On Friday 11 August 2006 06:24 pm, Dave McGuire wrote:
Chuck Guzis wrote:
I suspect that the legacy DIP stuff will get
harder to buy new through
"normal" channels, given RoHS. In the long run, I suppose we'd all
better get used to working with surface mount. :(
Nah, not anytime soon...unless I'm hallucinating, plenty of DIPs are
available as RoHS compliant parts now. There's nothing "legacy" about
DIPs just yet.
That said, the notion that surface mount is somehow "harder to
solder" is nothing but a load of crap. It is DIFFERENT...not harder.
In fact, I find all but the very smallest SMT parts EASIER to work with
than through-hole components.
I suspect that someone, way back when, was afraid of it and said
"it's to haaaard" and people have been propagating that rumor ever since.
It's _SMALLER_ and these eyes ain't what they used to be! (Which really
sucks, but at least I can still see...) I have to grab for my lower-power
magnifier more often than not if I want to read a number off a chip or a
transistor, and I didn't used to have to do that.
Couple that with half the darn things not even being marked at all, or being
marked in such a way that only makes sense if you have the datasheet, and
the're definitely much more of a PITA to deal with as far as I'm concerned.
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