Pi-bridge custom shield

A project log for SmartHome

Easy to configure & use wireless home automation network including a central station and various low-power nodes.

Arcadia LabsArcadia Labs 07/28/2014 at 10:230 Comments

Here is the custom shield I built for the SmartHome central station.

Every Raspberry and ATmega328 pins are broken out, 5v and 3v I²C buses were added, the serial communication could be enabled/disabled with some jumpers, there's also a socket for a optional oscillator and a 3.3v LDO regulator (the ATmega328 actually runs on 3.3v / internal 8MHz).

The ATmega part could be reprogrammed directly from the Raspberry Pi, acting like a serial / SPI programmer. Ultimately, it will be possible to edit and reprogram the chip from the web interface.

This board has been especially designed to be built with a perfboard as I have no way to prototype some PCB : 3 weeks wait time is way too much for a prototype, and I don't own (or have access to) a CNC machine.