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MXCHIP EMW3060: An Arduino alternative developer board with Wi-Fi for less than US$2

The MXCHIP EMW3060 is an Arduino alternative developer board that costs just US$1.79 for a single unit. Bulk pricing is available too. (Image source: Seeedstudio)
The MXCHIP EMW3060 is an Arduino alternative developer board that costs just US$1.79 for a single unit. Bulk pricing is available too. (Image source: Seeedstudio)
The MXCHIP EMW3060 is a small Wi-Fi board that integrates an ARM processor, which can help developers deliver small IoT projects affordably. The EMW3060 may have less flexibility than its Arduino alternatives though.

The EMW3060 is a small developer board that measures 33 x 18 mm and yet integrates IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi that supports up to 72.2 Mbps transmission speeds. MXCHIP has also incorporated an ARM9 processor that operates at up to 120 MHz and which is complemented by 256 KB SRAM and 2 MB flash memory.

MXCHIP has designed the EMW3060 with holes and castellated holes, which tend to be more difficult to use than the solutions integrated within other popular single-board computers and developer boards. The EMW3060 has dual UART and I2C ports for connecting sensors and actuators, along with single SPI, SDIO and JTAG ports. The EMW3060 also supports up to 15 GPIOs and can operate in temperatures between -20 °C and 85 °C (-4 °F to 185 °F).

The chip also has a built-in oscillator that operates at 26 MHz and runs at 3.3 V, although it will work at between 3.0, and 3.6 V. The board would be suited for use in IoT systems like intelligent lighting, smart home applications and industrial automation among others.

The MXCHIP EM3060 is currently available for US$1.79 for a single board, which drops to US$1.65 each for two units and US$1.55 each for fifty units or more.

MXCHIP EMW3060 (Image source: Seedstudio)
MXCHIP EMW3060 (Image source: Seedstudio)
The MXCHIP EMW3060 module block diagram (Image source: Seedstudio)
 

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Alex Alderson, 2019-02- 6 (Update: 2019-02- 6)
Alex Alderson
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I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.