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In this instructable you I will teach you how to make a PCB breakout breadboard friendly for the Intel Edison Minibreakout with Iron and toner technique.

The concept of the Intel Edison is great, but require skills (some skills are very advanced) to start working with this tiny invention.

The concept of Sparkfun Blocks is great, but lack the access to all the pins of the Edison (else you will require several blocks). The Arduino board is a great way to start with Intel Edison, but is to big and breaks the esscence of the edison, besides that, this board don't have access to all the pins of the Edison.

So, is necesary to build a very expensive PCB (with very small traces and very small connector) to do an advanced prototype of the Intel Edison?

The response is: not, here is where the Minibreakout of the Intel Edison enters to the rescue, but not alone. The mini breakout is not breadboard friendly, but have others adavantages:

  • Lipo management (charge and regulators)
  • Serial and OTG connections
  • Power Up sequence management

BBedison is a series of PCBs that allows you (in conjunction with Edison minibreakout ) prototype in a more friendly way.
The best of all:

  • It's cheap: BBEdison base cost 5 USD (Yes 5 USD and you are ready to plug in your Edison in your breadboard)
  • It's easy to do it in your home.

I will focus more in create the PCB than design it!, this instructable is long because I break apart several details and steps.

For this instructable you will require:

Equipment:

  • 1 Drill Tool
  • 1 mm drill head
  • Glass Cup
  • Ferric Chloride
  • Permanent pen marker
  • Iron
  • Iron Tip
  • Wood table
  • Razor
  • Scoth tape
  • 1 wood thick table (In the drilling process)

Material:

  • 1 10x10 Fenolic plate
  • 2 lines of signel line of male of pins
  • 1 line of doube line of male of pins
  • 2 lines of female pins
  • Solder
  • Solder Paste
  • Acetone
  • Water
  • Tooth Brush
  • Cloth or Burlap (for clean)
  • 3 Letter Couche sheet paper or equivalent (you can use glossy magazine paper)

Software:

  • Eagle CADSOFT
  • Git knowledge (Github)

Estimating time: 3 hours.

Let's start.

Step 1: Design

The design part is very easy, fortunately, the edison mini breakout have standar breadboard pitch.

The only part that we need to do is trace the pin of the minibreakout to the outside.

I've done this for you (Note: I am using the 30 pin header model, this is why they are four pins with no connection at all).

Go to:

https://github.com/tejonbiker/bbedison

And clone this repository (The PCB was made with Eagle Cadsoft, go and download if you don't have eagle), if you don't have git you can grab the files from here: .sch and .brd (right click, save as in the same folder).

I skipped the design part, the reason is because in youtube you can found thousands of videos of how to made a design with Eagle, the other reason is the design of this board is very easy.

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