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Let’s Get to Rework

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Hello, everyone! We're back this week with more new products! If you stopped by yesterday, you probably already know about the new Raspberry Pi announcement with the addition of wireless capabilities and headers on two unique Pico boards. On top of that, we have a brand new version of our popular Hot-Air Rework Station with a new set of features that modernizes the instrument for todays standards. Following that, we have have a new LED Project Kit that is ideal for developing minds to start in electronics, as well as a new third hand kit! Alright, let's jump in and take a closer look!

Well... that's a new way to prepare crème brûlée.

Hot-Air Rework Station - 303D

Hot-Air Rework Station - 303D

TOL-19101
$134.95

This hot-air rework station is great for professionals and hobbyists in need of tight temperature tolerances and large air flows. This unit displays a digital readout of the actual air temperature with a flow rate of up to 23L per minute. This very powerful unit can be used for multiple applications, including standard SMD reflow/repair/removal, thermal IC stress testing, thermoplastic welding, and shrink-wrapping.

This latest version of the hot-air rework station has some great improvement: a new temperature range of 100℃-500℃, an auto sleep function, and a temperature offset function.


Raspberry Pi Pico W

Raspberry Pi Pico W

DEV-20173
$6.00

The Raspberry Pi Pico W builds upon the great cost-for-performance metrics of the Pico and add WiFi to the board. The Pico W features the same attributes as the Raspberry Pi Pico and also incorporates an Infineon CYW43439 wireless chip. CYW43439 supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN, and Bluetooth® 5.2. (6/30/2022: Only Wireless LAN is supported on the Pico W at the moment, this will be updated as the new features become available)


Raspberry Pi Pico H

Raspberry Pi Pico H

DEV-20172
$5.00

The Raspberry Pi Pico H is a low-cost, high-performance microcontroller board with flexible digital interfaces. It feature the RP2040, which marks Raspberry Pi's first microcontroller designed in-house. Pico provides minimal (yet flexible) external circuitry to support the RP2040 chip (flash, crystal, power supplies and decoupling and USB connector). This variation comes with a set of male headers pre-soldered to all through-hole vias and a 3 pin debug connector. The spacing remains 2.54mm and breadboard compatible (even more so now with the addition of the male headers).


SparkFun LED Project Kit

SparkFun LED Project Kit

KIT-19934
$34.95

The SparkFun LED Project Kit is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. Each SparkFun LED Project Kit includes everything you need to complete seven projects that will teach you how to blink an LED, create a night light, make a Simon Says game, and more. You don't need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit.


Magnetic Third-Hand Kit

Magnetic Third-Hand Kit

TOL-19944
$49.99

If you need an extra pair of hands (or three!) to help with the more delicate, detailed work, you will appreciate this Magnetic Third-Hand Kit. Prefect for any electronic, soldering, crafting, painting, replica, figurine, macro photography and hobby work - or any precision project that requires extreme accuracy.


That's it for this week. As always, we can't wait to see what you make. Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we'll see you next week with even more new products!

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Hello There, Pico W!

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Raspberry Pi is at it again! SparkFun is proud to co-announce and introduce you to the new Raspberry Pi Pico W and Pico H! With this launch, Raspberry Pi expands their RP2040 microcontroller line to include wireless capabilities and headers. Let's jump in and see what exactly is being announced and released today. Let's take a look!

Raspberry Pi Pico W

Raspberry Pi Pico W

DEV-20173
$6.00

The Raspberry Pi Pico W builds upon the great cost-for-performance metrics of the Pico and add WiFi to the board. The Pico W features the same attributes as the Raspberry Pi Pico and also incorporates an Infineon CYW43439 wireless chip. CYW43439 supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN, and Bluetooth® 5.2. (6/30/2022: Only Wireless LAN is supported on the Pico W at the moment, this will be updated as the new features become available)

The Raspberry Pi Pico line is a low-cost, high-performance microcontroller board with flexible digital interfaces. It feature the RP2040 which marks Raspberry Pi's first microcontroller designed in-house. Pico provides minimal (yet flexible) external circuitry to support the RP2040 chip (Flash, crystal, power supplies and decoupling and USB connector). The majority of the RP2040 microcontroller pins are brought to the user IO pins on the left and right edge of the board. Four RP2040 IO are used for internal functions - driving an LED, on-board Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) power control and sensing the system voltages.

