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Monday, March 24, 2008

MicroRaptor Board

So, over the past few days I've been designing a new PCB to use for MicroRaptor. It will use my Hammer single-board Linux computer to talk to the Bioloid bus over an FT232 USB chip. I really like working with the Hammer - its basically like designing with a 40-pin DIP microcontroller, except its a whole lot more powerful, and you only need to provide it with power and ground.

To the right is the current PCB design, done in Rimu PCB. It has the Hammer, the FT-232 plus support chips & components, one of my six-axis IMUs, two power switches, a Dimension Engineering 5 volt switching regulator, and a couple serial ports. One will be used with my serial Jpeg camera, and the other is connected to the console, and will interface with my BlueSMiRF bluetooth module.