Fast and Powerful MCUs: Embedded Computing Reviews chipKIT WF32 & Wi-FIRE

Embedded Computing featured a review of a couple of our boards, the chipKIT WF32 and Wi-FIRE in their April 30 blog post. “Digilent has released two interesting boards aimed at the much touted Internet of Things”, states the review, and later it sums up with some pretty glowing remarks as to their functionality. My favorite part: “I really like those two boards…No more need for a shield on top of the board!”


close us pictures of chipKIT

As the blog author discovers, the chipKIT WF32 and the new chipKIT Wi-FIRE have a lot in common. The key differences are directly related to the PIC32 MCU being utilized. Both are based on PIC32 MCUs, feature a WiFi b/g radio and a microSD-card slot, an OTG USB with A- and micro-AB connectors, two buttons, a potentiometer, and four LEDs. However, the Wi-FIRE has four times as much Flash and RAM.


Breaking down the differences:
• The chipKIT WF32 is based on the PIC32MX695F512L running at 80 MHz with 512 kB of Flash and 128 kB of RAM.
• The chipKIT Wi-FIRE is based on the PIC32MZ2048ECG running at 200 MHz with 2 MB of Flash and 512 kB or RAM.

WF32 & WiFire
The boards side by side.


There are two sets of libraries for each device for Ethernet and WiFi aimed at a specific release of MPIDE, 0023 or 1.5. The blog goes on to proclaim that both of the versions ran easily and that “in less than a minute, the WebServer application was deployed on my LAN and answered my requests!”


Libraries in MPIDE.

Digilent is proud to share the accolades with our community about our all-in-one boards ready for IoT and your next clever idea. Thanks for the stellar review, Embedded Computing!



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