• Delay

    Alastair Young01/20/2020 at 21:12 0 comments

    I forgot to order the stencil till early last week, and ground post from Idaho appears to be snowed in so it's not here yet....

  • Test Jig Built

    Alastair Young01/13/2020 at 04:22 0 comments

    I made a new test jig to replicate the function of the old one - a much tidier build this time. It is again configured as an Arduino shield so I can swap it onto the same Arduino without reprogramming. I used one of the scrap OshPark boards for the top level guide, skimming all the copper off in the mill first. The OshPark board holes are much more snug on the pogo pins - I actually have to ream them out with the drill. The PCBWay holes are loose. I don't have any gauge pins so I can't tell who is off. Both work though - header pin holes are not that critical.

    I am using a PCBWay board for the main part of the jig, with a PCF8574 at 0x20 talking to the Trig pins and the Echo pins wired back to spare Feather pins from the 74HC125 pads (chips not installed). Pogo pins are on the trig, echo and non-feather control pins with the regilar parallel feather pins connected down to the protoshield with pluggable headers. The pogo pins are only soldered on the bottom and have no wires directly attached. The jig is configured upside down so all the wiring is exposed when it unplgs - this should make the whole thing easier to maintain, as kynar wire and pogo pins are a bit fragile.

    I made up one board by hand - tested good first time :-)

    I'll make up a production batch next weekend - I need to stock reset switches.

  • Blue boards arrive

    Alastair Young01/10/2020 at 23:53 0 comments

    First production batch of boards arrived so I went to go make a new test jig - only to realize that featherwing uses 0.1"/2.5mm standoffs - I only have 2mm and 3mm. 

    So now waiting on adafruit (expensive but faster than Banggood) 2.5mm standoff set.

  • Ordered Boards for Production

    Alastair Young12/31/2019 at 05:41 0 comments

    Ordering 100 boards from PCBWay, as someone bought out my entire stock of Octosonars. 

    Tweaked the design as follows:

    • upped all the 6 mil tracks to 8 mil - the OSHpark boards failed on the first pass. I'm not sure if this is related, but there was room to bump them all to 8 mil which is what I have done in the past for signal traces.
    • Swapped out the external second ground pin to be an INT pin to match the old board pinout, rather than have the non-feather users hunt out the feather gpio pin
    • Changed the references to 5V to VS. There are apparently 3.3V compatible HC-SRO4 variants now available, so VS = Voltage Sensor, so the whole thing should be able to run off 3.3 V. Documenting this clearly Will Be Fun.
    • Tweaked some of the illegibly small silkscreen text from 24 mil to 32

  • It's Alive!

    Alastair Young11/24/2019 at 05:54 0 comments

    Tested with 6 sensors - bot butt.

    First time ever I got a bad batch of boards - one was recoverable. I'm sure they'll make it right - looks like an error in the fab. A bit of hand soldering and it fires right up - borrowing 6 sensors from the X2 bot.

  • prototype boards orderd

    Alastair Young11/11/2019 at 01:03 0 comments

    Actually ordered 0.0.2 board. Minor tweaks.

    The adafruit 0.1" headers have slightly smaller diameter pads than I was using on my headers - when I switch to the oshpark design rules all mine raised alarms at being to close to the edge. So I made mine match.

    Switched to 0603 footprints for the 0.1uF caps as that's what I actually install anyway. That's actually an error in the old design.

  • Octosonar FeatherWing 0.0.1 uploaded to OSHPark

    Alastair Young11/10/2019 at 06:28 0 comments

    Initial design done. I originally went with one sensor connector block in an extension on each end, but then realized if used as an under-wing the wires would clash with the USB, so I packed them both into an extension at the right hand end. This made the routing a lot more challenging hauling 16 data lines back from one end.

    Went with 6mil for data a 10mil for power, with 0.35mm and 0.5mm vias respectively with 6 mil annular ring. Previously I've always done 8mil traces, but this lets me space lines at 25mil 

    The board maintains the capability of use as a standalone board for use with non-feather projects - so it can replace the existing unit in stock. It has a reset button and defaults to "GPIO-11" which is Arduino pin 2 on the Feather 328P (on order).

    Now for the X2....

  • Draft design almost done

    Alastair Young11/06/2019 at 16:04 0 comments

    Extended the base featherwing object 0.5" on either end for the X2 style connector arrays. This will allow use in the middle of the stack and removes the need to use smaller footprints.

    Include 0603 pullups with cuttable jumpers.

    Todo: reset button, silk screen, additional 5V input on extension for 3V  master projects with dead USB power?