Expansion board boost for Raspberry Pi

20th November 2013
Mick Elliott

element14 has announced global availability of the Gertduino expansion board for the Raspberry Pi computer. Gertduino is an Arduino-Uno like board that was created by Gert van Loo, the inventor of the Gertboard. Gertduino is Arduino compatible and plugs directly onto the Raspberry Pi. 

It features dual Atmel Atmega MCUs, -328 and -48, both of which can be programmed from the Raspberry Pi using the Arduino GUI or the GCC Atmel compiler. Gertduino is feature rich and includes a Real Time Clock (RTC), IRDA interface, RS232 level converter and a battery back-up power supply for the Atmega-48.

Priced at $29.99 and supplied with free to download software and tutorials, the Gertduino is available from Farnell element14 in Europe and CPC in the UK and Ireland, Newark element14 and MCM in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.

“Gertduino is focused on education and development use and I created the board to help leverage the combined power of the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino developer communities,” said Gert van Loo, SoC Architect at Broadcom and designer of the original Gertboard and the Gertduino.  “You can now connect the Gertduino and therefore the Raspberry Pi to almost every Arduino Shield that’s available, so the development potential is simply enormous.”   

David Shen, Chief Technical Officer for element14, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Gert van Loo and support the development and global launch of his latest board level product.  The original Gertboard remains massively popular amongst educators, students and developers and we are committed to helping make Gertduino equally successful.”

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