Electronics DIY firm Adafruit is adding its own special twist to the coveted $25 Raspberry Pi computer, announcing its own Prototyping Pi Plate Kit, to enable tinkerers to try their hands at home-made embedded projects.
The Pi Plate can snap onto the Pi PCB to offer users all kinds of prototypes to use with their mini-linux machine, including the ability to wire up DIP chips, sensors, and more.
Raspberry Pi, a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools, only recently began shipping and has seen a huge surge of interest from electronics hobbyists and professionals alike.
Adafruit said it had divided the prototyping area up so as to offer one half "breadboard" style and the other "perfboard" style.
The firm has also made it easy to connect up to the board with all the GPIO/I2C/SPI and power pins along the edges of the prototype area broken out to 0.1-inch strips. The firm said all of the pins were also connected to 3.5-mm screw-terminal blocks, making it simpler to semi-permanently wire in things like sensors and LEDs.
With the little space left, Adafruit also added an SOIC surface mount chip breakout area, for those chips that dont come in DIP format.
“The nice thing about this plate is we're getting custom header breakouts that are taller than usual, so that the proto plate sits above the metal connectors, out of the way and allows for plenty of workspace,” said the firm on its website, adding that it had stackable header kits for those interested in adding multiple plates, too.
Unfortunately, the firm says it is still testing the plate with Raspberry Pi and will only release it once it has been thoroughly put through its paces. Pricing on the plate has also yet to be set, but will hopefully not far outstrip the low-cost ARM GNU/Linux Raspberry Pi box itself.