Raspberry Pi enthusiasts that would like to add extra storage to their Raspberry Pi 2 single board mini PC, may be interested in a new Raspberry Pi Shield that has been created by Pi 2 Design.
The new Pi shield offers a multifunctional solid-state disk shield which has been specifically designed for the latest Raspberry Pi 2 mini PC and offers a range of features all in one compact shield. Features of the shield include :
– Full size Raspberry Pi 2 I/O Shield
– Two USB 2.0 ports for additional expansion
– PL2571 – USB to SATA Bridge controller
mSATA Socket for up to 1TB on-board storage
– GWF-3M08 WiFi Module (Based on Ralink RT5370) provides 802.11b/g/n for up to 150Mbps. On-Module IPEX connector allows for optimal antenna placement.
– DS1339 Real Time Clock with 16mm Coin Cell Battery Backup and Programmable Alarm.
– 1-Wire DS18B20 Temperature Sensor mounted below SSD to monitor health of drive.
– Additionally the DS18B20 has a unique 64-Bit ID that can be used to identify the shield.
– On-Board Wide-Input 5V @ 5.5A power supply, powers all peripherals as well as the Raspberry Pi 2.
Pi 2 Design the developers of the new Raspberry Pi 2 shield explain more about its design and inspiration :
Pi 2 Design is excited to introduce the first offering in a new line of Embedded and Media-based I/O shields for the popular Raspberry Pi 2. The CSB502SSD Multi-Function Solid State Drive shield allows users to create a low cost, high performance, embedded network storage device. The powerful combination of the CSB502SSD and the Raspberry Pi 2 lets you leverage the ever expanding RPi 2 ecosystem for a wide variety of Embedded, Data Storage, Medical and Industrial applications.
In addition to the mSATA SSD Socket (up to 1TB) the CSB502SSD provides key functionality to the Raspberry PI 2. This includes: 802.11b/g/n Wifi with Soft-AP support and u.FL jack for optimal antenna placement; Dual USB 2.0 with 1A power; On-Board wide-input (8V-24V) power supply delivers 27.5W (5V @ 5.5A) of power to all on-board peripherals and the Raspberry PI 2; Real Time Clock with removable battery back up insures proper time keeping even with spotty or no network access; finally, the Temperature Sensor with 64-bit ID allows the CSB502SSD to monitor the health of the SSD and provide a unique asset tag.
Jump over to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website to make a pledge from just $49 for early bird backers with delivery expected to take place during February 2016.