PineBerry Pi launches five additional HAT+ boards for the Raspberry Pi 5 with 2.5GbE, GbE, M.2 NVMe, and more

PineBerry Pi was the first company to launch a Raspberry Pi HAT+ board making use of the Raspberry Pi 5’s PCIe FPC connector with the Hatdrive! M.2 HAT for the Raspberry Pi 5 along with the HatDrive! Bottom expansion board that goes underneath the Raspberry Pi 5 SBC.

The company has now launched five additional HAT+ boards for the Raspberry Pi 5 with various PCIe (NVMe/AI modules) and networking (2.5GbE, GbE) options.

Raspberry Pi 5 HAT M.2 2.5GbE

Here’s the list with basic specifications:

  • HatNET! 2.5G –  2.5GbE for the Raspberry Pi 5 using a Realtek RTL8125BG controller, dedicated MAC address range (i.e. not randomly assigned), and an RJ45 jack with Activity and Link LEDs
  • HatDrive! NET 1G – Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111H) and M.2 M-Key socket for NVMe 2230,2242 SSD. Implemented through an ASMedia PCIe Gen 2 switch and booting with the SSD is not supported at this time. You may want to follow the relevant GitHub issue if that’s important to you.
  • HatDrive! AI – Two M.2 PCIe sockets: one M-Key socket for a 2230/2242 NVMe SSD and one E-Key socket for a Google Coral Edge TPU module or other compatible M.2 module.  Implemented through an ASMedia PCIe Switch with the same limitation as above.
  • HatDrive! Dual –  Same as above but with two M.2 M-Key PCIe sockets for 2230/2242 NVMe SSDs. RAID-1 is supported for data redundancy.
  • HatBRICK! Commander – Adds two PCIe FPC connectors to the Raspberry Pi 5 through an ASMedia PCIe switch to daisy chain as many PCIe HAT+ boards as needed. A 5V DC input connector is also included if additional power is required

Besides the five new boards, PineBerry Pi also changed the design of the original HatDrive! TM1 HAT+ with the new HatDrive! TM1S HAT+ adding one opening to provide easier access to the MIPI CSI/DSI connectors and a custom CNC-milled metal bracket for easier SSD installation.

PineBerry Pi HatDrive TM1 2023 vs TM1S 2024
PineBerry Pi HatDrive! TM1 (2023) vs TM1S (2024)

All the PineBerry Pi HAT+ boards ship with an FPC PCIe ribbon cable and relevant accessories. You’ll find them on the company’s online store for €16,99 to €45,99 depending on the selected model. Some of the new boards are for pre-order so they’ll only start shipping around March 20. There might be a benefit in terms of compactness when using HAT+ boards, but there’s also a price premium, most notably for the HatNET! 2.5G (45.99 Euros) since you can find RTL8156BG USB 3.0 dongles with the same performance going for $20 and up on Amazon.

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tkaiser
tkaiser
3 months ago

> Realtek RTL811H

That’s a typo (copied from their specs). It’s RTL8111H in reality (and as such a sufficient choice).

Aaron Burrell
Aaron Burrell
3 months ago

Thanks for this web site. Some of the sites I used to visit have been bought out by multi national companies that are more advertizing or fluff. Don’t stop,

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
3 months ago

Oh yeah! Single lane pcie 2.0 multiplied to the max!

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