Adafruit bears Raspberry Pi prototyping kit

An add-on prototyping kit for Raspberry Pi is available from US-based hobbyists website Adafruit.

Designed to snap-on to the Pi PCB, the prototyping plate has both breadboard style and perfboard style areas for wiring up DIP chips and sensors. The GPIO/I2C/SPI and power pins are broken out to 0.1in edge stips.

At the edges of the prototyping area, the pins are also connected to 3.5mm screw-terminal blocks.

“This makes it easy to semi-permanently wire in sensors and LEDs,” said Adafruit.

Thare is also an SOIC surface mount chip breakout area for devices not in DIP format.

“With custom header breakouts that are taller than usual, the proto plate sits above the metal connectors, out of the way and allows for plenty of workspace. We’ll have stackable header kits as well for those who want to put multiple plates on top,” said the supplier.

Set up by a group of high-flying Cambridge techies, the Raspberry Pi Foundation aims to inspire a generation of programmers by putting competent low-cost hardware into the hands of children and teenagers, much in the way that Sinclair computers did in the 1980s.

The ARM11-based computer is the size of a credit card and simply plugs into a TV or monitor, a keyboard and a mouse to form a potent Linux computer with powerful graphics. More Raspberry Pi details here.

There are two versions: Model A ($25) and B ($35), with the B having two instead of one USB 2.0 ports and Ethernet.

“Raspberry Pi provides a revolutionary low cost platform, which opens up programming to a whole new audience. We are very honoured to have been chosen to work with the Foundation as a distribution partner at the launch of this exciting new tool,” said Glenn Jarrett, head of marketing at RS.

Both RS and Farnell, which also trades as Element14, have active community websites – respectively: DesignSpark and element14 community.

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