Thank you guys for these valuable suggestion!
- ICSP will be back...: )
it's becoming a forest of connectors
- Some headers may be left unsoldered by default[ch12290] :
It seems to me that you have a whole lot of headers that weren't on the original arduinos so, correct me if I'm wrong, maybe it can be interesting to find a solution for bypassing the FT232 and replacing it with an ATtiny running AVRUSB for those who want it. I was thinking a small switch of some sort (or jumper) on the VCC/VCCIO of the FT232, and a header allowing easy access to the D+/D- pins of the USB socket. I might be saying crap ^^
- We were seriously considering about the way to bypass USB chip. It would increase complexity further about the board, Maybe it would be more conveniet if people equip another
USB jack with ATtiny or else? Please correct me if I have ignored some important factor.
My bet is that this board is going to be one of the best for those who want to hack the arduino itself... ^^
Speaking of headers and connectors, wouldn't it be neat to have a socket for the ATmega? This way, it will be easier for a lot of us to program the chip and move it to a standalone design. Ok, you can do it via ICSP, but this way you would not have to bother implementig ICSP on you target board. And it will be easier for the people who burn their megas (seems to be a lot lately ^^)
- Thank you for the comment, it's always encouraging! ^^ I will source for the suitable socket first, it's too expensive to use test sockets. If it's making things more complicated - a later Giganic Super Powerful one might include this...