Powerful Arduino Proto Board


ariefadha shared hisĀ ZuC Proto Board (Z-micro Controller Proto Board) project in the forum:

3 month ago i develop proto board / perf board that can fit SMD and also PTH. this proto board also have 2 ISP holes and micro USB. But Arduino use non-standard pin spacing so i put the arduino spacing on this proto board. and the result is making your arduino or arduino-shield is piece of cake. Take a look my project here hackaday.io
It has more feature now, like voltage booster from your single lipo to 5v, and dual layer non through hole, so you can wiring on both side :D

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  1. I wish to point out a huge problem with the picture above. In order to be able to do 2 independent circuit sides, the holes were specified by the author to be non-plated-through (read linked article).
    As such, it looks to me like the picture shown by DP in the above is simply a bunch of *unconnected* soldered components. (If the author claims otherwise, I would like to see the underside.) Well, I would prefer to see a demo done of an actual non-trivial circuit.
    In actual use, after connecting all the components, there will be plenty of solder bridges done and plenty of wires done. Watch out if your SMD circuitry is dense (e.g. SOIC MCU pins mostly in use) and you want to change things repeatedly. I will avoid this board due to the mass of wires alone.
    Make a board in KiCAD, or use a board with connectors. In the long run, there are better ways.

  2. A kickstarter promotion to be taken with a pinch of salt. Caveat emptor…

    (A) If he has done a wired board, then he has selected the pix on his kickstarter page to appeal to the Arduino crowd; well, they are not terribly experienced embedded hardware people. If intentional, it is very naughty. A picture of a board with a mass of wires is a score for connectible boards, and may sway potential backers the other way, or make them buy less.

    (B) If he has not done a wired board, then it means there is zero experience on making actual non-trivial projects using these boards. A mass of wires quickly becomes unwelcoming when prototyping; trying a non-trivial SOIC project will make it denser and worse. (Worse if you don’t have multiple colours for your wires or you don’t have thinner insulated wires for cramped sections, ever tried a row of 24awg to SOIC pins?)

  3. Hi,

    I think this board could work.
    As I understand, the pitch appears to be 1.27mm, and at this level it is not difficult to run strands of wire (e.g. stripped Kynar wire) to the 1.27mm pitch IC. Of course, it is useless for (say) 0.5mm pitch parts.
    But for 1.27mm parts, to me the board appears quite useful. Solder bridges could be removed with the usual solder wick braid stuff.
    Sure the wires (either entirely stripped and tacked with solder to the board, or just ends of 30AWG kynar stripped for point-to-point wiring) would become a mess, but when prototyping with SMD a bit of a mess is to be expected but could be routed nicely with 90 degree bends in the wire with tweezers. Of course 24awg is not appropriate – 30awg is typical when working with SMD prototyping. I don’t really like the breakout boards per SMD, which and 0.1″ spaced holes, because I can’t make a dense prototype with them, and for some parts it becomes hard to place (say) decoupling caps close to the IC, without using wire and tacking on the cap on the breakout board anyway.
    I don’t get the need to use the other side, but one-sided alone this board could be useful, provided 1.27mm pitch parts are used.

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