SparkFun's Artemis Family Receives Long-Awaited Arduino IDE, Mbed OS, and Bluetooth 5.0 Support

"We understand that it has been a long time coming," company admits.

SparkFun's Artemis family of modules and development boards is getting a considerable upgrade, both for future releases and all past variants: They're receiving official support for the Arduino IDE, Arm's Mbed OS, and Bluetooth 5.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy capabilities.

"Today we have a very special announcement, and an update to all of our existing and future Artemis products," explains SparkFun's Xtopher. "Starting today, full Arduino IDE, Bluetooth 5.0, and Arm Mbed OS software support is provided with all Artemis boards! That includes our two newest development platforms that utilize the open source, FCC-certified Artemis module."

First announced a year ago, the compact Artemis Module and the devices which use it are designed around the Ambiq Micro Apollo 3 processor - and aim at extremely low power draw. The company's stated aim was to "bridge the gap between hobbyists and consumer products" by creating an open source, low-power device which could power hobbyist-friendly development boards while also providing a route to manufacturing in volume.

"Every existing and future Artemis board, module and peripheral will feature full Arduino, BLE and Mbed OS software support," Xtopher promises. "We understand that it has been a long time coming for these, but we're confident in their ability to meet all of your upcoming project needs and final board designs. Our Artemis Dev Kit Hookup Guide will get you started developing with these features, but expect fully detailed guides for the Arduino IDE and Arm Mbed in the next few weeks. We'll let you know when those are released!"

At the same time, the company has launched a pair of new Artemis products: The Artemis Development Kit (DK), which includes broader software support and a new USB interface with Mass Storage Device (MSD), Human Interface Device (HID), and USB UART capabilities, a MEMS accelerometer and a MEMS digital microphone; and a bundle which includes the Artemis DK plus Himax CMOS imaging camera.

The Artemis DK is now available for $44.95, while camera bundle is priced at $50.95.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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