The All New Arduino Nano Boards Launched at Maker Faire
On 18th May 2018 at Maker Faire in Bay Area, Arduino announced new family of Arduino Nano boards which is coming up in June. The upcoming Arduino Nano family include 4 new boards and they are Nano Every, Nano 33 IoT, Nano 33 BLE, Nano 33 BLE sense.
The new Nano boards share the footprint as the original Arduino Nano but the next-generation Nano family is just a bit different and low cost. The original Arduino Nano which was powered by the 8-bit Microchip ATmega328P, the Arduino Nano Every is built around the much more powerful Microchip ATmega4809, with an Microchip ATSAMD11 Arm Cortex-M0+ processor for USB to serial communications also on board.
The ATmega4809 at the heart of the new Nano Every is the first AVR device to feature Microchip’s Core Independent Peripherals (CIP), and having this on the board is a perhaps a bigger deal than it appears on the surface. Yet while CIP support for the new board will no doubt be available in Microchip’s Atmel Studio or MPLAB X development environments, it’s not yet clear how support will be exposed in Arduino’s own native development environment. Native Arduino library support will no doubt define how much adoption this new feature gets from the community.
The new Arduino Nano 33 IoT is based around a Microchip ATSAMD21 Arm Cortex-M0+ processor, with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE provided by an onboard Espressif ESP32 in the form of a u-blox NINA-W102 module. The board also comes with 9-axis IMU and a crypto chip to securely store certificates and pre-shared keys, and is compatible with the new Arduino IoT Cloud.
The Arduino Nano 33 BLE is not based around a Microchip processor. Instead it is equipped with a u-blox NINA B306 module, which in turn is built on top of a Nordic nRF52840, an Arm Cortex-M4F. The Nano 33 BLE even has a 9-axis IMU on board.
And similarly, the Arduino Nano BLE Sense has similar design as Nano 33 BLE but the new Arduino Nano 33 BLE Sense is built around the same u-blox NINA B306 module, but comes with a much larger set of sensors in addition to the 9-axis IMU—sensors for pressure, humidity, temperature, and light—as well as a gesture sensor and embedded microphone. It is intended for environmental sensing, or human interface applications, the Nano 33 BLE Sense is what I call a ‘kitchen sink’ board, and has a price to match. Whereas the new Nano Every is less than half the price of the classic Arduino, the Nano 33 BLE Sense is actually more expensive.
Arduino Nano Every
Arduino Nano 33 IoT
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Arduino Nano 33 BLE / Arduino Nano 33 BLE Sense
All four of the new boards in the Arduino Nano family is available for pre-order on the Arduino Store starting, with the Nano Every and Nano 33 IoT expected to ship in June, and the Nano 33 BLE and Nano BLE Sense expected to ship in July.
The boards will be available both with and without headers. Without headers the Arduino Nano Every will cost $9.90, the Nano 33 IoT will cost $18.00, the Nano 33 BLE will cost $19.00, and finally the Nano 33 BLE Sense will cost $29.50. If you want the boards with headers, it will run you an additional $2.
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