MicroUPS is a project started on Indiegogo.com crowd-funding platform.
MicroUPS is a new device for microcomputers like Raspberry, CubieBoard or BeagleBone that functions not only as a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) but as an ATX Style Power Switch.
First and foremost, MicroUPS provides safety for your operating system and your valuable data. What’s more, it enables you to safely turn your operating system on and off without logging in, or plugging a wire - just by pressing a button.
MicroUPS also has 4 LEDs which can be used to indicate the status of the operating system or the status of the applications running on that system. The LEDs can be turned on and off with binary command provided by the MicroUPS software. Alternatively, they can be controlled from the user application by writing directly to the MicroUPS daemon via local socket which the daemon is listening on
Using MicroUPS you can work with your microcomputer with greater freedom, similar to a laptop. You can start it on battery power, plug it in to an electrical socket, unplug it during work, or leave it plugged in to recharge the batteries.
MicroUPS will charge Li-Ion cells regardless of whether computer is on or not.
The following platforms have been tested so far:
- Raspberry Pi model B, system Raspbian/Wheezy
- BeagleBone Black, system Debian/Wheezy
- CubieBoard, system Debian/Wheezy
Other platforms will be tested as needed.
This is update.
We have tested all three platforms, powered by MicroUPS when data connection is via FTDI-TTL cable. MicroUPS software is using /dev/ttyUSB0 as a serial port.
With MicroUPS you still are able to use serial console.
All the best,