Step 1 : Introduction
This is an alternative method of building a 64 channel Olsen 595 controller. My goal was to build a basic but functional controller without having to etch a PCB or drill a gazillion tiny holes.
Please note: Any part numbers listed here are part numbers of the parts I used. There are other suitable parts from other manufacturers.
You will need to read the Data Sheets to confirm the parts you are ordering will meet your needs. You will need DIP's (dual in-line package) for the IC's. DIP is a through-hole mounting package. They may also be called PDIP or P-DIP. For TRIAC's I used a TO-220 package. The TRIAC's listed were what was available at the time I ordered my parts.
This how to is designed on the "Stripboard - Large" from Futurlec http://www.futurlec.com/ProtoBoards.shtml
The board dimensions are approximately 3.65"x4.35"
The cost as of 11/03/06 is $1.95 ea (US) plus shipping. I ordered 10 and the shipping was $4.00. They took about 10 days to arrive. (They appeared to have been shipped from "Down Under")
From David Scott:
"I guess Stripboard is not popular with Americans. I used a proto board from Radio Shack, It was slightly larger than the strip board in length and width, but that worked out great. I built it to the same foot print as your How To, pin for pin, and it left me with enough room for 16 more channels. So later I might add another 16 channels to it, instead of making a whole new board. As far as build time, it took me more then 4 hours, mainly because I bridged all the solder joints between the IC's instead of using jumpers. Using solder to bridge looks cleaner and is a bit better of a connection. I did use jumpers for all of the other connections, but I ran them close to the chips instead of down the middle, and again bridged them to the proper pins to cut down on jumpers."
Use this information at your own risk. I have a very limited electrical background and I know even less about electronics. All information provided here is "my understanding" of information gathered from around the Internet. Even though it worked for me your mileage may vary.
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