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We talk again of Serialino, our Arduino’s clone: this time the printed circuit board (PCB) design is shown.
Here beside you find a screen-shot of the PCB of Serialino, numbered 1.0.
Even from here you should be able to distinguish the areas described in the previous post.
Power supply section on the bottom-left; the communication port and IC Max232 on the top-left; the headers on top and bottom; and finally ATMega with external oscillator, then the switch button and the ICSP pin headers.
Every package of software suite comes with an amount of collateral applications, extensions and/or libraries.
KiCad does the same; but sometimes default components aren’t enough for specific goals.
Thanks to KiCad’s popularity people around the world spent some of their time to enrich the base: so that you can find useful libraries or scheme directly for free on websites. Here some of them (in my opinion the most important):
- kicadlibraries.com (contains material for LTSpice too, for electrical circuits analysis);
- ohsec (libraries converted from Eagle to KiCad);
- smisioto (old but good).
Now think you don’t find component you need among default and external or third-part libraries.
Two main solutions show to yourself:
- desperation, with profession abandon or change;
- design your own.
For the first part, click here.
Editor starts with a black ground.
Other apps or packages are available to do same: Kicad is free (in sense of free software: code is publicly available), and usually at zero-cost, so that you can start with your projects, from simplest to more professional ones, without any other cost.
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