The perfect OpenHardware Lab

Posted on Tue 11 May 2010 in Hardware by xcarcelle

In an OpenHardware project, making up a perfect lab is crucial in order to prototype, test and solder parts before going to PCB pre-production and production.

This post aims at presenting the set-up of the XiVO IPBX OpenHardware lab at Proformatique.

The main list of hardware equipment we have in our lab is:

  • Working-table from Langlois - Gradignan, France (typically used for electronic practical session in the secondary schools and engineering schools) with wooden table and neon to have a close-up working light
  • Oscilloscope Tektronix DP2012 with Ethernet interface (web server running on the digital Oscilloscope that can control the settings on the 2 ways)
  • Multimeter ChauvinArnoux - CA703 (CAT IV - 600V with the diode function used to validate continuity of PCB trace when looking for connectivity on a PCB)
  • Weller solder station WD1 with 2.5mm, 1mm and 0.5mm ends
  • 2 x PowerSupply PS3003 (24V in order to be able to do 48V with 2 power-supplies back-to-back)
  • Zooming lens for close-ups soldering and debugging
  • ATX PowerSupply to power motherboard and ATX-based EvaluationBoards
  • Saleae LogicAnalyzer (USB-based and supported with sigrok with Linux / http://www.sigrok.org/wiki/Main_Page for the list of supported logic analyzers) for data-bus debugging
  • Solderless breadboard SD-24 for wires connexion through the breadboard

Please find below a picture of our hardware lab with the equipment descrived above:

Proformatique - XiVO - Hardware
Lab

This is important to get also small tools like cutting tools, small wires (like the precious HIRSCHMANN MKL0,64/25-0,25 - reference #1011430 at farnell.com http://fr.farnell.com/hirschmann/mk...), soldering wires (RoHS with 1mm and 0.5mm diameter), screw-drivers, SMT and non SMT resistors, capacitors and selfs, labels for different wire description.