Kevin Darrah

The Ultimate Arduino Prototype Board

The Ultimate Arduino Prototype Board – Now Available!

by on Nov.27, 2013, under The Ultimate Arduino Prototype Board

Click Here to go to the official page for the boards.

And here is the intro video:

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50 Programmer Boards Successfully Reflowed and Tested!

by on Nov.03, 2013, under The Ultimate Arduino Prototype Board

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Wow, the Arduino Controlled Reflow Oven worked out great for reflowing the programmer boards!  It took about 10 boards or so to get my technique mastered.  I’ll still have those first-run boards available… they’re just a little messy from the rework job.  Let me know what you think!

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Here’s my version of ICT “In Circuit Test”.  I basically just make sure every board generates 3.3V, 5V, and can echo data back to the computer.  Of course I also check that the LED’s are working correctly.

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Assembled Prototype Board!

by on Oct.26, 2013, under The Ultimate Arduino Prototype Board

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Whelp, here it is!  Everything you see in the picture is what comes with the Ultimate Arduino Prototype Board.  This is a fully functional Arduino Clone with a ton of added features.  No, the protoboard does not support shields, but there are work -arounds, which I will discuss in a future video.

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Let’s take a closer look.  Remember, these are still alpha boards, meaning that everything isn’t perfect.  The assembly was a piece of cake, but there were a few minor issues.  These will be fixed prior to the next release of the board:

– Accidentally ordered surface mount crystals, this isn’t a big deal since the leads are just flattened.  Because this is my screw-up, all alpha boards will ship the crystal soldered to the board.  I’m doing this because the leads have to be carefully straightened out.  I don’t want you to accidentally over bend the leads and having them break off.  I’ve mastered the skill, so I’ll handle it.

– The 10k potentiometer footprint was much larger than I thought.  The pot actually collides with other components(R5 and R6).  This isn’t a big deal; you just need to make sure R5 and R6 are soldered before the pot.  The pot will stand off the board slightly, but it still works perfectly fine.

Everything else turned out great!  There is only one more part holding everything up!!

If you really really want one of these hit me up, and I might be able send you an early release.

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