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Pineberry Pi adds NVMe storage capabilities to the Raspberry Pi 5

Nov 18, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 946 views

Pineberry Pi’s HatDrive Top and Bottom are two new expansion boards compatible with the Raspberry Pi 5 SBC, designed to increase its storage capacity and performance using NVMe technology.

The HatDrive Top is designed to integrate with Raspberry Pi 5, offering support for NVMe M-key drives in M.2 sizes 2230 and 2242. This device adheres to the standard Raspberry Pi HAT dimensions of 65 x 56.50 mm, ensuring compatibility with existing setups.

Technical Specifications:

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NVMe Drive Support: Limited to M.2 2230 and 2242 sizes, aligning with space-efficient deployments.

PCIe Interface: Accommodates PCIe x1 in Gen2 and Gen3 standards, facilitating high-speed data transfers.

Stackable Design: Engineered for vertical expansion, allowing for the integration of multiple HAT boards.

Power Supply Options: Includes a power system compliant with M.2 standards, delivering up to 3A for the 3.3V power rail.


Pineberry Pi HatDrive Top
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On the other hand, the HatDrive Bottom expands upon the Top variant by accommodating larger M.2 format sizes, including the 2280. This capability is crucial for applications that necessitate high-volume data storage.

Technical Specifications:

NVMe Drive Compatibility: Extends support to the M.2 2280 size, catering to larger storage requirements.

PCB Dimensions: The printed circuit board is slightly enlarged (90 x 56 mm) to house the 2280 slot while maintaining compatibility with the Raspberry Pi 5 form factor.

Redundant Power Supply Option: Features an optional 4-pin cable bundle, providing an alternative power source and enhancing reliability.


Pineberry Pi HatDrive Bottom
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Jeff Gerling also recently uploaded the following YouTube video demonstrating how to interface and get started with the HatDrive Top with the new Raspberry Pi 5 board.

Both Pineberry Pi products come with an accessory kit which includes a dedicated FPC PCIe ribbon, spacer pins, M2.5 screws, and a spacer pin for M.2 card mounting.


Pineberry Pi HatDrive M.2 HATs
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Further information

The HatDrive Top is available for preorder at €20.00 and the HatDrive Bottom can be preordered for €25.99, excluding shipping costs. The company’s Twitter indicates that shipping will start early in December 2023.

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