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In this episode of Projects with Ryan Slaugh, I dive in to schematic capture and layout to make a breakout board for the BeagleBone Black.

The BeagleBone Black is great for connecting to sensors, motors, LCDs, and a variety of other hardware given the amount of digital and analog IO available.  The aim with this project was to make a system that could control higher voltage loads (up to 220v), measure current on those loads, give easy access to analog input, and make available all of the digital IO, PWM pins, and the I2C bus–all while being able to be controlled over a network. To facilitate such connections, it was necessary to create a custom printed circuit board (PCB).

Making a PCB is easier than you might expect.  Lots of software is available for the purpose of schematic capture (designing the schematic) and PCB layout. Many are available at low or no cost.

See the full series here.

Ryan Slaugh

Ryan Slaugh is a hardware and software engineer with over 15 years of experience designing and building different systems. While he has a few college degrees, his best training came from growing up on a farm and working with his father who was also an electrician. Ryan works regularly with woodworking, metal work, electronics, and software. Ryan also has a love of tools and collects as many as he can.


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