I’ve seen it mentioned a few times around the internet and I have a need for it, so I did a quick prototype this evening just getting all the Navio2 examples up and running with my pi compute. It works well and requires no special bit-fiddling of GPIOs/etc!
I did investigate what was on the HAT EEPROM just to make sure and found this - nothing special, just defaults and vendor info you can find in /proc:
# Start of atom #0 of type 0x0001 and length 45 # Vendor info product_uuid 0f8b16e6-51d2-4125-ae44-ae21f0e0c9db product_id 0x0003 product_ver 0x0001 vendor "Emlid Limited " # length=14 product "Navio 2" # length=7 # End of atom. CRC16=0x4b62 # Start of atom #1 of type 0x0002 and length 32 # GPIO map info gpio_drive 0 gpio_slew 0 gpio_hysteresis 0 back_power 2 # GPIO FUNCTION PULL # ---- -------- ---- # End of atom. CRC16=0x6d6d
You can verify between your two systems that you actually have the same settings using raspi-gpio, but just flashing the card with the 20170922 emlid image and using the defaults worked great for me.
Obviously, the hard part is getting all of the wire crossings correct. I just used the included extension header to help me wire up 1 through 40 according to this pinout of the Raspberry Pi 3:
(original link: https://www.jameco.com/Jameco/workshop/circuitnotes/raspberry_pi_circuit_note_fig2a.jpg)
Using multicolored leads made it a lot easier to error-check since you can just go down each side and compare colors at the top and bottom for a quick parity check.
Backpowering works as well with no extra work; just unplug your USB charger and plug in a power source to the Navio2 and it’s up and running.
Overall view with USB power
Little closer in of the Navio2
The rat’s nest, but notice around 20-25 free GPIOs!
Running off of battery alone