A few years ago, Mad Machine introduced the SwiftIO board powered by an NXP i.MX RT1052 Arm Cortex-M7 crossover processor and programmable with Apple Swift programming language.
The company has now launched a smaller version of the board named the SwiftIO Micro along with the SwiftIO Circuit Playground baseboard with plenty of modules to play with the SwiftIO Micro’s GPIO, and that reminds me of the Arduino Sensor Kit Base but with even more modules.
SwiftIO Micro specifications:
- SoC – NXP i.MX RT1052 Arm Cortex-M7 crossover processor @ 600MHz
- System Memory – 32 MB SRAM
- Storage – 16MB flash, microSD card slot
- USB – 1x USB-C connector for power and programming
- Expansion – 3x 20-pin headers with up to 44 GPIOs, analog inputs, PWM, UART, SPI, I2C, I2S, CAN Bus, etc… See the pinout diagram below for details
- Misc – RGB LED, download and reset buttons
- Power Supply – 5V via USB-C port, 3.8 to 5.5V via VI pin
- Dimensions – TBD
The company provides documentation to get started with the SwiftIO board and Swift programming in macOS 11.0 and greater and Linux only, as Windows support for the Swift programming language is “still evolving”.
Some demo projects for the SwiftIO board and the SwiftIO Circuit Playground modules can also be found on GitHub., so users can play with the modules provided on the Circuit Playground:
- ESP32 WiFi module
- Left side – LCD module, single LED module, USB-serial converter, potentiometer, and button
- Right side – Humiture sensor, potentiometer, button, accelerometer, RTC, and speaker
Mad Machine recently launched the SwiftIO Circuit Playground on Crowd Supply with a $10,800 funding target. There’s a single reward with the SwiftIO Playground Kit going for $108 with the Micro board and Circuit Playground baseboard. Shipping is free to the US but adds $12 to the rest of the world. Rewards are scheduled to start shipping in April 2024.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.