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Teensy 4.1

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We don't typically release blog posts on Monday unless there is something special or extroraordinary to announce. Well, guess what? Today, we are thrilled that the new Teensy 4.1 has been announced by PJRC, and SparkFun will be carrying it!

The product page for the Teensy 4.1 is up and available for pre-order, and we expect to have the board in by this afternoon. We will update you as we receive new information, but as far as we have been informed physical stock will arrive today. Orders will be fulfilled in the order they are received so if you want one, make sure to get your order in now!

Teensy 4.1

Teensy 4.1

DEV-16771
$26.95

The Teensy 4.1 is the newest iteration of the astoundingly popular Teensy development platform. It features an ARM Cortex-M7 processor at 600MHz with a NXP iMXRT1062 chip, four times more flash memory than the 4.0, and two new locations to add more memory if needed. The Teensy 4.1 is the same size and shape as the Teensy 3.6 (2.4 x 0.7 in), and provides greater I/O capability including an Ethernet PHY, microSD card socket, and USB host port.

We will go into more detail on the 4.1 this Friday with our regular product post. Let us know what project you plan to make with the newest Teensy in the comments below, shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We love to hear ideas!

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It’s Not the Heat; It’s the Humidity…

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Welcome back everyone - this week we're moving the SHTC3 Humidity Sensor Breakout from SparkX into a full production run in classic SparkFun red. This is a really impressive Qwiic-enabled board that should be a perfect addition to your weather/enivronmental station or project. After that, we have two small but essential releases, including a jumper wire two-pack, and a six-pin screw terminal.

We know the school year is starting to wrap up, but learning - and having fun doing it - doesn’t have to stop there! Check out the newest products available in our Spring Sale, which runs through May 22. We’ve also added some books that will help maximize materials you already have on hand!

Now, let's take a closer look at our new products for the week!

I'll need a window seat because this flower is wilting

SparkFun Humidity Sensor Breakout - SHTC3 (Qwiic)

SparkFun Humidity Sensor Breakout - SHTC3 (Qwiic)

SEN-16467
$9.95

Looking to keep a log of the climate in your greenhouse, create a humidor control system, or track temperature and humidity data for a weather station project? The SparkFun SHTC3 Humidity Sensor may be the perfect option for you! The SHTC3 is a low cost, easy to use, highly accurate digital humidity and temperature sensor. The SHTC3 communicates via I2C, and we have broken out the pins on the sensor so you can easily connect it to SparkFun's ever-growing Qwiic Ecosystem.


Jumper Wires Premium 6in. M/M - 2 Pack (Red and Black)

Jumper Wires Premium 6in. M/M - 2 Pack (Red and Black)

PRT-16662
$0.95

Jumper wires are awesome - just a little bit of stranded core wire with a nice solid pin connector on either end. They have the flexibility of stranded wire, but will fit directly into breadboards and female pin headers. These are 6-inch jumper wires with breadboard-friendly male connectors on both ends. Combine these with our female-to-female jumpers to create a male-to-female jumper. Multiple jumpers can be connected side by side on a 0.1-inch header.


Screw Terminals 2.54mm Pitch (6-Pin)

Screw Terminals 2.54mm Pitch (6-Pin)

PRT-16499
$0.95

These are simple six-position screw terminals with 2.54 mm pitch pins. Rated up to 150 V at 6 A, this terminal can accept 30 to 18 AWG wire.


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 or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!

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Adding WiFi to the NVIDIA Jetson

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Nearly every computer needs an internet connection these days, and more and more of those connections are via WiFi to keep things from being tethered to a router switch or the wall. A wireless internet connection is particularly helpful for single board computers that many applications need to be mobile.

The NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit is no exception in terms of keeping the board as mobile as possible while maintaining internet access for software updates, network requests and many other applications. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with WiFi built in, but we can add it ourselves.

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Adding WiFi to the NVIDIA Jetson

April 23, 2020

Step by step instructions for setting up and installing the Edimax N150 USB WiFi/BLE adapter on your NVIDIA Jetson Nano

There are a number of WiFi solutions that work with the Jetson Nano, but in this tutorial we focus on the Edimax N150 2-in-1 Combo Adapter, which is included in our JetBot AI Kit. This adapter is small, low power and relatively inexpensive. It does take a little bit of elbow grease to get it working from a fresh OS image install, or if you are looking to add WiFi once you have completed the DLI Course provided by NVIDIA. Let’s get your Jetson Nano on the web!

