CH583 RISC-V microcontroller supports Bluetooth 5.3 LE

Following up on the CH572 RISC-V BLE microcontroller with 10KB SRAM, WCH has now introduced the CH583 RISC-V microcontroller with 32KB SRAM, 1 MB flash, and support for the latest Bluetooth 5.3 LE standard.

The new microcontroller also offers a wide range of peripherals with two USB host/device interfaces, up to 40 GPIOs, four UART, two SPI, one I2C, up to 14 ADC interfaces, and more. WCH also offers CH581 and CH582 microcontrollers with a different minimum input voltage, less storage (256KB for CH581) and/or peripherals.

WCH-CH583 RISC-V Bluetooth 5.3CH581, CH582, CH583 specifications:

  • MCU core – 32-bit RISC processor WCH RISC-V4A with RV32IMAC instruction set
  • Memory – 32 KB SRAM
  • Storage – 512KB non-volatile storage FlashROM:
    • 448KB user application program memory area CodeFlash
    • 32KB user non-volatile data memory area DataFlash
    • 24KB system boot program memory area BootLoader
    • 8KB system non-volatile configuration information memory area InfoFlash
  • BLE Connectivity
    • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) v5.3
    • Integrated with 2.4GHz RF transceiver and baseband and link control
      Receiving sensitivity -98dBm, programmable +7dBm transmission power
    • Support 2Mbps, 1Mbps, 500Kbps and 125Kbps
    • Range
      • About 500 meters at the transmission power of 7dBm
      • About 1000 meters at the transmission power of 7dBm and 125Kbps
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host/client interfaces
  • Peripherals
    • 14x 12-bit ADC, 14-channel TouchKey detection module
    • 4x 26-bit timers
    • 4-channel 26-bit PWM output, 8-channel 8-bit PWM output
    • 4x UARTs, compatible with 16C550, built-in 8-level FIFO
    • 2x SPI, 1x master/slave I2C
    • 40x GPIOs, 4x supporting 5V input, 32x GPIOs with interrupt support
  • Security – AES-128 encryption and decryption, unique chip ID
  • Misc – RTC, Temperature Sensor (TS),  Built-in PLL, built-in 32KHz clock
  • Power Management
    • 3.3V and 2.5V power, CH583M supports 1.8V as well
    • Built-in DC-DC conversion to reduce power consumption
    • Power Consumption
      • Idle mode: 1.6mA
      • Halt mode: 320uA
      • Sleep mode: Multiple gears from 0.7uA to 2.8uA
      • Shutdown mode: Multiple gears from 0.2uA to 2.3uA
  • Package – QFN48_5X5, QFN28_4X4

CH583 development board

It used to be hard to get information about WCH microcontroller, but it appears the company has decided to release development resources directly on Github, at least for RISC-V microcontrollers. That means we’ve got the CH583 datasheet in English, information about the CH853M-R0-1v1 development board (only in Chinese ) with USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports, as well as access to all peripherals via headers, and an SDK with code samples and Android app for OTA, and further documentation. That’s a good development albeit the SDK is distributed as a ZIP file and most documentation is in Chinese.

Sadly, the chips and board are not available for purchase online at this time, but Patrick Yan, technical director at WCH and president at the RISC-V MCU Research Institute, says people wanting to purchase in bulk, you can contact him via Twitter.

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Marcin Dąbrowski(@marcin_dabrowski)
28 days ago

A bit more RAM and this would have a lot more uses.

Mtk
Mtk
28 days ago

I also like CH579, it has integrated Ethernet PHY as well as BLE 4.2 support. But the BLE and Ethernet libraries are closed source.

Still the problem with sourcing components from China remains. Currently, what I am getting from Taobao when try to pay with foreign credit cards is :

您的个人信息无法通过支付宝安全验证,请确保填写准确

Anyone having such issues ?

David Willmore
David Willmore
27 days ago

If these are suitably inexpensive, I can see them being useful for a lot of simple wireless tasks. I hope the BT radio control gets hacked so they can be made to be NRF24 compatable.

Aurimas
Aurimas
18 days ago

They also have almost same MCU with Cortex-M core instead

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