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We have had this RasWIK kit from Ciseco fro a while now and now Christmas has come finally I have time

to have a go opening the kit up and going through the online instructions for the first 17 or so pre-worked

experiments and the further guided projects demonstrating Ciseco's Radio module based on the Chipcon/TI

c1110 chipset

First up the "unboxing"



Further information on the Kit can be found here
RasWIK product information
RasWIK project instructions here:

If you are in the area of Edinburgh Hackerspace you may fancy dragging one of your technophobe

relatives to one of the Arduino Workshops been held in January.


Soldering Workshop: Saturday 11th January 2:30 – 5pm




Arduino Workshop: Saturday 1st February 10:30 - 5pm

£35/£40 (+ £20 for Arduino)



So any one who failed dismally on the Xmas present front can have another go.

Currently involved  with the rather fun PiNoir & Santa Catcher Challenge one

of the main Components for the Challenge Kit is the PIFace Control & Display


We wanted to know what's inside and what's connected to what but unfortunately

the 16x2 LCD is soldered to the main PCB. Fortunately I have a good de-solder tool to hand

and a few minutes latter we had this.



First thing you see is the 16 bit SPI port expander from Microchip MCP23S17




From a set of very close photos I'm taking an educated guess the IR Receiver (SV2)  is a Vishay TSOP 34438.

Take a look at the data sheet and the drawing below to get an idea of how it's connected..


I've done a check over with the multimeter and checked the continuity and values where appropriate and I feel they are

more or less right .. please contact us with any comments or corrections ..cheers


Here's the Johnny CAD drawing and yes I know I can't draw !!

PiFace Control and Display.png