Platform Zolertia Firefly Revision A
The Firefly is a breakout board designed to inspire.
It exposes the most basic Zoul features, sporting only the most down-to-core features to work with the Zoul, providing the following:
- ARM Cortex-M3 with 512KB flash and 32KB RAM (16KB retention), 32MHz.
- ISM 2.4-GHz IEEE 802.15.4 & Zigbee compliant.
- ISM 868-, 915-, 920-, 950-MHz ISM/SRD Band.
- On-board printed PCB sub-1GHz antenna and 2.4Ghz ceramic chip antenna.
- AES-128/256, SHA2 Hardware Encryption Engine.
- ECC-128/256, RSA Hardware Acceleration Engine for Secure Key Exchange.
- Compatible with breadboards and protoboards.
- On-board CP2104/PIC to flash over USB-A connector.
- User and reset buttons.
- RGB LED to allow more than 7 colour combinations.
- Small form factor (68.78 x 25.80mm).
The Firefly can be seen as the "small brother" of the RE-Mote, with a slick design and a lower cost.
To work out of the box, the firefly includes a PCB antenna for the Sub-1GHz interface, and a ceramic chip antenna for the 2.4GHz radio interface. Optionally 2 x u.Fl connectors for 2.4GHz and sub-1GHz external antennas can be mounted.
The firefly can be programmed and debugged over JTAG and USB. The board has a CP2104 USB to serial converter with a PIC, it allows to program the CC2538 without having to manually to put the device in bootloader mode.
The most prominent changes respect to the previous Firefly release are:
- On-board ceramic chip 2.4GHz antenna
- Pin-out changes and CC1200 GPIO2 pin is exposed
- RF matching improvements
- Printed PCB USB A connector instead of Micro-USB connector