Espressif Systems ESP8266 – a low cost WiFi chipset supporting MicroPython and Lua

Espressif Systems offers the ESP8266, a low cost WiFi chipset with a full TCP/IP stack and sufficient CPU and RAM to run applications on the same chipset.

Development SDKs for the ESP8266 include a tailored Aruduino IDE, a MicroPython implementation and NodeMCU, an implementation of the popular low overhead Lua environment.

Low cost development boards with the ESP8266 are available from Adafruit and Seeed Studio.

Author: Ed Kuzemchak

Ed Kuzemchak is the Chief Technology Officer and Director of IoT and Embedded Systems Engineering at Software Design Solutions, an Applied Visions company. Prior to founding SDS in 2003, Ed gained his experience as chief software architect for the digital signal processing (DSP) tools group at Texas Instruments, as a member of the Tartan Laboratories highly optimizing compiler team, and as the lead for a compiler team at Raytheon. Ed holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is the author several patents on embedded systems software. His Erdos number is 5.