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dizzwold

What would you ask of a Bread Board, other then 'better, tighter connections'?

FTDI?
USB in/out?

What would be your dream development 'Bread Board'?
I'm not a student or a lecturer. I'm a hobbyist.

CrossRoads

I kind of like the stuff here:
Onboard or offboard USB/serial adapter, dual hardware UART with RS232 buffer option for 2nd UART, area for a DIP chip or SMD to DIP adpater, or RF module (nrf24L01+, or simple 433 MHz Rx or Tx module), option to add screw terminals for tight connections, shield header, pins duplicated for easy connections or probing, +5/Gnd on every pin, SD card for data options, 128K flash, 16K SRAM, 4K EEPROM, power options, battery backed RTC with 56 bytes of 'NVRAM'.
And of course, IDE supportable (requires /variant folde addition:
http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=235521

Some might call me biased tho 8)
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larryd

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Aug 15, 2014, 08:48 pm Last Edit: Aug 16, 2014, 07:39 am by LarryD Reason: 1
Keeps your circuits neat and handy:
http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=259819.0

Breadboard development boards have lots of nice I/O ready to use.

Power supplies.
https://solarbotics.com/product/34020/

I like the 1284Weeney made by Crossroads for breadboard work.

Voltage and current monitoring on the rails.
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MarkT


What would you ask of a Bread Board, other then 'better, tighter connections'?

FTDI?
USB in/out?

What would be your dream development 'Bread Board'?


Much more area.  Like a table-top.  3+ voltage rails, not just two, and bench supply
built in with multiple isolatable areas.  Failing a table top then a large brief-case
for portable demos.  Various goodies round the periphery is always nice, but
area area area.

Oh yes, 6 contacts per strip, not 5, of course.
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Henry_Best



What would you ask of a Bread Board, other then 'better, tighter connections'?

FTDI?
USB in/out?

What would be your dream development 'Bread Board'?


Much more area.  Like a table-top.  3+ voltage rails, not just two, and bench supply
built in with multiple isolatable areas.  Failing a table top then a large brief-case
for portable demos.  Various goodies round the periphery is always nice, but
area area area.

Oh yes, 6 contacts per strip, not 5, of course.

If you're going that big, why limit it to 6 terminals? 10 would be better (5 for thin wires, 5 for thicker wires).
I'd include a built in multimeter, transistor tester, loudspeaker, battery holders of various sizes (for when you're not near a mains outlet) and a variable power supply. Also handy would be a set of compartments to hold components (some lined with antistatic material).
When you've added all those, you'll also need a crane to lift it.   :)

JimboZA

Dedicated I2C SDA/SCL rails (like voltage rails, running the length of the board, but marked SDA & SCL)
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dizzwold

OK.

Thank you all for your input, some very interesting comments.

@CrossRoads, again thank you for you input here, but i'm thinking less items, more 'better' connectors 'to the bread board design, 'NOT YOUR ITEMS', and then some. Your items, have given me a bit of extra insight, i'm grateful. I'll PM you over the weekend, if you don't mind?

Q;
What voltages, other then the obvious 3.3 & 5vs, would be desired and at what amperage?

Dizzwold.
I'm not a student or a lecturer. I'm a hobbyist.

Henry_Best


Q;
What voltages, other then the obvious 3.3 & 5vs, would be desired and at what amperage?

Dizzwold.
For me, 12V @ 1.5 - 2.0A would be useful, others might want 24V as well.

cjdelphi

I think some kind of extension that simply pushes into the breadboard....

Think laptop and battery, slots in....


JoeN



What would you ask of a Bread Board, other then 'better, tighter connections'?

FTDI?
USB in/out?

What would be your dream development 'Bread Board'?


Much more area.  Like a table-top .... Oh yes, 6 contacts per strip, not 5, of course.


Other than the 6 contacts per strip, you could build this yourself out of the smaller boards.  The standard 830 contact boards have 3 wedges on one side and 3 cutouts on the other and you can stick them together.  Most come with an adhesive back too.  About 100 in a 10x10 matrix would be about table-top sized.  The rest of the features you can build to taste.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/830-Tie-Points-Rectangular-Adhesive-Back-Solderless-Prototype-Breadboard-MB-102-/181440287318

This guy has a mere 9 boards linked up:

http://www.nathandumont.com/files/images/vcf_ula.jpg

As far as I know, there is no entry at Guinness for World's Largest Electronics Breadboard so this is something you can attack if you want.
I will never ask you to do anything that I wouldn't do myself.

tylernt

I'd like three power rails on the top and three on the bottom. Two are configurable as any combination of 'Other', 5V, and 3.3V (the third is if course GND).

6 or more contacts per strip would be a nice upgrade too.

I'd like an integrated power supply with a large and conveniently placed master power switch. I'd like an ammeter that can display for each individual rail (and a voltmeter for the 'Other' rail). The user should be able to power the 5V and 3.3V rails purely from USB ('Other' rail limited to 5V in this case), or from an external 12-24V supply. The 'Other' rail voltage should be user adjustable (buck SMPS or LDO linear is fine, no need for boost. 1A limit is also fine.).

Integrated USB - TTL RS232 sounds fantastic as well. Please make sure it is switchable between 5V and 3.3V logic levels.

Docedison

One last item would be replaceable contact strips for the few that will eventually go bad..
If I just had $10.00 for every hour in the past 40 years that I've spent in locating and rewiring or replacing whole breadboards..
My retirement might well be on an island in the Pacific instead of hot and humid Southern California...
Nice dream.. Though.

Doc
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