Adafruit’s Prototyping Pi Plate boosts functions of Raspberry Pi

You may already have received your Raspberry Pi single-board computer or will be waiting for its delivery. What you plan to do with this debit card sized embedded computer? Perhaps, like most others you may also intend to do some funny computer projects with it. For this, Adafruit’s inventive Prototyping Pi Plate Kit is now also getting ready for you. The kit can easily be snapped onto your Raspberry’s PCB to bring you enhanced prototyping goodness to help make building on the Pi.

Adafruit Prototyping Pi Plate
Adafruit Prototyping Pi Plate

Adafruit has designed its Pi Plate Kit with lots of essential goodies. First of all, you will be lucky to get a great prototyping area, which has two halves with one housing 'breadboard' style and the other having ‘perfboard' style. It will let you easily wire up sensors, DIP chips and others utilities for more reliability.

Further, the Adafruit prototyping plate houses the GPIO/I2C/SPI and power pins on one edge. They are broken out to 0.1-inch stips so that you can easily link to them. The pins connect to 3.5mm screw-terminal blocks making it easy to semi-permanently fix LEDs, sensors, etc. Finally, there is an SOIC surface mount chip on the little space over the metal connectors, which will help wire up chips that don’t have DIP format.

Raspberry Pi single-board computer
Raspberry Pi single-board computer

According to Adafruit, what all its Pi Plate Kit will realize for you is a nice experience with the Raspberry Pi. The Plate allows the Raspberry Pi users to enjoy a plenty of workplace and lots of other capabilities. The Pi is a single-board computer from the UK firm the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The device is meant to help students learn the basics of computer science.

The Pi single board computer runs on a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC that mounts an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz CPU. There is a VideoCore IV GPU, 256MB of RAM and an SD card memory for booting and storage. The Raspberry Pi Foundation sells two different versions of the computer for $25 and $35.

Via: Engadget/Adafruit

© 2012, Gizmowatch. Some rights reserved.