9 months ago

Strato Pi makes Raspberry Pi more professional

Pi add-on boards from Strato Pi add RTC, serial interfaces, buzzers, more LEDs and a hardware watchdog for maximum reliability

At the launch event for the Raspberry Pi 3, Eben Upton revealed that there were plenty of industry customers for the Raspberry Pi, making up a significant percentage of those who have contributed to the eight million total of Raspberry Pis sold. Recently, Sfera Labs has launched a new line of Raspberry Pi add-on boards called Strato Pi designed for the professional applications these Pis are being used for.

The Strato Pi comes in two forms, the Base Board and the UPS. The Base Board has a long list of features so instead of editorialising them we’re just going to list them out:

  • 9-28Vdc power supply, with surge and reverse polarity protection
  • real time clock with on-board lithium back-up battery
  • standard RS-232 and RS-485 interfaces to the Raspberry Pi serial line, with opto-isolator and electrostatic discharge protection
  • on-board buzzer, connected to an I/O pin of the Raspberry Pi board, for acoustic feedback
  • on-board LEDs for power supply and serial line activity
  • power supply and serial connections on a screw terminal block

Which is a lot of great stuff you don’t usually get on the Pi. The UPS board also adds an integrated uninterruptible power supply, UPS status and controls and a hardware watchdog. The watchdog is fully integrated into the board and independent of the Pi.

There’s also a pre-assembled server versions of the Strato Pis that come fully tested on Pi.

You can find out more information on the Strato Pi website. It’s definitely worth a look for more high-end uses of the Raspberry Pi.

  • BLMac

    That’s great info, but you should really explain why this sort of thing is a good idea and what it does. (Bearing in mind you’re talking to a lot of young folk who have never heard of those sort of boards)

    ie, talk to the smart 8-10 year olds.

  • Scott Bridges

    All of the features listed make it sound pretty great for turning a Pi into an alarm system, a time-clock (by adding a magstrip reader) or any of other various things, but the base price must be indicative of its ‘professional’ nature. It needs a turboencabulator.