Designing and implementing electronics circuits comprises of various steps from literature review to testing the final product. Electronic prototyping help in understanding the concepts and improving the circuit knowledge. There are number of ways to implement and play with electronic circuits such as bread board prototyping, Dot board prototyping, PCB prototyping and custom electronic prototyping boards which are designed to work with specific circuits or components. Electronic prototyping through bread board is the basic stage and has its own pros and cons obviously it is not suited for bulky and advanced circuits. Prototyping through dot board/vero board/pref board is the next stage from bread board. Circuits can be permanently attached to the board with firm connections and rigid structure. It’s an optimal way of implementing electronic circuits through low coast and easy of working. Dot board prototyping can be annoying if the connections are to be modified as the disordering process is tedious and less likely to be successful.
Electronic prototyping through PCB is considered advanced as it requires equal amount of work to design and fabricate the board itself. PCBs are preferred for permanent circuit connections which are pre tested using any of the above electronic prototyping methods. To make the advanced microcontroller prototyping easier there are number of development or prototyping boards which has a pre-designed circuit with suitable PCB to make it work in a suitable environment. It if always wise to prefer the prototyping boards for programmable microcontrollers as it requires multiple connections and auxiliary components to get it working. Also programming is much easier with electronic prototyping boards with built in PC interfacing and external component interfacing features rather than with other prototyping methods where the chip or the auxiliary components must be constantly swapped to program and work with it after programming.