PCB board to experiment with HopeRF RFM69 and RFM98 radio modules. Uses ARM Cortex-M0+ LPC812 as controller.
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RFM69HW and RFM98W experimentation board with option for LPC812 MCU

This is a PCB board to experiment with HopeRF RFM69HW and RFM98 radio modules (or any modules in that family with a compatible footprint).

The module can be accessed directly throught JP1 which breaks out the modules SPI bus and a few other pins.

Alternatively a LPC812 (ARM Cortex-M0+ MCU) can be soldered on the board as a controller. Firmware for the LPC812 is here: https://github.com/jdesbonnet/RFM69_LPC812_firmware

There is a blog post discussing this in more detail here: http://jdesbonnet.blogspot.ie/2014/12/experiments-with-rfm69-433mhz-digital.html

populated RFM69HW version of the PCB

PCB layout

schematic

Pinout

Common to RFM69 and RFM98 boards

Leftmost column of 6 pins (from top to bottom): RESET, UART_TXD, UART_RXD, NC, ISP_ENTRY, GND.

Second column from left of 3 pins (from top to bottom): SWD_CLOCK, SWD_DATA, NC.

RFM69

Three pin row above MCU (from left to right): 3.3V, GND, NC.

RFM98

Three pin row at top-right corner of the board (from left to right): 3.3V, GND, NC.

NC: not connect. SWD: serial wire debug.

Lessons from first iteration of PCB

  • Keep spacing of headers and test pads snapped to 0.1in grid to facilitate easy construction of bed of nails test rig on proto board.
  • Include power and ground on all headers even if it duplicates.
  • For traces that may become optional use 0 ohm jumper resistors to complete link, or use test pads to allow easy reconnection if a trace needs to be cut (undoing a manually cut trace is a pain).
  • Choice of font on v1 board was too small.
  • Consider side SMA connector