Tag Archives: board

DIY Bare Minimum Arduino Mega 2560

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MichaelC349 @ instructables.com has designed an Arduino Mega 2560 board with bare minimum components and small size. The resulting board is bootloaded using an Arduino UNO and an external USB to serial adapter is used to program it.

Personally to be used for robotics projects that require ATmega2560’s 256 KB flash and digital/analog pins, where the size, weight, and USB port location of the original design is not ideal.

DIY Bare Minimum Arduino Mega 2560 – [Link]

SCIO: The Fun New Way To Learn Coding, Computers and STEM

SCIOA new board that aims to fill an education gap for programmable boards is on kickstarter. SCIO enables anyone, without the need of previous experience, to experiment with electronics and coding and build various projects based on onboard sensors, work on the cloud, make light shows and even more.

Within an hour of opening the box, someone who previously knew nothing about computers, programming and “boards,” can write programs that explore, educate, and entertain.

When someone buys a Raspberry Pi or Arduino without any prior programming experience, this person often reports being lost because they do not have the technical skills to use it. The information available for programming and using these devices is often difficult to understand for beginners.

SCIO: The Fun New Way To Learn Coding, Computers and STEM – [Link]

OSHChip – general purpose processor board in DIP format

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OSHChip is a general purpose processor board based on ARM Cortex-M0 32 bit processor running at 16 MHz. It includes 2.4 GHz Bluetooth Low Energy radio and a broad range of built-in Peripherals. It features 256 KBytes of Flash memory for program and data and 32 KBytes of SRAM. All this functionality comes in a tiny DIP like package which is compatible with a breadboard thus making prototyping an easy task. OSHChip is an open source project and all design files are available on github: https://github.com/OSHChip/OSHChip_V1.0_Docs

OSHChip – general purpose processor board in DIP format – [Link]

Fobble – A general purpose Wireless Breakout Board!

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Ken Boak has designed a compact board with RFduino Bluetooth Low Energy Module:

This week I have been working on another of my standard footprint 50mm x 50mm boards – it is a general purpose wireless module carrier board:- Fobble. That’s a BLE Fob – for anyone who misses the pun.

In the last few weeks there have been a number of applications arise – that could easily be addressed with an easy to use, generic wireless platform. These have included keyfob or pendant applications – requiring a small coin cell powered board – to a generic wireless board that can be stacked to one of the processor boards to provide wireless connectivity.

Fobble – A general purpose Wireless Breakout Board! – [Link]

Making circuit boards with DLP projector

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Nuri ERGİNER managed to create his own PCBs using a DLP projector and photo-resist dry film.

Every Maker like me dream a PCB printer which can quickly and precisely convert our electronic idea into a psychical circuit board. I know there are plenty of project going on the subject. (see the end of the article) What I tried here is something different, quick and precise. If you have lots of electronic idea in your mind and most of them have a high probability of fail, the system must be quick and easy.

Making circuit boards with DLP projector – [Link]

Teensy 3.2: A first look at the powerful Arduino compatible board

educ8s.tv reviews the Teensy 3.2 Arduino compatible board and examines if it’s compatible with his existing sketches.

If you need a small but powerful Arduino board, Teesy 3.2 is the best board available today. In this video we take a first look at Teensy 3.2 board, we set it up and we run the blink program. Next we try the code of a previous Arduino project to see if it is really compatible.

Teensy 3.2: A first look at the powerful Arduino compatible board – [Link]

Prometheus: Circuit Boards in Minutes

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Prometheus is Not a 3D printer – it quickly carves, drills, and shapes your PCB so you don’t have to wait for a delivery truck.

Prometheus makes real circuit boards in just minutes. When we’re prototyping, we need a tool that can give us nearly instant feedback – not feedback that comes in a few week’s time in the form of a PCB delivery. Let the PCB manufacturers make the hundreds or thousands of boards for your production run – not your prototypes. If production is your goal, Prometheus will help get you there faster.

Prometheus: Circuit Boards in Minutes – [Link]

A development board for the STM32F042

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Andy Brown designed a development board for the STM32F042 in the TSSOP20 package:

This project came about because I’m using the STM32F042F6P6 (32Kb flash, 6Kb SRAM) in another project where I’m creating a USB device and the first thing I did is try to obtain a development board for it. I was hopeful that ST would have created one of their ‘discovery’ boards but no, there was only a ‘nucleo’ board available and that had one of the QFP packages on it.

A development board for the STM32F042 – [Link]

Kicad StepUp – export kicad 3D board

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kicad StepUp allows exporting kicad 3D board and comps in STEP AP214 .By easyw @ sourceforge.net:

kicad StepUp: a new approach to export kicad board and modules in STEP AP214 (with colors). With kicad StepUp, it is possible to work in kicad EDA with the same component model data available in the STEP AP214 3D format, and obtain a 3D STEP AP214 model of the pcb board and a complete board assembles with electronic modules, to be used for MCAD interchange. The accurate 3D visualization of components on board assembles in kicad 3dviewer, is maintained in the same accuracy and aspect in STEP AP214 format. The kicad StepUp script maintains the usual way to work with kicad, but improves the process to work in a collaborative way with mechanical designers bringing near ECAD and MCAD environments.

Kicad StepUp – export kicad 3D board – [Link]

UP – Intel x5-Z8300 board in a Raspberry Pi2 form factor

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UP, the credit card computer board for makers powered by Intel Quad Core Atom X5-8300 1.84GHz, running Linux, Windows 10, and Android

We haven’t seen anything like that on the market. We saw plenty of cost effective boards, often powered by RISC technology, and industrial solutions with a wide range of standard form factors, performance and technology but with high prices and poor or absent community support. We tried to merge the best of the two worlds, makers and industrial market. Maybe we were asking for too much. Or maybe not. We put the best x86 low power consumption and high performance technology available today in the market into a credit card size board and created a community to support it.
The answer is UP.

UP is a credit card size board which merges the benefits of Raspberry Pi2, the standard “de facto” of makers with the high performance and low power consumption of latest tablet technology : the Intel Cherry Trail Atom Quad Core x5-Z8300 64 bits up to 1.84GHz ( http://ark.intel.com/products/87383/Intel-Atom-x5-Z8300-Processor-2M-Cache-up-to-1_84-GHz ). Thanks to the 14nm technology, the CPU is rated at only 2W SDP.

UP – Intel x5-Z8300 board in a Raspberry Pi2 form factor – [Link]