UPDATE May 15 2013: Split is now available for sale on our website
We’ve been slowly working away on an Arduino based wireless module called “Split” and just got the first real prototypes assembled and working over the last week. The module is based around a Atmega328P and a RFM22B wireless module, so it is kind of like a cross between a Arduino Pro Mini and a RFM22B breadout board.
Specs and Features:
- Operating voltage: 3.3V
- Processor: Atmega328P with Arduino bootloader
- RF Frequency Range: 433MHz, 868MHz, or 915MHz ISM band (depending on version)
- RF data rate: adjustable from 0.123 to 256kbps
- RF output power: adjustable from 1 dBm to 20 dBm
- RF receive sensitivity: -121 dBm
- Long range up to several Km with proper antennas
- On board 3.3V regulator
- PCB Size: 20mm x 38mm
- All processor IO pins are brought out to header pins
- Breadboard compatible
- Programmed with FTDI Pro
- A user LED and button connected to IO pins
- Slide switch to allow the DTR signal from the FTDI Pro to be directed to an IO pin to allow programming of a remote Arduino processor
Split RF module connected to a FTDI Pro
There are three main ways we envisioned Split being used:
- As a standalone processor with wireless capability.
- As a generic wireless UART link with remote DTR control to allow communicating with and programming of a Arduino processor attached to the remote Split module.
- As a wireless IO link. Input pins on one end are mapped to output pins on the other end and vice versa.
We’ve done some initial testing with the RF22 library from open.com.au and it seems to work so that covers #1, and we are in the process of writing firmware for #2 and #3.
We are pretty excited about the long range wireless capabilities Split will give to a lot of projects.
Split RF module connected to the Mongoose IMU
If you are interested in this project, leave some feedback or a comment. Once we know how much interest there is, we can make some better plans for a release date.