US Sources for old ICs
hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Wed Oct 26 14:38:18 CDT 2005
Paul Koning wrote:
> There's at least one company that builds SMT to DIP adapters, so you
> can plug SMT packaged chips into DIP prototyping systems and the like.
> Of course manufacturers don't want to use DIPs. They are electrically
> inferior. For that matter, they are also obsolete -- if they made DIP
> packaged chips they would certainly be very low volume products.
I get a kick out of the back-to-the-future aspect of SMT packages,
considering the lineage/similarity of SMT to the flatpak IC cases
(TO-85,91,etc.) of the early '60s, which predated DIPs.
Across the history of ICs, DIP packaging begins to look like a
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