TheVan44 was the original PCB designed for the MiniVan keyboard. It was included with the first 3 rounds of MiniVan keyboard kits sold through group buys.
All revisions of TheVan44 share the same look and overall design. The PCB is covered in a white solder mask with black silkscreen. The front of the board contains no components. The silkscreen on the front includes the name of the board, revision number, squares around each switch position, and a picture of a van with the text "The Van Delivers" in script. The back of the board is where all of the surface mount components and USB port are located as well as a silkscreen with labels for all component locations.
All 3 revisions of the board used Mini USB connectors for their connection to the host computer. All switches were oriented in the south-facing postition. Each switch location had through-hole pads for in-switch LED lighting. A reset button was positioned along the right edge of the bottom of the board. None of the boards had holes for PCB-mount stabilizers and required the use of a switch plate for stabilizing the split spacebars.
Two layouts were supported by TheVan44 PCBs
There were 3 revisions of TheVan44 that were sold with MiniVan kits. Each of the first 3 rounds of MiniVan group buys included a new revision of the board.
The very first TheVanKeyboards design that was sold to the public. This board only supported one layout - the MiniVan standard layout. It was included with MiniVan kits purchased in the very first group buy run on GeekHack.
Revision 1 boards used a different mounting hole placement than all subsequent Minivan PCBs. Specifically, only the screw near the USB port in the top-right and the two screws in the bottom-left of the PCB were in the same location as later boards. Revision 1 boards could still be installed in later cases that have Mini USB cutouts but only the three specified screw locations could be used.
The second revision of TheVan44 PCB was included with round 2 MiniVan kits sold on Massdrop.com (now Drop.com). The board received several upgrades from the first revision, most notable was the inclusion of the new "arrows" layout. This was the first PCB to add the layout, which has been present on all subsequent iterations of MiniVan PCBs as well as several of its derivatives. Rev 2.0 boards also added support for Alps-style switches with a shared MX/Alps hybrid footprint.
Due to how the traces were routed to support the arrows layout there were two switch positions in the bottom-right corner that did not have holes for PCB-mount switch legs. In order to mount a PCB-mount switch in one of these locations the legs of the switch would need to be removed prior to installation. Revision 2 boards also introduced a new mounting hole pattern that has been consistent with all subsequent MiniVan and MiniVan-compatible PCBs.
An updated version of the board was included with round 3 MiniVan kits sold on TheVanKeyboards.com. The PCBs were also later sold standalone on the site. This board was nearly identical to rev 2.0 - the only change was a trio of pins that were broken out to three through-hole pads located between the two switch positions in the bottom-left corner of the board. These pads are labeled
PGND0. The pins were intended to support an RGB LED strip that could be installed into the case.