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SMD Surface Mount Devices

For a great little Surface Mount practice kit, see Roman Black's Shift-1 wire serial LCD driver and project board

Surface mount devices have many advantages and a few disadvantages. More and more components are available only in SMT packages, so learning to work with them is becomming critical.

Pros Cons
Takes up much less space
Less expensive
Wider range of parts avilable
Can be soldered in batches by reflow or wave techniques
Automated placement very possible
No leads to hold component in place while soldering
Small size makes hand soldering difficult wtihout a brace or very steady hand
Bridged solder traces more likely and difficult to see.
Easy to loose if dropped


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