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Introduction of FireBeetle Board-ESP32

FireBeetle Board-ESP32 is one of the FireBeetle series and the chip of the master control board is ESP32. Aimed at Internet of Things, the SOC combines Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and MCU. The master control board uses ultra-low power consumption external hardware design (an actual measurement of the electricity current under low power consumption mode is 10 μA), supporting onboard lithium battery charging. The best choice for mobile devices, wearable electronics and IOT applications. It can directly use to low power consumption projects.

 

 

Additionally, FireBeetle Board-ESP32 has abundant peripheral equipment, e.g. ADC,I2C,I2S,SPI, UART etc. And the programming is completely compatible with Arduino IDE.

Caution: All peripheral equipment of FireBeetle Board-ESP32 control board can be configured to any pin. When programed with Arduino IDE, all peripheral equipments adopt default profile except special one. The following image shows default profile and corresponding hardware IO.

 

  • IO3/RXD:D0(Arduino), the RX of Serial, connects to IO3 of ESP32

  • IO1/TXD:D1(Arduino), the TX of Serial, connects to IO1 of ESP32

  • IO25/D2:D2 (Arduino) of GPIO digital input and output port and PWM output pin, connect to IO25 of ESP32.

  • IO26/D3:D3 (Arduino) of GPIO digital input and output port and PWM output pin, connect to IO26 of ESP32.

  • IO27/D4:D4 (Arduino) of GPIO digital input and output port and PWM output pin, connect to IO27 of ESP32.

  • IO9/ D5: D5 (Arduino) of GPIO digital input and output port and PWM output pin, connect to IO9 of ESP32.

  • IO10/D6:D6 (Arduino) of GPIO digital input and output port and PWM output pin, connect to IO9 of ESP32.

  • IO13/D7:D7 (Arduino) of GPIO digital input and output port and PWM output pin, connect to IO13 of ESP32.

  • IO5/D8:D8 (Arduino) of GPIO digital input and output port and PWM output pin, connect to IO5 of ESP32.

  • IO2/D9:D9 (Arduino) of GPIO digital input and output port and PWM output pin, connect to IO2 of ESP32. 

  • CLK:Clock pin to IO6 of ESP32

  • SD0:SD0 port to IO7 of ESP32

  • SD1:SD1 port to IO7 of ESP32

  • CMD:CMD port to IO11 of ESP32

  • GND:Power line ground

  • AREF:input voltage for reference, here connect to NC.

  • 3V3:3.3V Vo, can provide 600mA current out at most.

  • VCC:The Vi/Vo is 5V charged by USB and 3.7V charged by lithium battery.

  • IO36/A0:A0 (Arduino), analog input, connect to IO36 of ESP32.

  • IO39/A1:A1 (Arduino), analog input, connect to IO39 of ESP32.

  • IO34/A2:A2 (Arduino), analog input, connect to IO34 of ESP32. Welcome to DFRobot: www.DFRobot.com.cn 6 / 49

  • IO35/A3:A3 (Arduino), analog input, connect to IO35 of ESP32.

  • IO15/A4:A4 (Arduino), analog input, connect to IO15 of ESP32.

  • NC:Not connected

  • IO0:Digital interface, connect to IO0 of ESP32.

  • SCK:Clock pin of SPI, connect to IO18 of ESP32.

  • MOSI:SPI’s MOSI data-wire, connect to IO23 of ESP32.

  • MISO:SPI’s MOSO data-wire, connect to IO19 of ESP32.

  • SDA:I2C’s data-wire, connect to IO21 of ESP32.

  • SCL:Clock pin of I2C, connect to IO22 of ESP32.

  • BCLK:Clock pin of I2S, connect to IO14 of ESP32.

  • MCLK:Clock pin of I2S, connect to IO12 of ESP32.

  • DO:DO data-wire of I2S, connect to IO4 of ESP32.

  • DI:DI data-wire of I2S, connect to IO16 of ESP32.

  • LRCK:LRCK data-wire of I2S, connect to IO17 of ESP32.

  • RST:Low level reset port.

For master control board of the FireBeetle, we have reserved external DC ports for more complex projects, supporting other peripheral chargers such as wireless charging module and solar charging module.

 

 

 

Caution: + should be connected to the positive pole of the external charger;

- should be connected to the negative pole of the external charger.

The input voltage is from 4.7V to 6V.

FireBeetle Board-ESP32 Hardware

 

We have introduced pins and corresponding peripheral default profiles of Arduino IDE. Please refer to the Chapter1 if you have any enquiry related to the special provision of pins.

