XO1.75 EC Breadboard


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This page describes an engineering prototype used briefly during the bringup of the XO-1.75 design, in order to further software development of the Embedded controller and the XO-1.75 Host/EC communications protocol.


The breadboard is powered by any XO power supply.


The heart of the breadboard is a ZIF socket for the 0.4 mm pin pitch 128 pin QFP package used by the KB3930. This is part number PA-QFE128SD-C-Z-02W, purchased from Ironwood Electronics. It includes an adapter PCB, and a wire-wrap adapter attached to that. This was mounted on a piece of 0.1" perfboard, onto which the required connectors and switches were epoxied.

Copper tape was used to supply +3.3V and ground. A sprinkling of 0.1 uF SMD-1206 caps provide decoupling between these.

Attaching to the Bonnell development board proved very difficult. I ended up tying to resistor and transistor pads, and a couple of test points, but had to epoxy over the wiring as the pads lifted off the PCB with the slightest force.

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