Cupertino, CA, USA – September 22, 2017 – Sequent Microsystems, a tech startup from Cupertino, CA has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new I/O expansion card for the Raspberry Pi platform. Loaded with inputs, outputs, and relays, the card targets the booming DIY Home Automation market. According to the KS page, the card attempts to integrate as many Home Automation functions as possible into the small, credit card format of the Raspberry Pi.
Shipment of these cards is expected by March 2018 and the company has already exceeded its Kickstarter campaign goal due to the overwhelming response.
“Basic Home Automation functions like HVAC, security, irrigation, and soil humidity detection usually require multiple I/O’s, relays, analog inputs and a tangle of cables in between”, says Mihai Beffa, Sequent’s CEO. “We integrate all these functions into a single, compact an affordable stackable platform”.
The Mega-IO card features eight relays, eight 12-bit A/D channels with sample rate of up to 1 Mbps, one 12-bit D/A output, eight optically isolated inputs, four open collector outputs, and six general purpose I/O’. With a MSRP of $39, the first tier of the Kickstarter campaign of 200 pieces at an introductory price of $25 has been exhausted within a few days. As of today, a limited number of four-packs which can support all the functions of a smart home is still available for $96, and a limited number of Mega-IO cards are also available for $29.
The key specifications of the Raspberry Pi Mega-IO Expansion Card include:
- 8x relays rated at 10A/250V (the card itself is rated at 5A/48V)
- 8-channel 12-bit ADC
- 12-bit DAC
- 8-channel optically isolated inputs
- 4x 16V/140mA open collector outputs
- 6x GPIOs
- 23x free GPIOs carried through from Raspberry Pi
- Fully configurable interrupts
The Mega-IO has been nominated a “Project we Love” by Kickstarter and with a few days to go it has exceeded the funding goal by more than 150%.
To participate in the fundraising on Kickstarter for the card, please visit: www.kickstarter.com/projects/mbeffa/raspberry-pi-mega-io-expansion-card or contact via email at: email@example.com
To find out more about the solution, please visit the company website at: www.sequentmicrosystems.com/