Characteristics:

  • Working voltage: 3.3V

  • Input voltage: 3.3V~5V

  • Support electric current of low power consumption: 10 μA

  • Support maximum discharge current: 600mA

  • Support maximum charge current: 500mA

  • Support USB charging.

  • Processer: Tensilica LX6 dual core processer (One for high speed connection; one for independent programing).

  • Frequency: 240MHz l SRAM:520KB

  • Flash:16Mbit

  • Wi-Fi standard:FCC/CE/TELEC/KCC

  • Wi-Fi protocol: 802.11 b/g/n/d/e/I/k/r (802.11n, high speed can reach to 150 Mbps), converge A-MPDU and A-MSDU, supporting 0.4us protecting interval.

  • Frequency range: 2.4~2.5 GHz

  • Bluetooth protocol: Comply with BR/EDR/BLE standard of Bluetooth v4.2.

  • Bluetooth audio: the current under low power consumption of CVSD and SBC is 10μA

  • Working current: 80mA in average

  • Frequency range: 2.4~2.5GHz

  • Support one-key downloading.

  • Support micropython.

  • On-chip clock: 40MHz crystal and 32.768 KHz crystal.

  • Digital I/O: 10 (default setting of arduino)

  • Simulative input: 5(default setting of arduino)

  • SPI: 1 (default setting of arduino)

  • I2C: 1 (default setting of arduino)

  • I2S: 1 (default setting of arduino)

  • LED_BUILTIN:D9

  • Interface: FireBeetle series compatible

  • Working temperature: -40℃~+85℃

  • Dimension: 24 × 53(mm)/0.94 x 2.09(inches)

  • The dimension of mounting hole: inner diameter 3.1mm; outside diameter 6mm.

  • On-board reset bottom

  • Hardware vision: V1.0

FireBeetle Board-ESP32 can charged by lithium battery. The port as shown below.

Specification

FireBeetle Board-ESP32 mother board is fully compatible with FireBeetle range, the dimension parameters of it shown as below.

 

  • Distance from pin to pin: 2.54mm.

  • Distance between two mounting holes: 24mm/53mm.

  • Dimension of mounting hole: 3.1mm.

  • Dimension of motherboard: 29.00×58.00mm

  • Thickness of the board: 1.6mm

Arduino IDE for FireBeetle Board-ESP32

FireBeetle Board-ESP32 is easy for and on its users, even for a novice. The tutorial below present the way to download and install Arduino IDE software, processing in Arduino IDE. 3 Basic necessities: a FireBeetle Board-ESP32, USB data wire, and a computer that runs with Windows/Mac OS/Linux system and has network. The FireBeetle Board-ESP32 and USB data wire that needed, as shown below.

 

Arduino IDE for FireBeetle Board-ESP32 let your Arduino IDE support FireBeetle Board-ESP32 control board. You can set up the development environment quickly by the instruction below.

STEP 1: the way to download Arduino IDE software.

The instructions below are based on Windows operating system. It works as a reference to other operating systems. Firstly, please download the latest version of Arduino IDE software from the official website.

 

Caution: as the tutorial used Arduino IDE 1.8.0, please use Arduino 1.8.0 or later ones for the best experience.

Please choose the corresponding installation package from the list to the right of the download page. Windows system users can choose either Windows installer or Windows ZIP to download. Nonetheless Windows installer is better for freshman. Installing driver by hand is needed for Windows ZIP. For Windows installer, there is no need for extra manual install drive. You can execute installation directly and follow the Setup Wizard to accomplish the configuration. The drive will be installed automatically after the installation.

 

 

STEP 2: language setting of Arduino IDE

Arduino IDE supports multiple languages itself. We only require choosing the desired language and restart IDE. E.g. Chinese (China)

Open File->Preferences->Editor Language

 

STEP 3: install the core center of the FireBeetle Board-ESP32.

Arduino IDE installation package does not contain the core center of the FireBeetle BoardESP32.Therefore, we need to add it manually. To add FireBeetle Board-ESP32 we should add the core center of the FireBeetle Board-ESP32 firstly by hand in the Arduino development manager.

A. Open file-> Preferences, Copy the URL below to the Additional Boards Manager URLs and click OK to complete the setup. https://git.oschina.net/dfrobot/FireBeetle-ESP32/raw/master/package_esp32_index.json

Caution: If other URL has been put, please click the bottom and add the URL, seen as below.

