The first Carrier Boards and Carrier Cards have come in, as described a few weeks ago on this weblog:
The Carrier Board is sort of a chameleon, given all the options it has for connecting stuff together:
You’re not supposed to use all those options at the same time, although you could if you really want to:
On the back you can plug in either a JeeNode, a JeeNode USB, or a JeeSMD as “processing engine”. Here’s a JeeNode USB:
As you can see, the USB connector will fall inside the case when plugged in this way, e.g. when you don’t use it, or to hook up a cable permanently.
Or… you can turn the board around, and make a cutout in the case to access the USB jack from the outside:
Wanna see how much you can cram into a box? Here’s a first attempt, with still some room to spare:
One more feature worth mentioning, is that there are pads and holes for an SMD-type DC jack. Here’s the jack soldered on, with a JeeSMD plugged in (the “+” end needs to be wired up manually):
Lots of options with all this. Great, now I can start working out some projects which need an enclosure.
There is one issue with the Carrier Board, alas … It turns out that the RX/TX pins on the FTDI connector (top right, first picture) were accidentally reversed. So this board doesn’t work with a USB-BUB out of the box.
That’s ok, though. I only had five of these prototypes made – just enough to try them out. Will fix it before ordering more boards for the shop.
It’ll take some time, but it’ll all work out nicely in the end, I expect.