PICuP ProtoBoard (aka ProtoPOD) is designed for building PIC based microcontroller circuits.
It is a small (2.6"x4.0") PCB comprising a 20 x 13 thru-hole prototype grid pre-wired with 4 busses and a 40 or 26 pin header with pads for connections into the circuit.
Two sockets are provided; one 18 pin socket for a PIC (or other 18 pin IC) and the second for one or two ICs of up to 20 pins in total. Each socket is connected to a header for wiring into the rest of the circuit.
The 18 pin socket has power, ground, and a clock circuit wired for use with any of Microchip's family of 18 pin PIC devices. ProtoBoard also includes an optional regulated power supply circuit, a PIC 16F84 chip, RS-232 serial interface.
The PCB is a high quality 2 layer fibreglass design with integral ground plane under the prototype area. Bypass capacitors, a power indicator led and a pair of jumpers complete the design.
The photo shows a ProtoBoard with a 26 way header installed on the left.
This allows direct connection to the BitScope POD interface via a ribbon cable.
Used this way, BitScope can provide power, host communication, and analog and digital capture inputs making a powerful circuit design and analysis system.
The next page outlines some ideas for how to use ProtoBoard, and the remaining pages describe the ProtoBoard circuit itself in greater detail.
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