Product review – A Slice of Pi

1. Introduction:

This nice little breakout board initially seemed like it might not be worth a post but it has been one of the most useful, versatile and helpful bit’s of kit in my “Pi maker box” and comes with the added benefit of being very well made as well as extremely reasonably priced.

 

2. A closer look:

The whole thing comes as a “solder at home” kit but if you’ve ever seen a soldering iron up close you should be ok as assembly is limited to soldering the headers in place.

The layout is very convenient and after assembly the following is broken out and easily accessible:

  • 8pin header row for the SPI and I2C pins (2.54mm pitch)
  • 8pin header row for the Raspberry PI’s 8 general purpose I/O pins (2.54mm pitch)
  • Solder pads for 3v3, 5v0, GND, RX & TX
  • XBee style connector for XRF / XBee / RN-XV / XBT / RF-BEE
  • Small prototyping area

Sliceofpi_top

 

The little shield then get’s connected to the Raspberry Pi’s main pin header. Size matches with the original board which makes it a neat companion in enclosures. The board is propped up by one of the capacitors opposite of the main header row, a little bit of isolating tape on top of said connector or double sided sticky tape I found works very well.

Sliceofpi_side

 

3. Shopping links:

If you’re tempted you can get your “Slice of pi” directly from Ciseco. Cost is very reasonable at £3.90 which includes VAT but excludes shipping.

 

Various alternative suppliers exist but all appear to be more expensive than Ciseco:

CPC/Farnell
Maplin
Hobbytronics
ModMyPi

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  1. Product review: a Slice of Pi for #RaspberryPi | Raspberry PiPod
  2. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyhow, just wanted to say excellent blog!

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