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Silego’s GreenPAK – Design and program a custom chip in minutes

8/16/2011 02:03 PM EDT
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SharxHockey
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SharxHockey   10/26/2011 7:19:04 PM
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Hi, Another assembly option is to mount the IC on a pcb, and mount the assembly on one of these dual-in-line headers: http://www.plasmetex.com/dual-in-line_headers.html You could leave it open (for easy pcb assembly replacement) or they have matching covers that can be epoxy sealed. Regards, Chuck

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Max The Magnificent   8/18/2011 6:17:01 PM
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The thing is they aren't targeting the hobbyist market -- they are targeting large production runs -- it's just that I can really see a use for these in my own projects...

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elizabethsimon   8/18/2011 5:07:19 PM
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There are 8 pins plus a big thermal ground pad under the chip. There's another ground pin on the chip so you might get by without soldering the thermal pad if you can keep the part from overheating. Then if you do solder the thermal pad, unsoldering would be a real pain. From a hobbyist/prototyping point of view, I'd really like to see a package that's easier to solder and unsolder so that if/when the first one doesn't quite work right, I can replace it. An SOIC with 50mil lead spacing would be nice.

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Max The Magnificent   8/18/2011 3:22:57 PM
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Does size matter? Well, I don't like to boast but... Oh, I see, you're talking about the silicon chips :-)

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Frappy   8/18/2011 3:16:57 PM
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Interesting... but how does this compare with a small CPLD? What are the advantages - price? Does size matter?

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Max The Magnificent   8/18/2011 2:28:15 PM
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I must admit that this whole idea impressed the socks off me -- I wish I'd thought of this :-)

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Txema   8/18/2011 2:25:05 PM
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Really impressive... Something to have seriously into account for my next designs. I don't think package is an issue, as long as there are sockets available. And I bet they are not as difficult to solder with a hot air gun as one can imagine: there are just 8 pins :-)

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Max The Magnificent   8/18/2011 1:56:39 PM
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I took a look at those adapters mentioned by Brian (LFAM) above (http://www.epboard.com/eproducts/protoadapter.htm#DFNtoDIPAdapter) they look pretty tasty and the company also offers a soldering service to connect the small chip to the adapter...

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K1200LT Rider   8/18/2011 12:43:21 PM
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I'd like to see 5V-compatible (CMOS and TTL) parts that could replace almost any vintage thru-hole ICs. Then, make sure there are adapters available to make your IC's adaptable to any thru-hole pin pattern from the past (8-pin thru 68-pin, etc.). I think these would be a boon to individuals and companies that repair old devices. I'd be able to use these in my hobby (collecting & repairing pinballs and arcade video games).

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Brian@BDH   8/16/2011 10:38:04 PM
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Hi DF and Aron, I think I found what you are looking for... And, for ~$6.00 DFN-to-DIP adapters (as well as SSOP, TSSOP, etc.): http://www.epboard.com/eproducts/protoadapter.htm#DFNtoDIPAdapter Thanks, Brian

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