The kits enable a display to be added to the Raspberry Pi without the usual wiring difficulties; they can control a 16x2 Character LCD using only the two I2C pins on the Raspberry Pi, and I2C-based sensors and RTS can also share the same bus.
“LCDs typically require quite a few digital pins – six to control the LCD and then another to control the backlight for a total of seven pins,” comments Limor Fried, a.k.a Lady Ada, founder of Adafruit Industries. “The Pi Plate kits are a slick, easy way to add a display using just the pins on the Pi, and avoid the typical wiring hassles.”
In addition to the Pi Plates, a new tiny Adafruit breadboard is also available from Newark element14, which makes it easy to create prototypes using the Pi.
Adafruit is an innovative online electronics educator/e-tailer and Newark element14 is their premier Raspberry Pi partner. As such, Newark element14 offers a wide selection of Adafruit Raspberry Pi accessories and is the first supplier to receive their new Pi products.
Newark element14 first introduced engineers, programmers and electronics enthusiasts to the credit-card size Raspberry Pi computer on Feb. 29, 2012. Since then, the distributor and its sister companies around the globe have sold more than 500,000 units.