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ALio Proto Board is a prototyping board designed for electronic hobbyists who want to make prototypes containing SMD and through-hole components without using an extra breakout board. ALio is compatible with the traditional proto board while including all the features and benefits of traditional proto board.
Point-to-point wiring is easy with ALio, just a blob of solder does the trick. In addition, the double layer bus lets you route as circuits as if they were on a double-layer PCB, so you can forget about using wire jumpers. This is great for quickly prototyping stackable circuits.
ALio lets you freely attach SMD component in any location or direction, so you can forget about using an extra SMD breakout board; ALio fits almost all SMD components. ALio is great for beginners, since it is easy to solder and allows you to move your bread-board project to a permanent proto board project.
The Embedded and Arduino compatible versions provide SPI breakout, since SPI is the most common protocol and because wiring SPI directly to a microcontroller can be challenging.
Because every project needs power, ALio provides a 2-in-1 Micro-USB/Mini-USB pad, so powering and connecting your project is easy.
|ALio Basic||ALio Embedded||ALio Arduino|
|mini/micro USB pads||no||yes||yes|
|Arduino shield mounting holes||no||no||yes|
ALio basic board, top view.
ALio Basic is designed for wide area prototyping. It is like a standard protoboard, but with the freedom to combine SMD and PTH components without any additional breakout board. And with an extra 1.1 mm pitch pad, you can attach a micro-SD/mini-SD or any SMD socket.
ALio Embedded is designed for prototyping that involves microcontrollers. With an extra SPI pad, micro-USB/mini-USB pad, and extra 1.1 mm pitch pad, prototyping microcontrollers on a protoboard simpler than ever before. If you want to prototype with another MCU or need a large prototyping area, the embedded board is for you.
ALio embedded board, bottom view.
The ALio Arduino version is also designed for prototyping that involves with microcontroller. It has an extra SPI pad, micro-USB/mini-USB pad, an extra 1.1 mm pitch pad, and is also Arduino compatible. It includes an Arduino pinout for stacking it to another Arduino board. In short, with this version of ALio, you can build your own Arduino board or Arduino-custom-shield.
ALio Arduino-compatible board, top view.
The ALio MCU Breakout board is designed to fit TQFP44, TQFP32, MLF32, and SOIC IC packages on one side. On the other side, it has a unique pad to fit SMD components for your microcontroller’s minimum requirements, such as capacitors, inductors, crystals, resistors, or LEDs. It also has a mini-USB/micro-USB pad, so you can use it as a stand-alone microcontroller board.
ALio MCU breakout board, top and bottom.
ALio comes with a unique and different orientation NON-through-hole BUS pad designed to be used for SMD components or routing circuits as double layer.
Here is an example for routing BUS as double layer to connect point A to A’ and point B to B’. Since the busses are NON-through-hole you can overlap the trace and minimizing jumper wire usage.
|Board||ALio||(Sparkfun) Wombat||(Adafruit) Perma-Proto||(Elecfreaks) Flower||Perf+||RoutaBoard|
|Component Package||SMD & PTH||PTH||PTH||SMD & PTH||PTH||PTH|
|Extra Breakout||1.1mm pitch, SPI, micro-USB, mini-USB||no||no||SOIC||no||no|
|Double layer bus||yes||no||no||no||yes||no|
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The final designs are completed. We will be using PCBway as our PCB manufacturer.