 

B. Open tools-> Boards-> Boards Manager

 

 

 

 

Input FireBeetle and wait for the loading in the board manager.

FireBeetle 0.03 is the right one. You can also choose the latest version and click Install. It will cost 5 to 10 minutes in average. The FireBeetle-ESP32 Mainboard will be marked with INSTALLED after the installation as shown below.

 

 

 

Caution: The network barrier will lead to installation blocking. Then you should restart Addino IDE forcefully and redo the steps before. Or you should speed up the network with proxy software to accomplish the installation. Moreover, some key processes may be blocked by the firewall and antivirus software. That’s why you should authorize it to change and add it to the write page.

STEP4: connect FireBeetle Board-ESP32 to your computer.

When we installed the Arduino IDE and the core center of the FireBeetle Board-ESP32 successfully, FireBeetle Board-ESP32 can be connected to computer by USB data wire. If the operation is right, CHG power light of the FireBeetle Board-ESP32 will flash to check whether the lithium battery has been applied.

 

You reguire confirming the developing board has been recognized by the computer and which COM has been connected (for COM to COM interaction). The following steps will help you to confirm. Open Control panel-> Device Manager->Ports (COM&LPT). The COM connects to FireBeetle Board-ESP32 shown in the list as below (Here is COM3)

 

If the device cannot be recognized, you should download FireBeetle Board-ESP32 driver to the computer. Download link: https://github.com/Chocho2017/FireBeetle-Board-ESP32.git

Save the drive file FireBeetle-ESP32.inf to anywhere in your computer, right click on FireBeetleESP32 and choose update driver as below.

 

 

 

Browse the computer to find out the driver software and input file catalog of FireBeetle-ESP32.inf saved before, click Next to continue, shown as below.

 

 

Caution: FireBeetle-ESP32.inf file should be saved into the drivers’ file of Arduino IDE.

And follow the prompts to fulfill the installation of drive file.

STEP 5: program in the Arduino IDE.

After the installation of Arduino IDE software, operating it and open the processing window. In this window, you can edit and upload codes, and use the built-in serial monitor to the communication between serial and development board. Now let’s check the Arduino IDE interface carefully.

 

Different from common C language programming, a Arduino programing consists of void setup() and void loop().

‘void setup()’, provided for initialization programs. It only runs once when the development board power-on.

‘void loop ()’, provided for repeatable programs. These repeatable programs of the board contribute to real-time interaction with the externals.

The write area in the iamge is for programing. The black area is information window, shows the information of uploading/ verifying /compiling. You can set information related by click File->Page Setup.

STEP 6: upload codes to FireBeetle-ESP32.

In this step, an example process Blink of FireBeetle Board-ESP32 will be represented to you. Blink controls the LED light of D9 flash in every one second. Same as many Arduino boards, FireBeetle Board-ESP32 has a LED light, D9. Therefore, no other peripheral object is needed. LED’s status indicator can be found in the mother board of FireBeetle Board-ESP32.

 

 

Please confirm the accuracy of the codes in priority before uploading. Please click verify/compile to confirm.

 

 

Caution: the example code of Blink is in File>Examples>Basics>Blink.

A message of Done compiling will be displayed in the information window after few seconds if your operation is right. The message showed a successful compilation. Please backup to check whether the processing is completed if any error.

 

 

After the programing, please choose Tools->Board-> FireBeetle-ESP32. In general, this step performs only once on first use if you would not change the board.

 

 

Switch to Tools->Port, according to the number of serial port shown in the FireBeetle Board-ESP32, we should choose COM3 as the communication port. The communication port appears only when the development board has connected to a computer and been successfully recognized. We should confirm the communication port carefully before every uploading, for a development board may occupy different ports after insertion and extraction.

After the choice of COM, the information of board and port shows in the lower right of the window.

 

 

Finally, clicking upload to burn the program onto the FireBeetle Board-ESP32.

 

 

If you upload it successfully, message Done uploading would be presented in the information window. Meanwhile, D9 starts to flash.  

In short, there are three steps to upload codes for Arduino.

  • Compile the code.

  • Choose the version of development board and port.

  • Upload

Above are primary methods of how to use FireBeetle Board-ESP32 in the Arduino IDE. Please feel free to our forum to contact us if you have any enquiry or suggestion.

Caution: developers are the most common users of FireBeetle Board-ESP32 and not all peripherals have examples for reference, for there is some bugs to be discovered and repaired. IO/I2C/SPI can be used directly in the Arduino IDE now and we are making efforts to explore more.

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