We have not been idle

Tinusaur Shield LEDx3

We’ve not been idle waiting for the parts from our suppliers.

We’re prototyping a new shield that we called Shield LEDx3 that has 3 LED – green, yellow and red. As you may have guessed already it is similar to the traffic lights. That will be a great new shield to play with. We expect to have it in production in about a month or so.

Tinusaur Shield LEDx3

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

The new prototype PCBs just arrived from OSHPark

Tinusaur PCB
Tinusaur prototype PCBs from OSHPark
Tinusaur prototype PCBs from OSHPark

The new prototype PCBs just arrived from OSHPark – great quality as usual.

I noticed that there are only few things that I may change before call it official: slightly move some components around so they fit better and become easier to solder; add one jumper for switch on/off the optional button cell battery on the bottom of the board; make some pads and holes larger; … and few other things.

The schematics available on 123d.circuits.io website at this address: http://123d.circuits.io/circuits/58269.

Tinusaur prototype schematics
Tinusaur prototype schematics

The board is shared on OSHPark website at this address: http://oshpark.com/shared_projects/bFNU3LQB.

Tinusaur prototype PCB
Tinusaur prototype PCB

Tinusaur Proto v0.1 m1 – Prototyping and Design Considerations

I have finally managed to finish the first version of the schematics and PCB‘s and to order the first 3 pieces. This work is based on some previous experiments and designs.



The schematics is nothing special – it is the well known minimal configuration for the ATtiny plus just few addition components – some of them optional.

The required components are the 2 capacitors between Vcc/GND and the 10K resistor on the RESET wire.

There is RESET push-button connected to the micro-controller.

The micro-controller connects to the outside world through 2 headers – H1 an H2. They are in two different sizes for number of rasons: first – to have more connections available for wires, and second – to make sure we won’t mistake H1 and H2.

Next to the headers there is 1×2 connector for external power source.

There is an optional battery for application where built-in power source is needed.



The PCB is a fork of my previous work on a simple header board.

There are 4 holes in the corners in case the board should be fixed to another object.

On each side of the IC there are 2-row headers – on 2×4 and the other 2×5.

External power source connector is put along with the H2 header.

The ISP connector is at the top of the board. Between it and the rest of the board there is 1×6 header-like probe – this could be used for testing as well as for easier cutting off the ISP part of the board in case is not (or no longer) needed.

The pads for the optional battery are on the bottom.

The size of the board is approximately 24×36 mm.

The schematics available on 123d.circuits.io website at this address: http://123d.circuits.io/circuits/58269.