element14 launches blade to power multiple Raspberry Pis

Development distributor, element14, announces exclusive global availability of the BitScope Blade range, which allows multiple Raspberry Pis to be powered.

BitScope Blades are designed for building scalable computing solutions, from standalone servers, routers and workstations to full compute clusters, private clouds, networked physical computing and Industrial IoT systems.

Every Blade can be used with simple plug packs, 12V batteries, solar power systems, low cost UPS and passive Power over Ethernet (PoE) up to 48V. They may be used individually on the desktop, wall mounted or multiple Blades may be installed in racks for large scale deployment. Blades offer full access to Raspberry Pi I/O for displays, cameras, keyboards, expansion boards and peripherals including BitScopes, Raspberry Pi HATs and the Raspberry Pi 7inch touchscreen display. 

Three editions are available. The BitScope Blade Uno is for power and mounting one Raspberry Pi computer and optional HAT. It is designed for makers, students and engineers using the Raspberry Pi.

The BitScope Blade Duo is a desktop, rack- or wall-mountable power and mounting verion for a pair of Raspberry Pi computers. It can be used for building a reliable standalone desktop and server system with the Raspberry Pi.

The BitScope Blade Quattro is a desktop, rack- or wall-mountable power and mounting solution for four Raspberry Pi computers. It is suitable for creating compute clusters, private clouds or build farms with the Raspberry Pi.

According to Claire Doyle, global head of Raspberry Pi and single board computing for element14, said: “The BitScope Blade. . .  has the potential to create a step-change in opportunities within the industrial sector, and facilitate a revolution in the use of single board computers within industry”

Bruce Tulloch, CEO of BitScope Designs, said: “Our experience working with hundreds industrial customers using BitScope with Raspberry Pi demonstrated the key problem most of them faced was finding a cost-effective, reliable and scalable power and mounting solution for Raspberry Pi and its accessories. BitScope Blade is our solution, customised specifically to the needs of our industrial, commercial and educational customers.”


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