Analog Meets Digital: Meet the Arduino Portenta HAT Carrier Board

When it comes to development boards, both Arduino and Raspberry Pi have carved their niches, with the former being synonymous with microcontroller projects and the latter with SBC applications. The Portenta HAT Carrier Board emerges as a bridge, marrying the robustness of Arduino with the versatility of Raspberry Pi. This board facilitates compatibility with Raspberry Pi hats, opening up a new realm of possibilities for engineers.

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Arduino Portenta HAT Carrier Board - Key Features

The Portenta HAT Carrier Board comes with a host of features that make it an attractive addition to any developer's toolkit. It boasts a 16-bit, 16-pin analog header for working with analog inputs and outputs from the Portenta line. Additionally, it provides a 40-pin input/output from the baseboard, a camera connector, an Ethernet connector, a USB connector, and even screw terminals on the side for working with a CAN bus and CAN transceiver.

  • High-density connectors compatible with Portenta products
  • 1x USB-A female connector
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet connector (RJ45)
  • 1x CAN FD with onboard transceiver
  • 1x MIPI Camera connector
  • 1x MicroSD card slot
  • 1x PWM fan connector 
  • 40 pin header connector allowing compatibility with Raspberry Pi Hats
  • 16 pin analog header connectors, including:
    • 8x analog inputs
    • 1x GPIO
    • 1xUART without flow control
    • 2x PWM pins
    • 1x LICELL pin for Portenta's RTC power
  • CAN FD
  • UART
  • SAI
  • GPIO
  • SPI
  • I2C
  • I2S
  • PWM
Operating temperatures -40° C to +85° C (-40° F to 185 °F)
Dimensions 85 mm x 56 mm (3.35 in x 2.6 in)
Debugging Onboard 10x pin 1.27mm JTAG connector
  • From onboard screw terminal block allowing: 
    • 7-32V power supply, powering both the carrier and the connected Portenta
    • 5V power supply
  • From USB-C on Portenta
  • From 5V on 40 pin header connector

Arduino Portenta HAT Carrier Board - The Electromaker Show

Watch Ian discuss the Portenta HAT Carrier Board in this episode of The Electromaker Show

Arduino Portenta HAT Carrier Board  - Compatibility and Applications

One of the standout features of this board is its compatibility with Raspberry Pi hats. This not only enhances its functionality but also makes it a viable option for those looking to leverage Raspberry Pi’s vast ecosystem. The board is particularly useful in industrial automation settings and smart home projects, thanks to its robust build and versatile connectivity options.

The Portenta HAT Carrier Board is priced at $45, offering a cost-effective solution for those looking to combine the capabilities of Arduino and Raspberry Pi. When paired with the Portenta X8, the total cost comes to around $284, providing a powerful combo for serious developers and industrial applications.

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Arduino Portenta HAT Carrier Board - User Opinions and Future Implications

The release of the Portenta HAT Carrier Board has sparked discussions among the developer community, especially regarding its price point compared to the Raspberry Pi 5. The lack of analog inputs on the Raspberry Pi makes the Portenta HAT Carrier Board a compelling choice for many. Its launch highlights a step towards more integrated and versatile development environments, which is a welcome move in the evolving world of IoT and smart solutions.

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