Schematic and KiCad fun

A project log for Sniffing Trinket

A room climate monitor

Georg KrockerGeorg Krocker 12/08/2014 at 16:470 Comments

Hey there, I'm back and still living ...

The last couple of days I was finishing off with the schematic and starting out with board layout. Here is the (almost) finished schematic:

Small details might still change as I'm finishing up the board layout if I run out of board space or have tons of board space left. A couple of comments are in order:

Concerning the board layout, I have so far finished all the footprints and the basic outline of the board. Next up is placing of the components and routing. I have not yet decided on the size of the caps and resistors, I will try 0812 for easy hand soldering but might need to get down if space is rare (as it is, it seems). More on that soon - I plan to send off the board to be manufactured latest end of the week. So far I stick to my initial plan, yeah!

Some note before I part: KiCad suck. Honestly, it provided me with the worst user experience EVER over the weekend. Once it runs its fine, but finding a version that has everything running is a major pain. I'm no noob when it comes to compiling your own software, but it took me five hours using three operating systems (and two flavors of linux) to find a somewhat stable version. Really KiCad - this is the best you can do?