The ProtoDev Series of PCBs are on the verge of being phased out of production in favour of the new Salvo [Series] of development platforms. The name Salvo was chosen because there is a salvo of them in planning and on their way to our distributors.

The objective of the Salvo [Series] is to get ahead of the old style of development PCBs and to deliver to customer a more precise development system that enables further extensibility. The PCBs have been designed to integrate more fully with the development process as either an add – on module (booster – pack) or as an unobtrusive platform that actually hosts the development software and shield (mikroe Click boards).

Why the change in development board style ? What is clear from the design trend in development PCBs coming onto the market is that the ability to host a shield as a single layer or as a multiple layer stack is important for customers.



Another trend is the minimalist approach to soldering, and this means that the shields are re – usable and interchangeable with a current project and can be removed and put aside for later use without damager or altering the shield’s operation.

The newly release Salvo [RADIX] satisfies the above criteria, styled along the same lines as an ARDUINO PCB. The Arduino layout offers access to a number of shields and community projects which offers great leverage in terms of projects.

The ProtoDev Series of development PCBs satisfied very few of these criteria and really required the opposite, i.e. soldering was required to add circuitry to the PCB, and there was little or no space or state for shields.

The PCBs are all under the Salvo designation, but also have a subset name for example [FINIS]. The name in the square brackets is used to differentiate them from one another and also to highlight a specific attribute of the board. For example, the latin word FINIS just means edge which is the defining characteristic of the Salvo [FINIS] since it just simply clips into the edge of the bread board.

Salvo [FINIS]

Salvo [FINIS]

 All of the PCBs come equipped with USB to RS232 USARTs, either single or dual power supplies and some include additional equipment such as push buttons, leds and so on. The PCBs have been assembled by the best companies in South Africa to guarantee first work standards in terms of quality and cost effective price.

General Highlights

  • Full SMD assembly
  • IC Holder for PIC, along with ceramic resonator
  • ICSP Interface (USB UART May be used for boot loading which is only applicable to specific devices)
  • 2.1 MM DC Jack
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • LDO Family voltage regulator
  • LED Power on indication
  • I/O header, with all I/O labelled and tracked to a convenient board location
  • FT230x USB UART
  • RS232 TX | RX connections interrupted to cater to pin – out differences between device families

We are really looking forward to and are excited about this new family of PIC development platforms. Don’t forget, we sell on tindie.