Pineboards’ HatDrive! Nano Is a Teeny-Tiny Different to the Raspberry Pi 5 M.2 HAT+


Pineboards, previously generally known as Pineberry Pi, has launched a brand new entry in its HatDrive! sequence of M.2 {Hardware} Hooked up on Prime (HAT) add-ons for the Raspberry Pi 5 — and this model, dubbed the HatDrive! Nano, is sufficiently small to squeeze into the official Raspberry Pi 5 Case together with the Lively Cooler.

“With such a tiny M.2 HAT, you get to utilize NVMe [Non-Volatile Memory Express] SSDs [Solid State Drives], AI [Artificial Intelligence] accelerators, and the rest that makes use of an M-Key on this type issue,” Pineboards writes of its newest {hardware} launch. “All with the additional advantage of having the ability to use the lid in your official case to maintain issues neat and tidy. Wish to use the Lively Cooler too? No drawback, you possibly can!”

Like the remainder of the HatDrive! household, which beat Raspberry Pi’s personal M.2 HAT+ to the punch, the HatDrive! Nano is designed to faucet into the PCI Categorical lane out there on a flat versatile circuit (FFC) connector to the sting of the Raspberry Pi 5 for high-speed storage and extra. The place its predecessor took up virtually the complete footprint of the Raspberry Pi, although, the Nano flips the drive round — delivering a substantial smaller footprint.

The drive is so small, in truth, that Pineboards boasts it may be put in within the official Raspberry Pi 5 Case alongside the Lively Cooler — a heatsink and fan meeting designed to maintain the Raspberry Pi 5’s high-performance system-on-chip cool below heavy load situations — with out blocking airflow. Regardless of its dimension, the board is fully-functional — together with assist for operation at PCIe Gen. 3 speeds, if you happen to’re keen to run the Raspberry Pi 5 out-of-spec, and mounting factors for each 2230- and 2242- footprint M.2 gadgets.

It is not simply the footprint the corporate has slashed, both: the HatDrive! Nano is the bottom value mannequin within the household, priced at simply €9 (round $10) — a bit over half the value of the HatDrive! Prime Lite and fewer than half the price of the unique HatDrive! Prime. “It is one of the crucial reasonably priced choices on the market to make the final word improve out of your growing older microSD card,” Pineboards claims.

The HatDrive! Nano is now out there to order on the Pineboards retailer, together with a choice of official resellers world wide.