Board’s arrived, now what?
So, your LPLC board has arrived. Great! It’s time to decide what to do with the header pins, and how to solder them. Bear in mind that you do not need to solder headers pins if you don’t want to, they are a convenience for connecting the LPLC to a breadboard or carrier PCB. In most cases you would solder wires directly to the PCB. The two long strips would normally be mounted underneath the PCB, with the sorter pins pushed up through the PCB. The programming header pins should be mounted vertically on the top of the PCB, or (as is our preference) soldered flat to the PCB. The following video shows how this is done.
The LPLC board comes with a bootloader program pre-loaded; This will allow you to transfer programs you create to the board without the use of a PCIKIT3 programmer device. To connect your board to your PC, you need to hook up a “TTL Serial to USB Cable” between it and you PC. These serial cables are very cheap, and readily available. Below is an example of how to connect the Olimex USB-Serial Cable-F, which you can buy direct from Olimex at this webpage. TTL Serial to USB cables can also be purchased on Ebay for a few Euros. An example for less than two Euros is here.
Here is an example of the wiring to the Olimex cable:
Look below for articles on downloading the PC application, using the bootloader and more details on how the bootloader actually works.