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Arduino launches UNO R4 board with Wi-Fi connectivity

Jun 26, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 415 views

The Arduino UNO R4 Wi-Fi is the newest addition to the UNO board lineup, combining a 32-bit Renesas microcontroller with the ESP32-S3 Wi-Fi module. This board introduces advanced features, expanded memory and it’s compatible with most shields and accessories designed for the UNO form-factor.

The UNO R4 WiFi features the RA4M1 series microcontroller from Renesas. The board also incorporates the ESP32-S3-MINI-1-N8 module, which provides built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

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UNO R4 Wi-Fi block diagram and power tree
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The company also launched a UNO R4 Minima version which includes similar peripherals as the UNO Wi-Fi except the ESP32-S3, the 12×8 LED matrix or the Qwicc connector.

Some of the on-board peripherals featured on both variants include a 12-bit DAC, 14-bit DAC, 1x CAN BUS, 1x UART, 1x SPI, 1x I2C,1x Operational amplifier and Real-time Clock (RTC) support.

     
Uno R4 Minima block diagram and power tree
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Lastly, Arduino states that the Minima variant is hardware compatible with the UNO R3. The UNO Wi-Fi is also hardware compatible with the UNO Wi-Fi Rev2 board, although some pins might differ. Additionally, Arduino highlights that certain libraries designed for the UNO Minima and UNO R4 Wi-Fi may not be compatible with other mentioned boards since they are based on a different MCU.

   
UNO Minima pinout (left) and Wi-Fi variant (right)
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Specifications listed for the Arduino UNO R4 Wi-Fi include:

  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 4 (2.4 GHz band; up to 150Mbps)
    • Bluetooth 5 LE support
  • I/O Interfaces:
    • 14x Digital I/Os 
    • 6x Analog Input pins
    • 6x PWM, 1x DAC
    • 1x Qwicc connector (R4 Wi-Fi)
  • USB:
    • 1x USB Type-C
  • Other Features:
    • Capacitive Touch Sensing Unit (CTSU)
    • RTC 
    • 1x Reset button
    • 12×8 LED matrix (R4 Wi-Fi)
  • Power:
    • 6-24V DC input
    • 8mA DC current per I/O pin
    • Operating voltage – 5V (ESP32-S3 3.3V)
  • Operating Temperature:
    • -40°C to 85°C
  • Mechanical:
    • 68.85 × 53.34mm

Further information

The Arduino UNO R4 Wi-Fi starts at $27.50 while the UNO R4 Minima board costs $20.00. 

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