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Component packages explained

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Component packages explained via the Adafruit customer support forums. THE FUNKIESTER writes –

Personally, I’ve found all the little acronyms when looking for components to be a little confusing and I’m sure that I’m not the only one that’s been through that.  Whats a TSSOP? Whats the difference between SIP and DIP? It can get very frustrating, so this will explain everything for you!

Well there are many different components out there and with that, there have to be different packages to fit different needs such as space availability, prototyping, and different  circuit board layouts.  The entire list of the more well-known packages, others may be lurking in R&D that we don’t know about, goes something like this : CDIP , PDIP , SPDIP,  SIP, SDIP, SOIC, TSOP, SSOP, TSSOP, PLCC, QSOP, VSOP, LQFP, PQFP, CQFP, TQFP,  CGBA, and QFN.  Its mostly all about space on the board, which kind of package utilizes the precious space on the circuit board the best.  So lets start with the descriptions!


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2 Comments

  1. I was having this coversation with myself after checking out some of the surface mount connections on the beaglebone cape. I had no idea that all the numbers and letters are just form factors for IC’s. It was really confusing trying to figure out what might go there. yes….me == NOOB

  2. There is a new article about SMD packages.
    http://funkyguy4000.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/smd-packages-explained/

    It talks about the most common, same template as the first article. enjoy!

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