Increased connectivity for Raspberry Pi with the PiRack carrier card

August 06, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
From element14, the PiRack carrier card connects multiple I/O to boards to the Raspberry Pi, expanding development potential and simplifying use of I/O boards in parallel with the Pi Camera

element14 in collaboration with Dr Andrew Robinson, creator of PiFace Digital, has launched PiRack, a carrier card that allows users to connect multiple I/O boards, including Embedded Pi and PiFace Digital to the Raspberry Pi. PiRack’s ability to connect up to four expansion boards makes it ideal for educational uses and offers users increased flexibility in development projects. One PiRack can host four expansion boards but it can also be daisy-chained to provide even more expansion. 


PiRack is part of the PiFace Series of products and can be used with most I/O expansion boards compatible with the Raspberry Pi I/O header. By taking I/O expansion boards directly off the Raspberry Pi, PiRack also enables the popular Pi Camera module to be easily used in parallel with expansion boards that control motors or host sensors. Users can select which board they want to interface with and, as the PiRack can be powered separately using jumper selections, it doesn’t have to draw power from the Raspberry Pi.


“We’ve been working with Andrew to create products that extend the potential for developers using the Raspberry Pi, and PiRack is a great new addition to the ecosystem,” said Claire Doyle, Global Head of Raspberry Pi at element14. “Every time we launch a new ecosystem product we are blown away with the brilliant ideas people come up with. With the added value of the Raspberry Pi Group on our element 14 Community, we’re not just providing the equipment, we’re also supporting an invaluable online resource for anyone to discuss, share and develop their ideas involving Raspberry Pi.”

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