Proto Armour is a system of protective enclosure hardware designed for today's most popular development platforms. Engineers and designers save months of development time through rapid prototyping and tool re-use, and often take advantage of modular development platforms offered by embedded processor manufacturers. These evaluation boards and reference designs are generally used to evaluate the suitability of an embedded device for use in a new product design. Successful evaluation typically leads to the development of a prototype that approximates the functionality of the new product. Subsequent prototypes are built having additional features and functionality until the final product design is complete and released to manufacturing. It is often desirable to use an off-the-shelf evaluation board throughout several rounds of prototyping, however the board suppliers rarely offer enclosure hardware suitable for use with their products. Proto Armour is designed to meet this challenge with a system of protective enclosure hardware designed for today's most popular development platforms.
This kit includes hardware necessary to add extra thermal protection to the CPU within the following enclosure kits:
Access to GPIO pins is limited and will not permit the use of a ribbon cable header.
Posted by Philippe Trottier on 31st Jan 2015
Pro: Real heatsink and real solid
Cannot use the 40 pin with a normal header ribbon. Even if you shave the connector, the contact are then at risk to contact the heat sink and it's still very tight. Even the 40pin Hat pin trough connector won't fit.
Work around use small tube and longer screws, if you do it right it will even secure the ribbon connector by having the screw head on top of the connetor.
Comments From MobileApp Systems:
All designs are a balance of constraints and we worked hard to provide the greatest level of GPIO access without compromising mounting integrity. The product description was updated to point out limited GPIO pin access. We will continue to review the design and look for improvements. Thank you for the feedback!