IO Pi Plus

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The IO Pi Plus is a 32 channel digital expansion board designed for use on the Raspberry Pi.

The board is based around the MCP23017 16-bit I/O expander from Microchip Technology Inc. A pair of MCP23017 expanders are included on the board allowing you to connect up to 32 digital inputs or outputs to the Raspberry Pi.

The IO Pi Plus is powered through the host Raspberry Pi using the GPIO port and extended pins on the GPIO connector allow you to stack the IO Pi Plus along with other expansion boards.

This product requires a soldering iron and solder to fit header pins and connectors.

Features

  • 32 Digital Inputs/Outputs
  • Control via the Raspberry Pi I2C port
  • Stack up to 4 IO Pi boards on a single Raspberry Pi
  • Solder jumper selectable I2C addresses
  • External 5V Input with isolation solder jumper
  • Based on the MCP23017 from Microchip Technologies Inc
  • Configurable interrupt output pins - Configurable as active-high, active-low or open-drain
  • INTA and INTB can be configured to operate independently or together
  • Configurable interrupt source - Interrupt-on-change from configured register defaults or pin changes
  • Polarity Inversion register to configure the polarity of the input port data

The I2C address bits are selectable using the on-board solder jumpers. The MCP23017 supports up to 8 different I2C addresses so with two MCP23017 devices on each IO Pi you can stack up to 4 IO Pi boards on a single Raspberry Pi giving a maximum of 128 I/O ports.

The IO Pi includes a 5V port that can be isolated from the Raspberry Pi via an isolation solder jumper marked "Link" on the PCB so you can use a separate high current power supply to power the IO Pi reducing the load on the Raspberry Pi. Use of an external supply is recommended if you plan on connecting more than one IO Pi Plus to your Raspberry Pi. The 5V input is compatible with our 5mm screw terminals.

To use the IO Pi Plus externally from the Raspberry Pi you will need to connect the 3.3V (Pin 1), SDA (Pin 3), SCL (Pin 5) and Ground (Pin 6) pins from the Raspberry Pi GPIO header to the corresponding pins on the IO Pi Plus.  The 5V pin will also need to be connected if you are not using an external 5V power supply.

Specifications

Vdd (5V pin on I2C bus) 2.7V - 5.5V
All digital inputs and outputs 0 - Vdd
Current at I/O Pin (sourced or sunk) 25 mA
Maximum current on a single I/O Bank
(1 MCP23017 device)
125 m

Assembly

The IO Pi Plus is supplied with the 40 pin GPIO connector unsoldered. Before using the IO Pi Plus you will need to solder the connector onto the PCB. The power link and I2C address selection are configured using solder jumpers. For your convenience we supply the IO Pi Plus with the power link jumper and one address selection jumper pre-soldered.

The digital input pads are spaced 2.54mm apart. You can solder wires directly to the board or use 2.54mm pitch headers. The IO Pi Plus is compatible with 20 pin IDC vertical and right angle headers allowing you to use ribbon cables to connect your external devices to the board.

To install the IO Pi simply press the 40 pin connector down onto the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins with the board sat over the top of the Raspberry Pi.

If you are installing more than one IO Pi on a single Raspberry Pi board then you will need to configure the address select jumpers for each IO Pi.

Remove the isolation jumper when connecting an external power supply to the 5V port.

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