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Dead Reckoning GPS

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Hello and welcome to first day of May! Today we're starting off with the brand new SparkFun GPS Dead Reckoning Breakout, which uses the new NEO-M8U module from u-blox. Ihis is one of the the most cutting-edge miniature GPS modules on the market right now, and we expect to see some amazing projects from it. Also releasing this week are a new version of the popular Pro RF Development Board, a new Ultrasonic Range Finder from MaxSonar, a metal gear hobby motor, and poke home connectors. It's a busy week, so let's take a look.

Determine your course and blaze forward

SparkFun GPS Dead Reckoning Breakout - NEO-M8U (Qwiic)

SparkFun GPS Dead Reckoning Breakout - NEO-M8U (Qwiic)

GPS-16329
$69.95

The SparkFun NEO-M8U GPS Breakout is a high-quality GPS board with impressive configuration options. The NEO-M8U takes advantage of u-blox's Untethered Dead Reckoning (UDR) technology. The module provides continuous navigation without needing to make any electrical connection to a vehicle, thus reducing cost of installation for after-market dead-reckoning applications.

The NEO-M8U module is a 72-channel u-blox M8 engine GNSS receiver, meaning it can receive signals from the GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou constellations with ~2.5-meter accuracy. The module supports concurrent reception of three GNSS systems. The combination of GNSS and integrated 3D sensor measurements on the NEO-M8U provide accurate, real-time positioning rates of up to 30 Hz.


Be a Pro with the Pro RF

SparkFun Pro RF - LoRa, 915MHz (SAMD21)

SparkFun Pro RF - LoRa, 915MHz (SAMD21)

WRL-15836
$29.95

The SparkFun Pro RF is a LoRa®-enabled wireless board that marries a SAMD21 and a long-range RFM95W to make a compact and easy-to-use IoT Arduino board. With its fast MCU and excellent point-to-point data transmission in the 915 MHz ISM band with LoRa capabilities, the Pro RF is a great choice for anyone interested or experienced in utilizing long range data communication.

On this revision of the SAMD21 Pro RF, we have made a few changes to improve the board, including fixing the VDDCORE pin connection issue, breaking out an LED jumper for low power applications, and adding PTH pins for software debugging.


Ultrasonic Range Finder - IRXLMaxSonar - MB2530

Ultrasonic Range Finder - IRXLMaxSonar - MB2530

SEN-16463
$99.95

The MB2530 Ultrasonic Rangefinder from Maxbotix is a high-performance sensor for monitoring distance and proximity within 50 cm to 1650 cm, with a 1 cm resolution. This sensing configuration makes for excellent large object detection while still having side object rejection. It has a 1.8 Hz read rate and three output options: pulse-width, analog voltage and RS232. The MB2530 also features a verified, extended operating temperature range from -40 C to 65 C.


Hobby Motor with Encoder - Metal Gear (DG01D-E)

Hobby Motor with Encoder - Metal Gear (DG01D-E)

ROB-16413
$5.95

The DG01D-E is a single hobby motor with a hall speed encoder. This motor requires a voltage between 3-9, and has a gearbox ratio of 1:48 and a speed of 90 RPM at 4.5 V. The voltage between positive and negative is determined according to the power supply voltage of the single chip microcomputer used, generally 3.3 V or 5 V is used.


Poke Home Connector - 2-Pin

Poke Home Connector - 2-Pin

PRT-16538
$0.50

Poke Home Connectors have been featured on a number of our boards over the last few years. They provide a simple, screw-terminal connector for easy wire connection purposes. Similar to screw terminals, Poke Home Connectors grasp a wire entered into the receiving area of the pin-out by pressing down on the small plastic strip at the end of the housing. Doing so raises the internal clamp and, upon release of the button, secures the wire in place without any soldering.


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 or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!

