Forgotten PC History
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Fri Aug 8 22:55:26 CDT 2008
On 8 Aug 2008 at 21:58, Roy J. Tellason wrote:
> There were also those "flatpacks" which I never could figure out. A precursor
> to surface mount? Something else?
My first exposure to ICs was largely TO-99 style "cans", followed by
flatpacks. The flatpack stuff that I had was mostly RTL. I didn't
see many DIPs until TTL. I mounted the flatpacks as surface-mount
and did a similar thing with the TO packages, just bending the leads
in an L-shape and soldering them down to the PCB pads.
That's the way I did my first IC boards--single-sided PCB, laid out
with tape and etched. Hooked the pads together with No. 26 magnet
I didn't know any better, but it worked.
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