“Take what you need. Leave out what you don’t.” That’s Tibbo Technology’s motto behind their Tibbo Project System, which uses modular blocks to increase specific I/O features in a configurable industrial platform. More directly, the TPS system is a modular Linux-based IoT prototyping platform, at least in its initial iteration back in 2016. It has been upgraded since then and now includes a Raspberry Pi 3.
The Pi replaces the company’s TPP (Tibbo Project PCB) control board, which featured a Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x SoC outfitted with a Cortex-A8 processor and an incredible 51 I/O sockets for a myriad of upgrade paths. Other than changing the SoC, the Tibbo-Pi uses the same ecosystem as its predecessor but with a different brain.
Modular support comes in the form of Tibbo’s Tibbit Blocks — 60 different color-coded plug-in modules that provide different I/O options, such as low/high-power relays, DB9M connectors, and IR code processors. There are 60 modules in all and beyond the color-coding scheme; they are also broken down into Modules (M), Connectors © and Hybrids (H), which are a combination of both.
Those Tibbit modules snap into place on the company’s Project PCB boards, such as the one pictured above. Those PCBs provide Tibbo’s underlying ecosystem where modules can be added or removed based on your project and features signal/status LEDs, Buzzer, MD Button, Ethernet, wireless add-on socket, PoE jumpers and direct 5V DC power socket.
No word on pricing as of yet, but Tibbo expects to release the Tibbo-Pi in July at some point and is expected to showcase their latest hardware at COMPUTEX 2018, which rolls from June 5th through the 9th in Taipei.