What's Metro-shaped and has an ESP32-S3 WiFi module? What has a STEMMA QT connector for I2C devices and a Lipoly charger circuit? What has your favorite Espressif WiFi microcontroller and lots of memory for your next IoT project?

That's right - it's the new Adafruit Metro ESP32-S3! With native USB and a load of PSRAM, this board is perfect for use with CircuitPython or Arduino to add low-cost WiFi while retaining shield compatibility.

As of Nov 8, 2023 - We've fixed this hardware to be revision B which has changed the NeoPixel pin and the SPI/SD card pins to no longer use the same pins as the octal PSRAM. This means that the hardware now works correctly when PSRAM is activated! If you have a rev A hardware board, contact support to get a replacement rev B.

As of Nov 8, 2023 - We've fixed this hardware to be revision B. If you have a rev A hardware board, contact support to get a replacement rev B.

The Metro ESP32-S3 has a dual-core 240 MHz chip, so it is comparable to ESP32's dual-core. However, there is no Bluetooth Classic support, only Bluetooth LE. This chip is a great step up from the earlier ESP32-S2! This ESP32-S3 mini-module we are using on the Metro comes with massive 16 MB flash and 8 MB PSRAM, as well as 512KB of SRAM, so it's perfect for use with CircuitPython support or any time massive buffers are needed: for fast memory access use SRAM, for slower-but-roomier access use PSRAM. It's also great for use in ESP-IDF or with Arduino support.

The ESP32-S3 is a highly-integrated, low-power, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi/BLE System-on-Chip (SoC) solution that has built-in native USB as well as some other interesting new technologies like Time of Flight distance measurements and AI acceleration. With its state-of-the-art power and RF performance, this SoC is an ideal choice for a wide variety of application scenarios relating to the Internet of Things (IoT)wearable electronics, and smart homes.

Features:

  • ESP32-S3 Dual Core 240MHz Tensilica processor - the next generation of ESP32-Sx, with native USB so it can act like a keyboard/mouse, MIDI device, disk drive, etc.!
  • Mini module has FCC/CE certification and comes with 16 MByte of Flash, 8 MByte PSRAM
  • Power options - USB type C or Lipoly battery
  • Built-in battery charging when powered over USB-C
  • LiPoly battery monitor - MAX17048 chip actively monitors your battery for voltage and state of charge / percentage reporting over I2C
  • Reset and DFU (BOOT0) buttons to get into the ROM bootloader (which is a USB serial port so you don't need a separate cable!)
  • JTAG 2x5 Header for more intense debugging
  • Serial debug output pins (optional, for checking the hardware serial debug console)
  • STEMMA QT connector for I2C devices, with switchable power, so you can go into low power mode
  • On/Charge/User LEDs + status NeoPixel with pin-controlled power for low power usage
  • Low Power friendly! In deep sleep mode we can get down to  approximately 100uA of current draw from the Lipoly connection. Quiescent current is from the power regulator, ESP32-S3 chip, and Lipoly monitor. Turn off the NeoPixel and external I2C power for the lowest quiescent current draw.
  • Works with ESP-IDF, Arduino or CircuitPython 

This guide was first published on Aug 25, 2023. It was last updated on Jul 13, 2024.

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