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Panda How to add Power Switch

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  • The J6 expansion header on the PandaBoard allows for the addition of a power switch.

This is a Work In Progress, don't go by anything below this line.


These are the materials you will need in addition to your Pandaboard.




  • Detail of one of the PC style USB expansion cable


  • Red (VCC) wire will connect to J6 Pin 1 (USB Port 3) or 2 (USB Port 4)
  • White (D-) wire will connect to J6 Pin 3 (USB Port 3) or 4 (USB Port 4)
  • Green (D+) wire will connect to J6 Pin 5 (USB Port 3) or 6 (USB Port 4)
  • Black (Gnd) wire will connect to J6 Pin 7 (USB Port 3) or 8 (USB Port 4)
  • The fifth pin (shield) is not connected.

NOTE: Earlier versions of the Pandaboard had connections for the shield, but they were dropped in favor of some additional GPIOs.

  • J6 Pinout

J6 detail1.jpg


Here is what the header will look like when soldered to J6 of the Pandaboard.

  • Solder the header into the J6 pins closest to the WIFI module
  • Detail of the header soldered into J6


  • Plug in the PC style USB expansion cable, making sure that the RED wire end of the connectors are plugged into the pins nearest the WIFI module
  • Detail of the Thingy plugged into the Header at J6



Most PC USB Thingies have a standard pinout that is compatible with J6

  • First few pins of J6