The Sphinx Reveals Its Brains: Powered By The New Raspberry Pi Compute Module
The combination of beauty and brains makes the Sphinx not only an unique solution using the tablet as a full Remote Desktop Solution. Combined with a tablet screen it creates also a full size Raspberry Pi computer with all necessary I/O available that brings many imaginable Raspberry Pi project to life.
Already over 3 million Raspberry Pi’s have been sold and therefore the Raspberry Pi is likely to become the new standard in the industry. That’s why we embedded the original Raspberry Pi already in the product concept development phase in the first prototypes of the Sphinx and tested these in different user environments. All these pilots have been very successful and the Raspberry Pi functioned so well, it exceeded our expectations by far.
But integrating the original Raspberry Pi Model A and Model B was a challenge, as the existing USB and the power support were not strong enough. Developing a compact expansion board was the only option to be able to integrate the Raspberry Pi platform in the base of our Sphinx.
We were thrilled when we received the confirmation of the release of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, and we didn’t hesitate to redesign our internal electronics and use this great new product in the Sphinx docking station.
The Raspberry Pi Compute Module is a smaller version of the original Raspberry Pi, specially developed to be embedded in commercial products. It will be integrated in a specially designed I/O carrier board from Dock2Office and be placed in the base of the Sphinx.
The carrier board developed for the Sphinx focusses on extended support for USB communication with Raspberry Pi Compute module. Not only are there four USB 2.0 host connections available, also the power delivery on the USB ports is maximized. And for further expansion there is an optional on-board USB pin connector available.
During our Kickstarter project, we received many requests from Raspberry Pi users to expand the I/O options of our docking station. That’s why we decided to expand the usability of our carrier-board so everybody of the Raspberry Pi community can profit. Besides our own USB, Ethernet and Wifi I/O, we added almost all Raspberry Pi I/O options like HDMI, 3,5 mm audio and 26 pin GPIO.
To not compromise the use of the Sphinx as a Remote Desktop enabler we did not modify the externals of our Sphinx. For all DIY Raspberry Pi users who want to use additional connectors on the Sphinx RPi-CM board we already prepared the needed modifications in the Sphinx housing. It will be very easy to release all additional I/O connectors to the outside world.
We believe the Sphinx, with its unique Sphinx RPi-CM carrier-board, will be one of the first commercial/industrial projects created in combination with the unique Raspberry Pi platform. It will open up a whole new world of possibilities where tablets and intelligent docks expand the way how tablets are used.
The combination of beauty and brains makes the Sphinx not only an unique solution using the tablet as a full Remote Desktop solution. Combined with a tablet screen it creates also a full size Raspberry Pi computer with all necessary I/O available that can help bringing many imaginable Raspberry Pi-projects to live.
Just like all product materials used for the Sphinx, the Raspberry Pi components are of high quality, meaning that the I/O connectors and chips used meet the industrial quality standards. This makes the Sphinx and its internals a reliable and durable product.