Breadboard / Prototyping board






    Colour legend:

  • Red: +12V or +15V
  • Green: 0V/ground
  • Pink: +5V
  • Orange: Free bus. Use it for clock signals or something else that you wish to distribute along the length of the PCB.
  • Blue: -12V or -15V

Pad 16 of the SO-16 location is pre-connected to +5V, suitable for logic chips.
If you wish to use a quad op-amp or other 14 pin linear device, mount it to the left, so pad 16 is not used.
To isolate pad 16 from +5V, carefully drill out this hole.
You only need to isolate the through-hole plating from the pad. It can be done on either side.
A simple twist of a 1.5mm drill bit held between your fingers is enough to do the job.
Check for continuity to made sure you have succeeded.
Take care not to cut any of the traces connected to the pad by over-drilling.
Click here for an enlarged version.

On the rear of the PCB are various surface mount pads. These are to allow connection to the rails and IC pins under the SMT packages.
There are also four pads associated with decoupling capacitors, allowing 1206 SMT decoupling capacitors to be used in these locations.

There are several power supply configurations possible with the board.

The board can be used with either +/-12 volts or +/-15 volts, although the power connectors used are usually associated with +/15 volts.

    Of note is the two variants of +5:
  • If you have a power bus that uses the MOTM standard for +/-15/+5, you can install a six pin 0.156 header, three ferrite beads and three 10uF decoupling capacitors.
  • If you only have +/-12 volt or +/-15 volt power available, install a four pin 0.156 header, two ferrite beads, two 10uF decoupling capacitors, two 100n capacitors and a 7805 (or similar) regulator. Refer to the photographs for component positioning.
  • The module will work on +/-12 volts or +/-15 volts.
  • PCB info: 6" x 2" with 3mm mounting holes 0.15" in from the edges.

Article, art & design copyright 2013 by Ken Stone