Let's have a Board Level Talk

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This talk provides an introduction and survey of existing and future boards used to interface and reverse engineer electronic equipment. These are boards that allow your computer to interface to the protocols used in embedded computers, such as UART, I2C, SPI and JTAG, and SWD.

If you want to know more about these boards, what they can do, and how to use them, this is a good introduction. There are over 20 products and designs, such as the BusPirate, Facedancer, GreatFet, JTAGulator, Shikra, Focaccia, Shukran, the Black Magic Probe, etc. In addition, developers are working on the next generation, such as the Luna, BusPirate Ultra, Glasgow, and Edinburgh boards. If you don't know what to buy, or the advantages and disadvantages of each, this talk will help clear things up.


Bruce Barnett



Serial Interfaces

AVR Programmers

Multiprotocol tools

Specialized Boards

Future Boards


Start with #0 - Finding uart data pins on WRT54G

Mark Carney’s book on PenTesting hardware

Curated list of hacking resources