Wooden it matter?

There is a bunch of peripherals popping out since the first release of Pi, cases are the most flourishing business at the moment. Despite of some doomsday designs here and there, some virtually free self-made cases really shows something.

While most people didn’t recognise the inability of heat radiation under plastic structures even the official one, thank god, you can still found some common sense active cooling design.

Some would argue the low-power consumption and hence low heat generation within the Pi, I always think of longevity and the headlessness of this little thing. Automation means you mind nothing while your creation works as a charm, and the Pi is hot like a pie after 30 mins of video processing from a USB webcam. (will add some benchmarks later)

With some daily tools like drills and cutters, one could only work on light materials that is good to pierce screws in, that is easy to cut, and at least provides a degree of heat penetration.

And this is the best choice I could have found without a laser cutter myself. (OK I admit this is personal, I love natural materials.)

(image links to product page)

This is not GPIO friendly and the size restricts it from plugging any development boards or expansion boards directly in, but I can easily mod it for sure. 😉


RasPiComm v3

Nicely done, now take my money. 😛

Daniel Amesberger

I want to give you a short update about the RasPiComm progress. You’ll find the schematics of v3 below.

I reworked the whole board and rerouted it all. I tried to implement as much feature requests as I could while preserving the footprint.

I also decided to start working on a RasPiComm Plus board. It will be bigger and better! But it will not play in the same league pricewise.

But first things first, here are the changes I made:

  • Moved the backup battery out of the way. Now it does not collide with the DSI (S2) plug on the Raspberry Pi.
  • 5V tolerant inputs
  • pluggable terminals for power, RS232 and RS485
  • supressor diodes for the outputs. You can now directly connect relays to the outputs
  • output is now a pinheader. The RasPiComm focus is on serial communication. Sacrifice I had to made to get the pluggable terminal headers in.

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Good News! The all-in-one RasPiComm is getting closer

Daniel Amesberger

Thank you for all the views and responses on my original RasPiComm blogpost!

Here I want to explain the RasPiComm hardware. The software part will follow next week.
At the end of the post you will find the schematics of the RasPiComm version 1 and version 2.

If you are not interested in the RasPiComm hardware, take a look at the original RasPiComm blogpost!

Now, let’s start!

Version 1 vs. Version 2

As I mentioned in the first blogpost about the RasPiComm, I did two versions of the board. The first version had either one serial port OR an RS-232 port. I used the /dev/ttyAMA0 (TX on GPIO header pin 8 and RX on pin 10. You could either solder the MAX3232 for RS-232 or the MAX3483 for the RS-485 port. But there was another disadvantage: I used the GPIO1 (pin 12 on the GPIO header) for switching between…

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Devices are meant to be smaller

Raspberry Pi

Got my little raspi board last month, excited to explore its possibilities.

Not to be confused with some low level electronic boards like Arduino, this board is a fully functional computer designed to run a linux platform.

It’s hard for pure software engineers to even touch the soldering gun, but the excitement is just dragging me towards the electronics realm. (LOL)

Stay tuned.