AzureWave Thing Plus (AW-CU488) Hookup Guide

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Introduction

The SparkFun AzureWave Thing Plus is a Feather form-factor development board equipped with the AW-CU488. The module features the Realtek RTL8721DM integrated single-chip low power dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) wireless LAN . It also consists of a dual processor core: Real-M300 CPU (Armv8-M, Cortex-M33) and Real-M200 CPU (Armv8-M, Cortex-M23). Connect the SparkFun AzureWave Thing Plus to the cloud to grab current weather conditions in your area, post sensor data to a server, control the lights in your next home automation project, or even calculate the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) of an input audio signal!

SparkFun AzureWave Thing Plus - AW-CU488

SparkFun AzureWave Thing Plus - AW-CU488

DEV-19957
$49.95

Required Materials

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need the following materials at a minimum. You may not need everything though depending on what you have. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary.

SparkFun AzureWave Thing Plus - AW-CU488

SparkFun AzureWave Thing Plus - AW-CU488

DEV-19957
$49.95
Reversible USB A to C Cable - 2m

Reversible USB A to C Cable - 2m

CAB-15424
$8.95
1
Note: Click below for a wishlist of the minimum parts.

Tools

You will need a soldering iron, solder, and general soldering accessories for a secure connection when using the plated through holes.

Soldering Iron - 60W (Adjustable Temperature)

Soldering Iron - 60W (Adjustable Temperature)

TOL-14456
$16.50
16
Flush Cutters - Xcelite

Flush Cutters - Xcelite

TOL-14782
$8.95
2
Solder Lead Free - 15-gram Tube

Solder Lead Free - 15-gram Tube

TOL-09163
$3.95
4

Prototyping Accessories

Depending on your setup, you may want to use IC hooks for a temporary connection. However, you will want to solder header pins to connect devices to the plated through holes for a secure connection. For those using the stackable headers, you will want to cut or pull a pin from the 6-pin header to connect to the rows of 1x5 pins on the AzureWave Thing Plus.

Breadboard - Self-Adhesive (White)

Breadboard - Self-Adhesive (White)

PRT-12002
$5.50
47
Break Away Headers - Straight

Break Away Headers - Straight

PRT-00116
$1.75
20
IC Hook with Pigtail

IC Hook with Pigtail

CAB-09741
$5.50
10
Arduino Stackable Header - 6 Pin

Arduino Stackable Header - 6 Pin

PRT-09280
$0.75
Feather Stackable Header Kit

Feather Stackable Header Kit

PRT-15187
$1.75

For those that want to take advantage of the Qwiic enabled devices, you'll want to grab a Qwiic cable.

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

KIT-15081
$8.95
15
Qwiic Cable - 100mm

Qwiic Cable - 100mm

PRT-14427
$1.50
Qwiic Cable - 500mm

Qwiic Cable - 500mm

PRT-14429
$1.95
1
Qwiic Cable - Breadboard Jumper (4-pin)

Qwiic Cable - Breadboard Jumper (4-pin)

PRT-14425
$1.50

Suggested Reading

If you aren't familiar with the Qwiic system, we recommend reading here for an overview if you decide to take advantage of the Qwiic connector.

Qwiic Connect System
Qwiic Connect System

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