Getting Started with the Artemis Development Kit

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OS Requirements: The software utilized to program and use the Artemis Development Kit (ADK) may have limitations on various operating systems (OS):
  • Window 10 (or later) is required for almost all the additional software required for the ADK.
  • Currently (7/7/20), there are no limitations for Mac OS due to their required OS updates.
  • For Linux users, we have tested our instructions on Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS desktop. Users may need to verify the software compatibility for their Linux distribution. In addition, users may need to adapt our instructions to their flavor of Linux.
Mbed™ Release: Pending the adoption of the Artemis module into Mbed™ OS, we have temporarily omitted parts of this tutorial. Users looking to get a jump start with Mbed™, can check out this short tutorial on the beta version.

The Artemis Development Kit and Artemis Development Kit (with Camera) are the latest development kit from our Artemis family of products. If you are looking to push the edge of your software development skills, the Artemis Development Kit is what you have been waiting for!

SparkFun Artemis Development Kit

SparkFun Artemis Development Kit

$48.50 $21.83

SparkFun Artemis Development Kit with Camera


This guide will cover the general design of the development board and the installation of the recommended software used to program the Artemis DK. The primary development programs are the AmbiqSDK, Mbed™ OS, and the Arduino IDE. In addition, we have provided basic examples to verify the operation of the board. For more advanced functionalities, we have software development guides for each of the recommended software platforms that users can reference.

Product showcase video.

Livestream of the product demonstration with Mbed™.
Users may need to watch the video on YouTube.

Note: We do NOT recommend novices begin with this board. There are a lot of details and fundamental knowledge involved with the use of this board. The content of this hardware guide alone can be daunting; not to mention, the three software development guides associated with this board, which can also be overwhelming for a first-time user.

Those who have become familiar with programming and electronic hardware will have an easier time developing with the Artemis DK as various components of this tutorial are geared towards the professional software developer.

Required Materials

To get started, users will need a few items. Now some users may have a few of these items, feel free to modify your cart accordingly.

USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

Himax CMOS Imaging Camera - HM01B0

Himax CMOS Imaging Camera - HM01B0

SparkFun Artemis Development Kit

SparkFun Artemis Development Kit

$48.50 $21.83

SparkFun Artemis Development Kit with Camera


Jumper Modification

If you would like to modify the jumpers, you will need soldering equipment and/or a hobby knife.

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Chip Quik No-Clean Flux Pen  - 10mL

Chip Quik No-Clean Flux Pen - 10mL

Hobby Knife

Hobby Knife


Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

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Programming Firmware

Users interested in modifying or updating the firmware on the NXP chip will need an Arm® Programmer and need to solder on a JTAG header. The same programmer and an additional header can also be used to program and debug the Atermis module. We recommend these programmers from our catalog:

Header - 2x5 Pin (Male, 1.27mm)

Header - 2x5 Pin (Male, 1.27mm)


J-Link EDU Mini Programmer

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J-Link EDU Base Programmer

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J-Link BASE Compact Programmer


Suggested Reading

As a more professionally oriented product, we will skip over the more fundamental tutorials (i.e. Ohm's Law and What is Electricity?). However, below are a few tutorials that may help users familiarize themselves with various aspects of the board.

Serial Communication

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


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

Bluetooth Basics

An overview of the Bluetooth wireless technology.

Logic Levels

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

Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)

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

ARM Programming

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

Installing an Arduino Library

How do I install a custom Arduino library? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino library using the Arduino Library Manager. For libraries not linked with the Arduino IDE, we will also go over manually installing an Arduino library.

Artemis Development with the Arduino IDE

This is an in-depth guide on developing in the Arduino IDE for the Artemis module and any Artemis microcontroller development board. Inside, users will find setup instructions and simple examples from blinking an LED and taking ADC measurements; to more complex features like BLE and I2C.

Artemis Development with Arduino

Get our powerful Artemis based boards (Artemis Nano, BlackBoard Artemis, and BlackBoard Artemis ATP) blinking in less than 5 minutes using the SparkFun Artemis Arduino Core!

Using SparkFun Edge Board with Ambiq Apollo3 SDK

We will demonstrate how to get started with your SparkFun Edge Board by setting up the toolchain on your computer, examining an example program, and using the serial uploader tool to flash the chip.

Designing with the SparkFun Artemis

Let's chat about layout and design considerations when using the Artemis module.

Programming the SparkFun Edge with Arduino

Running low-power machine learning examples on the SparkFun Edge can now be done using the familiar Arduino IDE. In this follow-up to the initial Edge tutorial, we'll look at how to get three examples up and running without the need to learn an entirely new SDK.

Artemis Development on Arm® Mbed™ OS (Beta)

With the latest Artemis DK, board, we now offer full Bluetooth support within the Arduino IDE and development with Mbed™ OS. While we have worked tirelessly to get the Artemis module supported in the next Mbed™ OS release, the next release isn't slated until after the Artemis DK becomes available to the public. Therefore, this post will provide users with a jump start for developing with Mbed™ Studio, prior to the next release (in a beta of sorts), by utilizing our fork of Mbed™ OS.

Getting Started with the micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is a compact, powerful programming tool that requires no software installation. Read on to learn how to use it YOUR way!

Installing Arduino IDE

A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Installing Board Definitions in the Arduino IDE

How do I install a custom Arduino board/core? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino board definition using the Arduino Board Manager. We will also go over manually installing third-party cores, such as the board definitions required for many of the SparkFun development boards.

Qwiic Connect System

One of the new, advanced features of the board is that it takes advantage of the Qwiic connect system. We recommend familiarizing yourself with the Logic Levels and I2C tutorials. Click on the banner above to learn more about Qwiic products.