The board is done (Late Log)

A project log for Persistence Of Vision LED Matrix MKII

It's Redesign Time

Matthew James BellafaireMatthew James Bellafaire 07/06/2019 at 13:400 Comments

I actually completed this board awhile ago. I just forgot to update the project log because my life got somewhat busy around the time I finished this. This board is one of the most complex I ever attempted and the layout took quite a bit of time. I'm not exactly happy with the final product but I have no doubt that it will get the job done. Here's the eye-candy version of the board design

And here's the actually useful images of the board. I went with a 4 layer design due to the shear complexity of the board, tried to keep everything as tight as possible but I could only do so much since the headers needed to be in the configuration shown up above. In this redesign the matrix itself sits in the gap between the two header rows. 

Here's the top layer. The upper right corner handles all the power such as working with the lithium ion battery and boosting everything to 5V. On the fir right under that I've added some mod-headers which connect to 4 of the pins of the ATmega just in case there's something I want to add. I plan to use 1 of those headers to sense where the matrix is in its rotation. 

The bottom of the board is really nothing special. I tried to keep it so that the top would go left and right and the bottom would go up and down. That almost worked out for me in this case. But with the pin pitch of the microcontroller I couldn't really place vias directly on the pins. I should have modified the via size to condense the board but I didn't think of it at the time so I'll have to keep that in mind for next time. 

The next stage of this project is the mechanical design, which I'm dreading. Unfortunately at this point the project is on temporary hold, I just don't have the money at the moment to see it through. The bright side is that I can design almost all of this project directly in various CAD tools so I'll only have to assemble at the end. 

Either way, see you in the next log!