On 13Jul17 09:50, Atommann wrote:
> Hi Tristan,
> 2017-06-26 19:36 GMT+08:00 Tristan Williams <h...@tjnw.co.uk>:
> > Thank you.
> >
> > The small project I had in mind needs little in terms of resources. In
> > my perfect world there would be an 8 pin DIP microprocessor capable of
> > running AmForth :) I was hoping that, despite my failure to find it,
> > there existed a 14 pin DIP MSP430 with the necessary resources to run
> > AmForth. I am not sure that 20 pins is sufficiently fewer than the 28
> > of a 328p to make a difference for my case.
> >
> > You are 100% correct to point out that there is a wealth of available
> > boards. I forget this all too often in my enthusiasm to make something.
> I think you should give SMD a try.
> The QFN AVR's are really very small.
> On soldering, you first tin the pads for the IC, then apply some flux
> and use hot air to solder the IC. The surface tension of the tin will
> pull the IC to its correct position.
> There are lots of youtube videos about how to solder SMDs.
> If you want to order custom PCBs,you can oder them from China, they are cheap.
> -- 
> Best regards,
> Atommann

Hello Atommann,

I did give SMD a try, though by drag soldering rather than hot air. It
worked very well for me, so I shall continue along this route, rather
than looking for a smaller PTH part.   

Kind regards and thanks,

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