We are off this weekend in observation of the final nights of Hanukkah and Christmas! We’ll be back on Tuesday, December 27th!
Hello and Happy Holidays, everyone! This is a bit of a different week for us because we are in the middle of Hanukkah and the Christmas Holiday is this Sunday, so we are off spending time with our families and enjoying some us time. We don’t have any new products this Friday, but we’d like to remind you of our closures this weekend and next as well as take a look at some of our more recent new products that you may have missed!
In recognition of the holiday, SparkFun will be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26. Any orders qualifying for same day shipping placed after 2:00 p.m. MST on Thursday, December 22nd will be processed on Tuesday, December 27th when we return to normal business hours. Additionally, SparkFun will be closed on Monday, January 2nd in observance of the New Year holiday.
If you’re still jonesing for some products to look at here are a few of our more recent releases. That way, if you didn’t get exactly what you wanted this holiday, you could pick up one of these instead!
Released last week, the SparkFun MicroMod Teensy Processor with Copy Protection leverages the awesome computing power of the NXP iMXRT1062 chip and pairs it with the M.2 MicroMod connector to allow you to plug it into your choice of compatible MicroMod Carrier Board. This “copy protection” variant comes with additional security that can be applied for commercial products and secure applications. With the M.2 MicroMod connector, connecting your Teensy Processor is a breeze. Simply match up the key on your processor’s beveled edge connector to the key on the M.2 connector and secure it with a screw (included with all Carrier Boards).
The SparkFun MicroMod Teensy Processor with Copy Protection utilizes the same hardware as the “Lockable” Teensy from PJRC. When discussing MicroMod Teensy with SparkFun customers, we have seen two fairly distinct patterns. Entrepreneurs care about keeping their firmware from being copied by competitors and the process of permanently locking secure mode can be mentally stressful. So we updated the name to better emphasize the primary customer benefit; “copy protection.”
Looking for a low-cost way to send and receive data messages via satellite? This is it! With a clear view of the sky, the SparkFun Swarm M138 Satellite Transceiver Kit allows you to send and receive short messages at will. This kit works almost anywhere in the world, including the polar regions, far beyond the reach of WiFi and Cellular networks. It is perfect for a variety of low-bandwidth use cases: from connecting people and tracking vehicles, ships, or packages to relaying sensor data for agriculture, energy, and industrial IoT applications. The built-in GNSS receiver in this Satellite Transceiver Kit makes it perfect for many tracking applications thanks to Swarm’s satellite network.
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.
The SparkFun MicroMod Single Pair Ethernet Function Board introduces 10BASE-T1L Two-Wire Ethernet protocol into the SparkFun MicroMod ecosystem. Using the ADIN1110 Ethernet transceiver from Analog Devices Inc., this Function Board provides a development tool for long-range, 10Mb/s single-pair 10BASE-T1L Ethernet applications.
Have you ever had problems trying to daisy chain Qwiic-enabled boards with only ONE Qwiic connector? Or maybe you need a Qwiic-enabled device that is not in the middle of a daisy chain? The SparkFun Qwiic MultiStar adds five additional ports to boards that have only one Qwiic port on the I2C bus. Due to popular demand (and a few too many ordered), we have reworked the MultiStar into a working (and much safer) celestial version of the MultiPort with five Qwiic connectors. Once added, you can use it as a hub to add as many I2C devices to the bus as you need!
Now, if you want the full kit the the MultiStar is a part of, the SparkFun Constellation MicroMod Kit joins the ranks of the SkeleBoard and the SnowBoard. Instead of releasing a single board this year, we have opted to release a full kit, instead! This kit combines both MicroMod and Qwiic in a single box with a limited edition MicroMod ATP Carrier Board and MultiStar (this year’s April Fool’s Day joke). No, we aren’t joking this time! Due to popular demand, we have reworked the MultiStar into a working (and much safer) celestial version of the MultiPort. Also included in this kit is a MicroMod Screw Driver and two Qwiic Cables to get you hooked up! The ATP Carrier Board and MultiStar included in this kit feature a matte black PCB with a star scape design in white silk.
Get one of these three MicroMod Processor Boards FOR FREE
with a puchase of the MicroMod Constellation Kit
How to redeem your choice of MicroMod Processor Board:
- Add the SparkFun Constellation MicroMod Kit to your cart!
- Add one of three of the following MicroMod Processors to your cart:
Additional rules: Only one free Processor per order. There is an order limit of five max per customer. No rainchecks or backorders will be allowed. We will not be allowing the combining of orders during this sale. Distributor and Reseller accounts will not be eligible.
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! We’ll be back with more new products next week so make sure to check back then. Happy holidays, everyone!
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