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Breakout boards are small single-function component level boards that usually combine ICs, sensors and commonly used passive components into a package to perform a specific function. They are often used by hobbyists and provide a good way for amateurs to access SMD-class technology in a breadboard-friendly package.

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Having USB-C as power delivery and data?

so I've looked at many posts on the internet and I cannot find one that answers my question. I want to have a USB-C breakout board (I'm planning to use this) that will power my power supply. However, ...
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This L293D just blew up. Can someone pease help me figure out why?

I was using a motor driver breakout board with a L293D IC on it, along with a 7805 voltage regulator and a couple of capacitors. I have een using it for 4-5 months and the wire connections stayed the ...
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What is the name of this connector / board?

I'm trying to make a custom HID, and would like to include a joystick, it has this carbon 6 wire ribbon cable, but I can't for the life of me find this kind of breakout board or even the connector ...
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Connecting a Neutis N5 chip

How can I connect the Neutis N5 chip without using the developer board? I have an application where I'd like to use this chip but not the (relatively large) developer board. I've found the pinouts ...
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Does anyone recognize this debug connector?

I'm looking at a board with this debug interface and I would like to know what it is so I can consider it in future designs. The scale below is 1 mm gradient. It looks like something off the shelf ...
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Critique of first PCB project

Overview This project is my first with schematic/PCB design. The goal is to make a breakout board for the Fanstel BM833 module (built around the Nordic nRF52833 SoC). Library I first designed my ...
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Making a 64 pin breakout board, looking for help with best practices and any glaring design errors. First design in a few years

Long time lurker first time poster. I am making a breakout for a MCU we want to prototype with and I was curious if there are design rules I should follow for these. The datasheet for the MCU says "0....
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How can I attach a USB microphone to a Breakout-board using ADC Ports? [closed]

I am almost a total noobie to electrical engineering and I bought a programmable Drone called "PlutoX" from here. I am currently trying to attach a USB microphone like this: to the so called "X-...
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Instrumentation Amplifier Connection Problem

I am trying to build a circuit capable of measuring ECG signals following the scheme attached. Since AD623 was out of stock, i ended up buying something like this: https://www.arduino-tech.com/cjmcu-...
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What is a “mechanical pad”?

I've bought an FPC breakout stick from: Adafruit. In its datasheet, it mentions a "mechanical pad", which is the exposed copper bar near the connection pads. What does it do, and can I utilize it ...
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Low Profile PCB Connector Identification

There's some connectors on a PCB I would like to make a breakout for, but I'm having trouble identifying the connector type. Could somebody help me identify what type of connector this is, and ...
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White dust on chip pins

I have recently bought a FT2232H mini module breakout board. When I tried to connect it to a computer via usb nothing happened, either on windows or linux. For the latter I checked that the devices ...
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Why did Adafruit pick a 10K resistor for this phototransistor breakout?

Adafruit has an ALS-PT19 Analog Light Sensor Breakout. It looks like it has a 10K resistor on it: The ALS-PT19 datasheet says that resistor is to convert the output current of the transistor to ...
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ESP8266 not running uploaded Arduino sketch

This is my first time using an ESP8266 WiFi module, and I'm having a lot of trouble just setting it up. My goal is to get the module to run a simple Arduino Blink sketch so that I could proceed to ...
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Cortex-M0 vs. Cortex-M0+ for an IoT sensor using LoRA [closed]

Although I am an experienced software engineer, I am still quite a novice in electrical engineering. So please bare with me in explaining my requirements: I have a small garden in my backyard and I ...
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How to determine necessary electrical components for breakout board

With the fairly recent emergence of the Arduino/Raspberry like boards, I have a new found interest in circuits/electronics. I took some introductory classes back in undergrad and I'll be honest, it ...
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Removing pull-up resistors from breakout board

I use VL53L0X breakout boards for distance measurement on I2C, each with built-in level shifter and pull-up resistors (10kΩ, as measured). As I connect many of those on a single bus (5 and more), I ...
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Best way to connect two adjacent PCBs by their outermost hole rows?

I have two separate circuit boards that each have the same 8 hole row near their edges and I need to make a bridge from one PCB to another. Placed like that, the distance from the first PCB’s first ...
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MPU-9150 (IMU) AD0 address change

I have an MPU-9150 which uses I2C address 0x68 by default, but I'd like it to use address 0x69. This is possible by desoldering the 3-way AD0 "Jumper" on the breakout board. By default there are 3 ...
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Why do SparkFun make breakouts for circuit multiplexers? [closed]

I found this product on SparkFun. My first thought was "why do they need to make breakout boards for multiplexers, aren't there ready-to-roll muxes that do this kind of thing that already come in a ...
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BGA break out and impedance control

I'm connecting two BGAs (0.8mm pitch) which are DDR3 signals. Vendor recommends 40 and 80 ohm for SE and diff traces. My PCB manufacturer suggests the following specifications for the diff traces: <...
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How to discern quality of a breakout board? other than proper soldering on back of board [closed]

I see three different breakout boards for a project I am doing yet I am not sure which one to pick. How would i know which is of higher quality? I do see a metal circle inserts in board two and ...
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BGA prototyping practices

I'm working with a few BGA chips of a very fine pitch 0.5mm even smaller sometimes. What is the practices for being able to essentially breakout all the connections from these chips? I've just been ...
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Integrating two I2C sensors into a single circuit

I have two I2C sensors that I want to combine into a single circuit. Here are the schematics for each sensor side-by-side (i.e. not combined into single circuit). The BME280 datasheet states the ...
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What are the reasons why this analog to digital conversion is inaccurate?

