The Particle Photon is seriously amazing. You're looking at a board less than 3.6cm x 2cm that packs Wi-Fi connectivity, a powerful ARM Cortex 32-bit processor, enough connectivity and peripherals for the most advanced project, plus complete integration with the most advanced cloud-based user environment! That's right, the folks from Particle (formerly Spark) are back, and they've upped the microcontroller game in a way that few can compete with. The cloud IDE is based on Wiring which means it can be programmed with the same, easy to use code abstraction as Arduino, with the power and flexibility of C++.
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Broadcom MCB43362 Wi-Fi controller
- STM32F205 ARM Cortex M3 processor
- 120Mhz clock speed
- 1MB flash memory
- 128KB RAM
- 18 GPIO pins
- UART, JTAG, I2C, SPI, ADC, DAC, CAN and USB hardware peripherals
- 3.3V operating voltage
All of this seamlessly integrates with Particle.io which has a fully fledged cloud-based IDE to program your board Over-the-Air (OTA), monitor your devices and logs, plus intuitively integrate webhooks and IoT services. With official support for channels like IFTTT, the Photon is truly in a class of its own. It connects to your computer/power via micro USB and also has exposed Vin pins for use with external power supplies and batteries.
The Particle cloud is designed to be simple and intuitive enough for DIY enthusiasts and makers, yet powerful and highly integrated to be the next platform of choice for startups and big businesses alike. For more info on the Photon and it's cloud functionality, check out the Particle docs.
This Photon comes with pre-soldered male headers to make it even easier to use with your next project.