BitScope Blade Uno
This box has been sat on my desk for a while now, just waiting for me to open it. Things always seem to get in the way, but I have finally found the time to unpack the contents and have a tinker with my BitScope Blade Uno.
The BitScope Blade is a flexible power and mounting system for the Raspberry Pi. There are currently 3 BitScope Blade options to choose from:-
- BitScope Blade Uno – for mounting a single Raspberry Pi and a single HAT/pHAT board
- BitScope Blade Duo – for mounting 2 Raspberry Pi boards
- BitScope Blade Quattro – for mounting 4 Raspberry Pi boards
Our board, the BitScope Blade Uno, is the only one of the 3 options that supports the mounting of a HAT/pHAT as well as the Raspberry Pi, but all the Blade options allow all the mounted boards to be powered from a single power supply. This power supply could be a standard power adaptor, a 12V battery, a UPS (uninterruptible power supply), or even Power over Ethernet.
The BitScope Blades also support full access to the Raspberry Pi GPIO, for each individual mounted Raspberry Pi, by means of the 26 pin Blade HUB CAP expansion headers on the reverse side of the Blade board.
There is also a 4 pin jumper on the reverse side of the board to allow the Raspberry Pi and HAT to be isolated from the power supply. This is particularly useful for the Duo and Quattro boards, as it allows individual Raspberry Pi boards to be powered down (for example when swapping an SD card).
We tried it out very successfully in a number of different configurations:-
Raspberry Pi A+ and Sense HAT
Raspberry Pi A+ and Scroll pHAT
Raspberry Pi 3 and Scroll pHAT
Raspberry Pi 3 with Pi PoE Switch HAT
In order to accommodate the Pi PoE Switch HAT, it was necessary to mount a 40 pin extended socket on top of the Pi PoE switch HAT, as without this extended socket there was insufficient clearance to attach the switch HAT to the BitScope Blade board.
For more information on the BitScope Blades, take a look at the BitScope web site.