The process of making the first working sample of a circuit, that may be on a temporary base like a breadboard

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Using copper clad for RF projects

As a novice reading "Build Your Own Transistor Radios" by Ronald Quan I was kind of mystified by the author's statement that using "vector" board would be easier than using prototype boards, but the ...
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L298N damaged? What to do?

I'm trying to control a DC motor with the L298N motor driver and it worked for a brief moment. I've used the setup mentioned in this video tutorial, but someone in the comments said that with this ...
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Designing for pick and place

I am thinking of using DesignSpark for PCB design and pass the files on for manufacture. If I want to miss out the soldering part and get the full boards made by a pick and place machine, can I use ...
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Electronics protyping and manufacture

I need to design and build an embedded piece of electronics based on a PIC microcontroller. I am assuming the process is: choose chip (PIC16F690) prototype code on PicKit breakout board prototype ...
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Prototyping for Bluetooth accelerometer

I'm a software developer looking to prototype an application that requires input from a 3-axis accelerometer, ideally via Bluetooth LE. Current specs on the accelerometer are +/-50G sensing range ...
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Circuit working in breadboard but not perfboard

I am making a circuit to unlock my car doors. The central locking in my car works with 2 wires one at 12V, the other at 0V. When the 12V line is pulled low, the door locks. When the 0V line is pulled ...
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How to make prototype circuits that include microcontrollers, and avoid breadboard annoyances at high frequencies?

From my searches of the web ( as well as this question ), I have found that breadboards - like the one on picture - aren't a good idea when your application involves high frequencies. I am going to ...
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Why do Integrated Circuits must be Baked (in the oven) before being used on a Prototype Board?

Why do Integrated circuits mostly QFN, need to be placed in the oven for an hour or so, prior to being used on a prototype board. Is it to somehow improve the protection of the ICs against ESD or just ...
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Finalize project: How to go from breadboard to a semi-permanent circuit

I'm tinkering with Raspberry Pi, and envision a few small applications that will require external circuits. I find the breadboard setup to be a bit too fragile for long-term use, but I'm not sure ...
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Identify which face of a cube is up

I have a device whose shape is a cube and I need to identify in real time which face is up. My current solution is (not yet implemented) is to use a gyro to get angular variation, but I can see 2 ...
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STM8L discovery board, wires for the breadboard

I don't know if it is the right place to ask, but still I have a STM8L discovery dev board - http://www.st.com/web/catalog/tools/FM116/SC959/SS1673/PF250636 which has very small square male-type ...
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Control slot car with Arduino [duplicate]

I'm brand new at electronics, and brand new at Arduino. I know very little about eighter, so please bear over with me... :-) To top it of, this is my very first post here on Electronics. I'm working ...
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How to cut the tracks of a stripboard

Since I've started electronics I'm using this kind of board for permanent projects: But sometimes it's a bit annoying, especially when I need a line going from the top to bottom of the board. ...
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Prototyping an antenna array receiver

Disclaimer: I am decent with math/theory, but I have zero hardware knowledge (apart from some basic microcontrollers). I'm looking to build a (possibly crude, but functional) hardware prototype of a ...
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How does this prototyping style work?

I'm a little puzzled about a prototyping style I've seen used recently. Here is an example picture of a circuit made in this way: Can someone explain the process of making a board like this? Why are ...
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Custom FPGA PCB with external programming circuit

My team has verified our logic design on a development board and we are ready to move to a final prototype. Due to the nature of the device, the FPGA board must contain minimal components and be ...
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small, fully functional pc boards and kinect (example Raspberry Pi) [closed]

I have discovered that people trying to prototype a kinect controller with Raspberry Pi have had limited to no success. I found some people with limited success with PandaBoard. I am now interested ...
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What's the difference between using SPICE and just putting things on breadboard and testing?

Can SPICE programs do most of the imaginable simulations with any kind of components in the market? Is it important to run SPICE before you do any kind of breadboard work/prototyping?
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How to deal with LFBGA217 package when building prototype boards by hand

I am involved in a project in which I need to create a few prototype boards that will use the AT91SAM9G20B-CU processor in the LFBGA217_J package. Because this is ...
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Make a prototype board using ARM core [closed]

I'm a newbie here. I'm currently planning to make my own prototype board using an ARM chip. So I'll have to get the chip (which I have chosen to be SAM3S4A), and get some other components to support ...
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Unusual Surface Mount Package (with notches) - how to mount / solder?

I have recently acquired an electronics component that I was expecting to have a "normal" surface mount foot that I could solder. Instead, what is has is a very thick section that has a 0.50mm ...
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Connector to temporary connect SMD IC?

Is there any material/device invented to quickly connect SOIC-14 like integrated circuits to, eg, breadboard? I am aware of adapter boards, but what if I want something without soldering? (I am not ...
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What is the best way to take multiple near-simultaneous pictures from 6 cameras on a development board?

I thought I could use a powered usb hub, connect the 6 cameras to it, connect the hub to the raspberry pi and capture the images one after the other quickly using the motion package. But I can't find ...
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Soldering to and using proto area on XBee sheild

This feels like a very stupid question but how am I meant to use this area of protoboard on the Arduino XBee shield - these are straight through vias with no mid layer and so none of the holes are ...
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How do proceed with larger electronic projects?

