When we build a device that uses a battery, it is very important to save as much energy as we can. In order to do that, engineers take advantage of different battery-consuming strategies. Here we will explore some of them, and we will measure the power consumption of our Bytes Counter.
When the PCB arrived from our great sponsor PCBWAY, the next step was to order all the components and solder them in the board to check if everything works as intended. Today we are gonna see all the processes from the PCB board to the final product.
Once the simulations in Proteus are made and everything is validated, it is time for the final schematic and PCB Design in Kicad.
The first chapter of the project is simulation and software development. It is highly recommended that you simulate your project beforehand to avoid mistakes or problems in later stages. Furthermore, simulations can provide an excellent testing environment to try different scenarios for your solution.
This project is a simple StopWatch for measuring times on different processes or activities. The project was chosen to test some 4-layers PCBs and experiment with both the XLP (Extreme Low-Power Technology) and the pic18LF14k50 itself. You can measure from milliseconds to more than 99h.
When the PCB arrived from the manufacturer, the next step is to assemble all the components and test it out to check if everything works as intended. Today we are gonna see all the processes involved in this task.
Once we have an idea of the schematic and the circuit itself, it's time to test the simulations in real life: Depending on the project, we can test all the circuits or just the specifics parts that are in doubt. For this task, It is highly recommended to use tools such as breadboards, stripboards, some wires and a huge amount of patience.
This time we will have a look into the schematic and the PCB Design. Once the simulations are done and the schematic is fully validated, we need to elaborate the schematic into CAD software (In this case, KiCad as we support Open Source software) and to elaborate the PCB before sending the gerbers to the manufacturer. Let's start!