RasPiGNSS successor “Aldebaran” in production

We are excited to announce that the successor of the successful RasPiGNSS “Cook” device is now in production. The RasPiGNSS “Aldebaran” GNSS expansion board exhibits the same features – and some more – as the “Cook” device, while staying nearly hardware- and software compatible. The only omission is the magnetic reed contact, which has hardly ever been used. The board design has been improved to fit the layout of the Raspberry Pi A+ and B+ models, such that it can now be stacked and even secured with mounting screws and spacers directly to the Raspberry Pi board.

The RasPiGNSS “Aldebaran” features:

  • The latest version of the NVS NV08C-CSM GNSS chip (currently v4.1), compatible with the GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, and BEIDOU satellite systems.
  • Three red/yellow/green status LEDs, now with improved luminosity.
  • Two tactile push-buttons.
  • A connector to the second UART port of the NV08C-CSM, allowing external connection to other devices needing position information, e.g. for drones.
  • A display connector allowing the connection of a HD44780-compatible LCD display, e.g. for immediate position and status display on the device itself.
  • An I2C connector allowing the connection of any I2C device like RTCs, IMUs, ADCs, etc., with nearly endless possibilities. I2C pull-up resistors are also provided, which may be enabled through solder jumpers on the board if needed.
  • An SPI connector allowing the connection of any SPI device like ethernet or WiFi cards, generic MCU programming, etc.

We will publish information on how to use all those new exciting features of the board after the board is available for purchase. We expect the RasPiGNSS “Aldebaran” to be available for purchase in the online shop within the next few weeks – all at the same price as the previous RasPiGNSS module. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to inquire.

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