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New Product: RasPiKey eMMC Module for Raspberry Pi

Our new product RasPiKey is released today!

RasPiKey is a 16GB eMMC module designed for Raspberry Pi. It can be inserted into the micro SD card slot on Raspberry Pi and work as a faster (especially 4k read/write) and more endurable SD card.

On Raspberry Pi 3B+, RasPiKey shows much better performance than SD cards (using the benchmark introduced in Jeff Geerling’s blog):

Benchmarks on Raspberry Pi 3B+

Benchmarks on Raspberry Pi 3B+

RasPiKey can also be used on Raspberry Pi 4B, however you will need to update your Pi4’s bootloader first. At the time being, RasPiKey gets limited support by Raspberry Pi 4B and doesn’t get speed boost like those good SD cards, its performance on 4B is not that outstanding, however it still has better 4k read/write speed than SD cards.

Updated on 2020.12: Now with the latest official firmware, Raspberry Pi 4B supports DDR52 timing mode, which boosts the performance of RasPiKey, and make RasPiKey faster than SD cards on Raspberry Pi 4B.

Plug and Play

RasPiKey has Raspbian preinstalled, and also provides some tools to make setting Wi-Fi connection and enabling SSH login much easier. It is possible that you insert RasPiKey into your new Raspberry Pi, power it on and then use it via SSH session on your computer. You can enjoy your Raspberry Pi without having another set of display, keyboard and mouse.

Price and Where to Buy?

RasPiKey’s retail price is 520 CZK (about 20.37EUR / 17.53GBP / 22.55USD).

You can order it from our e-shop or you may be able to order it from our resellers soon.

We just launched the “Smart Case” project

Our 7-Port USB Hub has the same PCB size than Raspberry Pi, so it can be easily mounted over or under the Pi. If you have a case for Raspberry Pi that can have its top cover removed, you can put the hub and the Pi together into the case:

Hub_In_CaseIt can help in some cases, but the hub is not well protected yet. Many customers suggested us to design a suitable case to hold both the Pi and the hub, so we launched this project.

This project includes some children projects, as we are actually designing different types of cases. The first sub-project that could be demonstrated is this one, which opens its design and is free for download and print with 3D printer.

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There are other sibling projects on going and you will see the news very soon.

Finally Get the First Batch of USB Hub

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We hadn’t released any news for quite a while, and today we have a very good one: the first batch of USB hubs finally arrived 🙂

It should have been there about one month ago. The reason for the delay is because we were not fully satisfied with the soldering quality and we insisted a full rework. Being picky is quite expensive, we definitely know that losing time means losing money. However we won’t take it as a lesson, instead we will keep working like that since we believe being picky on quality control will get great rewards in the future.

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We still need some time to test the hubs (yes we test EVERY hub we have), so we could not immediately open our store yet. But with the hubs in store, we are quite confident that we could make the official launch in next week. The official announcement is coming soon!

UUGear Website is Born!

We are happy to announce that, today the UUGear website is born!

There are still a lot of work to do before the website to be really functional.  We got detailed planning and have everything in the pipeline, and we look forward to an exciting 2014!