Inkplate 5

A low-power, easy to program, open hardware and software e-paper display with Wi-Fi support and a 5.2" screen

Jun 21, 2023

Project update 3 of 7

The Technical Capabilities of the Inkplate 5

by David Z

Hello Backers,

We’re excited to bring you another update on our Inkplate 5 project. Today, we’re going to delve deeper into the technical specifications of our device, focusing primarily on the ESP32 microcontroller, the Real-Time Clock (RTC), and the GPIO expandability.

At the heart of the Inkplate 5 is the ESP32 microcontroller. This powerful chip provides both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing the Inkplate 5 to connect effortlessly to the internet or other devices. With 8 MB of flash and 4 MB of RAM, the ESP32 ensures smooth operation and quick response times, making it an ideal platform for a wide range of projects. Its versatility and power are key to the Inkplate 5’s performance.

The Inkplate 5 also features a Real-Time Clock (RTC), a PCF85063A in this case. This component is crucial for precise timekeeping, enabling your device to accurately track time, even when it’s not connected to the internet. Whether you’re developing a digital clock, a calendar, or any project that requires accurate time data, the RTC has you covered.

Finally, let’s talk about GPIO expandability. The Inkplate 5 boasts numerous GPIO pins, available through a PCAL6416 IO expander, allowing for easy expansion of your projects with virtually any peripheral. This feature opens up a world of possibilities, enabling you to add sensors, actuators, or other components to your Inkplate 5. Whether you’re a hobbyist looking to experiment with new add-ons or a professional developing a complex project, the GPIO expandability offers the flexibility you need.

We hope this update gives you a better understanding of the technical specifications of the Inkplate 5. As always, we’re grateful for your support and excited to bring this project to life. Stay tuned for more updates!

Best Regards, The Inkplate Team

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