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March 20, 2015 AT 12:00 am

NEW TUTORIAL: Adafruit 2.2″ PiTFT HAT – 320×240 Display #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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NEW TUTORIAL: Adafruit 2.2″ PiTFT HAT – 320×240 Display

The cute PiTFT got even more adorable with this little primary display for Raspberry Pi in HAT form! It features a 2.2″ display with 320×240 16-bit color pixels. The HAT uses the high speed SPI interface on the Pi and can use the mini display as a console, X window port, displaying images or video etc. Best of all it plugs right in on top of your Model A+ or B+ and fits into our case quite nicely.

It’s designed to plug directly onto the Pi Model A+ or B+. While not specifically designed for Pi Model A or B, you can use it with A/B if you solder in an extra-tall 2×13 header (not included) instead of the included 2×20 header.

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This design uses the hardware SPI pins (SCK, MOSI, MISO, CE0, CE1) as well as GPIO #25. All other GPIO are unused. Since we had a tiny bit of space, there’s 4 flat tactile switches wired to four GPIOs, that you can use if you want to make a basic user interface. For example, you can use one as a power on/off button.

All the other pins are available on a 25-pin long breakout line.

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To make it super easy for use: we’ve created a custom kernel package based of off Notro’s awesome framebuffer work, so you can install it over your existing Raspbian (or derivative) images in just a few commands.

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Comes as a fully assembled display PCB and an additional 2×20 GPIO header. Some light soldering is required to attach the 2×20 GPIO header to the HAT but it’s fast and easy for anyone with a soldering iron and solder

This tutorial series shows you how to install the software, play small videos, or display images such as from your PiCam and more!

See the full tutorial here!


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