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The NVIDIA Jetson Nano and its Ecosystem

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Over the last few months, SparkFun and NVIDIA have worked together to extend the possibilities of the Jetson Nano Developer Kit, with kits specifically built to integrate SparkFun’s Qwiic Ecosystem, AWS Iot Greengrass, and support for those new to artificial intelligence. Last week, with the release of v2.1 of the SparkFun JetBot AI Kit, we've completely redesigned our Jetson Resource Page.

On the new resource page, you will find a complete breakdown of the NVIDIA Jetson Nano's capabilities and features, information on the new SparkFun JetBot AI Kit, ways to maximize the capabilities of the Jetson Nano with SparkFun pHAT boards, how to get your toes wet with Machine Learning with the DLI Course Kit, and more!

Assembly Guide for SparkFun JetBot AI Kit V2.0

Assembly Guide for the SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v2.0. This tutorial includes photos & comments to assemble the two-layer chassis & additional components unique to the JetBot kit.
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Working with Qwiic on a Jetson Nano through Jupyter Notebooks

We created a few Jupyter Notebooks to make using our Qwiic boards with your Jetson Nano even easier!
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Jetson Nano + Sphero RVR Mash-up (PART 1)

We took two of our biggest robotics partnerships from the previous year and shazamed them together into one robot to rule them all!
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Adding WiFi to the NVIDIA Jetson

Step by step instructions for setting up and installing the Edimax N150 USB WiFi/BLE adapter on your NVIDIA Jetson Nano

Don't forget to check out all of the new projects and tutorials that utilize the Jetson Nano as well. There is so much that the Jetson is capable of, and we are always trying to expand our library of projects and tutorials, so check back often or fill out the form on the resource page to be notified of new content.

NVIDIA Jetson Nano front view

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The JetBot Life

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Hello everyone and welcome back to another Friday Product Post! We have quite a few new products to showcase today and we start it off with the new JetBot v2.1 kits, one with a Jetson Nano Developer Kit and one without (for those of you who already have one). As we mentioned last month with the v2.0 release, the only change to v2.1 is an updated 136-degree FOV camera and new cables.

Next up is the new SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout, which is based on the SparkFun GPS-RTK2, but instead of being equipped with a U.FL connector it uses (you guessed it) an SMA.

To round out the week, we have a few additional connectors that you might need so make sure to check those out too.

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v2.1 Powered by Jetson Nano

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v2.1 Powered by Jetson Nano

KIT-16417
$249.95
SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v2.1 (Without Jetson Nano)

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v2.1 (Without Jetson Nano)

KIT-15769
$149.95

The SparkFun JetBot AI Kit is a robot platform powered by the Jetson Nano Developer Kit V3 by NVIDIA. This SparkFun kit is based on the open source NVIDIA JetBot. We understand that not everyone has access to multiple 3D printers and a whole warehouse of electronics, so we wanted to build a kit from ready-to-assemble parts to get you up and running as quickly as possible. The SparkFun JetBot AI Kit V2.1 is a great launchpad for creating entirely new AI projects for makers, students and enthusiasts who are interested in learning AI and building fun applications. It’s straightforward to set up and use, and is compatible with many popular accessories.

Don't worry, we still carry the SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v2.1 (without Jetson Nano) for those of you who already have a Jetson and either don't need a new one or want to use one you already own.


SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout - ZED-F9P (Qwiic)

SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout - ZED-F9P (Qwiic)

GPS-16481
$219.95

Based on the SparkFun GPS-RTK2 design, the SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout raises the bar for high-precision GPS, and is the latest in a line of powerful RTK boards featuring the ZED-F9P module from u-blox. The ZED-F9P is a top-of-the-line module for high accuracy GNSS and GPS location solutions, including RTK capable of 10mm, three-dimensional accuracy. With this board, you will be able to know your X, Y, and Z location (or any object's) within roughly the width of your fingernail!

The ZED-F9P is unique in that it is capable of both rover and base station operations. Utilizing our handy Qwiic system, no soldering is required to connect it to the rest of your system. However, we still have broken out 0.1"-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.


Arduino Nano Stackable Header Kit

Arduino Nano Stackable Header Kit

PRT-16279
$1.50

These stackable headers are made to work with the SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Arduino Nano or any comparable shield to connect with a Arduino Nano footprint. This set includes two 15-pin headers; the pins are spaced by 0.1".


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 or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!

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