Attaching a Peripheral Board to a NanoBoard

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Main article: Peripheral Boards

A peripheral board is mounted onto the NanoBoard by plugging its 100-way Male docking connector into the motherboard's corresponding 100-way Female docking connector (referred to as a 'NANOCONNECT' interface). The board can be securely fixed in place using the available threaded standoffs.

Attachment to a NanoBoard NB2

Related article: NanoBoard NB2

When using a NanoBoard NB2, the three peripheral board connectors on the motherboard (labeled 'PERIPHERAL BOARD A', 'PERIPHERAL BOARD B' and 'PERIPHERAL BOARD C') are identical in their pinouts, providing generic docking platforms that allow for a peripheral board to be affixed to the motherboard in any of the three locations.

Peripheral board connectors on the NanoBoard NB2 - the docking points for satellite peripheral boards.

Some peripheral boards (e.g. PB01 – the Audio / Video Peripheral Board) are twice the width of other available peripheral boards and, as such, can only be connected to the NanoBoard NB2 using the 'PERIPHERAL BOARD A' or 'PERIPHERAL BOARD C' connectors.

Attachment to a NanoBoard 3000

Related article: NanoBoard 3000 Series

When using a 3000-series NanoBoard, the motherboard has a single 100-way Female docking connector (labeled 'PERIPHERAL BOARD'), for attachment of one single/double size peripheral board.

Peripheral board connector on the NanoBoard 3000 - the docking point for a
single satellite peripheral board.

A Word about Changing Peripheral Boards...

Switch peripheral boards to change available resources.

When changing peripheral boards, please take care not to damage the connector that attaches the peripheral board to the NanoBoard. The following procedure is recommended:

  1. Ensure that the NanoBoard's power is switched off.
  2. Ensure that all screws affixing the peripheral board to the motherboard are removed.
  3. Grip the two sides of the peripheral board between your thumb and fingers and gently pull the board upwards. Gently rocking the peripheral board from side to side can help loosen the connector.
  4. As the peripheral board disengages, ensure that you keep the board parallel to the motherboard and pull it straight up until the connector is fully disengaged.
  5. Install a different peripheral board by gently positioning it so that its connector is aligned with the corresponding connector on the motherboard – the posts of which slot through the holes in the peripheral board. Once located, press the peripheral board firmly onto the NanoBoard. You can secure it to the motherboard using the available threaded standoffs.
  6. Switch the NanoBoard's power on.
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