Arduino compatible chipKIT Pi Expansion Board, from Microchip and e14

September 18, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Developed by distributor element14 in partnership with Microchip Technology and in collaboration with volunteers from the chipKIT and Arduino communities, the chipKIT Pi Expansion Board enables users to create, compile and program Arduino sketch-based chipKIT applications within the Raspberry Pi operating system.

The board will support development of 3.3V Arduino compatible applications for the Raspberry Pi using a 32-bit, high-performance MCU, giving access to the PIC32 MCU’s performance, memory and integrated peripherals. By interfacing directly to the Raspberry Pi I/O Expansion header, users can take advantage of the large repository of available Arduino tutorials and reference materials in creating a wide array of designs.

Pre-registration is available for the chipKIT Pi Expansion Board, priced at $28, which will be available in the final week of September from Farnell element14 in Europe (Newark element14 and MCM in North America, CPC in the UK and Ireland, and element14 in Asia Pacific).

element14’s chipKIT Pi Expansion Board is the first to enable the development of 3.3V Arduino compatible applications for the Raspberry Pi using a 32-bit, high-performance MCU in a prototyping-friendly package. This open source tool enables users to benefit from the PIC32 MCU’s high performance, memory and integrated peripherals while using the basic hobbyist prototyping equipment that is found in most home workshops.

The chipKIT Pi can interface directly to the Raspberry Pi I/O Expansion header without any additional components, reducing both cost and design complexity. Users can also tap into the large repository of available Arduino tutorials, reference materials, curriculum and more, to create a diverse array of designs.

Element14; www.premierfarnell.com