Raspberry Pi Pico H

Raspberry Pi Pico H

DEV-20172
$5.00

Meanwhile, the Raspberry Pi Pico H variation is almost exactly like the existing Pico but comes with a set of male headers pre-soldered to all through-hole vias and a 3-pin debug connector. The spacing remains 2.54mm and breadboard compatible (even more so now with the addition of the male headers).

We are, once again, beyond excited to get our hands on the new Raspberry Pi Pico W and Pico H and create new projects, but what do you want to use them for? Are you excited to try making something new with Raspberry Pi's wireless microcontroller? Let us know in the comments below and we'll talk with you again tomorrow with more new products!

 

 

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All Aboard the mikroBUS

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Hello and welcome, everyone! We are back, yet again, with a handful of new products here at SparkFun Electronics! We've heard your requests for kits for our mikroBUS boards to include a few hookup accessories (specifically Click boards™) so we took both of our boards and made them easier to get started with! Following that, we have a new WiFi HaLow HAT from ALFA Network that we expect to really help your Raspberry Pi get connected to a new type of IoT network. Now, let's jump in and take a closer look at all of this week's new products!


SparkFun MicroMod mikroBUS Starter Kit

SparkFun MicroMod mikroBUS Starter Kit

KIT-19935
$79.95

The SparkFun MicroMod mikroBUS™ Starter Kit is designed to give you just what you need to start using the MicroMod and Click ecosystems side-by-side. The core of this kit is designed around the SparkFun MicroMod mikroBUS™ Carrier Board and the SparkFun MicroMod STM32 Processor, but you will also receive a MIKROE Terminal Click, MIKROE Weather Click, SparkFun Serial Basic Breakout, USB A to C cable, Jumper wires, and a MicroMod screwdriver!


SparkFun RP2040 mikroBUS Starter Kit

SparkFun RP2040 mikroBUS Starter Kit

KIT-19936
$54.95

The SparkFun RP2040 mikroBUS™ Starter Kit is designed to give you just what you need to start using the Click and Qwiic ecosystems side-by-side powered by Raspberry Pi! The core of this kit is designed around the SparkFun RP2040 mikroBUS™ Development Board, the SparkFun Micro OLED Breakout (Qwiic), and the MIKROE Weather Click. Additionally, to connect everything together we also include a 100mm Qwiic Cable, and a USB A-C cable!


ALFA Network WiFi HaLow HAT

ALFA Network WiFi HaLow HAT

WRL-19956
$69.95

The AHPI7292S is the world's first WiFi HaLow™ Raspberry Pi™ HAT module from ALFA Network. Similar to LoRa, WiFi HaLow is a new designation from the WiFi Alliance for 802.11ah technology which operates in the sub-gigahertz range. This brings a more IoT-friendly long-range and Low-power technology to WiFi-style communication. The AHPI7292S brings this wireless technology to the Raspberry Pi form factor with a HAT that works with Raspberry Pi 3B+ and 4 lines. It supports both standalone and host-based modes with up to 15Mbps throughput. An included SDK makes for an excellent getting started experience.


WiFi HaLow Antenna - SMA (915Mhz)

WiFi HaLow Antenna - SMA (915Mhz)

WRL-20115
$9.95

This is a 915MHz SMA Duck Antenna for use with the AHPI7292S WiFi HaLow HAT. We've distinguished it as for use with this HAT as it's an SMA connection where most of our other boards are RP-SMA. It's the easiest way to start working with the WiFi HaLow HAT with meaningful transmission distance.


That's it for this week. As always, we can't wait to see what you make. Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we'll see you next week with even more new products!

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Dual-Port Data Logging

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Hello, everyone! Welcome back to another Friday Product Post here at SparkFun Electronics! This week we are happy to bring you an assortment of new products including the beta version of our new LoRaSerial Kit. This RF enable LoRa IoT Kit will be a strong accessory for our RTK Surveyor product line. Just make sure to keep an eye on it, because we plan to revise this kit soon and put it in an enclosed case! That being said, our actually headliner today is the new SparkFun Thing Plus Dual-Port Logging Shield! This handy shield is both Thing+ and Feather-compatible and will definitely assist you with most, if not all, of your data logging needs. Also releasing this week, we have an SMA magnetic mount that should be perfect for a Swarm Satellite antenna! Lastly, we have a whole reel of WS2812 LEDs (yes, that's 1,000 LEDs!) that join our addressable LED offering. Without further ado, let's jump in and take a closer look at all of this week's new products!

