PI-SPI-8AI Analog Input I/O Module for Raspberry Pi

Pi-SPi-8AI+ Raspberry Pi Analog Input I/O Module

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The Pi-SPi-8AI+ is based on the popular VP-EC-8AI 8 channel 4-20 mA input I/O 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 v2.0 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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 Node-Red support is available.

These are the standard versions of analog inputs available:

Inputs 1 thru 8 are 4-20 mA (Load Resistor 150 Ohms)

Inputs 1 thru 8 are 0 to 6.6 VDC Input

Inputs 1 thru 4 are 4-20 mA Input (load Resistor 150 Ohms)
Inputs 5 thru 8 are 0 to 6.6 VDC Input

Inputs 1 thru 8 are 10K Thermistor Inputs
for Temperature Sensor Applications

Inputs 1 thru 4 are 4-20 mA Input (load Resistor 150 Ohms)
Inputs 5 thru 8 are 10K Thermistor Inputs
for Temperature Sensor Applications

Inputs 1 thru 4 are 10K Thermistor Inputs
Inputs 5 thru 8 are 0 to 6.6 VDC Inputs
for 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 mA
TH = 10K Thermistor Input for temperature applications
5 VDC = 0 to 6.6 VDC Input
10 VDC  = 0 to 12 VDC Input

GPIO Port Pins


  • Identical foot print to the RPi 3
  • Separate field power input (9-24VDC) for remote transmitters
  • Each module has its own 3.3VDC LDO regulator operating from the RPi 5VDC bus
  • No loading on the RPi 3.3VDC bus
  • Terminal Blocks for analog input signals
  • LED indicators for power
  • Dual 26 pin GPIO connectors (left and right)
  • MCP3208 A/D Converter with 12 bit resolution
  • Each analog signal buffered (1/4 Op Amp)
  • Inputs 1 thru 4 are configured for 4 to 20 mA Input (Standard)
  • Inputs 5 thru 8 are configured for 0 to 6.6 VDC Input (Standard)
  • All inputs can be configured for either mA, VDC, or Thermistor Input for temperature measurement

Other input configurations are available, please contact us before ordering!

Pi-SPi-8AI Accessories :

  • Pi-SPi-PS-24VDC Field Power Supply
  • Pi-SPi-CABLE-40x26-2 (40 Pin to 26 Pin x 2") Required to connect to RPi
  • Pi-SPi-CABLE-40x40-2 (40 Pin to 40 Pin x 2")
  • Pi-SPi-CABLE-26x26-2 (26 Pin to 26 Pin x 2") Required to connect to PI-SPI Module
  • Pi-SPi-MTG-HDW Mounting hardware 4x1/2" Aluminum spaces c/w 8 x 4-40 Stainless Steel Screws

For 4-20mA transmitter descriptions and connections, please visit:

4-20 mA Current Loop

Sample Software (Python)

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 sleep
from widgetlords.pi_spi import *

inputs = Mod8AI()

while True:

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:


For DIN Rail applications, the PI-SPI-ENC series of DIN rail mount enclosures are available in the Accessories Collection

For high density applications, the WL-MIO series can pack 32 I/O points in just 8.25" of DIN rail.

The WL-MIO Collection.

The WL-MIO Series Product Description.