SuperB Open Source Module Adds Wifi and Bluetooth to Your Project

By on February 14, 2019
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The SuperB module is made by Macchina, the company that describes its product as the perfect marriage of two of hardware’s ubiquitous names : the Bee form factor and ESP32. In fact the SuperB module allow you to easily add wireless and Bluetooth connectivity to your project.

SuperB marries two of hardware’s ubiquitous names – the “Bee” form factor and ESP32. The Bee form factor was derived from DIGI’s XBee industrial grade IoT boards. This form factor has long been used to add wireless connectivity to hardware across the board. But in the maturing market of connected items, two protocols stand as required: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. ESP32 brings both, and in an easy-to-use package – giving maximum flexibility to your existing hardware and for your next generation of modular, extensible products.

The module will be open source hardware, programmable with various tools, including the Arduino IDE, and support OTA (Over-the-Air) firmware upgrades.

SuperB modules specifications:

  • Wireless Module – ESP32-WROOM-32 with
    • ESP32 dual core WiSoC clocked at up to 240 MHz
    • 4MB flash (potentially upgraded to 16MB)
    • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth Classic + LE
  • Expansion – 3.3 V levels, UART, SPI and GPIOs broken out to headers
  • Misc – 1x user LED
  • Power Consumption – Sleep current is less than 5 μA
  • Dimensions – XBee form-factor compatible
  • Certifications – Fully certified with integrated antenna and software stacks

Macchina has even designed an OBD-II connector/development board for car hacks that pairs well with the SuperB. Macchina notes the M2 is great for vehicle tuning, diagnostics, total customization, security, telematics or prototyping, and should work with just about any vehicle manufactured after 1996.

SuperB should work on any XBee compatible board, and if you are interested you can pledge $23 for one module, $38 for two modules, or $182 for 10 modules. Delivery is scheduled for April 2019.

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