Dangerous Protoboard: Bus Pirate v3/SOIC is now available for $10. This is Sjaak’s special Dangerous Protoboard for working with SOIC chips and SMD parts, it includes a Bus Pirate v3 connector for easy testing.
It has footprints for:
- 0805 parts (59x)
- SOIC chips from .150″ to .3″ (max 112 pins)
- SOT23-3 (16x)
- 26×10 pin through-hole prototype area
- Bus Pirate v3 connector and breakout
We do an lot of prototyping and we had the need for a simple SMD prototype board as most of the parts in our partbox are SMD. This PCB allows us quickly to whip up a working prototype using SMD/SMT components, without going through a full development-cycle of creating a nice looking schematic, designing a neat PCB, sending it to the fab house, and waiting for the postman to arrive. This dramatically reduces our development time.
We used this board for the XMas demonstration we posted last year.
USB VID fundraiser
This board also doubles as a fundraiser for an USB VID for Dangerous Prototypes. We currently use a VID/PID supplied by Microchip for our projects, but that comes with a lot of restrictions which aren’t suitable for open source projects. For example you may not use the VID/PID for more then 10,000 units, which is incompatible with open source licensing.
There are currently no ‘freely’ available numbers tailormade for open source projects. Getting a ‘private’ VID from USB.org is the only real solution, but also a costly one. The cheapest option they offer is a $2,000 onetime fee to get a VID. This one is valid for ever, but $2000 is a lot or money for us… That’s why we started this fundraiser.
Get your mighty handy SMD protoboard at Seeed for just $10!
What are you going to make with the Dangerous Protoboard? Please drop us a line.