This project is a cost-reduced version of the Multicartridge, meant for hobbyist who would like to build their own cartridge and are comfortable using a soldering iron. The cartridge is designed such that the majority of the components can already be assembled by the PCB manufacturer (e.g. using a so-called assembly service). The user only needs to solder in three more through-hole components and the cartridge is ready to use.
To understand how the cartridge works, see the explanation as found in the Multicartridge article. Here, we will only explain how the kit is assembled.
Give this page a thorough read before you start soldering.
Ensure you are mounting the components on the right side of the PCB. Have a careful look at the pictures. Removing a component once soldered is relatively difficult.
All fingers of the edge connectors are numbers. If the numbers end in “a”, you are looking at the A-side of the board. IF the numbers end in a “b”, you are looking at the B-side.
Before starting building your cartridge, check that all components are present. You need one PCB with the majority of the SMD components already soldered as shown in Figure 18a.
Furthermore, you need the following three through-hole components (see Figure 18b):
The PCB has two sides: side A and side B. These sides correspond to sites A and B of the P2000T cartridge. Side A contains all the SMD components and will be facing away from the user when inserted into the P2000T. Side B has two white squares on the soldermask and will be facing towards the user when inserted in the P2000.
Insert the PLCC32 socket on side A of the PCB in U1 and solder the pins.
If you intend to use the 512kb SST39SF040 chip, place a solder blob on JP1 such that both ends are shorted.
Carefully inspect your solder points to see if they look properly and you are all done.
The PCB can be nicely embedded in a 3d-printable case, as found here. The recommended settings for the prints are:
0.15mm layer height
For the casing, you need:
4 M3 threaded inserts
4 M3x8mm screws
Place the PCB inside the top case and gently push it until it snaps into place. Ensure that the A side, i.e. the side containing the chips, is facing towards you and that the push button and the dip switch are on the opposite side, as shown in Figure 23.
Do not forget to insert the PLCC32 chip before closing the cartridge.
Check once more whether you closed the jumper pad JP1 if you are using the SST39SF040 chip or leave it open when you are using a SST39SF020 chip.
Align the bottom half of the cartridge enclosure with the top and gently apply pressure until they both half snap together. Insert the four M3x8mm screws (see Figure 24a and Figure 24b) and fasten them.
That is it. You are done. Turn over the cartridge and admire your work.