Open-Source SparkFun Module Supports Low-Power TensorFlow Machine Learning

July 17, 2019 Brandon Lewis

SparkFun has released the SparkFun Artemis, Engineering Version, an open-source embedded development kit that supports the TensorFlow machine learning environment. Designed for toolchain-agnostic, low-power machine learning development, the 15.5 mm x 10.5 mm Artemis board includes:

  • A Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module featuring the Arm Cortex-M4F-based Apollo3 MCU from Ambiq Micro, integrated Bluetooth 5 radio, and 2.4 GHz antenna
  • Ability to run machine learning algorithms at 6 µA/MHz at 3.3B
  • Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)
  • Programming via serial bootloader or JTAG
  • ISO7816 Secure ‘Smart Card’ interface

In addition to a secure firmware update system, flexible, serial peripherals, a suite of clock sources, and camera compatibility, the Artemis board features large SMD pads that support carrier board implementations. SparkFun has launched three carrier boards in conjunction with the release of the Artemis, Engineering version board: the BlackBoard Artemis (Arduino Uno footprint); BlackBoard Artemis Nano (smallest form factor); and BlackBoard Artemis ATP (with 48 GPIO pins).

The carrier boards each contain a BLE radio, digital MEMS microphone, JTAG and Qwicc connectors, and are compatible with the SparkFun Arduino core that can be programmed using the Arduino IDE.

he Artemis ecosystem is available now. For more information visit


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Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at

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