The boards are in!

Oh, looky, mail came in. What’s that? An envelope saying… Laen PCB order! Some frantic envelope ripping sounds later…

Behold! Chronoduino-to-be! cFace too.

I’m impressed by how nicely these have turned out. Was sorta skeptical about the whole purple thing, but boy, do these look nice. Gold plating’s making them look almost like a piece of concept art. I almost feel bad about soldering anything on there. Much nicer in person than on the photos.

Note to self for future board orders: increase silk-screen font sizes!

Here’s a size comparison on wrist and to a 42mm diameter watch:

The date on the envelope says it was mailed on 23rd. That’s 5 days from Oregon to Croatia! I’ve submitted the EAGLE files on 11th and the order went out on what… 15th? So, total turnaround time 13 days! That’s less than two weeks! For 2-sided print, silkscreen, soldermask and plating, at $1.6 per inch! Saying i’m impressed would be an understatement. Go Laen!

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6 Responses to “The boards are in!”

  1. blalor 28/07/2011 at 16:25 #

    This looks pretty freakin’ sweet. I can’t wait to see it lit up!

    • orcinus 28/07/2011 at 22:06 #

      Me too! :)

  2. martinbogo 28/07/2011 at 17:06 #

    Need some chips to do with those Chronoduinos? I’ve still got plenty in the store…


    • orcinus 28/07/2011 at 22:09 #

      Damn, wish i knew about that before i’ve ordered them via Farnell.

      If the prototypes work out fine, i’ll do an updated revision and build some more, so i’ll need them in a month or so, probably.

  3. RMteam 07/10/2011 at 19:07 #

    very nice design…

    in case you need to free up more pins you can drive the 30 LED’s with 6 pins using complementary LED design as here

    • orcinus 07/10/2011 at 21:30 #


      You mean Charlieplexing?
      I didn’t really need to spare any pins, since the cFace doesn’t leave any exposed anyways.

      cFace+, which will have a segment LED display + a ring and a bar of LEDs, will be using an I2C LED controller and a shift register.

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