NEW PRODUCT – W25Q80BV – 1 MByte SPI Flash. This adorable little DIP chip has a megabyte of flash storage. It’s solid-state and less expensive than an SD card, and has more storage than your microcontroller’s EEPROM. Perfect for when you want to store or retreive up to 1 Megabyte of data. Use any microcontroller with SPI. This is a 3.3V part so you’ll need to power it with 3.3VDC and use a level shifter if controlling with a 5V micro such as an Arduino. A 74LVC245 or 4-transistor level shifter will do quite nicely!
We usually think of the Adafruit Trinket as a tiny subset of a “real” Arduino; less RAM, less code space, less I/O. But this little chip has a couple tricks up its sleeve, things its larger brethren can’t do. One of these is a high-speed PWM mode. With just a few extra components this can be used for audio output. Not simply piezo beeps and buzzes…actual sampled digital sound!
You could make an electronic greeting card with your own customized message or song, add a background soundtrack to a model train diorama, or create the world’s smartest whoopee cushion.