Roboteq, Inc. (www.roboteq.com)
introduces the most versatile and capable I/O expansion card ever made
for the ultra-popular Raspberry PI Single Board Computer.
Roboteq's RIO - for Raspberry I/O - stacks on top of the Raspberry to
create an amazingly powerful embedded control and navigation computer in
a small footprint of just 65 x 85 x 20mm. Thanks to RIO, the 700MHz
Raspberry PI can now be used to create powerful and very cost effective
solutions for use in robotics, industrial & home automation, data
acquisition and control, or any other computing application requiring
interfacing to the real world.
RIO significantly expands the Raspberry's limited I/O capabilities by
adding 13 inputs that can be configured as Digital inputs, as 0-5V
Analog inputs with 12-bit resolution, or as Pulse inputs capable of
pulse width, duty cycle or frequency capture. Eight Digital outputs are
provided for driving loads up to 1A each at up to 24V.
RIO includes a 32-bit ARM Cortex M4 MCU for processing and buffering the
I/O, creating a seamless communication with the Raspberry. The RIO
processor can be user programmed using a simple, but powerful Basic-like
programming language to perform logic, conditioning and other processing
of the I/O, in real time, thus relieving the Raspberry of these
low-level functions. On the Linux side, RIO comes with drivers and a
function library for configuring and accessing the I/O quickly, and for
seamlessly exchanging data with the Raspberry.
RIO also features several communication interfaces, including an RS232
serial port for connecting to standard serial devices, a TTL serial port
for connecting to Arduino and other Microcontrollers not equipped with
RS232 transceiver, and a CANbus interface.
A version of RIO is available with motion sensors, including 3 axis
accelerometer, 3 axis gyroscope, 3 axis magnetometer, and a fusion
algorithm for creating a precise Attitude and Heading Reference System
(AHRS). Added to Roboteq's extensive offering of motor controllers, the
RIO-AHRS opens a world of applications in sea, land or airborne unmanned
robotics vehicles applications.
The RIO card includes a DCDC converter for powering the Raspberry, RIO
and external sensors, from a 8V to 30V DC power source.
RIO is available now from Roboteq and its resellers in two versions:
RIO-BASIC for $85, and the RIO-AHRS for $175 in single quantity.
Detailed product information, including a datasheet, can be found at http://www.roboteq.com/index.php/products/navigation-computers/rio-ahrs-detail.
A video demonstration can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=cFqNjndLtqg.
Founded in 2002 by experts in embedded computing and power electronics,
Roboteq's mission is to develop products and technologies that allow
novices and professionals alike to build innovative, flexible and
affordable mobile robots. Roboteq controllers are now used in over 3,000
original robot designs around the world.
HighRes Photo available at http://www.roboteq.com/images/stories/virtuemart/product/rio.jpg
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