This morning I was fooling with cables for my Xbox. I want to make some breakout boards with controllers and front-panel buttons and LEDs that I can install in my bench and simply plug in when I’m working on a board.
I had a play with what I had in stock and built the cable you can see below. In the bottom of the frame is the Xbox controller connectors for two controllers, and in the top of the frame is my 10 pin JST PHD connector which I wired up just to make sure I had the right components and everything was working.
It works, but I used 22 AWG gauge wire where I probably want 24 or 26 AWG instead, so I ordered some of that on AliExpress.
I also swung by Digi-Key and stocked up on JST PHD connectors. On an Xbox motherboard (I’ve only checked v1.6 so far, I’m just getting started) you will find a 10 pin JST PHD connector for the front LEDs and power/eject buttons, two 12 pin JST PHD connectors for the controllers, and a 14 pin JST PHD connector for the DVD ROM. I got all such things:
I made three power cables today. Blue for 3.3V, Red for 5V, and Yellow for 12V. I used 4mm lugs and bolted them to my ATX power supply breakout board. So now I have some handy power rails on my bench powered from an old computer power supply.
Made some cables. Male banana plug into male jumper wire. Got some of these and cut them. Made a pair of long ones and two pairs of short ones. This is so I can plug my multi-meters into my breadboards. Gonna do the same thing with some BNC attached coax so I can hook up my scope and with some female DuPont cables so I can plug into male pin headers.
Today I got myself two of these RG316 coaxial cables. Other choices were RG58 and RG174 options. I found this discussion on reddit which suggested that for my application (connecting my bench scope to circuits for testing) any of them will probably do. I got two 4 meter cables, so when I cut them in half I will have four 2 meter cables.
I found this Custom Cable Creator. Pretty awesome! You can pick from a very wide variety of plugs and sockets and custom make a cable, then order it! Not sure what prices are like, I suspect high, especially for low volume.