Expand your Espruino Pico with a 4" by 4" project board with SOIC/SOT-23/etc SMD pads and power railsDesigned by Azzy's Electronics, Ships from United States of America
This board provides pads for the most popular surface-mount packages, broken out to rows of 0.1" pin header for ease of connection. Each pin goes to two or three holes, so making multiple connections to a pin is no problem. At the top, a row of 8 pads that can take either an SOT-23-6 part (such as the MAX1555 LiPo charger IC, or some small EEPROMs), or the 5050 package commonly used for RGB-LEDs, including the WS2812/B. On the back of the board, these pins go to pads for three SOIC-16 packages (you can put two SOIC-8's next to each other too). To the right of that are two banks of pads for SOT-23 MOSFETs. Each bank of 4 fets is connected to a common source, and pads are provided for a resistor between source and gate. A barrel jack, and optionally voltage regulators (in SOT-223 and SOIC-23-5 package) can be added to supply power.
The popular ESP8266 wifi module can be easily used with the pads in the lower right corner. These are for the Wi7-7 and Wi7-12 package (from Electrodragon and others), and pads are provided for a capacitor across the power supply, since these seem to need it (of course, you can use the Wi7C-1 with the 8 pins in the through-hole prototyping area). These pads have the same spacing as used in the HopeRF RF transceiver modules and many others. The spacing is also the same as used in 1W RGB/RGBW LEDs. While the LED would rapidly overheat at full power, this might be useful at a lower duty cycle, or for brief flashes. In this case, the SOT-89 pads on the underside can be used for AMC7135 current regulators for the LEDs.
All through-holes are plated.
This shows one of my projects using one of these boards, demonstrating the versatility of this prototyping board. Actual assembly of the hardware went very fast - it was almost negligible compared to the time spent writing the software. With all these devices, there's still plenty of room left on the board - I could have added another '2812 LED, and several more IC's in (T)SSOP, SOIC, or DIP.
On the top, you can see the Pico itself, a WIZNet Wiz550io module (keypad and cover are mounted to that), 4-button keypad, and a BMP180 temp+humidity sensor. A TCS34723 color sensor is mounted on the DFN pads in the middle, with an 0603 cap used for bypassing (barely visible in picture - they're tiny!). The two LEDs are WS2812B leds, to control 6 status lights with 1 Espruino pin. The light is conveyed to the top of the cover using Sparkfun's flexible light pipe.
On the bottom, you can see a prototype RF controller board (may be offered for sale in future) that offloads the task of listening to 433mhz RF to an external ATtiny841, and communicates with the Espruino over serial, as well as a TSSOP-8 AT24-series I2C EEPROM, and lots of wiring; the traces running down the middle at the bottom are I2C SDA and SCL. The two unoccupied headers are for an EasyVR 3.0 voice recognition board.
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I build projects with Arduino (ATtinies almost exclusively, never anything bigger than a '328p) and Espruino (often both working together), and I make a lot of circuit boards for these projects. Particularly after using my ATtiny-prototyping board for my own projects, I realized that these would be useful to other people, and decided to start selling them here on Tindie.
Strip Board, Protoboard, prototyping board, solderable breadboard - whatever you want to call it - it has been a mainstay in electronics prototyping for decades, and hasn't changed much in the interim (not even in production quality, as they're still often single-sided and/or manufactured from low-grade phenolic resin instead of FR4). My prototyping board creations bring these into the modern era, offering a combination of 0.1" through-hole prototyping areas (consisting of groups of 2, 3 or 4 pins connected together, like solderable breadboard) and pads for common surface mount packages connected to through-holes for easy soldering. To handle projects of all sizes, I offer prototyping board as large as 4" x 4", down to less than an inch square in my Mini Protoboard line. Unlike most commercial prototyping board, these boards are made to the same quality standards as real PCBs. Through-holes are plated, and the boards are double sided. These are offered in both generic versions, and ones tailored to specific microcontrollers, like the Tiny84/85, or microcontroller boards, like the Espruino Pico, Arduino Pro Mini, and the wildly popular ESP8266.
ATtiny breakout boards:
I love the ATtiny lineup, particularly some of the less popular ones, like the incredibly full-featured ATtiny841, ATtiny1634, and ATtiny828. Breakout boards for these that had the features I wanted were not readily available - so I made my own. I've since expanded my product line to include breakout boards for the ATtiny861, ATtiny167, and ATtiny88 - and all of these are available both as bare boards and assembled. In addition to designing the hardware I also maintain [ATtinyCore Universal](https://github.com/SpenceKonde/ATTinyCore), which enables Arduino support for all these ATtiny's and more.
I also sell a number of other boards to fill what I felt were gaps in the market, including a breakout board for the popular LoRa/LoRaWAN modules from Microchip (the RN2483 and 2903), which has become one of my top selling items. I also sell MOSFET drivers and breakout boards for logic level MOSFETs operating at logic levels of 2.5v and lower - while a great number of MOSFETs are available that operate with very low gate voltages, these are almost invariably SMD parts which are difficult to use without a properly designed breakout board.