I've been using OSHpark (previously Dorkbot/Laen PCB) for several years. The price and turn around time is pretty darn good. Being 'down under', affordable fab houses are non existant. I couldn't find anyone who could come close with my design's requirements - 4 layer, 5/5mil track/spaces, 4mil annulars and 10mil holes.
Their prices are unbeatable if you want lots of boards too.
Yeah, I find the small boards a nice challenge. I love trying to fit everything on them that needs to get there. What is your current project that you are doing that is that small? I would love to hear about it.
On the KL02, I am just exploring being able to use it. Once I find a way to do it, then I will find what to do with it ;)
I agree about how much easier board building has gotten. I'd never use some of these quick and dirty techniques when I'm on a strict timeline, but it has really opened up pathways to build quick, 'usually' reliable prototypes.
If you want to play with the KL02 microcontroller, the evaluation board only costs U$12.96 at DigiKey.
The 3x3mm QFN-16 package wouldn't fit on your 0.38"x0.38" board?
Like you, I design very small boards. My current project is only 0.29" x 0.31", and has parts on both sides. It's easy and fun to design these projects, but what a pain to build and test and debug something that tiny!
Thanks for the info. I am sorry that you have to spend so much of your time away from your family. Thankfully, I get to spend much more time away from work. I hope that you can slow down a bit. That is not fun to have to work that much.
Well one can't argue with that, Utimitely everything is horses for courses :-) I tend to do 20-30 designs per year all requiring small proto runs and seem to work some 18 hours most days which makes me I guess more time conscious than most when wanting to find time for family. I also very much value the time spent here sharing with others so I don't under estimate that value either. Usually 10-20 proto services per year. Sometimes a friend wants a board and I add it to the panel and depending on size they pay only a few $.
The company is called Entech, This link gives the full range of specs: