esp32MX-E ESP32 Board Comes with Ethernet and USB-C Ports (Crowdfunding)

We’ve already covered several ESP32 boards with Ethernet including Olimex ESP32-GATEWAY and Silicognition wESP32, and I’ve just noticed Espressif also made its own with ESP32-Ethernet-Kit.

Modtronix Engineering has another take with esp32MX-E board that beside Ethernet also exposes a USB-C port, a MicroSD card slot, and also adds an STM32F0 microcontroller acting as an I2C I/O expander.

esp32MX-E ESP32 Ethernet & USB-C Boardesp32MX-E specifications:

  • Wireless Module
    • ESP32 dual-core LX6 microprocessor at 160 or 240 MHz, 4 MB Flash, 520 KB SRAM
    • Wi-Fi 4 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 4.2 BR/EDR & BLE
  • Storage – MicroSD card slot
  • USB – USB Type-C connector for programming, power, and Virtual COM port
  • Expansion via 14-pin and 20-pin female headers
    • 22x I/O pins of which 4 are inputs only.
    • 4x 5 V tolerant I/O pins
    • Not all I/Os are available when the SD Card is used
    • Programmable pull-up and pull-down resistors on most inputs
  • Secondary MCU – I²C I/O expander implemented with a user-programmable STM32F030F4
  • Misc – User LED, button
  • Power Supply – 5Vvia USB-C port, 4.5 V to 16 V via 2.1 mm barrel connector or Vx pin
  • Dimensions – 64.4 x 42 mm
  • Temperature Range – Standard version: 0°C to 85°C; industrial version: -40°C to 85°C
ESP32 Ethernet Boards Comparison
ESP32 Ethernet Boards Comparison

The company is also working on an esp32MX-EP board that will replace the MicroSD card slot with circuitry to add IEEE 802.3at-compliant Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support.

You can find esp32MX-E documentation, schematic, PCB files, and later on software on GitHub. Modtronix also provides prototyping daughter boards and an enclosure for their ESP32 board.

ESP32 Ethernet Enclosure

esp32MX-E has just launched on Crowd Supply with a lowly $1,000 funding target. Rewards start at $30 with the board only, getting the industrial version adds $2, and getting a kit with the board, daughterboard and enclosure above requires a $37 pledge. Shipping is free to the US, $7 to $10 to the rest of the world depending on the selected reward, and backers should expect shipment at the very end of January 2020 if everything goes according to plans.

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It’s worth noting that Olimex have ESP32-POE and ESP32-POE-ISO , which are Olimex’s Power Over Ethernet boards (non-isolated and isolated versions).

Not sure if worth adding to that table as it would become a little messy.

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This is pretty cool. What would be the use case?

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Home automation seems the likely suspect.

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Any idea what chip are they using for the ethernet phy?