On Thu, 29 Nov 2001, Frank Gilley wrote:

> While there surely must be more shapes, sizes, and mountings for LEDs than
> almost any other component, there are quite a few SMT LEDs available in a
> variety of standard footprints like 0603, 0805, 1206, 1210, and SOT-23 just
> to name the more common ones.

We use a lot of 0603-size ones successfully. The manufacturers seem to
feel that polarity markings are a waste of time, and make them miniscule,
or on the bottom of the package! The die can be at either end, so be
prepared to hold your assembly shop's hand through their first few times,
since they will tend to mount them backwards more often than not, and
inspection can be hell - just a warning based on a several failures,
at several companies... They are, however, wonderfully small & bright.

Steve

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