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Arduino launches Nano ESP32 board for $20.00

Jul 18, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 422 views

Arduino announced yesterday a new development board from the Nano family. The Nano ESP32 integrates a u-blox NORA-W106 (Espressif ESP32-S3) module with support for Wi-Fi 4 and Bluetooth Low Energy 5.

At its core, the Arduino Nano ESP32 houses the u-blox NORA-W106 (ESP32-S3) System-on-Chip, featuring a dual-core 32-bit Xtensa LX7 microprocessor (up to 240MHz), 512kB SRAM memory and 384kB ROM.

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  • Wi-Fi:
    • Supports Wi-Fi 4 IEEE 802.11 standards b/g/n
    • Output power EIRP up to 10 dBm
    • Maximum range of 500 meters
    • Data rates:
      • 802.11g: 54 Mbit/s
      • 802.11n: 72 Mbit/s max at HT-20 (20 MHz), 150 Mbit/s max at HT-40 (40 MHz)
      • 802.11b: 11 Mbit/s
  • Bluetooth:
    • Supports Bluetooth LE v5.0
    • Output power EIRP up to 10 dBm
    • Data rates up to 2 Mbps
    • Option to scan and advertise simultaneously
    • Supports multiple connections in peripheral/central mode


Arduino Nano ESP32 block diagram
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The datasheet indicates that there is a 52-bit system timer with 2x 52-bit counters (16 MHz), 3x comparators, 4x general-purpose 54-bit timers and 3x Watchdog timers. Additionally, all the Nano ESP32 GPIOs can be used in interrupt modes such as High, Low, Change, Falling and Rising.


Arduino Nano ESP32 pinout
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The product page mentions that the Nano ESP32 offers 14x digital I/O pins, 8x analog input pins, 5x PWM pins, 2x UART, 1x I2C and a USB-C connector for power and programming. Lastly, the board only measures 18 mm (W) x 45 (L) mm and it operates at 3.3V


Arduino Nano ESP32 bottom and top view
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Arduino also indicates that there is a free MicroPython course designed around this board.

Further information

The Arduino Nano ESP32 can be obtained from the Arduino online store for $20.00 or from other multiple distributors such as OKDO, DFRobot and ThePiHut for a similar price.

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