The Final (?) nesRF Prototype

2015-01-14 19:51 - Making

Adding SMD chips into my nesRF breadboard prototype.

Today the second, and hopefully last, batch of components arrived from DigiKey. I combined some of those with the SMD breakout boards I ordered earlier. I'm pointing at one of them there, mostly for scale. You can clearly see the board that I'm pointing at. You'll have to squint, and probably open the full size image, to see the chip on that board. On the left there is the 2.5 volt regulator, and the other on the right is the battery charging chip.

It was medium-good experience soldering them on there, which I did completely by hand. And not perfectly, but I already learned a bit that will make handling the final board better. Now that I've got the exact chips I plan to use set up here, I can test that they really do what I want them to. And now that I'm set up this far, I realize I didn't leave any room on the board to arrange the buttons! I need those to do the next test! If it's not one thing it's another, but the light at the end of the tunnel is definitely coming into view.


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