Video: $18 Arduino board integrates Espressif’s ESP32 MCU

18 July 2023

Arduino has launched its latest Nano board that contains the Espressif ESP32-S3 microcontroller for engineers, makers and designers to create plug-and-play internet of things (IoT) deployments for enterprise use cases.

The $18 board allows designers to create projects smarter and faster. For beginners there is deep documentation and a global community of users for help but there are also multi-language support and debugging capabilities to improve the performance of the project for more advanced users.

“Arduino is synonymous with a consistent and well-documented ecosystem, always updated and open to contribution,” said Massimo Banzi, Arduino’s co-founder, chairman and CMO. “Given the ESP32 is one of the most popular boards for IoT and prototyping, combining with the Nano form factor meets our community’s needs and expectations by providing both the best technology and the best experience.”

The Arduino Nano ESP32 supports Micropython and Arduino programming languages as well as plug-and-play debugging with the Arduino IDE2. This eliminates the need for any external hardware or third-party software, making projects easier, the company said.

Other features of the Nano ESP32 include:

  • 8 MB internal PSRAM
  • 16 MB external flash memory
  • 512 KB SRAM
  • 16 KB of RTC SRAM
  • Dual-core CPU at 240 MHz clock speed
  • USB-C programming port

Just last month, the company released the latest iterations of its Uno boards with two 32-bit versions designed for IoT with high levels of connectivity. The Uno R4 Minima and Uno R4 Wi-Fi are powered by the RA4M1 processor from Renesas.

Additionally, the company became a partner in the Zephyr Project and closed a $32 million funding round to grow its U.S. business.

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