DA16200 Thing Plus Hookup Guide

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Introduction

The SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200 utilizes a highly integrated ultra-low power WiFi system on chip (SoC) that allows users to develop WiFi and IoT solutions.

SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200

SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200

WRL-19696
$34.95

Manufactured by Dialog (a subsidiary of Renesas), the DA16200MOD contains a 802.11b/g/n radio (PHY), a baseband processor, a media access controller (MAC), on-chip memory, and a host networking application processor, all on a single silicon die. The SoC has full offload capabilities to run the entire networking OS and TCP/IP stack on chip; therefore, an external network processor, CPU, or microcontroller are not required. The module is also Wi-Fi Alliance certified for IEEE802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, WPS functionalities in many countries including the United States (FCC), Canada (IC) and China (SRRC).

This board comes in a Thing Plus form factor, which includes a Qwiic and LiPo battery connectors, multiple GPIO pins, and JTAG PTH pins for debugging. The SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200 is ideal for your next IoT project, thanks in part to the multiple sleep modes that allow you to take advantage of current draws as low as 0.2 - 3.5 µA on the WiFi module.

Note: Please be aware that the Thing Plus - DA16200 has a 3.3V logic level voltage.

Required Materials

To get started, users will need a USB-C cable is needed to connect the DA16200 Thing Plus to a computer. (You may already have a some of these items; read through the guide and modify your cart accordingly.)

SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200

SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200

WRL-19696
$34.95
USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

CAB-14743
$5.50
4

Optional Hardware

To connect Qwiic breakout boards for your project, Qwiic cables are required.

Qwiic Cable - Breadboard Jumper (4-pin)

Qwiic Cable - Breadboard Jumper (4-pin)

PRT-14425
$1.50
Qwiic Cable - 100mm

Qwiic Cable - 100mm

PRT-14427
$1.50
Flexible Qwiic Cable - 500mm

Flexible Qwiic Cable - 500mm

PRT-17257
$2.10
SparkFun IoT RedBoard Kit - ESP32

SparkFun IoT RedBoard Kit - ESP32

KIT-20672
$49.95
SparkFun GPS-RTK2 Board - ZED-F9P (Qwiic)

SparkFun GPS-RTK2 Board - ZED-F9P (Qwiic)

GPS-15136
$274.95
21
SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout - ZED-F9P (Qwiic)

SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout - ZED-F9P (Qwiic)

GPS-16481
$274.95
10
Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic)

Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic)

WIG-18159
$85.95
2
SparkFun RTK Facet

SparkFun RTK Facet

GPS-19984
$699.95
2

A single-cell Lithium-ion battery can be connected to the DA16200 Thing Plus for portability.

Lithium Ion Battery - 1Ah

Lithium Ion Battery - 1Ah

PRT-13813
$10.95
8
Lithium Ion Battery - 2Ah

Lithium Ion Battery - 2Ah

PRT-13855
$13.95
8
Lithium Ion Battery - 400mAh

Lithium Ion Battery - 400mAh

PRT-13851
$5.50
10
Lithium Ion Battery - 110mAh

Lithium Ion Battery - 110mAh

PRT-13853
$5.50
3

To modify the jumpers, users will need soldering equipment and/or a knife.

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

TOL-09325
$9.95
7
Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

TOL-14228
$67.95
2
Chip Quik No-Clean Flux Pen  - 10mL

Chip Quik No-Clean Flux Pen - 10mL

TOL-14579
$8.95
4
Hobby Knife

Hobby Knife

TOL-09200
$3.50
2

Suggested Reading

For users who aren't familiar with the following concepts, we also recommend reading the following tutorials before continuing.

How to Install CH340 Drivers

How to install CH340 drivers (if you need them) on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Dialog ULP WiFi DA16200 R3 Shield Hookup Guide

Add WiFi to your project with this hookup guide for our Dialog's Ultra Low Power DA16200 R3 shield!

MicroMod WiFi Function Board - DA16200 Hookup Guide

Add IoT functionality to any MicroMod project with the MicroMod WiFi function Board - DA16200!
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Getting Started with the DA16200 FreeRTOS SDK

Interested in the DA16200 FreeRTOS SDK? This guide covers setting up the SDK in the Eclipse IDE and how to program our boards with the DA16200 module.

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

Serial Communication

Asynchronous serial communication concepts: packets, signal levels, baud rates, UARTs and more!

Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)

SPI is commonly used to connect microcontrollers to peripherals such as sensors, shift registers, and SD cards.

Pulse Width Modulation

An introduction to the concept of Pulse Width Modulation.

Logic Levels

Learn the difference between 3.3V and 5V devices and logic levels.

I2C

An introduction to I2C, one of the main embedded communications protocols in use today.

Analog vs. Digital

This tutorial covers the concept of analog and digital signals, as they relate to electronics.

Serial Terminal Basics

This tutorial will show you how to communicate with your serial devices using a variety of terminal emulator applications.

Connectivity of the Internet of Things

An overview of the different protocols that can be used for the development of Internet of Things (IoT)-based projects.

How to Work with Jumper Pads and PCB Traces

Handling PCB jumper pads and traces is an essential skill. Learn how to cut a PCB trace, add a solder jumper between pads to reroute connections, and repair a trace with the green wire method if a trace is damaged.

ARM Programming

How to program SAMD21 or SAMD51 boards (or other ARM processors).