Meet the New WiO Terminal From Seeed Studio

Meet the New WiO Terminal From Seeed Studio

Seeed Studio, one of the biggest open-source electronics component manufacturer, recently announced the launch of a new Product called the WiO Terminal. The Wio terminal is an addition to Seeed’s impressive Wio family of development boards which comprises popular boards like the Wio Tracker and the Wio Node, which are boards designed to meet the needs of diverse IoT applications.

Unlike other boards in the family, however, the Wio Terminal is not just a microcontroller board or an embedded functional module. It is an all-encompassing system, equipped with a Screen, a Development Board, Input/Output Interface and an enclosure, that all together makes it an efficient and Product-Ready device. According to Seeed, the board was released to enable the community to develop customized products at a much lower risk and cost, even for those who have no hardware background.

Compatible with Arduino C and Micropython, the Wio Terminal is based on an ATSAMD51-based microcontroller running at 120MHz. It is equipped with a Realtek RTL8720DN chip which provides both Bluetooth (BLE4/5.0) and Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G), connectivity, making it an IoT ready device. To make it a perfect fit for several applications, the Terminal is equipped with a 2.4” LCD Screen, an onboard inertial measurement unit(LIS3DHTR), a microphone, a buzzer, a microSD card slot, a light sensor, and an infrared emitter(IR 940nm). In addition to this, it also comes with two multifunctional Grove ports for connection to over 300 sensors and actuators in the Grove Ecosystem, a Raspberry pi 40-pin compatible GPIO for even more add-ons, and 3 user-programmable push-buttons to provide all that is needed (including enclosures) for standalone applications.

Asides being able to serve as a standalone unit, the Wio terminal could also be connected as a HAT to the raspberry with its display and other features available for use by the raspberry pi, enabling users to interact with the pi directly and easily implement standalone edge computing solutions.

Highlight features of the Wio Terminal include;

Highly Integrated Design

  • MCU, LCD, WIFI, BT, IMU, Microphone, Buzzer, microSD Card, Configurable Buttons, Light Sensor, 5-Way Switch, Infrared Emitter (IR 940nm), Crypto-authentication Ready

Powerful MCU – Microchip ATSAMD51P19

  • ARM Cortex-M4F core running at 120MHz (Boost up to 200MHz)
  • 4 MB External Flash, 192 KB RAM
  • Comprehensive Protocol Support
  • SPI, I2C, I2S, ADC, DAC, PWM, UART(Serial)

Reliable Wireless Connectivity

  • Powered by Realtek RTL8720DN
  • Dual Band 2.4Ghz / 5Ghz Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • BLE / BLE 5.0

USB OTG Support

  • Accessible Devices(as USB-Host): Mouse, Keyboard, MIDI Devices, Xbox/PS Gaming Controllers, 3D Printers
  • Simulated Devices(as USB-Client): Mouse, Keyboard, MIDI Devices

Grove Ecosystem

  • 300+ Grove modules to explore with IoT
  • Two onboard multi-functional Grove ports can be used for Digital, Analog, I2C, and PWM

Raspberry Pi 40-pin Compatible

  • Can be mounted to a Raspberry Pi as a slave device
  • Raspberry Pi’s HAT can be used with an adapter cable

Software Support

  • Arduino
  • MicroPython
  • ArduPy
  • AT Firmware
  • Visual Studio Code


More information about the Wio terminal, including the price and features, can be found on the product’s page and on seeed’s product announcement page.

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About Emmanuel Odunlade

Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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