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Trackpoint Module

The trackpoint module consists of a small adapter PCB (shield / daughterboard) that sits on a top mounted controller, and creates the necessary connections to easily use a trackpoint, similar to those found in laptops.


The trackpoint driver and sensor PCBs are thinner and more delicate than the usual PCB you might have dealt with in the past. Additionally, a messy soldering job can cause the sensor to misbehave in a number of ways. Take your time with this build!

corne with trackpoint


In addition to a soldering iron, an H1.3 M2 driver will be needed to install an optional acrylic cover.


The module comes with the following parts:

  • Sprintek SK8707-01 driver and sensor PCBs
  • adapter PCB
  • red rubber cap
  • socket + header set
  • optional: Sea-Picro RP2040 controller
  • optional: acrylic cover + 2x4mm M2 screws + 2x0.5mm M2 washers

kit contents

Step 1

We will start by soldering the driver and sensor to the adapter PCB.

Our goal is to position the driver on the adapter PCB as follows:


Pay attention that the top of the driver PCB doesn't cover the through hole as seen below. It needs to be pushed down very slightly so the header pin can pass through.

driver pcb covers through hole

Step 2

Add a bit of solder to one of the wide pads:

driver pcb pad with solder

While holding the iron on the pad so the solder is flowing, push the driver into position:

driver pcb pad solder with driver

Release the iron, wait a few seconds for the solder to solidify, and then release the driver PCB. Check that it's secure and that the pads all line up with the castellated holes on the driver (it's possible the small pads won't line up exactly due to manufacturing tolerances).

Step 3

Check that the modified header can pass through:

driver pcb headers

Step 4

Finish soldering both sides of the driver while ensuring all joints are in fact connected, as it is possible for solder to be present without actually touching the pad or castellated hole.

Step 5

Similar to the driver, we're going to solder the sensor on the other side of the adapter PCB.


The two right most holes on the sensor are split, solder both to their corresponding pads.

Step 6

We're now ready to work on the controller. Grab the headers that came with the trackpoint kit, one of which will have 8 of its pins cut short (this is done to make room for the driver which sits between the controller and adapter PCBs).


Step 7

The headers should be put as follows:


Make sure the controller sits flush on the headers, and solder it.


Refer to the keyboard build guide for some tips if this is the first controller you're soldering.


Step 8

Position the adapter PCB on the soldered controller. Make sure it sits flush:


Not flush:


Step 9

Solder the 4 highlighted pins on the adapter PCB. It's helpful to grab the PCB on the top and bottom sides so it stays straight when doing the first pin.


After this soldering it'll become extremely hard to separate the two PCBs. Please make sure everything up to this point was done correctly. If you're worried about something, feel free to stop by Discord to ask. While adding some extra work, it's also possible to solder jumper wires between the two PCBs to test everything works before continuing.


Step 10

Soldering done! 👏 Remove the protective film from the surface mounted nuts and cover. If you don't have one, skip the rest of this step.


Put a washer on each nut and screw the cover on. The washers support the cover due to the gap the sensor adds, they're not critical but nice to have.

Step 11

Put the rubber cap on, and you're done! Head over to Firmware to flash your controller with trackpoint support.