I see a lot of connector systems. Some systems take off, some don’t. But at one point or another every manufacturer seems to decide that they have the right solution to the connector problem, and another standard is born. In fact, I see enough connector systems that I’m automatically skeptical of new ones, and generally dismiss them until they’ve hung around for a few years and proved themselves useful.
Enter the new “Breakout Garden” from Pimoroni, which I actually rather like.
“…designed it so that you can solder a piece of right-angle header onto it and then pop it straight onto the bottom left 5 pins on your Raspberry Pi’s GPIO header (pins 1, 3, 5, 7, 9).”
While the company is offering only seven breakout boards at the moment, the arrival of their “Breakout Garden” HAT suggests that there may be more boards on the way soon?
“Grow your projects on Breakout Garden. It’s the easiest way to use breakouts with your Raspberry Pi. There’s no soldering required, just pop up to six Pimoroni breakouts into the slots on Breakout Garden and get started coding and creating.”
As well as the six ‘breakout’ edge-connector slots for Pimoroni breakouts, the Breakout Garden has 20-pin useful pins broken out from the Raspberry Pi GPIO header, including power, I2C, UART, SPI and five GPIO pins.