Edwin Rhodes wrote:
this sounds like a really cool idea! but how would we go about making our own board?
There are two ways:
1) use a prototype card. I have one, but it cost me CAN$50. It's pricey, and prone to wiring errors.
2) Design a board from the schematic. It would have to be double-sided, therefore not easy to etch in your basement (though it is possible, if you can get the holes lined up). The best option would be to send it off to a professional boardmaking service. I have done this before, but the initial investment can be a little high (though I've heard of an American place that's really cheap, I'll have to check it out). Overall, It's still cheaper. I added the I/O stuff partially because that would make it interesting to embedded companies. Schools would be very interested as well (the one I went to even asked me about embedded learning-oriented hardware for a future course). The more boards we (or some interested company) can sell, the cheaper they will be individually.
I'm currently in the process of moving, so it will be a month or two, but I will finish the board and try to get it to whoever wants one, one way or another. I simply have to verify that it works well before sending out for boards.
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