Recently I have read two books about programming in general: First one being Code Complete and the other being The Pragmatic Programmer that describe how one should think when dealing with large ...
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Are there “female” 2.54mm screw terminals?

There are a variety of male screw terminals with pins one can solder into a PCB. Are there female screw terminals that fit directly over the 2.54mm pitch/spaced "jumper" pins that small boards like ...
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Wearable electronics in which kind of electrically-insulated mold?

I have a wearable electronics that I need to keep in my finger. I don't have the resources to put a prototype into something small like custom ASIC so I would like to find a way to put it to shape it ...
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Connecting with only JTAG

I've been wanting try out new microcontrollers and microprocessors other than the very mainstream Arduino and similar. So I want to start by making a inexpensive test board with a minimal test of ...
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Breadboard Confusion

I just received the following breadboard in a electronics starter pack I purchased. I am a little confused in how I would go about prototyping on this board, all the tutorials I have read state ...
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Do I really need to solder headers to a shield? Or can I just plug it into my Arduino?

I recently purchased an MP3 Player Shield for my Arduino. I bought a couple of headers to run through the shield's holes down to my arduino. Is this TRULY necessary (for testing purposes)? Or could I ...
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How to mass-produce a electronic system assembled by me?

"Practically speaking", given I developed a electronic system (in my case with the Arduino board), what are next steps to make in order to produce and market that system (in my case, regardless of ...
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What make now that I have implemented a working prototype of my system?

I developed code for an Arduino board (Arduino Uno + Ethernet Shield and some sensor) and I am thinking to try to make some money by selling the resulting system. Is it legally possible make that with ...
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Is there a good replacement for stripboard in the surface mount world?

More and more components I want to use are only available in surface mount packages. I can either get a big collection of adapter boards for all flavors of SOIC/WFBGA/QDERP to 100 mil pin spacing, ...
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Is there a solution for keeping circuits with low frequencies small?

background I'm essentially making an mixed-signal/analog computer(to accelerate certain mathematical operations). I'm looking to create many AC filters (of different types) at low frequencies (sub ...
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what is solderless post

I've seen metal "sticks" with a special end that let them fit snugly into a through-hole for when you want a contact but don't want to solder a wire into the hole. What are they called and where can I ...
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grounding connection?

What's the easiest way to connect a ring terminal to the ground terminal of an AC outlet? Are there plugs you can buy that make this easy? I don't need (or want) the line and neutral wires ...
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Prototyping with a very small surface mount connector/socket

I've got a Satellite modem with a connector that mates with a tiny 10pin by 10pin Samtec SS4 series surface mount connector. The question is, how would I prototype with this component? I am thinking ...
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Can pins (breadboard friendly) be added to non-drilled pads?

Some PCBA's have pads along the edge, where I believe some kind of headers could be soldered (or may be not), but don't have the pads drilled. I guess manufacturers save a little cost on drilling, and ...
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Minimal ARM circuit requirements

I have done some development with the ATMega and I'm looking to broaden my horizons. I have a couple Cortex M4 series chips and would like make an ARM equivalent to the Breadboarduino I plan to ...
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PCB-less prototyping with surface mount components (like DFN)

I'm expecting some interesting comments and answers on this one, mainly because I'm probably just insane for even considering / asking this. One component I want to prototype with is the MCP73123 ...
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Feasibility Question and Advice on CAD software

For a hobby project I have bread boarded, I am considering using a pair detectors that operate as a single use physical barrier. When hit by a projectile, a trace is broken allowing +5VDC to to ...
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Ultrasonic rangefinder (for beginner)

I'm quite beginner in electronics. So, to begin with, I wanted to make a simple (?) ultrasonic rangefinder, based on microcontroller. So I had a few questions for experienced in electronics: What ...
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Getting ~600W of power to 2048 LEDs

Despite my Computer Systems Engineering degree, I haven't played with electronics for over a decade, and I'd like to get back into it. I have a project idea, and I think I've got all the design leg ...
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How to prototype?

How is prototyping done in a professional EE environment? Do you do your prototypes on breadboards, on copper clad boards, Manhattan style, or do you just draw schematics, order PCBs made and ...
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Cheap accelerometer in DIP package?

I've been looking around to see if there's a relatively cheap (around £5) accelerometer / tilt sensor in a DIP package for prototyping. Breakout boards exist for the ADXL335 but seem to be ...
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Large to medium size e-Ink Display for prototyping [closed]

I have been doing research in finding various raw screens for prototyping, stuff like e-ink, color e-ink and OLED screens. Then I saw this earlier post: Gumstix with an e-ink screen So after one ...
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What's this special type of PCB prototyping board called?

I'm trying to buy some prototyping boards for basic, learner electronic hobby project building, but the ones I'm seeing are merely grids with a separate and distinct via for each independent hole. I ...
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How to use 200 mil DIP components on solderless breadboard?

I recently got my hands on some miniature DIP relays, and would like to prototype a circuit with them on a solderless breadboard. Unfortunately, these relays have standard 100 mil pin spacing, but 200 ...
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Breadboard/veroboard and SMT

By now, through-hole components have almost completely disappeared from consumer devices and also professional PCBs. But what is the alternative to build breadboard-veroboard for SMT technology? ...
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Frome tabletop prototype to a usable home device

I see a lot of questions dealing with going from prototype to production but I've got a more modest problem. I am building a couple of home automation devices for myself. I am able to build a ...