The all new revised analog input interface for the Raspberry Pi is here!
The PI-SPI-8AI+ module is replacing the popular PI-SPI-8AI. All features remain the same with a few enhancements:
The Pi-SPi-8AI+ is based on the popular VP-EC-8AI 8 channel 4-20 mA input module, and the Microchip MCP3208 12 bit A/D converter.
The 26 pin GPIO port is duplicated on either side of the module, so more modules can be "daisy chained" together.
With the latest libwidgetlords v2.1 release, up to 4 PI-SPI-8AI+ modules can be connected together giving a total of 32 analog inputs to one Raspberry Pi.
Application Note: Raspberry Pi with 32 Analog Inputs
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These are the standard versions of analog inputs available:
PI-SPI-8AI-8MA:Inputs 1 thru 8 are 4-20 mA (Load Resistor 150 Ohms)
PI-SPI-8AI-4MA-4VDC: Inputs 1 thru 4 are 4-20 mA Input (load Resistor 150 Ohms)Inputs 5 thru 8 are 0 to 6.6 VDC Input
PI-SPI-8AI-TEMP :Inputs 1 thru 8 are 10K Thermistor Inputs for Temperature Sensor Applications
PI-SPI-8AI-4MA-4TEMP :Inputs 1 thru 4 are 4-20 mA Input (load Resistor 150 Ohms)Inputs 5 thru 8 are 10K Thermistor Inputsfor Temperature Sensor Applications
PI-SPI-8AI-4TEMP-4VDC :Inputs 1 thru 4 are 10K Thermistor InputsInputs 5 thru 8 are 0 to 6.6 VDC Inputsfor Temperature Sensor and Voltage Input Applications
Each channel can be configured as either mA or Voltage. Another feature is all inputs can easily be configured for thermistor input making the Pi-SPi-8AI an 8 channel temperature sensor module.
Changing an Input Type is as easy as removing and adding a solder jumper on the back of the module - here is the A1 jumper selection:
mA = 0 to 20 mATH = 10K Thermistor Input for temperature applications5 VDC = 0 to 6.6 VDC Input10 VDC = 0 to 12 VDC Input
Other input configurations are available, please contact us before ordering!
For 4-20mA transmitter descriptions and connections, please visit:
4-20 mA Current Loop
Please download the latest Widgetlords libwidgetlords library. The instructions can be found at
Getting Started with PI-SPI Libraries
All of the sample code examples are based on the latest library installation. Please note the code samples all use Python 3.
Basic Python "Read" A/D Counts Program:
from time import sleepfrom widgetlords.pi_spi import *init()inputs = Mod8AI()while True: print(inputs.read_single(0)) sleep(0.5)
The PI-SPI-8AI sample code programs and instructions can be found at
PI-SPI-8AI Python Code Samples
A complete set of Python demo code examples for the PI-SPI and PI-SPI-DIN series can be found on our GitHub repository:
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