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Future plans (GEN2.1 and GEN3.0)

A project log for BitPiRat Computer (GEN2.0)

First dedicated RPi platform for full node Bitcoin and Lightning Network

MirkoMirko 01/06/2022 at 02:501 Comment

There are plans to update this project and to implement new features (roadmap for 2022):

GEN2.1:

- mechanical improvements (new PCB dimensions, updated mounting holes position),

- updated GPIO port to be compatible with future designed LCD front-panel,

- designed dedicated push-button controller and power management unit (PMIC).

GEN3.0:

- PoE power supply standard,

- LCD front-panel with 3.5" screen and touch pad,

- fingerprint sensor,

- NFC reader,

- 12VDC power supply,

- 2-port USB hub.

Discussions

Danny Jul wrote 02/23/2022 at 19:50 point

Please consider commercial GEN2.2 or GEN2.5, before putting all sorts of optional stuff on. When you have CM4 with the option of NVME and Ethernet, then POE and a single USB-A port is the only thing missing before you have a good board for a sea of miniserver or kloster projects.

One can easily use a collection of identical boards with CM4, NVME, Ethernet and POE (And maybe optionally full size USB-A).

On the other hand, it is less likely that you can use an entire collection of cards full of all sorts of gadgets such as buttons, display, camera, NFC, touch panel, fingerprint reader, GPIO and so on. 

GEN3.0 will definitely be a nice card that could be nice to have 1 or 2 pieces of. But a small server rack with a POE switch, and 1 or 2 rows of headless boards in compact design with only CM4 and NVME will really also be interesting in its very own way :-) 

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