(later, at home) Just ordered a bunch of adapter boards - been meaning to get some or make some for a bit now. I could not find anywhere in Australia that even supplied all the ones I wanted. Adafruit's prices were good even taking into account shipping to Aus which was about 25% of the total. Had to be very disciplined to avoid buying any of the other tasty goodies on offer there....
Another good source is Adafruit. They have some nice adapters that are SOIC on one side and TSSOP on the other so they can stock fewer parts and pass on the savings. They have a nice collection for various packages.
I like Schmartboard. I just got a Cypress PSoC 5LP development board with QFN-68 PSoC pre-installed. It's a nice design and works great. It brings out lots of I/O as a DIP with 0.1" pin spacing and 0.8" between rows. You can also get it without the PSoC and put on a PSoC 3 instead.
Max - I stopped by Fry's today and picked up a couploe more Schmartboards. I didn't find any of the BGA versions though. They sound pretty daring. I've got a little ARM processor in a 0.5mm pitch 16 ball micro BGA package that I'd love to experiment with on one of their boards.
Duane...you may be able to help me...some time ago there was an article, I think in EET, about some very cheap SMD breakout boards offered by TI (Texas Instruments). I lost the link and have searched the TI website but can't find them. Do you know anything about this, have you got that link? Thanks // David
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