In our opinion, the only thing the Raspberry Pi 3 and Pi 2 are truly lacking is an I2C port. (Of course you may have guessed by looking at our product offerings, we are admittedly a little biased. No worries.) The XPI is a non-invasive I2C adapter complete with level shifter providing you with a 5V I2C port for use with ANY of our I2C devices. The I2C port points outward toward the outside edge of the board, and terminates directly above the HDMI port. The XPI does not consume the 40-pin expansion port, as it is equipped with a pass-through connector, freeing the 40-pin connector for other purposes, making it a truly non-invasive design.
Add communications to your Raspberry Pi 2 & 3, greatly expanding communication options. Expand your Raspberry Pi to include industrial wireless options from Digi.com, such as ZigBee, 802.15.4, or our favorite Industrial wireless: S3B. The XPI is also compatible with other communication modules, such as USB, RS-232, Bluetooth, WiFi, and Ethernet. The XPI overlay shield allows connection to a wide variety of communication modules to your Raspberry Pi 2 & 3.
NOTE: The XPI adapter provides a power solution as well as TX and RX data connections to the Raspberry Pi 2 & 3. No other communications pins are mapped to the Raspberry Pi 2 & 3.
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What is the I2C Interface?
The supplier of plug and play modular hardware using the I2C Interface connector standard. It allows you to chain together several devices on the I2C bus, and communicate to each device individually at high speed (subject to the limitations of I2C). The I2C Interface uses a standard 4-Pin I2C Input and I2C Output connector. These devices communicate on the power of 5V I2C data and provide 5V DC power through this connector. The advanced embedded devices use standard I2C communications for all data transport, which is supported by nearly every microcontroller in production today. The I2C Interface is strictly a 5V standard, which is ideal for transport across longer cables. The device Package always includes a 6″ (152mm) 4-conductor I2C cable. The I2C based Mini Modules always include a 3″ (76mm) 4-conductor I2C cable. Cables and connectors are available separately for designers who would like to include their own I2C Interface into their designs.
Plug and Play Connectivity
The advanced Embedded devices will plug into any available I2C Output. This includes just about everything we make in the DCube Store IoT Category, including all the other IoT devices. We also supply a wide range of I2C adapters that make it easy to plug I2C Devices directly into most computing platforms. The advanced Interface adapters are available for Arduino, Banana Pi, BeagleBone, Bluz, C.H.I.P., ESP8266, Onion Omega, Particle Photon and Electron, PyCom, Raspberry Pi, 2, 3, and Zero, and Windows. We are always working to add new platform support for I2C devices. These Interface devices are compatible with just about everything in the microcontroller industry.
Unlimited I2C Expansion
Based on our plug-and-play I2C interface standard, all the I2C devices which are equipped with the above protocol output ports, making it easy to expand to a wide variety of sensors, current monitors, relay controllers, PWM controllers, and much more! We are always designing new expansions for our modular plug-and-play I2C framework. We are dedicated to building a product line of interconnected devices to simplify all forms of automation. Re-use or upgrade your hardware within seconds by selecting the modules that best fit your needs, and chaining them together using the included I2C expansion cables!
Powering I2C Interface Devices
Some I2C devices require an external power supply, others may be powered through the 4-Pin I2C bus connector at 5VDC, and other devices are jumper selectable between external and I2C bus power. All I2C mini-modules are powered through the 5V I2C bus connector, greatly simplifying connectivity.