RoboPi

RoboPi – the most powerful Robot controller for the Raspberry Pi

RoboPi adds an eight-core 32-bit microcontroller running at 100Mhz to the Raspberry Pi in order to off-load hard real time I/O and allow more precise timing than Linux running on the Pi allows.

RoboPi is for all current Raspberry Pi Models:
2, Zero, Model A, Model A+, Model B, Model B+

Photo 1: Assembled RoboPi – note RoboPi is sold in unassembled kit form

RoboPi Features

  • Parallax Propeller P8X32 eight core 32 bit Risc microcontroller running at 100Mhz
  • Each of the eight cores provides up to 25MIPS as most instructions take only 4 clock cycles
  • three ten-pin Mikronauts I/O module expansion connectors (P0-P7, P8-P15, P16-P23)
  • 24 servo compatible headers on P0..P23
    • P0-P7 jumper selectable power from Pi’s 5VDC supply or external servo power supply
    • P8-P15 jumper selectable power from Pi’s 5VDC supply or external servo power supply
    • P16-P23 is powered by 5V from the Pi expansion header for sensors
  • Screw terminal for providing external power for Servo connectors P0-P15
  • 8 servo compatible headers for an eight channel 0-5V analog to digital converter with choice of
    • MCP3008 for 10 bit A/D conversion
    • MCP3208 for 12 bit A/D conversion
  • Choice of 256Kbit or 512Kbit boot EEPROM for the Propeller
  • On-board voltage regulation providing 3.3V with power on LED from the 5V on the Pi header
  • 4 pin I2C expansion header for the Raspberry Pi
  • 4 pin I2C expansion header for the Propeller
  • 5 pin HCOM connector for use with PropPlug in stand alone operation (optional)
  • mounting holes matching Rev.2 Model A and Model B
  • Mikronauts EZasPi prototyping board can stack below RoboPi
  • Mikronauts Pi Jumper can stack on top of RoboPi
  • Mikronauts SchoolBoard ][ and other Propeller products are compatible with RoboPi

RoboPi is supported on the following Raspberry Pi’s:

  1. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (***NEW***)
  2. Raspberry Pi Model A
  3. Raspberry Pi Model B
  4. Raspberry Pi Model A+
  5. Raspberry Pi Model B+
  6. Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
  7. Raspberry Pi Zero

RoboPi is also supported on the following non-Raspberry Pi single board computers:

  1. Banana Pi
  2. Banana Pro
  3. LeMaker Guitar
  4. ODROID C1
  5. ODROID XU4 with Shifter Shield
  6. MIPS Creator CI20

More supported platforms will be added as we have time to qualify additional single board computers.

Photo 2: RoboPi stacked on top of a Model A Raspberry Pi

RoboPi is based on Mikronauts RoboProp advanced robot controller, and when configured to run at 100Mhz, with MCP3208 and 512Kb of EEPROM RoboPi can run RoboProp software that does not require the L298 motor driver or microSD card reader present on RoboProp.

Photo 3: RoboPi Sandwich – ingredients: RoboPi, EZasPi, RaspberryPi, EZasPi (B)

Talk about a lot of prototyping capabilities for your robots!

If you have any questions about RoboPi, please visit one of our RoboPi forums:

Downloads

Pricing & Availability

RoboPi is now available.

RoboPi is supplied in a kit form in order to be more cost effective for schools and individuals.

To buy samples, please click on this link to go to Mikronauts Ebay listings or email us to buy direct.

RoboPi Lite Kit: $24.95USD + s/h 

This package is intended for hobbyists who already have the IC’s, or schools/clubs/distributors who prefer to source their own integrated circuits.

– printed circuit board
– extra tall stacking header
– nylon spacers, screws, nuts for the two mounting holes
– 6.250MHz crystal
– all the parts EXECPT for Propeller, MCP3208, 24LC512
– DOES NOT INCLUDE A RASPBERY PI

RoboPi Lite+ Kit: $27.95USD + s/h

– everything included in the Lite Kit
– 24LC512 EEPROM pre-programmed with RoboPi firmware

RoboPi Full Kit: $49.95USD + s/h

– everything included in the Lite Kit
– Propeller P8X32A-D40 chip
– MCP3208 12 bit ADC
– 24LC512 EEPROM
– DOES NOT INCLUDE A RASPBERY PI

RoboPi Assembled & Tested: $99.95USD + s/h

– everything included in the Full Kit
– assembled and tested in Canada
– limited availability
– DOES NOT INCLUDE A RASPBERY PI

Shipping & Handling

  • Please contact us for non-US shipping rates for your desired product mix and quantity
  • for one only RoboPi Lite Kit s/h is $8.00USD to the continental US, no insurance, no tracking
  • for 1-4 RoboPi Lite kits s/h is $16.50 to the continental US, $100 insurance, tracking number provided (Tracked Small Packet)
  • for 1-2 RoboPi Full kits s/h is $16.50 to the continental US, $100 insurance, tracking number provided (Tracked Small Packet)
  • for 1 RoboPi Full kit AND 2 RoboPi Lite kits (3 kits total) s/h is $16.50 to the continental US, $100 insurance, tracking number provided (Tracked Small Packet)
  • for one only Assembled & Tested RoboPi s/h is $16.50 to the continental US, $100 insurance, tracking number provided (Tracked Small Packet)
  • Larger orders will ship Expedited Parcel, tracked, insured to order value – please inquire for exact shipping rate for your desired order.

 

Please contact me for shipping quotes for other destinations or for a larger number of kits with your address, as for larger quantities I use “Expedited Post” for which I need the destination and number of kits. At three kits and up, Expedited ends up costing less on a per-kit basis than the options above.

Shipping to Canada is somewhat cheaper (as Mikronauts based in Canada), shipping outside of North America costs more.

Quantity pricing is available for distributors and educational organizations.

RoboPi images for bloggers / reviewers.

RoboPi

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