectivity for a wide range of applications. It is the perfect combination of power, I/O capabilities, and security. The availability of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE 5.0 connectivity not only ensures smooth configuration, but also facilitates various implementations due to dual connectivity.
Peripherals, Power Supply and More
The device has an external SPI flash memory of 4MB. The ESP-32-C3 DevKitM-1 development board includes an onboard PCB antenna. However, it is practically proven to be less efficient compared to the wired antenna. This is to enable easy interfacing with other peripherals devices. The developer can also easily mount this board on a breadboard and connect peripherals with the use of jumper wires. These options make it flexible for the user to handle the board and build applications with ease. It possesses a Micro-USB port that not only provides a power supply to the board but also acts as the bridge for communication with the computer. A regulator has been installed to down-convert the 5V supply to 3.3V to supply power to the board. A single USB-UART bridge chip, present on the board provides transfer rates of up to 3 Mbps.
Pricing and Availability
The ESP32-C3-DevKitM-1 proves to be a boon for IoT-based projects. It eases your way to build smart applications for home, agriculture, and various diversified fields. The product currently sells at $8 and is available for purchase. For more information, please visit the product page.