Hi everyone -
My son and I are hoping/trying to follow along with the ECE4760 classes and labwork that were posted on Hackaday a few weeks ago, but have run into a breakout board problem, and thought I would ask the community for suggestions.
The class uses a custom printed PCB board (which can be seen here http://people.ece.cornell.edu/land/PROJECTS/ProtoBoard476/) for the AtmelMega1284 chip. These boards are not commercially available, and neither Cornell nor Dr. Land sell/provide them to non-Cornell students (I asked Dr. Land directly). He has these boards printed in bulk from ExpressPCB for his classes, but scale of economy comes into play when trying to only order one board. I don't mean to sound cheap, but I cannot justify $81.15 for a single non-populated board. :/ There are a lot of components I can purchase for that cost. One possible solution is to build the circuit on a protoboard, but for simplicity and neatness sake, I prefer the idea of using a proper PCB board.
Is anyone else following along with the course? If so, what breakout board are you using? I am considering purchasing the Atmel Mega1284P Explained board directly from Atmel http://store.atmel.com/PartDetail.aspx?q=p:10500272, but I am not sure if it would work for what the course requires.