Photon Low Flash memory

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#1

Photon is a great product, unfortunately, it only has 128K of program memory.
There are no guidelines in the documentation on how to add external Flash to expand program memory.
I am publicly asking good folks at Particle to please add this information in their documentation
Thank you


#2

@kazem, there is no way to expand the program flash externally on any Particle device.


#3

I am so so sorry to hear that.
May be smart engineers at Particle would want to design another Photon with much larger
program memory


#4

There have been some talks about facilitating the OTA flash area to allow a bigger application to be stored there, but of course that would also mean only wired updates will be possible.


#5

Thanks ScrufR, how soon is it coming out
Oh yes I am working on my profile picture


#6

That won’t be an official feature at any time (AFAICT) but something you’d need to tweak your system into.
I can’t quite remember where but there are some discussions on this forum that should be searchable.

I could only find this one here


#7

It took quite a bit of effort having no help other than the source code to look at but I did manage to wrangle that factory backup area into a space I could use for a permanent library. So it can be done. Sadly I feel it is all for nothing now that P1’s are no longer available and no Xenon SoM exists and particle is not responding to inquiries about this.

@kazem For hobby or for apps requiring only simply firmware, this is a great platform with a very helpful community. But it is not a shoe-in for all developments, I would take a very long hard look at the particle system as well as the company before deciding your are comfortable with the combination of features and lack thereof.