The Tinusaur boards are now available for purchase from 3rd parties

Tinusaur PCB from OSHPark

The design of the board will not change very much so the prototypes should be considered useful.

Tinusaur Proto Boards

Boards are available for purchasing from the following 3rd parties:

When you go to these websites look for the link for ordering boards.

This information will be permanently available and constantly updated at the Where to buy page.

 

The Tinusaur Board Designing Principals

Tinusaur Proto v0.1 m2

In this post are discussed some of principals used while designing this board.

Size and form factor

The goal of making this board is not to have a smaller or the smallest PCB that runs on ATtiny. The goal is to have a board that could be used for prototyping simple projects as well as fitting reasonable small (or large, depending on the view) circuits on an additional shield board.

Headers

There are 2 header – one 2×4 – H1 and another one 2×5 – H2.

The idea is that all the outer pins are GND while all the inner pins are connected directly to the MCU. The longer header H2 has its top-left pin connected to the Vcc like the 2nd-row one on the left. That gives us one more power source wire.

MCU

This board could work with the smaller Atmel AVR ATtiny controllers such as ATtiny 25/45/85, ATtiny13 as well as most of their variations – as long as they are in DIP-8 case.

Programming

The programming is done through the standard 10-pin ISP connector using any compatible AVR ISP programmer. On the diagram below it is marked as PC.

The connector is placed on the board in such a way so it could be chopped off if not needed and make the board little smaller. The programming probe, marked as PP on the diagram below, has holes that could help in the cutting. In case you need to connect the board to a programmer again at later time you can solder some wires to what’s left of the probe.

Board

Technical parameters: 2 layer board of 0.90×1.40 inches (22.96×35.66 mm).

There are 4 mounting holes marked as MH on the diagram below.

Power

During the development the board could be powered through the ISP programmer.

External power source could be connected to the board through a jumper marked as PS on the diagram below.

There is an optional button-cell battery mount on the back of the board, marked as BM on the diagram below. The battery could be switched on and off using the jumper that is marked as BS on the diagram.

Areas

There are 4 areas that a Tinusaur board could be divided to: A1, A2, A3, A4. That is applicable for the actual Tinusaur main board as well as any shield boards one could produce.

A1, the bottom part of the board:

  • this is the area where the RESET button is placed on the main board.
  • for a shield board that area could be used to put some components and produce a simple circuit.

A2, the mid of the board – heads:

  • there are 2 header – one 2×4 and another one 2×5, they are different for a reason.
  • on the main board, between the headers, is placed the MCU.
  • on a shield board, between the headers, could placed a 8-pin chip or other components.

A3, the top part of the board:

  • there are the minimum required components for the MSU to work – 2 capacitors for the power source and one pull-up resistor for the RESET.
  • jumper for external power.
  • jumper to switch on/off battery.

A4, tip of the board:

  • standard ISP programming connector.

Additionally …

A5, the other side of the board:

  • there is optional cell-button battery mount.
Tinusaur Reference Design
Tinusaur Reference Design
Tinusaur Proto v0.1 m2 - Schematics
Tinusaur Proto v0.1 m2 – Schematics

New PCB Designs Sent to Fab

Tinusaur Proto v0.1 m2

This is the Tinusaur Proto v0.1 m2 that I just finished and sent it to OSHPark for fabrication.

You can look at the latest schematics on http://123d.circuits.io at this address: http://123d.circuits.io/circuits/66662.

Below are the schematics and the PCB design, for reference.

Tinusaur Proto v0.1 m2
Tinusaur Proto v0.1 m2 – schematics
Tinusaur Proto v0.1 m2
Tinusaur Proto v0.1 m2 – PCB

We are on the blogging and social networks

Tinusaur on social netwros

Everyone has their own preference for the blogging and social networks they use so here are the links to the pages we have on some of them …