Guan Yang of HackManhattan writes about his efforts working with a Bluetooth low energy component:
This amazing component is the Nordic nRF51822 that was released last year and is now available for order from Mouser. It’s a Bluetooth Low Energy system-on-chip that includes a transceiver and a Cortex-M0 microcontroller.Here’s a breakout board I made for it, using a Johanson balun and chip antenna. It takes a little help from the Internet, but I got it to work with Nordic’s SDK and the gcc-arm-none-eabi toolchain. Haven’t tried debugging yet.
HackManhattan’s Nordic nRF51822 breakout board - [Link]
This mini breakout board is designed to simplify prototyping and experimentation work with the popular 18-pin PIC16F series microcontrollers. It is small in size (1.95″ X 0.75″) and is breadboard friendly. It supports PIC16F84A, PIC16F628A, PIC16F88, PIC16F648A, PIC16F1827, PIC16F1847, and other 18-pin microcontrollers in the same series.
Mini breakout board for 18-pin PIC16F series microcontrollers - [Link]
The 12F series of PIC microcontrollers are handy little 8-pin devices designed for small embedded applications that do not require too many I/O resources, and where small size is advantageous. These applications include a wide range of everyday products such as hair dryers, electric toothbrushes, rice cookers, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, and blenders. Despite their small size, the PIC12F series microcontrollers offer interesting features including wide operating voltage, internal programmable oscillator, 4 channels of 10-bit ADC, on-board EEPROM memory, on-chip voltage reference, multiple communication peripherals (UART, SPI, and I2C), PWM, and more. This is a revised version of the previous PIC12F development board and is designed for fast and easy development of standalone applications using PIC12F microcontrollers. It features an on-board regulated +5V power supply, header connectors to access I/O pins, an ICSP header for programming, a reset circuit, and a small prototyping area for placing additional components.
Revised version of the PIC12F microcontrollers breakout board - [Link]
Breakout board for PIC16F628/88/1827/1847 microcontrollers
This is an improved version of my 18-pin PIC16F series breadboard module that I have used in many of my PIC tutorials and projects published in this website. The new version has got a +5V power supply regulator on-board and a 2.1mm female barrel jack for DC input from a wall adapter. The 18-pin PIC16F series microcontrollers are still very popular among hobbyists and beginners because of their compact size, low cost, and simplicity. The PIC16F1847 is the latest release in this series and is equipped with lot more peripherals and enhanced features than its predecessors. This breakout board will be helpful for rapid prototyping with the PIC16F1847 microcontroller. Since the predecessors of PIC16F1847 share the same pin configuration, this board can also be used with popular PIC16F84A, PIC16F628A, and PIC16F88 microcontrollers of the same series.
Breakout board for PIC16F1847 microcontroller - [Link]
The MicroFTX is a low-cost, reconfigurable, and compact Micro-USB breakout board based on the FTDI FT230X full-speed USB Serial UART IC.
- USB to serial interface for microcontroller development or debugging
- Reverse-engineering tool with flexible I/O voltages (1.8V, 2.5V, 3.3V, etc)
- Battery charger detection for high-power USB applications (app note)
- Bitbang GPIO mode for simple digital input and output
MicroFTX – USB to serial breakout - [Link]
Breakout grew out of a need for a simple platform to enable designers to prototype functional web-based interfaces to the physical world. It is based largely on the Funnel toolkit and informed by the experiences of the developers of both Funnel and Breakout as designers, technologists and educators.
Johan von Konow writes:
A miniature breakout board for rapid development of microprocessor projects
- ICSP connector for quick programming and power (PICkit compatible)
- All pins available on standard .1” pin headers
- Single sided PCB (easy to manufacture)
- 4 debug led’s
- 1 generic switch
- Connector for serial communication
- Power led
- On board crystal with decoupling caps
- Miniature size
Ultimate PIC16F628/627 breakout board - [Link]
Here is a breakout board for the PIC16F87X microcontrollers. It has a onboard 5V power supply, a 20MHz crystal, and a reset button, while all the IO pins have been broken out into a single row header, so its easy to interface with a breadboard. The UART and ICSP programing header have been broken out on the top of the board.
nedoCPU-16: PIC16F87X breakout board - [via]
The PIC IC and RESET button are placed on the top side of the board. The voltage regulator, quartz crystal, and all the decoupling capacitors are on the bottom.
It was designed for the dsPIC33FJ256MC710 with digital signal controller peripherals, but it will work with most PICs in the same package. Schematic and PCB files are provided if you want to build your own.
Another Microchip TQFP 100 breakout board - [Link]
Phil made a DIY breakout board for the PIC16F883 microcontroller. The board uses a surface-mount single-layer design, and the parts are nicely spaced. It’s an easy board to make at home using the DIY toner-transfer method of PCB etching. You can download the source files and other design data from his site.
DIY PIC16F883 breakout board - [Link]