The Vortex Core is an amazing little keyboard with an aluminum body, good keycaps and a slim design. Unfortunately though, it needs one thing to be a perfect 40% board, which is programmability.
The Atom47 is a drop-in replacement PCB for the Vortex Core to be able to change the function of every key using QMK, which allows you to have a virtually unlimited amount of layers and keys. Suit your Vortex Core to your needs, so to say.
- QMK Firmware
- 6 Underglow RGB leds
- In-switch leds
- Through-hole micro usb connector (less likely to break off!)
- South facing leds for the QMX/Zealencio users
- Multiple layouts
- Easily reachable reset button under the spacebar
- cAPS LOCK INDICATOR
Updates & Group buy status
You can follow the thread on GeekHack for updates here: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=93447.0
How to use
Every Atom47 comes pre-flashed with the default layout as found in the QMK repo. To enter programming/flashing mode, press Pn and then the right Ctrl key or use the reset key marked on the keycaps. To exit programming mode, press Esc or unplug the USB cable. Most QMK users should already have a build environment set up, but new users should definitely follow the documentation.
How to install
The installation of the Atom47 requires you to desolder every switch of your Vortex Core and solder the new PCB in. It’s that easy. Here’s a build log from someone who got a rev2 prototype, which can help you during the installation.
The Atom47 can be bought in the group buys, on /r/mechmarket or as stock sometimes.
|Cols||B7, F0, F1, F4, F6, D4, D6, D7, B4, B5, C6, C7, F7|
|Rows||B3, B2, B1, B0|
|Unused||D5, D3, D2, D1, D0|
|Other||Backlight: B6||RGB: F5||Capslock LED: E6|
|Cols||D7, D5, F0, F1, F4, F6, F7, D4, C7, C6, D6, B5, B4|
|Rows||B1, B2, B3, B7|
|Unused||E6, B0, D1, D2, D3|
|Other||Backlight: B6||RGB: D0||Capslock LED: F5|