Adafruit Prototype Pi Plate

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Product overview

• This allows your Raspberry Pi GPIO pins to control electronic hardware
• This compact unit snaps on top of your Raspberry Pi, keeping the same footprint area
• Pin layout is partly based on a breadboard and partly on a perf board
• Terminal blocks for temporary connections
• Compatible with all Raspberry models but designed for 26-pin board models: A and B

How will the Pi Plate enhance my Raspberry Pi?
Your Raspberry Pi is purpose built to control hardware devices and electronics with the inclusion of its GPIO header. If you are building an embedded electronics project, this Pi Plate snaps onto the top of your Raspberry Pi. This a great way to create prototypes, as you build over the same footprint as your Raspberry Pi board and also have a large area to work on.

Once set up, this board is the ideal launch pad for connecting electronic components and peripherals. The initial setup for
The Pi Plate and soldering, based on the time it takes for a beginner, is 20 minutes. After that you will be able to connect electronic components, devices like LCD displays, sensors and buzzers.

What will the Pi Plate be used for?
The compact size of the Raspberry Pi with the Pi Plate makes it ideal for leaving inside your electronic projects.

The Pi Plate has been created flexibly to work with a diverse range of devices as is seen by its split design. Part of the Pi Plate has its pins laid out like a breadboard with connecting rails, which is ideal for plugging in integrated chips and integrated chip holders. The other part of the board is designed like a perf board with all holes isolated for you to make your own tracks and connections.

Along the borders, there are rows of I2C, SPI, GPIO and power pins, many of which are connected to the screw terminal blocks. The terminal blocks are optional but are set up upon first use and make it easier to use your connected components multiple times. There is also a spare 4-block terminal for general wiring which is both secured and loosened using a screwdriver.

The Pi Plate is so spacious, it is possible to add whole 170-hole mini breadboard to the middle and the pin labels for the Pi Plate remain unobscured. However, rather than using an additional breadboard, you can choose to solder directly to the Pi Plate for more permanent projects.

Which devices are compatible with the Pi Plate?
The removable Pi Plate snaps onto the GPIO of your Raspberry Pi. It is able to house both types of integrated chips – those which are surface mounted SOICs and those which are in a dual in-line package, with longer connecting pins.

The Pi Plate is designed for use with Raspberry Pi models with a 26 pin GPIO, the model A and model B. However it will also work with models with a larger GPIO header such as the model A+, model B+ and Version 2, leaving some of the remaining pins unconnected.


Type of devices Proto board
Compatible with which Pi's? B, A
Pin outs As labelled
Sockets GPIO
Voltage N/A
Current N/A
Switching current N/A
Assembly required Yes
Soldering required Yes
Package Contents
2 x 13 female header
1 x 6 female header
2 x 1x8 female header
3 x 3-pin terminal block
10 x 2-pin terminal block