In Part 1 of this project, I talked about the PCB and schematic layout and pretty much how it works. Now it’s time to turn this project into reality ! 😀
Berfboard was originally a prototype board that had designed to have connections similar to a breadboard but then I had an idea of combining a power supply into it. The power supply can provide +5V or +3.3V which would be ideal for certain Arduino or Raspberry Pi projects. Having a built-in power supply would make it much more convenient as you would just need a DC power adapter or a +9V battery to power everything up instead of adding additional wires for power and connecting it to an external power supply.
I designed this pretty cool linux badge based on the linux penguin using KiCad and svg2shenzhen. There is no circuitry, just the a solder pad for a brooch pin. Feel free to checkout my github repo to get the design files https://github.com/Chromico/linux-penguin-PCB-badge . It’s open source so feel free to use it for whatever you want.
So just know that I’m just a beginner in FPGAs but I want to write blog about how to get started with FPGAs so that I might help people that have no clue what an FPGA does or what an FPGA is. I’m not gonna go into too much details about how an FPGA works but I’m gonna only gonna tell what you need to know for now in order to do some cool stuff with FPGAs.
A while back I started a project known as stormduino. Stormduino is essentially an arduino uno R3 clone made in Kicad with some slightly different components. For those of you who don’t know what KiCad is, it’s a pretty powerful open source electronics design tool that you can check out here: https://kicad-pcb.org/
After a few revisions of the PCB, I managed to get a working prototype. The project is open source so you can pretty much do whatever you want with it.
Here’s the github repo if you want to check it out: https://github.com/Chromico/stormduino
Pics of the final board: