Manual assembly of KiCad PocketBone

We’re excited to see that Michael Welling of QWERTY Embedded Design has completed manual assembly of his KiCad-designed PocketBone with the Octavo Systems OSD3358 SiP (System-in-Package):

BGA achievement unlocked

Michael used vacuum pickup tool to manually place the components:

Here is a video of him placing the components:

Michael then used Reflowster to reflow the solder paste:

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Here is a video of the reflow process:

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Check out the Hackaday.io project for more info:

Pocketbone KiCAD
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The KiCad design files are available in the GitHub repo:

github-smallmwelling/pocketbone-kicad

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mwelling has shared the board on OSH Park:

PocketBone KiCAD (OSHPark Edition)

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Order from OSH Park

Manual assembly of KiCad PocketBone

FPGA cape for BeagleBone

Jim Kleiner created a minimal FPGA cape for the BeagleBone Black: BBB LX9 FPGA Board Jim describes his design decisions: I decided to try a minimalist hand solderable FPGA board. The LX9 is the largest part available in a TQG-144, beyond that its BGAs One of the key points is that the SPI interface is on BBB […]

via FPGA cape for BeagleBone Black — BeagleBoard.org Blog

KiCad design files are available on GitHub:

BREC_3/Boards/Fboard

KD2BOA has shared the board on OSH Park:

FPGA cape for BeagleBone