Converting Breakout Headers to a Breadboard

So here’s a simple hack to get a breakout board with two inline headers onto a breadboard nicely. My latest project involves TI’s EZ430-RF2500 which is quite a nice setup to get a wireless project up and running quickly. Unfortunately the breakout pins are aligned in 2 parallel rows on the side of the board making it impossible to plug directly into a breadboard.

Breakout Board for MSP430

2 Rows of Breakout Pins- How can this be breadboarded?

Ideally this board should be connected in the center of a breadboard like a DIP package. So the challenge is how do you convert 0.1″ spacing into DIP package spacing?? Here’s my solution.

1.) Solder header into the breakout pin holes and *cut off the pins on the outside row*. Then place it into a bread board with a single row of header next to  it.

Place board and single row of header into the breadboard

Setup the "jig" for soldering. *Note use 2 rows of header on the board and clip off the outside row pins from the bottom*

2.) Solder a second single row of header across the outside row of the breakout board to the header on the opposite side of the divide.

Soldering header across the divide

3.) Presto! Complete transformation from 0.1″ spacing to DIP package. Ready to prototype. Cool.

DIP spacing for a 0.1" Header

Rows of 0.1" Header expanded to DIP spacing. Ready for Prototyping!

Breadboarding with EZ430-RF2500

Ready for Prototyping!

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7 Responses to Converting Breakout Headers to a Breadboard

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  2. Dominic says:

    Great tip.

    Like your all-white, mounting holes with dual-line power plane breadboard too. It looks somewhat different than those normally found at retail, etc. Please let me know where to get it?

  3. JOSEPH DOUCE says:

    I have a slight variation on this to fix your covering half the breadboard issue, solder a set of 90 degree headers the inside row, on the bottom side short leg to the board as normal just on the back, solder a set of straight headers to the top side of the board on the outside row, long leg pointing upwards, turn the board through 90 degrees and stick it in your solder less breadboard… same place as yours, and solder on another set of headers to the straight headers and your board should be now pointing verticle, and not covering your board

  4. Rick Autry says:

    Quite cool. If you start with a 45′ pin header, like Mouser part 649-68015-402HLF , you can set the board vertical, and make it super easy to access the breadboard holes. I do like the way that you used another single row of pins for the extension. Elegant, compared with the way that I had used a DIP plug with all the fiddly separate jumper wires! (That much more to go wrong, and it did)…

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