What is this?
This project is the result of a lot of prototyping, using different MCUs and wanting to find a way to get a standard interface to all the devices.
The idea is to eventually create similar card-type MCU breakout boards, with similar pins in the same position on the 2x20p breakout header,
for example, power, i2c bus, reset and flash will always be in the same position on the female header…
Step 2 from here on would be to design a baseboard, that is capable of providing power, as well as access to the various GPIO pins. I am thinking along the way of a PC motherboard style interface, with “slots” at regular intervals. These “slots” will have access to the SPI, and I2C bus, as well as various other GPIO.
Step 3 would be a series of commonly used input and output “cards” that will plug into the “slots”…
If successful, I plan to design various MCU cards, with various different processors, with the obvious criteria that they are 3v powered.
This could result in a very flexible development platform, where it is possible to reuse the base-board and IO “cards” with any one of the various MCU “cards”.
As seen on the schematic, almost all of the ESP32-S’s pins are broken out, with the exception of those used for internal flash. Reset and Flash circuitry is provided on the PCB, as well as on the 2x20pin female header.
It is worth noting that I did not include any UART to USB circuitry on the card. Flashing should be performed with an external USB-to-UART converter. It will however be included in the base-board.
There is also no power supply circuitry onboard. This was also intentional, as the card is intended to be powered from the base-board. It is however perfectly acceptable to power only the card from a suitable 3.3v DC power supply unit through the 3v and gnd pins on the 2x20pin header.
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