Start Date: 1/5/17 06:00 AM
End Date: 1/6/17 06:00 AM
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Build reliable industrial strength workstations, servers and cloud computing solutions with Raspberry Pi. BitScope Blade offers robust power & mounting for Raspberry Pi, HATs, Displays and BitScope. It is available in three editions: Uno Pi, Duo Pi and Quattro Pi. They work with BitScope, Raspberry Pi Zero, A+, B+, 2 & 3. BitScope Blade Family, Power & Mounting for Raspberry Pi & (optionally) a HAT.
BitScope Blade is a Blade Server solution built using Raspberry Pi designed for Physical Computing. Raspberry Pi is a very reliable physical computing platform when powered correctly. BitScope Blade 04, Quattro Pi, Power & Mounting for four Raspberry Pi (Raspberry Pi not included). The key to using it in embedded, industrial and server applications is to have a rugged reliable power & convenient mounting solution for one or more Raspberry Pi in racks and other industrial configurations.
BitScope Blade is tailor made to offer this in a range of cost effective blade boards. Whether it's a rack full of Raspberry Pi to build low cost cloud platforms, build farms or test, measurement and data acquisition systems, or even just a single Raspberry Pi and optional HAT, BitScope Blade offers a range of unique solutions.
BitScope Blade is capable of delivering up to 4A current and is compatible with DC power sources ranging from 9V to 48V. Almost any deployment scenario will work because BitScope Blade supports most common DC power sources. While BitScope Blade started life as Blade Server for Raspberry Pi it has since evolved into a full range of power, mounting and deployment solutions for Raspberry Pi, HATs, the Raspberry Pi Display and of course, Bitscope.
by  DAB  on Jan 9, 2017
First I want to thank Element 14 and BitScope for the opportunity to test this new product. I tested the BB01B BitScope Blade Uno. The Blade Uno is a new product aimed at providing a way to increase the use of your Raspberry Pi with HAT's and USB devices. One of the problems with the RPI is the limited power available with normal 5v wall warts to power both the RPI and any USB devices attached to it, that require power through the USB connection. Needless to say, this limitation reduces use of the RPi in embedded applications. The people at BitScope have created a series of boards that are intended to remedy this issue. The Blade Uno supports one RPI board and one HAT. The Blade provides two additional USB ports and enables a wide range of power sources to power your RPI...
by  Andy Clark (Workshopshed)  on Jan 29, 2017
As mentioned in my I am using the Bitscope Blade Quatro to demonstrate a Blender Render farm. Although I've not completed my mini project I have enough exposure to the board to create a review. I will be completing the rendering project in due course. The box provides the blade, some plastic standoffs and screws for the Pi, some sticky standoffs for the blade and a card explaining the connectors. There is an error on the card in that the power connector is 2.5mm not 2.1mm. I would have also liked to have seen a mechanical diagram so that you know where to plan your mounting holes if designing a case. When the board is mounted at the end it does flex a little alarmingly when you plug in a Pi to the middle two bays. When the blade is populated you can still access the USB and...