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Arduino Due clone based on the Atmel SAM3X8E, KiCAD design

This project came up to test PCB design with KiCAD. Some Atmel SAM3X8E microprocessors were available, the same as one finds on the Arduino Due, and I got tired on the limitations of the free version of Eagle. So I

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Design of a FPGA PCB including USB2.0 interface and two 80 MHz ADCs

This is my most advanced homemade PCB design until now. The PCB contains a EP3C5E144C8N Cyclone III FPGA from ALTERA, two 8 bit ADCs AD9057 from Analog Devices @ 80 MHz, a FTDI USB2.0 controller and many other things. The

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PCB tinning including VIA soldering

This is some method I found on the net for solving the problem of protecting the cooper of self produced PCBs. What is done is the PCB is tinned before parts are soldered on it. I discovered that this was

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Raspberry Pi as a Macro Camera

This post describes how to use the Raspberry Pi camera as a Macro camera. I use it to do control checks when soldering PCBs with very small components. It is very convenient since I get the picture directly on the

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PCB developement with simple tools

In the last months I was heavily playing with PCB (Printed Circuit Board) design, etching and things related to this. I wanted to see what is possible with simple tools and how good results can get. With just normal copy

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