Collect and read data your way!

SparkFun Thing Plus Dual-Port Logging Shield

SparkFun Thing Plus Dual-Port Logging Shield

DEV-19217
$29.95

The SparkFun Dual-Port Logging Shield is a Thing Plus/Feather-compatible board which allows you to access your microSD card over both SPI and USB-C. It is designed to be mounted on or under one of our Thing Plus boards. You can log data to and read data from your microSD card over SPI as usual, using your favorite Arduino SD library. But you can also connect it to your computer via USB-C and read and write files at up to 35MBytes/second!


SparkFun LoRaSerial Kit - 915MHz

SparkFun LoRaSerial Kit - 915MHz

WRL-19311
$149.95 $100.47

The SparkFun LoRaSerial Kit is a pair of serial radio modems that simply passes serial back and forth. Do you have a system that needs to report data every few seconds? Is it located beyond WiFi or Bluetooth® range? Do you need nine mile / 15 kilometer range? LoRaSerial transmits data over LoRa giving it incredible range compared to other methods. We’ve regularly transmitted over 9mi/15km line-of-sight using two LoRaSerial radios, right out of the box.

This product is currently in the beta phase and is discounted accordingly. This version is recommended for users who are willing and able to provide feedback and update the firmware as new features are made available. The radios work but may not be ideal for all applications yet.


Magnetic Mount SMA - 2m

Magnetic Mount SMA - 2m

GPS-19576
$24.95

When experimenting with GPS or RF, it can be very handy to have the antenna on the top of your house or car with a clear view of the sky while you stay in doors and warm at your keyboard. This 2m (6.5ft) magnetic mount SMA extension does a great job of connecting your receiver or radio to a distant antenna with as little RF loss as possible. While you're stationary, this mount should be perfect for a Swarm Satellite antenna.


SMD LED - RGB WS2812 (Whole Reel)

SMD LED - RGB WS2812 (Whole Reel)

COM-20175
$199.95

The WS2812 may look like a common 5050-sized (5x5mm) SMD LED, but there’s actually an integrated control circuit embedded inside there too. Sometimes you don't need 10 or even 50, maybe you need a whole reel of 1000! If you are the person who needs that many then this is the perfect quantity for you. If you look really hard, you can see the tiny black chip hidden in there, along with minuscule gold wires connecting the chip to the LED. This LED is certainly more than meets the eye!


That's it for this week. As always, we can't wait to see what you make. Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we'll see you next week with even more new products!

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Explore L-Band with Facet

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Hello and welcome, everyone! We are back, yet again, with even more new products for you to check out! This week, we are excited to announce our 20,000th SKU, the last (currently) planned enclosed RTK product to grace our shelves: The SparkFun RTK Facet L-Band! This is the mother of all our enclosed RTK products as it has an included NEO-D9S alongside the ZED-F9P and ESP32 WROOM, a larger internal antenna that can tap into L1/L2/L-Bands with ≥5dBi gain, and best of all, you won't need two units to access all of the Facet's functionality!

Following that huge act, we have an assembled version of the SparkFun MOSFET Power Control Kit, a breakout kit for for the RFP30N06LE N-Channel MOSFET. We wrap up the week with a few odds and ends like a U.FL removal tool and an EM-506N5 L1 GNSS Receiver. Now, let's jump into all of this week's new products!

Nathan is here to explain the differences between the Facets and what L-Band is!

SparkFun RTK Facet L-Band

SparkFun RTK Facet L-Band

GPS-20000
$1,499.95

Designed and manufactured in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the SparkFun RTK Facet L-Band is your one-stop shop for high-precision geolocation and surveying needs. For basic users, it’s incredibly easy to get up and running; for advanced users, the RTK Facet L-Band is a flexible and powerful tool. With just the press of a button, the RTK Facet L-Band is the fastest way to take centimeter-grade measurements. With built-in corrections, 14mm Real Time Kinematic fixes are less than a minute away. By connecting your phone to the RTK Facet L-Band over Bluetooth®, your phone or tablet can receive the NMEA output and work most GIS software. This is exactly how $10,000 surveying devices have been operating for the past decade - we just made it faster, more precise, and a lot more economical.

