Jon Titus
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Re: Part V: Tricks With PIC: Using the Trusty PIC Microcontroller
Jon Titus   1/20/2012 3:29:48 PM
Q:  @jon: do you prototype with through-hole parts? When do you go for SMD parts?


A:  Both.  I use through-hole devices as much as possible for prototypes because these old eyes have a tough time seeing the tiny SMT parts.  I have glasses (see photo at tope) and use a magnifier, too.  It's also easier to replace through-hole components if I need to modify something.  I like the SMT chip adapters from SchmartBoard and use them to turn SMT chips into through-hole components.  Their boards "self align" chip pins with contacts.  Get some good solder flux, too.  I recommend ChipQuik.

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