P2 Edge Mini Breakout Board - Schematic and Pictures

From the P2 Live Forum yesterday, you asked for more design details around this breakout board.

These are all attached. We won't be able to answer questions about this right now; we're too focused on getting all these products through our manufacturing and for sale.

Thanks,

Ken Gracey

Comments

  • Thanks Ken. I'll be plugging my accessory boards into this for sure.
  • Will there be a Maxi Breakout Board? This only has 32 pins, unless the rest of the pins are on the backside.

    This could be useful layout or breakout for the P1, if the P1 were to go to the edge concept.

    Ray
  • According to the schematic, 5V and ground will flip positions if this connector is reversible. So if you plug an EDGE board in wrong way by mistake, what happens? This might be a common occurrence and the connector doesn't appear to be keyed to prevent that (at least from the renders shown here). The EDGE board thread renders also shows the Edge board seems to be unkeyed. Will plugging it in the wrong way around fry the board or does something stop this problem? Can everything cope with this -5V condition on the EDGE board?
  • Oh, yeah. Amazing how that issue recurs. Can't leave it that way.

    It might be possible to at least make it electrically okay to reverse even if not runable that way. The alternative is add keying, preferably as external to the connector so that the 80 contacts are retained.

  • roglohrogloh Posts: 2,767
    edited 2020-10-16 - 00:06:32
    This looks somewhat reversible if one of the 5V nets can be moved and some pins offset by 1. Might be too late if layout is complete..?

    1..37 P2_IO0-P2_IO36
    38 GND
    39 GND
    40 5V
    41..75 P2_IO37-P2_IO63 plus VIOx8
    76 P2_RESN
    77 NC
    78 GND
    79 GND
    80 5V
  • Would want the two +5V pins together. Here's a rough one I've just done. The RESN can easily be protected.
    Screenshot_20201016_130342.png
    1250 x 539 - 27K
  • JRetSapDoogJRetSapDoog Posts: 847
    edited 2020-10-16 - 04:22:17
    Protection against damage from reversed insertion of the Edge card would seem especially desirable in an educational setting. Wonder if the voltage regulation on the Edge provides some protection. Anyway, I thought that the first Edge had already gone to production (or at least the PCB board), so maybe the ship has sailed with regards to assigning the edge connector pins. However, I haven't heard the latest details from the most recent meeting. But that's a clever assignment layout, evanh. And it looks like it could optionally allow for Port A to be on one side of the connector and Port B to be on the other (not that that's required), which might be "comforting" or convenient somehow. Not sure how easily that would route on the Edge itself, though (but I think I read that it's a 6-layer board, which could help). Anyway, the ship has likely sailed beyond the horizon (though ships can be recalled if they're not past the point of no return, and other ships can be dispatched).
  • Just because I'm a bit optimistic, I believe there are other possibilities, including the use of a +5V input-reversal protection, e.g., based on high-side power fet switches.

    As stated abov, by JRetSapDoog, P2 Edge targets includes the educational market, so, by making use of such a circuit would suggest new opportunities for further learning.

    IMHO, "Why it don't burns, when connected backwards?" could be one of the many possibilities, for such kind of insightfull questions, usually asked by knowledge-hungry minds. :smile:
  • Some quick details...

    Edge Module has the reverse voltage protection built in, and the pin out is set so that accidental use of the P2 Edge module in classroom microbit accessories, or accidental reversal, will cause no harm.

    The mini breakout pcb has pins P0 and P38 labelled at the 80way edge connector, to guide module insertion.

    Also for Ray, the maxi breakout will be another product #64020. Due in store first half of November, along with the Edge module, an 80pin adapter kit #64018 and this mini breakout #64019.


  • Useful details. Thanks.
  • Yeah, good to know such details.

    Thank you VonSzarvas for the clarification, and also to rogloh, by having spoted such possibility, thus providing another chance, for improving the general community knowledge-base.
  • Is Parallax planing on selling Micro:bit 40 pin 90 degree headers
    too?

    Is there any Kicad patterns available?


    Bill M.
  • Is Parallax planing on selling Micro:bit 40 pin 90 degree headers
    too?

    Is there any Kicad patterns available?


    Bill M.

    Yes, both versions: vertical and right-angle. We'll post the DipTrace layouts when the parts are posted, in about two weeks.

    Ken Gracey
  • Capt. QuirkCapt. Quirk Posts: 827
    edited 2020-10-19 - 05:01:02
    Ken, I just need clarification on the Micro:Bit 40 pin versions?

    I don't know if Parallax or other people have considered the possibility
    of mixing Micro:Bit 80 pin and 40 pin connectors on the same P2 board


    Bill M.
  • I don't know if Parallax or other people have considered the possibility
    of mixing 80 pin and 40 pin connectors on the same P2 board
    Bill M.

    I'm certainly working on one board that can do these
    * 40 pin "P2DIP40", using P1 footprint
    * 80 pin "P2DIL80", using two 40 pin stackthrough headers
    * 20 pin "P2SIP20", using a single right angle header

    I'm also making a mating breakout pcb that breaks these, or Parallax's P2 Edge, to Mikrobus/Pmod/Servo/Arduino/Parallax accessory headers

    I'll post some photos later this week
  • VonSzarvasVonSzarvas Posts: 2,058
    edited 2020-10-19 - 07:18:40
    Ken, I just need clarification on the Micro:Bit 40 pin versions?

    I don't know if Parallax or other people have considered the possibility
    of mixing Micro:Bit 80 pin and 40 pin connectors on the same P2 board


    Bill M.

    About those connectors...

    The physical size and pinout of the connectors used by micro:bit and P2 Edge are the same. They are 80 way 1.27mm pitch card edge connectors.
    Commonly available in Straight (Vertical) or right-angle styles, through-hole or SMT.

    The connectors allow for 80 pins in total (40 connections top, 40 connections bottom).
    P2 Edge uses both sides of the PCB edge connector, so all 80 pins.
    micro:bit only uses the top side of the PCB edge "connector" for connections, so only 40 pins. The bottom side pins on a micro:bit PCB are not connected to anything (apart from the large croc-clip holes, which are plated through).

    To add some additional options.... some enterprising manufacturers are now marketing 40 pin versions of the connector too! They are essentially 80 pin sockets with the bottom row of pins removed! (to save costs I suppose!). They still accept both micro:bit and P2 Edge as the slot is the same size as the 80 way, but as they only make connection to the 40 pins on the top side of the PCB. Ie. They are fine for micro:bit, but not ideal for P2 Edge!

    In a nutshell-

    The 80 pin sockets (double sided, 40 pins top and bottom) are compatible with both P2 Edge and micro:bit boards.
    The 40 pin sockets (single sided, 40 pins top) for micro:bit only.

    As Ken mentioned, Parallax will be stocking the 80 pin Through-Hole sockets, in both Straight and Right-Angle versions.
    The footprint patterns are slightly different for the two versions- datasheets, Diptrace and gerber files will be available.
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