Build Piconomic Atmega128 development board by yourself

Earlier I have written about Piconomic learning course and its nice development board they provide. You can purchase the board if you are from a South Africa internationally for $49.99 + $9.37 airmail shipping with a tracking number, which takes 2-4 weeks, depending on customs delays. Of course, there is an excellent opportunity to build this board by yourself. They allow building a development board for free only for personal use by using their Protel 99 SE project files. So I decided to make one and now it is standing on my table and blinking blue led. First of all I have ordered to make PCB by using milling-drilling plotter. Of course I could make board by myself, but i wanted to save some time and nerves in case of errors. After one week my board was shipped to me: Then I bought all parts needed. Just one thing that didn’t go well was that I couldn’t get capacitors and resistors in SMD packages 0603, so I used 0805 lied on side. It doesn’t look very OK but works. Presently I have checked the Piconomic project logs and found out that they improved the board layout files by exchanging all…

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