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Getting Started with AI using Sparkfuns Bluetooth Enabled Artemis Module

8/28/2019 | By Kevin Walseth

Today is a day that will always be remembered in the world of electronics enthusiasts. Sparkfun’s Artemis boards are now available for sale. These boards are more than just another Arduino for the lab. These are fully FCC certified boards that can take you from getting the on-board LED to blink thru running a full TensorFlow® Lite machine learning model. These boards all come with a modern USB-C connector. They also support the Sparkfun Qwiic® ecosystem to help unleash the creativeness with more than 70 sensors and accessories. No soldering required. Here are the four great options available.

The Redboard Artemis ATP – which is the footprint of an Arduino Mega. ATP stands for “All the Pins” at Sparkfun including 48 GPIOs that are all interrupt capable. The 1M of Flash memory and a blazing clock speed of 48 Mhz / 96MHz turbo allow you to use the Artemis module to its full potential.

Getting Started with AI using Sparkfun’s Bluetooth Enabled Artemis Module

The Redboard Artemis is in the form factor of an Arduino Uno, but don’t count out its capabilities. With BLE and one meg of flash you can run this powerhouse at an impressive 1mA. The RedBoard has the ability to run TensorFlow® lite models which can bring an all new element to your project with Machine Learning and AI. A ground-up rebuilt using the Arduino Core from Sparkfun has given this board the time-to-first-blink in less than 5 minutes.

Getting Started with AI using Sparkfun’s Bluetooth Enabled Artemis Module

Don’t forget about the Redboard Artemis Nano. It may be small and lightweight, but it is a complete party in the front and business in the back – Sparkfun’s joke about the Nano. This well-designed board is the same form factor as the Arduino Nano. All of the connectors, LEDs, Labels, and buttons are on the front. While the powerful Ambiq microcontroller and the rest of the circuitry is on the back.

Getting Started with AI using Sparkfun’s Bluetooth Enabled Artemis Module

The brain behind this awesomeness is the Sparkfun Artemis Module. This Low power Cortex-M4F with BLE 5.0 is the first module the help hobbyists as well as engineers designing for consumer goods. It is made to help prototype with the 3 development boards, then take this FCC certified module into production. What else could you ask for?

Getting Started with AI using Sparkfun’s Bluetooth Enabled Artemis Module

Here are the comparisons between the products:

Artemis Comparison Table

This series of boards from Sparkfun has taken electronic design to the next level. Dabbling into Machine Learning is a lot of fun and is definitely the direction of the future.