Add 5V I/O capabilities to your Raspberry Pi Model A+ or B+Designed by land-boards, Ships from United States of America
As seen on Kickstarter What is it? The RasPi-Plus-GVS card allows your Raspberry Pi Model B Plus to communicate with 5V devices by performing voltage translation from the 3.3V of the Raspberry Pi B...Read More…
The RasPi-Plus-GVS card allows your Raspberry Pi Model B Plus to communicate with 5V devices by performing voltage translation from the 3.3V of the Raspberry Pi B plus to the 5V of most GVS parts.
The RasPi-GVS card provides Ground, Voltage and Signal (GVS) connections to all of your 5V devices so you don't have to worry about power and ground routing from the Raspberry Pi 5V power signals. The card also breaks out the GPIO lines on the extended connector into 3.3V GVS connectors.
This board is modeled on the Arduino Sensor Shields, also known as GVS shields. Arduino Sensor Shields bring out the pins of the Arduino to GVS (set of Ground, Voltage and Signal) pins. Note: This card only works with the latest Raspberry Pi B Plus card. This is the card with four USB connectors and the Micro SD card. We also have a Sensor Connection Card for the earlier Model B (not B+) Raspberry Pi.
Like a lot of folks we got excited when the Raspberry Pi was first announced. We couldn't wait to get our hands on our first board. When our chance came to get a Pi we also bought a prototyping board so we could connect up our own devices to the Pi. We anxiously awaited the arrival of our card. It felt like our card would never arrive.
While we were waiting, we dug deeper and found out that the Raspberry is limited to 3.3V I/O and we realized that the GVS devices we already have for our Arduinos are 5V parts that would not work with our Raspberry Pi. Sure we could adapt one of the 3.3V to 5V converters out there but that sounded like a lot of work. What we really wanted was a way to allow our 5V GVS parts to connect to the Raspberry Pi without a lot of hand wiring but we couldn't find a card out there that does the 3.3V to 5V voltage conversion that our 5V parts need.
Add to that the recent announcement of the new Raspberry Pi Model B Plus which has additional GPIO pins. The new board increases the USB port count from 2 to 4 which makes perfect sense to us since we like to connect a keyboard, mouse and wireless adapter to our Raspberry Pi.
There were no cards out there so we designed a card to meet our needs, the RasPi-Plus-GVS.
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