Sunday, June 22, 2008

IDC connectors

I'm waiting around to get some parts (IC sockets, because I don't want to plug the expensive max chip directly into the breadboard for risk of bending it's legs or damaging it some other way) that will allow me to do a full breadboard test.

In the meantime here's an illuminating PDF I found. It describes how the IDC connectors work. This project will use four of them to anchor two ribbon cables to the pcbs.

2 comments:

John Brian said...

Great blog! I'm also in the process of building a DIY monome (or really a half-DIY monome- I'll hopefully be using the "official" buttons) and have found the discussions here very interesting.

I wanted to let you know that if you DO accidentally fry your Max chip, you can actually acquire a new one directly from Maxim as an engineering sample. This does pose a bit of a moral quandary, but it's a guaranteed route. And if it helps, I've had my Max chip breadboard directly on and off without any problems- just make sure you press it down hard enough to seat it properly.

Keep it up!

Admin said...

That's interesting to know, thanks.

I did try to order my first Max chip as a sample, but the Maxim form would not allow it. I got a bewildering message explaining that they did not provide samples to resellers, though nothing I had filled in gave them reason to suppose I would be reselling the chip.