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ESP32 Development Board with NMEA 2000 & NMEA 0183 HAT

Posted by Wilfried Voss on

The ESP32 processor, integrating peripherals such as UART, CAN Bus, WIFI, and Bluetooth, allows a wide range of applications, and the low price adds to its popularity. 

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There are various ESP32 development boards available in the market, such as the ESP32-WROOM-32, as shown to the left. However, compared to popular systems like the Raspberry Pi or Arduino, the hardware resources, i.e., additional peripherals, are limited. 

Consequently, the thought of tapping into the vast resources of the Raspberry Pi or Arduino system makes sense. 

The above picture demonstrates the setup that I used to connect an NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 HAT with an ESP32 development board.

But, first of all, let me refer to two previous posts I wrote on the topic:

PICAN-M - NMEA 0183 & NMEA 2000 HAT For Raspberry Pi With SMPS

In the above setup, I am using our PICAN-M Board. The PICAN-M (M = Marine) is a  Raspberry Pi HAT with NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 connection. The NMEA 0183 (RS422) port is accessible via a 5-way screw terminal. The NMEA 2000 port is accessible via a Micro-C connector. The board comes with a 3A SMPS (Switch Mode Power Supply), allowing to power the Raspberry Pi plus HAT from an onboard power source (12 VDC).

The above referenced posts explain the SPI connection between the ESP32 and the HAT. So, please take your time to read them for more information.

The software I used is available at:

Another helpful resource is the  PICAN-M schematics (PDF) as it shows the SPI connection plus the power sources for 5 VDC and 3.3 VDC. It also shows the serial connection (RX, TX) to connect to the NMEA 0183 port.

For more information on the NMEA 0183 port, see also my post:
Testing NMEA 0183 For The PICAN-M - NMEA 0183 & NMEA 2000 HAT For Raspberry Pi...

Last, but not least, I am adding the ESP32 Dev Kit Pinout. Naturally, you can use any other ESP32 system for the same application, but please assure that you have all necessary signals available.

Electronics Projects with the ESP8266 and ESP32: Building Web Pages, Applications, and WiFi Enabled DevicesElectronics Projects with the ESP8266 and ESP32: Building Web Pages, Applications, and WiFi Enabled Devices

Copperhill Technologies highly recommends using this book for your wireless application projects. Yes, many good books and free online resources are available these days, but this is the book we are using. It made our approach to Bluetooth, BLE, and WIFI a breeze. Programming wireless applications without hassles was fun, and we will share them on this web page.

Projects throughout the book utilize the wireless functionality and processing power of the ESP microcontrollers. Projects are built in the Arduino IDE, so you don't need to download other programming software. In addition, mobile apps are now ubiquitous, making the app build projects of the book very relevant, as are the web page design projects.

In Electronics Projects with the ESP8266 and ESP32, you'll see how easy and practical it is to access information over the internet, develop web pages, build mobile apps to remotely control devices with speech recognition, or incorporate Google Maps in a GPS route tracking app. More Information...