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  1. This is the first PCB that I have designed and sent off to be manufactured. Yesterday I received the boards, soldered them up, and they work! This write-up outlines the process I used in the hope that it will be useful to other hobbyists and builders. There are links at the end which provide additional detail. Selecting a Project The project consists of a small board with a MSP430G2553 microcontroller and an nRF24L01 radio. I started with a radio attached with jumpers to a LaunchPad quite some time back and then built one on a proto-board. The photograph below shows a G2553 with radio powered by a buck-boost converter attached to a super capacitor and solar panel. I used it for a while with my weather station which never was quite completed. Although I could have started with that, I actually chose to start with something simpler. The goal was to focus on the PCB design process and to minimize the issues associated with a new or technically challenging project. The objectives, strategies, and constraints I decided on included the following: Inexpensive
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