Build your own rapid prototype board for the MinnowBoard Turbot

By jketreno
A solderless breadboard for the MinnowBoard Turbot
Level: Beginner
1h

If you are starting to do development with a MinnowBoard Turbot and need to build some circuits, being able to do so without soldering can be a huge time saver. This quick tutorial shows you how to build a solderless breadboard for use with the MinnowBoard Turbot for less than $10 US.

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Introduction

If you are starting to do development with a MinnowBoard Turbot and need to build some circuits, being able to do so without soldering can be a huge time saver. This quick tutorial shows you how to build a solderless breadboard for use with the MinnowBoard Turbot for less than $10 US.

Steps

4 total steps
1
Carefully align all of the pins into the breadboard such that it spans columns E and
2
Before gluing the breakout helper to the breadboard, make sure each of the pins is connected to the breadboard.
3
Once all of the pins are seated, spread a small layer of epoxy or a tiny amount of super glue to each pin location to lock it into place.
4
Connect the ribbon cable between the MinnowBoard's Low Speed Expansino Connector and the breakout helper.
1
Mount the breakout helper to the breadboard

Carefully align all of the pins into the breadboard such that it spans columns E and F, aligned into pins in terminal strip rows 1-13.

The pins on the breakout helper are just long enough to insert into the breadboard. Make sure they are fully seated, and that they do not pop out.

When you push the pins in, use a toothpick or other implement to ensure that you seat all of the pins into the corresponding hole in the breadboard. A partially seated pin may not conduct to it's terminal row--if you aren't sure, test the line with a multimeter to ensure you have it seated far enough.

2
Test the breakout board

Before gluing the breakout helper to the breadboard, make sure each of the pins is connected to the breadboard. To do this, stick a piece of wire into each of the rows from 1-13 on each and verify there is conductivity between that wire and the corresponding pin on the breakout helper.

3
Glue the breakout helper to the breadboard

Once all of the pins are seated, spread a small layer of epoxy or a tiny amount of super glue to each pin location to lock it into place. In addition, place a small amount of glue on the ends of the breakout helper to secure it to the breadboard.

Gluing the pins ensures the pins don't pop out. Gluing the breakout helper to the breadboard prevents stress from being applied to the pins themselves while plugging and unplugging the ribbon cable.

4
Connect the 2x13 ribbon cable

Connect the ribbon cable between the MinnowBoard's Low Speed Expansino Connector and the breakout helper. Make sure you line up the white end of the ribbon to pin 1 on the MinnowBoard (the pins closest to the 5V power plug.) On the breakout helper, the white wire on the ribbon cable should connect to pin 1 as well.