When the Raspberry Pi 5 launched this fall, it was the first member of the Raspberry Pi Model B series to feature a PCIe interface, allowing you to add a speedy, high-capacity SSD to your DIY projects. But you need an add-on to do that.
Now the embedded system enthusiasts behind the Pineberry Pi have delivered just the thing. The team’s HatDrive! Top and HatDrive! Bottom add-on boards provide a hassle-free way to add an M.2 SSD to a Raspberry Pi 5.
HatDrive! kits come with everything you need to mount the HAT and install a drive including screws, spacers, and a PCIe Gen3-capable 16-pin FPC cable (although the Raspberry Pi 5 only supports PCIe 2).
Plug the HatDrive! into the Raspberry Pi 5’s GPIO header and connect the ribbon cable and you’re ready to go.
There’s room on the 65 x 56.5mm HAT for both 30mm (2230) and 42mm (2242) M.2 modules. It can be used for more than just SSDs, too. AI accelerators like Google’s Coral and Aaeon’s Edge Computing Modules are a perfect fit, too. Additional HATs can be added to your project via HatDrive’s 28-pin male to female connector.
If you’d like to be able to add full-length M.2 2280 modules, look no further than the HatDrive! Bottom. It’s a 90 x 56mm board designed to sit under the Raspberry Pi 5 that provides enough room to add the 80mm-long cards. A 5V 4-pin connector allows for up to 2A of redundant power.
Pineberry Pi is getting ready to produce its first batch of 5,000 HatDrive! boards and you can order one from their website for €20 (about $22 at today’s exchange rate). HatDrive! Bottom is listed at €25.99 (about $28).
via CNX Software