If you’ve ever wondered why people tend to avoid BGA, it isn’t only the cost associated with multi-layer PCBs, it’s also because it’s impossible to inspect them after they have been soldered to way you would a QFP chip for solder bridges, etc. The solution in any professional production line is simple … they all get scanned with a specialised XRAY machine. The image above is from a board I had reworked, and wanted to make sure everything was OK underneath since I only had one sample. I thought the results were worth sharing. The solid black boxes underneath are capacitors on the bottom side of the board directly beneath the BGA chip.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.
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