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I'm looking for an RP2040 "stamp" style board, but hoping to find it within the dimensions of 18mmx55mm with as many (if not all of them) GPIO available. Trying to design my own RP2040 breakoutboard has proved to be rather difficult to self teach, and starting with only designing a daughterboard may be a more realistic first PCB design project.

So it sounds like you've considered the 18x21mm stamp boards that have about 20 GPIO pins.  The only one I know of off the top of my head is the 21x21mm "dual bank" stamp boards that expose up to 30 GPIO.  Once you decide to go with the full 55mm length, there's usually little appetite to leave off the USB port.  I'd be interested as well to learn what's out there, though.

If you donít need lots and lots of GPIO pins, the Waveshare RP2040-Tiny is a neat board with its own USB daughterboard. Itís 18x24mm.

Ideally I would like a 6x21 matrix for easy routing and 2 pins for Data+ and Data- for the USB. Lastly I would like enough pins to keep the LED indicators for Caps, etc. I do think having all 30 would just make the project easier. I do not have a need for an integrated USB port on the RP2040 because I plan to use the RP2040 with a carrier board so the USB would only be useful in the initial stages of flashing the hex file, but even then, it could be done after it's soldered with the USB on the carrier board.

I found by searching "RP2040 Module" I was able to find what I needed. I had found a writeup for a small RP2040 pcb design that indicated that RP2040 module = no integrated USB.

This is 15.2 x 52.1 mm which is darn near perfect. I think I may try to use this design and create a carrier board with this. The goal is to create a drop in PCB for the Apple M3501 (AEK 2). The reason for the PCB dimension limits was I plan to create a carrier board and place the RP2040 module where the original Toshiba 341-0731A IC is located. The plate already has the cutout in it to allow it to be mounted to the PCB.

This would allow it to be a drop in replacement into an original AEK 2 case. The plan is to also use the ADB ports and create a custom ADB > USB Type A. Visually this would create an OEM look, as the ADB connector has enough pins to support USB. Doing this would visually make the AEK 100% original, but with a heart transplant. One sub-goal would be to put RGB through hole LEDs in the carrier board for indicator lights. This would allow customization of the color of indicator light for those who may prefer blue/purple/etc over green.


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