The boards are back in town! Summer is here and we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the best hardware that is available in our store now.
The first LoFive board was a bit of a hooligan, so we sent it to QWERTY for an attitude adjustment. What they sent back was the LoFive R1, a more refined and friendlier introduction to the RISC-V ecosystem. Thanks to the latest SiFive FE310-G002 RISC-V MCU, the R1 has an additional I2C port and second UART, making it easier to add sensors and peripheral interfaces. Alongside those fancy new features is an updated PCB with castellated edges to help with mounting versatility.
Have you ever wanted to learn embedded Linux engineering through open source course work on hardware named after a baked potato topping? Of course you do, and we have just the product. BaconBits is a PocketBeagle mini-cape that comes standard with all sorts of tasty goodies such as an MCP driven emulated 7 segment LED display, I2C accelerometer, USB Host, and so much more. WARNING: DO NOT consume BaconBits, it cannot teach you embedded Linux when eaten, and will hurt a lot to chew.
PureThermal Mini Pro
Remember that time that GroupGets stopped innovating with the FLIR Lepton? Oh wait, that never happened because they've been doing it since the Lepton was a wee beta. Introducing the all new PureThermal Mini Pro, a more versatile and well, "pro" version of the smallest Lepton breakout board available. So, what did we change to make this already great board a pro? We ditched the micro USB connector for a more robust and lower-profile Molex connector and added through-holes in case you like your cables terminated with flying leads and solder. All of these improvements were made possible thanks to the feedback we received from the awesome Lepton development community. Keep giving us your great feedback so we can keep making great Lepton boards.
Hamamatsu C12880MA Spectrometer w/ Breakout
Had a long day at work, need to relax for a bit? Why not precisely measure wavelengths of light and output the data into convenient graphs that can be used for spectroscopy? Hamamatsu is the neighborhood name for doing just that with their C12880MA MEMS u-Spectrometer that is tastefully paired with our custom breakout board that lets you easily operate it with an Arduino. Did we mention the breakout board comes equipped with a laser, a freakin laser, you know...for doing lasery things? Don't shoot your eyes out kids.
Raspberry Pi Buffer Board
You will no longer sigh, or be forced to buy, when designing with Pi, we would not lie. Rhyming is hard. Elektor’s Raspberry Pi Buffer Board is like a custom tailored suit of body armor for your cherished credit card sized computer. Protecting against high voltage, and port crippling electrostatic discharge, this buffer board enables daring experiments without any of the risk.