Check the review by MagPi (the official Magazine of Raspberry Pi) of Maker pHAT:
- Hard to get started without additional devices (monitor, keyboard, and mouse). Beginners will either need to use additional devices or follow many steps just to get started. This may confuse them. For techies that want to know why, this is because it lacks an onboard USB to UART communication for your computer to get the IP address for SSH (headless), or to kick start configuration directly.
- Hard to get started with electronics. It doesn't come with any inputs or outputs, you will need to connect additional accessories to use it. Most beginners do not have basic knowledge of electronics. They will have a problem to understand the circuit diagram and connections needed when they first started learning. They will spend a substantial amount of time just to connect the wires and troubleshoot the connections.
- Hard to troubleshoot the GPIO. With just the raspberry pi, beginners face a common problem when learning electronics- difficulty in troubleshooting their circuit. This is because when it doesn't work, we do not know whether the problem is due to wire connection or coding.
- Access to GPIO is kind of difficult. There is no label on the pins, you need to search online to get the designated pin and know which pin to connect. For beginners, this definitely will make it harder for them to make the connection correctly.
- No easy way to properly shutdown using a switch. There is no programmable push button to enable proper shutdown through hardware. If the beginner turns off the power without properly shutting it down, the raspberry pi may not work the next time.
Introducing Our Solution: Maker pHAT
Maker pHAT enables configuring the Raspberry Pi from another computer via serial communication, without the need for additional monitor, keyboard and mouse.
The built-in status indicator LEDs, buzzer, and 3 programmable push buttons are able to help you get started making something easily!
Maker pHAT provides clear pin labels for Raspberry Pi's GPIO, including SPI, UART, I2C, 5V, 3.3V, and GND that make your life easier in physical computing.
Maker pHAT is compatible with:
- Raspberry Pi Zero V1.3 (will need to solder 2x20 header pin - NOT included can consider Straight Pin Header (Male) 2x40 Ways)
- Raspberry Pi Zero W (will need to solder 2x20 header pin - NOT included can consider Straight Pin Header (Male) 2x40 Ways)
- Raspberry Pi Zero WH (Ready for plug and use)
- Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+ (Will need 2x20 stacking header)
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ (Will need 2x20 stacking header)
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (Will need 2x20 stacking header)
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (Will need 2x20 stacking header)
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 1GB (Will need 2x20 stacking header)
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 2GB (Will need 2x20 stacking header)
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 4GB (Will need 2x20 stacking header)
- Raspberry Pi Zero size, stack perfectly on to Pi Zero Series of SBC (Single Board Computer).
- Compatible with standard size Raspberry Pi 3B/3B+/4B1GB/4B2GB/4B4GB, medium size Raspberry Pi 3A+ and smaller size Raspberry Pi Zero/W/WH.
- Standard Raspberry Pi GPIO footprint.
- LED array for selected GPIO pins (GPIO 17, 18, 27, 22, 25, 12, 13, 19).
- 3x onboard programmable push buttons (GPIO 21, 19 and 20, need to configure as input pull up).
- Onboard active buzzer (GPIO 26).
- Proper label for all GPIOs, including SPI, UART, I2C, 5V, 3.3V, and GND.
- Utilize USB Micro-B socket for 5V input and USB to UART communication.
- USB serial facilitated by the CH340, Rev1.10 uses FT231X as the USB to UART
- Input voltage: USB 5V, from the computer, power bank or standard USB adapter.
- PURPLE PCB!
- User's Manual
- Schematic Rev1.00 (pdf)
- Schematic Rev1.10 (pdf)
- Sample Python Code (Github)
- CH340 Driver (Windows)
- CH340 Driver (MacOS)
- CH340 Driver (Linux) - Pre-installed
- FT231X Driver on Rev1.10 (Windows, Linux, and macOS)
- PuTTY - For serial terminal
- Raspberry Pi: Mengawal LED di Maker pHAT
- 1 x Maker pHAT
- 1 x 2x20 Stacking Header