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November 9, 2011 AT 8:28 am

Basic kludges: 5 minute SOIC-DIP adapter

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Basic kludges: 5 minute SOIC-DIP adapter @ Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

So, you’re almost done building the new circuit board when suddenly… Doh! We’ve got the right chip handy, but only in the wrong package!


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9 Comments

  1. Ouch. Very ugly but I goess it works!

  2. Jesus, that is some horrible hack!

  3. gang – the point of this was for it to be a “basic-kludges-5-minute-soic-dip-adapter” – if you have better, more elegant and nicer looking way to do this in a bind, in less than 5 mins – please post a link to your how-to 🙂

  4. I like this solution better http://www.head-fi.org/t/89714/make-yourself-soic8-to-dip8-adapter-56k-warnings

  5. > You want ugly? THIS is UGLY! (not mine!)

    Gahh!
    I admire the so-called ‘Manhattan’ construction, and it’s very skilled, but can’t make myself do it. My lil’ projects look almost like Printed Circuit boards underneath, but with wire…

    I *DO* love the SOIC hack. So many of the ‘good’ new ICs are now only SOIC, so that’s an alternative! VERY well done.

    Mike Y
    Dallas, Texas

  6. In that situation, I’ve always superglued the SOIC package right side up into the center of the DIP socket, then tacked pieces of fine gauge wire (often magnet wire) between the corresponding pads with some solder.
    Pre-supergluing the package keeps everything in place to make the soldering easier (assuming your iron has a fine enough tip to get in there, and your hands are steady enough not to mangle the plastic), leaves the pins in the order on the datasheet, and results in a roughly DIP-height object when you are done.
    It is also _very tedious_.

  7. Honestly, it’s not much easier to use pre-made SOIC to DIP adapter PCBs because the clearance between the IC and DIP leads is so tight.

    Of course, I was really lucky…the last time I needed to do this, AdaFruit created a solution for me!

  8. @K Scharf –

    As I understand it, that style of tack-solder breadboarding is the norm for people doing radio frequency analog work. Plug-in breadboards don’t work due to noise, stray capacitance, etc.

    The true Zen master of hand-built electronics is ELM ChaN

  9. [oops – no tags…here’s a photo link to ChaN’s work]

    http://elm-chan.org/works/cube/ph3l.jpeg

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