SparkFun Top pHAT Hookup Guide

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Hardware Assembly

Assembly for the Top pHAT is fairly straight forward. It plugs directly into the GPIO pins of a Raspberry Pi. Most importantly, users need pay attention to the orientation of the pHAT and double check that the pin are lined up properly. below are a few examples for users to follow.

Pi3A with Top pHAT
Top pHAT on Pi 3 Model A+.
Pi3B with Top pHAT
Top pHAT on Pi 3 Model B.
Pi4B with Top pHAT
Top pHAT on Pi 4 Model B.
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If the clearance between the pHAT and the Raspberry Pi components (including things like a case or heat sink) becomes an issue, a header can be used to increase the spacing.

Adding header
Adding header to extend clearance between Top pHAT and other components. (Click to enlarge)

Header on Pi3B
Header on Pi 3 Model B. (Click to enlarge)
Header on Pi4B
Header on Pi 4 Model B. (Click to enlarge)

To configure the Raspberry Pi for use with the Top pHAT, the PIXEL desktop is recommended. It will be the most convenient for users, but users can still use other methods like SSH to remotely access the Raspberry Pi. To utilize the desktop, users will need to add peripherals like a monitor and keyboard.

Pi3B desktop setup
Pi 3 Model B setup to access the PIXEL desktop.
Pi4B desktop setup
Pi 4 Model B setup to access the PIXEL desktop.
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