The RTK Facet L-Band utilizes corrections from u-blox's PointPerfect service broadcast from a geosynchronous Inmarsat satellite. The only setup required is a WiFi SSID and password. Once entered, the device will provision itself and periodically (once a month) update the decryption keys necessary to use the PointPerfect service. The price of the RTK Facet L-Band includes a 12-month subscription! However, additional years of service can be purchased.


SparkFun MOSFET Power Control Kit (Assembled)

SparkFun MOSFET Power Control Kit (Assembled)

COM-14114
$6.95

This is an assembled version of the SparkFun MOSFET Power Control Kit, a breakout PTH soldering kit for for the RFP30N06LE N-Channel MOSFET. This kit comes pre-assembled with everything already soldered onto the PCB. If you are looking for more control over projects that require a little more power than normal, but need a better way than your breadboard, this kit is perfect for you.


U.FL Removal and Insertion Tool

U.FL Removal and Insertion Tool

TOL-19929
$17.95

Specifically, this U.FL Removal and Insertion Tool is for withdrawing U.FL-LP-040 and U.FL-LP-066 connectors from a seated position. The L-shaped bending portion of the jig is hooked on the connector cap to provide stable pressure & minimize the risk of damaging the U.FL SMD connector on your board. It may sound a bit silly to pick up a tool to insert or remove a U.FL connector, but why risk damaging a $100+ board over U.FL?


GNSS Receiver - EM-506N5

GNSS Receiver - EM-506N5

GPS-19629
$44.95

The EM-506N5 GPS receiver from USGlobalSat is based on the MediaTek high performance L1 band GNSS receiver. This is the new version from the EM-506, which includes on-board voltage regulation, an LED status indicator, battery-backed RAM, and a built-in patch antenna!


That's it for this week. As always, we can't wait to see what you make. Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we'll see you next week with even more new products!

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Under Pressure

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Hello and welcome back to another Friday Product Post here at SparkFun Electronics! This week, we welcome the newest sensor to our Qwiic ecosystem, the BMP384 Pressure Sensor. This little sensor is highly accurate, to the point where you can even turn it into a low-grade IMU if you wanted! Following that, we look at two new development boards from WIZnet that utilize the RP2040 from Raspberry Pi. Last up we'll talk about two new wall adapter power supplies to power your next project! Enough of the intro, let's dive in and take a closer look.

SparkFun Pressure Sensor - BMP384 (Qwiic)

SparkFun Pressure Sensor - BMP384 (Qwiic)

SEN-19662
$15.95

The SparkFun Qwiic Pressure Sensor features the BMP384 pressure sensor from Bosch™. The BMP384 excels at high-resolution measurements (up to 21-bit) and uses a gel-filled cavity to provide extra resistance to liquids (water and other chemicals). The BMP384 provides excellent accuracy across a wide measurement range (300hPa to 1250hPa and -40 to +85°C) on a footprint that uses the Qwiic Standard size (1.0in. x 1.0in.).


WizFi360-EVB-Pico

WizFi360-EVB-Pico

WRL-19959
$8.95

The WizFi360-EVB-Pico is based on Raspberry Pi RP2040 and adds WiFi connectivity using WizFi360. It is pin compatible with Raspberry Pi Pico board and can be used for IoT Solution development.


W5500-EVB-Pico

W5500-EVB-Pico

DEV-19958
$12.50

The W5500-EVB-Pico is a microcontroller evaluation board based on the Raspberry Pi RP2040 and fully hardwired TCP/IP controller W5500 – it basically works the same as Raspberry Pi Pico board, but with additional Ethernet via W5500.


Adjustable Voltage Wall Adapter Power Supply - 5V-15V

Adjustable Voltage Wall Adapter Power Supply - 5V-15V

TOL-19898
$14.95

The Adjustable Voltage Wall Adapter Power Supply is an all-in-one solution to powering (the majority) of your projects off a wall adapter. This adjustable wall adapter features a rotary switch on the enclosure that allows you to select the voltage that best works for your system or device.


Wall Adapter Power Supply - 5V, 2A, 10W (USB Micro-B)

Wall Adapter Power Supply - 5V, 2A, 10W (USB Micro-B)

TOL-16409
$8.95

CUI Inc SWI10 Wall Plug Adapters provide up to 12W of continuous power. These adapters come in a compact case and offer less than 0.075W no-load power consumption. The SWI10 adapters feature over-current, over-voltage, and short-circuit protections.


That's it for this week. As always, we can't wait to see what you make. Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we'll see you next week with even more new products!

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