NEW PRODUCTS – Adafruit Perma-Proto Full, Half and Quarter-Sized Breadboard PCBs – Customers have asked us to carry basic perf-board, but we never liked the look of most basic perf: it’s always crummy quality, with pads that flake off and no labeling. Then we thought about how people actually prototype – usually starting with a solderless breadboard and then transferring the parts to a more permanent PCB. That’s when we realized what people would really like is a proto board that makes it easy!
These proto-boards are the PCBs you always wish you had, but never realized it! We took the basic layout of a quarter-sized (basically, a ‘tiny’ breadboard plus power rails), half-sized and, full-sized breadboard (the PCB has 60 rows instead of 63 rows) and turned them into beautiful PCBs. The top side has a white silkscreen, and the same markings you’re familiar with, to make transferring components easy. The bottom has the 5-hole pad design that matches a classic breadboard, with 4 power bus lines on the sides, and no mask so you can easily cut traces when necessary. We used 1.2mm diameter drill holes so even parts with big leads will fit. All holes are thru-plated for strength – these won’t peel off with rework. The finish is a gold plate – you won’t get oxidation like with bare copper perf! There are also two mounting holes so you can attach the PCB to your project box. The half-sized proto-board also fits nicely in an Altoids-sized mint tin.
Once you use a Perma-Proto board, you’ll never go back!
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