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Looking for a board with 16 ADC channels and WiFi

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:22 pm
by CraigUK
Hi all,

I have a lot of analogue sensors (16 ish) to measure and publish over wifi.
Currently I'm using the nodeMCU which has only 1 ADC, so I'm looking for a board with more ADC.

The CC3200 seems to have 4 (assuming they can all be used), are there other boards with more ADC?
Perhaps I can extend a board with an ADC add-on module?

Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks
Craig

Re: Looking for a board with 16 ADC channels and WiFi

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:45 pm
by Roberthh
The CC3200 board (Wipy1) is discontinued. The ESP32 has principally 16 channels, but most board break out only a subset of them. Besides that, the ESP32 ADC is bad, like the ESP8266 (nodemcu) one. You can alsways usd external ADCs, like based on an ADS1115 or others, which are connecetd to the MCU board by I2C or SPI. The quality of these ADCs is typicall way better than the built-in ADC.
PyBoard also has 16 ADC channels, and the ADC is fine, but no built-in WiFi.

Re: Looking for a board with 16 ADC channels and WiFi

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:02 pm
by ThomasChr
Question is: How many ADCs will the new Pyboard D bring along? I guess enough and also WiFi!

Re: Looking for a board with 16 ADC channels and WiFi

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:54 pm
by chuckbook
PYBD allows 16 ADC channels spread on two or three ADCs.

Re: Looking for a board with 16 ADC channels and WiFi

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:25 pm
by deshipu
Just use your NodeMCU and add an external ADC chip. For example, here is a library for ads1015, which has a lot of cheap breakouts available: https://bitbucket.org/thesheep/micropython-ads1015/

Re: Looking for a board with 16 ADC channels and WiFi

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:08 am
by CraigUK
Thanks for the info.

The PYBD sounds like a great fit but unless I'm mistaken it's not yet available? Which MCU/adc does it use?

Can I use multiple ads1015 on a single i2c bus?

Re: Looking for a board with 16 ADC channels and WiFi

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:07 am
by Roberthh
You can use up to four ADS1015 or ADS1115 on a single I2C bus, if you configure the address Pin accordingly.

Re: Looking for a board with 16 ADC channels and WiFi

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:19 pm
by CraigUK
I'll be investigating the ads devices further but will be looking into the PYBD in due course.

Thanks all!