I am planning to wire up the following sensor to an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi with a ADC. The following segment gives a wiring diagram and than says that "Analog to digital conversions rely ...
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Would this be the correct way to wire this breakout board sensor with an ADC?

I have a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. It is going to be wired to an ADC called the MCP3008 like this: I also have a breakout board, called the ML8511 UV Sensor which I am going to solder to the ...
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How effective is using a LQFP type breakout board to test microprocessors?

There are many LQFP breakout boards available on the market today. An example can be found here. I was curious as to their effectiveness in prototyping microcontrollers. I'm speaking of building ...
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Simple RF-powered LED circuit works on bread board but not perf board

I am trying to make a training tool that lights up when a radio is transmitting a few inches away from the antenna. The circuit works great on my bread board, but as soon as I transfer it to a perf ...
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Power supply for robotics project?

For my robotics project I am powering the arduino with a 12v 250mA source. I am using a DC motor l298 breakout board by iTead that allows a power supply of 5v to around 46v for DC motors. I am also ...
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QRE1113 breakout with IR LED control

I'm interested in the following IR sensor breakout board with the QRE1113: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9454 However, I would like to control the LED (on/off, PWM if possible). Should I ...
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how to get a breakout made for module that doesn't have one?

I'm just starting out in this field and I got ideas for projects I want to build but I'm running into problems, not so much with how to find the part I want or how to get it to work. but how to ...
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Create breakout for iM880A-L

I currently need to work with the iM880A-L. As it is annoying and shaky to solder that thing on perfboard and attach cables, I want to create a breakout board with JTAG and SWD plug and pins for all ...
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USB Breakout Infrared

"Usb breakouts" provide power, ground and signals in. Infrared receiver diodes need power, a ground and a signal out. Will the USB breakout transmit data out from the infrared diode if connected? If ...
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Connecting DB25 socket to protoboard/breadboard

I need to connect a DB25 connector to a breadboard. One way I can think of is buying a solder-cup connector (e.g. http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/171-025-103L001/225ME-ND/858135) and wiring it ...
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Jumper wire for thin connector pin / holes

I have a board with a Samtec SFM-115-L2-S-D-LC connector. This connector has 30 (15*2) pin holes, with a 0.050" / 1.27mm pitch, and accepts pins that are smaller than those used in breadboard / ...
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PCB house raising through hole pad error

A fab house is raising a strange error on through hole pad connections. In the top layer all connections are made but they are saying the bottom layer is left unconnected. Its a breakout board for a ...
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How to break apart grooved PCB

I recently got a set of 20 breakout PCBs. I didn't realize that they came in one piece- that they had not been cut apart yet. However, there are grooves between each board that are cut into the ...
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Making my own Breakout board for a GPS

I am prototyping a few things and wanted to make my own breakout for something that I haven't done before: GPS. (link to page) I know that high-freq. PCB are usually different compared to regular PCB....
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Troubleshoot load capacitance (crystal not starting)

I am using a MAX11060 ADC in a project, I have established SPI communications and am able to read and write registers, however I am unable to get any readings, I believe this is due to the crystal not ...
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Creating a breakout panel for a Raspberry Pi GPIO lines

From the elinux.org documentation for this GPIO, I have summarized the following information: The Raspberry Pi Model A+ and B+ boards, and the Pi 2 Model B, have a 40-pin 2.54 mm header marked J8,...
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Capacitor rated for 100vdc on 5vdc board

As the title says, I have capacitors rated 100VDC 18pF. Can I use these on a board that uses 5V Max ? I can't really find any direct answer to that question. What I want to do is to put a crystal to ...
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Desoldered Resistors on rotary encoder breakout can I just short them togather

Someone gave me this rotary encoder breakout, but they unsoldered the SMT resistors for some other project. Now I don't have any SMT resistors on hand and can't justify buying a roll of them. So would ...
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How to break out SMD chips in-circuit?

For a current project I am attempting to amplify and cross-wire the signals from the address pins of SMD RAM chips. Basically this means I am trying to break out the pins of a SMD chip, similar to how ...
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Esp8266 (esp-03) breakout

Recently, Hackaday is talking a lot about the esp8266, a wifi to serial chip. I want to use the esp-03, a breakout with half-hole connectors that has 2mm pitch. Is there a breakout board that can turn ...
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Whats the difference between these three breakout boards for the ADXL345 Accelerometer?

I would like to use the ADXL345 in a schematic im working on right now, but as there is no typical/minimal circuit provided within the datasheet i got stuck. I did a bit of research and found three ...
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Can I connect my ADMP401 straight to my computer's microphone jack?

So I'm looking to get a bit more value out of this little 'ol microphone I have. It has a Vcc, GND, and an analog data port on the breakout board. Could I splice a 3.5 mm jack wire and connect the ...
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Turn pull-up into pull-down

I have come across the following problem a few times in the past: You have a break-out board where some pins have already been pulled up or down for convenience, e.g. RESET pulled high to keep the ...
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Arduino: RS232 Level Shifter or RS2323 Breakout needed? [closed]

I am trying to establish communications between an Arduino Mega2560 (Master) and a customised controller (Slave) via a Master-Slave RS232 link using Modbus RTU. The communication should be bi-...
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Creating PCB or breakout board for sensor/ICs

I want to buy a BMA180 accelerometer to learn programming SPI and I2C devices (the sensor supports both). This is the link to the sensor on eBay and below is a picture of the sensor: How do I work ...
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mpu-6050 sparkfun breakout board

How do I change the LSB of the I2C address of the Sparkfun's MPU-6050 breakout board? From the schematics on the Sparkfun's web page ( https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11028 ) this pin (A0) is ...