[Updates #6+] Inches' CeMu+(S)AIO board (Compute Module 3 build)

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[Updates #6+] Inches' CeMu+(S)AIO board (Compute Module 3 build)

Post by inches » Wed May 24, 2017 8:59 pm

(This is part #6. #1-5 are here: http://www.sudomod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3003)

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I got so many parts in!
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Here are my prototype boards from OSH Park, glass screens from Kitsch-Bent, and a blank prototype SAIO courtesy of @kite. It also came with the Pi3 adapter that is necessary for connecting to my board. This allows me to test placement and orientation of my board in relation to @kite's.
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My first attempt at soldering the SODIMM connector left me very frustrated and deflated. I had bridges everywhere and nothing I could do would remove them. I tried dragging an iron across to spread the solder out, using lots of flux, and using flux and a wick. In the end, I cleaned it up a lot more than what is seen in the image above, but I still had a 5v short to GND and who knows what else.

I gave up on that one after a lot of attempts at that. I went in on another board and took things slower. I put a tiny bit of solder on my iron, and lots of flux on all the pads. Then I dragged my iron across and they got a tiny sliver of solder on them from the iron. My problem before was gobbing it on, leaving heaps of it assuming it would wick up and around and fix itself like I'm used to with wider pitched SMD soldering.

Turns out just enough solder to change the pad from gold to silver did the trick. Everything else about the connecter fell into place from there.

I ended up not having the right caps in the sample book I just bought for this purpose, so I scavenged 4 from an old TV board I had in my junk box. They were way bigger than the 0805s I planned on so I had to connect the overflowing GND end to the GND vias I had luckily placed nearby. I still needed two more so I just rigged up a giant electrolytic.

Reviewing my design just now I realized I put the caps on the wrong power lines, so I'll have to adjust that tomorrow!
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This is what it turned out to look like. I soldered a few wires to a component cable to plug into a TV for testing. I ended up yanking the GND pad of my tv line off just due to the rigidity of the cable, so I attached a slightly more bendy cable to my board in between them to account for that and used another open GND line.

I had little confidence in this after all the soldering issues I had on the first prototype. I had no way to determine with certainty that everything was soldered perfectly. I just checked to make sure that my 1v8, 3v3, 5v, and GND lines were distinct and that the proper voltages were created from the regs when I applied 5v to the board. Knowing there wasn't power shortages, I felt somewhat safe plugging in the Compute Module and giving it a go.

No fire or smoke! And I got an image on screen.

I don't have any way to interface with my board without the S/AIO boards so the rest of the testing will occur once I get the complete SAIO board from Kite. I'm very excited now though!!
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Re: [Update #7] Inches' CeMu board (Compute Module 3 build)

Post by inches » Wed May 24, 2017 9:02 pm

Today I got in my FPC connectors and soldered them onto my board. I have it hooked up to a prototype of Kite's newest SAIO.
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Now I'm playing Tetris and figuring out what the best orientation of my board in the back of the GB case is.

I'm thinking the fit is almost right. I just need to adjust a few item placements.
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Sticks a little too far out the top.
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And is pretty much fine otherwise.

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UPDATE #8 5/28/17~~~~~~~~~
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So by dumb luck I realized my guy fits perfectly without obstructing the cart bay. I'm pretty sure I measured it to be this way but that was a long time ago ^_^

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Re: [Update #6] Inches' CeMu board (Compute Module 3 build)

Post by inches » Wed May 24, 2017 9:03 pm

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Re: [Update #6] Inches' CeMu board (Compute Module 3 build)

Post by kite » Wed May 24, 2017 11:43 pm

Looking good :) PS if you upload your images to imgur (or equivalent) and then put them in

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Re: [Update #7] Inches' CeMu board (Compute Module 3 build)

Post by inches » Sat May 27, 2017 1:19 pm

Update #7 edited in main post.
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Re: [Update #7] Inches' CeMu board (Compute Module 3 build)

Post by inches » Sun May 28, 2017 8:52 am

Update #8 edited in second post.
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Re: [Update #7] Inches' CeMu+(S)AIO board (Compute Module 3 build)

Post by TheDeviantZen » Mon May 29, 2017 4:25 am

Just a noob question,
CM3 and a Raspberry Pi 3 its about the same price, but to go with the CM3 we have to buy your board wich means that costs more than a simply RPI3.
What is the principal advantages of your board w/ CM3 vs a Raspberry Pi 3?

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Re: [Update #7] Inches' CeMu+(S)AIO board (Compute Module 3 build)

Post by gilbertotron » Mon May 29, 2017 5:07 am

No soldering - you just plug it in and away you go.

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Re: [Update #7] Inches' CeMu+(S)AIO board (Compute Module 3 build)

Post by smoothoperator » Mon May 29, 2017 5:21 am

TheDeviantZen wrote:
Mon May 29, 2017 4:25 am
Just a noob question,
CM3 and a Raspberry Pi 3 its about the same price, but to go with the CM3 we have to buy your board wich means that costs more than a simply RPI3.
What is the principal advantages of your board w/ CM3 vs a Raspberry Pi 3?
Isn't it also a bit more compact, making it easier to find room for it in the gameboy case?

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Re: [Update #7] Inches' CeMu+(S)AIO board (Compute Module 3 build)

Post by inches » Mon May 29, 2017 8:17 am

TheDeviantZen wrote:
Mon May 29, 2017 4:25 am
Just a noob question,
CM3 and a Raspberry Pi 3 its about the same price, but to go with the CM3 we have to buy your board wich means that costs more than a simply RPI3.
What is the principal advantages of your board w/ CM3 vs a Raspberry Pi 3?
Almost all of the pi3 builds I've seen require desoldering the jacks on the pi3 to reduce its height. The Ethernet and USB jacks take up a substantial amount of space. Also, for the SAIO it requires dremeling away parts of the PCB to fit.

Even if those are accomplished the board is 6 layers and the could be teeny bridges a human can't see without a microscope. Many have done this, but they are fairly experienced and willing to give up a pi or two if they do it wrong because they would like to learn.

Most people don't have those engineering skills and would like to be more safe and not ruin things and risk spending more money. Plus, this should be more battery efficient than the pi3 because it doesn't have all the extra stuff happening, only the processing power.

There will be soldering, but it will only be a few wires and not much more than you'd have to to complete any other build.
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My Compute Module 3 build [Update 6+] http://www.sudomod.com/forum/viewtopic. ... 00&p=33219

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