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Welcome at petrockblock!

At petrockblock you can find various topics from the world of microelectronics, tinkering, software development, and other related topics. You find our popular Raspberry Pi add-on boards ControlBlock and the PowerBlock here.

PowerBlock
Top-view of the ControlBlock
PowerBlockling
ExtensionBlock

This site is also the birth-place of RetroPie, the popular retro-gaming project for the Raspberry Pi. You can find articles about the original idea and articles of the first years of the project here.

Enjoy your stay on our sites!

petrockblock team

 

Recent Posts on petrockblock

  • Tutorial: PowerBlock with Raspbian

Tutorial: PowerBlock with Raspbian

This is a post as part of a tutorial series about getting to start with the PowerBlock with various images for the Raspberry Pi. In this tutorial we will learn how [...]

  • Quick Install Script for the PowerBlock

Quick Installation Script for the PowerBlock

Making the PowerBlock ready to go becomes even easier! The installation of the PowerBlock driver is now a one-liner. We summarised the installation steps that are needed for installing the PowerBlock [...]

Quick Installation Script for the ControlBlock

We realized that the installation of the ControlBlock driver could be simplified. Therefore, we created an installation script that does all the needed steps for compiling, installing the binary, and configuring the ControlBlock service for [...]

  • ControlBlock Update

Update for the ControlBlock Driver with Many New Features

We just released an update for the driver of the ControlBlock! What does this mean for you? More functionalities! More specifically, the updates contain: 4-player support Multiple ControlBlocks can be stacked on top of each [...]

  • Soft power button PowerBlock Top View

New Revision of the PowerBlock: Increased Flexibility

The PowerBlock is a small support shield for the Raspberry Pi that provides a power switch functionality. Recently, we have updated the design of the PowerBlock such that it now offers an even greater flexibility [...]