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    Considering New Board PCB - Seeking Input

    I am considering having PCBs made for I/O connection to the Arduino boards. These would plug in like any other shield, and then have an easy method of connecting wires to sim controls. I have used the spring-loaded push terminals on some other boards, like the ones Leo has on his boards (which are awesome! I LOVE my Bodnar boards). I want to get some input from anyone here to see what features make sense. I will be nearing the point soon where I am going to make a complete glare section with Arduino, and want a good way to make connections. I have seen some shields that provide screw terminals, but I would rather have the spring-loaded ones. Here are some questions:

    1. What makes sense, a board for the Mega?
    2. How many ground terminals make sense?
    3. Should we put a power jack on it and make +5 VDC available too?
    4. Should there be more than one board, like 1 for UNO and 1 for Mega?
    5. Any 'special' connectors required, like for connecting LCD displays?

    Still in the thinking-about-it stage, thanks for any ideas!

    Buddy

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    Re: Considering New Board PCB - Seeking Input

    Hello, Buddy.
    I've been down the road you're travelling. So long as one has a well thought out layout, IDC provides a clean assembly to breakout boards and on-the-fly wiring to LEDs and switches while still allowing future flexibility. I'm not sure who your regular supplier is, but one of my favorites is DigiKey. Below are a few quick links:

    IDC sockets and IDC headers and pin headers
    Simple four pin keyed connectors for power, etc found here.

    Good Luck,

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    Re: Considering New Board PCB - Seeking Input

    Here's a source for spring loaded push terminals which have the correct spacing to work on Arduino
    prototype boards.
    http://www.adafruit.com/product/1074