What is RoutaBoard?
RoutaBoard is what could be considered as evolutionary top of the electronic prototyping boards. Its registered unique design enables creation of high-quality, reliable, and layout-optimised true jumper wire-free boards with flexibility and ease never seen before. All that within minutes and with nothing more than just a small soldering iron!
How RoutaBoard works?
RoutaBoard is a standard 2.54mm (0.1") pitch sea of holes just like any other prototyping board. The magic comes from its uniquely designed pattern of traces between the holes. Every hole is part of a small cell of traces and pads, called Routacell.
The entire board consists of a large number of multiplied many times RoutaCell to cover the surface of the board. A tiny solder droplet can be used to connect any hole in the array to up to 6 of its 8 neighbouring holes. This way makes REAL PCB traces, not orthogonal bus-style connections only. No cutting is required as well, so RoutaBoard can be reused many times!
In addition to the cell array there are three large "bus" traces on board, available for general routing. These are ideal for power supply.
There is a single-sided RoutaBoard for simpler prototypes, and there is a double-sided RoutaBoard for maximum efficiency when making some more complex projects. Both work exactly the same way and what the user will choose depends on their needs. There is also a choice among several different Routaboard sizes, which means different number of RoutaCell available on board.
Check http://routaboard.com for a practical simple example what you can do with RoutaBoard.
Try RoutaBoard, and you will forget about any other way of prototyping!
RoutaBoard comes with programming language!
There is more! RoutaBoard comes with its own "programming" language - RBDL (RoutaBoard Description Language). With RBDL any prototype board can be described unambiguously in a simple text form, so designs can be easily published or distributed.
RoutaBoard comes with software!
And there is even more! In order to let the user make the most of RoutaBoard, a simple and convenient, yet powerful PC software called RoutaEdit was written to help in the creation of layouts as well as import, export, and editing of RBDL files.
With RoutaEdit you can visually lay out your prototype boards, define components in a component library, as well as placing and moving components to arrange them in the most effective way.
RoutaEdit can be downloaded free from RoutaBoard’s official website: http://routaboard.com/
Risks and challenges
Routaboard is only a bare PCB, so there aren’t many risks associated with it. The main challenges ahead are in the popularisation and distribution of the product, as well as provision of continuous development and improvements for Routaedit as well as maintaining highest quality of the manufactured PCBs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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