Cart Micro IEC boards arrived

Yesterday I picked up the boards for the new version of the GCart Micro IEC. As always high quality from elecrow.com in China. The white board is for another project with a bit higher priority. New LED drivers for spotlights in the roof of the media room. More on that...
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My Altium Setup

This blog post is about my set-up of allium layers and colors. I have made some changes to the default colors to suite the way I am was used to since working with HP-EGS and Supermax EDA. My principle is to use darker earth colors for signal and plane layers. The...
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Short circuits on copper filled pads

This is the first post with Altium tips and tricks. This is actually mainly a way for me to write to my scribbles on problems with Altium I have stumbled up-on and solved. Tricky Footprint in Need of Larger Pads For the Cart micro IEC I needed solder the male DIN 5...
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Cart Micro IEC 2.1

The Cart Micro IEC has also gotten a few tweaks. Connectors I have changed to a thruhole directly soldered DIN male connector. The previous versions has connected the DIN male part with thin wires. A bit tight as can be seen because of the 1.5mm pins. Especially for...
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Cart Jr II, New LEDs

On way to lower cost is to use as much automation as possible. To simply remove the hands needed for assembly. Since thruhole mounted LEDs would also need JIGs to secure correct alignment and distance that cost is also removed. NEW LEDs So. I finally found a good SMD...
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Panel Design

I got a few questions around the strange look of the board. Why did I do that? I mentioned it briefly in A looow cost expansion. Low Cost PCB I usually minimum do 4 layer boards. That way I can have a complete ground plane and a complete power plane. It simplifies...
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GCart Jr II 1.2, Next Step

Moving along While testing the existing V1.1 board I am continuing the work on V1.2. The external connector was to big and also difficult to get off-the-shelf cables for that looks good. So, I opted for a 4-pin 3.5mm audio connector instead. With that there are...
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Panel Design

I got a few questions around the strange look of the board. Why did I do that? I mentioned it briefly in A looow cost expansion. Low Cost PCB I usually minimum do 4 layer boards. That way I can have a complete ground plane and a complete power plane. It simplifies...

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GCart Jr II 1.2, Next Step

Moving along While testing the existing V1.1 board I am continuing the work on V1.2. The external connector was to big and also difficult to get off-the-shelf cables for that looks good. So, I opted for a 4-pin 3.5mm audio connector instead. With that there are...

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Cart Jr II Boards

The World Factories are Online Again After serious waiting because of Chinese New Year and missing components, the boards are finally back. Bring-up Today I did a quick bring-up. Measured the resistance between 5V and GND just to make sure there are no hard shorts....

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Panel Design

I got a few questions around the strange look of the board. Why did I do that? I mentioned it briefly in A looow cost expansion. Low Cost PCB I usually minimum do 4 layer boards. That way I can have a complete ground plane and a complete power plane. It simplifies...

read more

GCart Jr II 1.2, Next Step

Moving along While testing the existing V1.1 board I am continuing the work on V1.2. The external connector was to big and also difficult to get off-the-shelf cables for that looks good. So, I opted for a 4-pin 3.5mm audio connector instead. With that there are...

read more

Cart Jr II Boards

The World Factories are Online Again After serious waiting because of Chinese New Year and missing components, the boards are finally back. Bring-up Today I did a quick bring-up. Measured the resistance between 5V and GND just to make sure there are no hard shorts....

read more