■ A surface mount kit.
for the installation of the new chip.
Other Uses For Surface Mount Parts
Some surface mount parts are particularly useful for
making corrections and upgrades to existing circuits and
during prototyping. Since they are small, you can easily use
1206 resistors as pull-up resistors or even use the small caps
between existing pins for improved filtering. They can really
help. Since they mount on the surface of the board, you can
use them on either side which opens up more options.
Hopefully, this has provided a good oveview of how
you can assemble boards that have surface mount
components using many of the tools you already have on
hand. You can do it! Just start with some of the surface
mount caps and resistors in the 1206 package style. That
way, you can start with some of the easier parts and to get
confidence up. Once you get used to them, you can try
other components with fine pitch leads. If you lay out
your own boards, you can easily place 1206 pads right
along with the pads for through-hole components so that
either style can be used.
I've found that some simple parts like the surface mount
caps and resistors can be installed faster than their through-hole companions and can reduce the time to build a
For more information on soldering SMT components,
check out the video — Getting Started with Surface
Mount Components — in our webstore at
project. They can also help reduce the size and weight of
your project. Overall, learning surface mount skills can be
quite rewarding and I hope that those of you making the
attempt will enjoy the process and perhaps learn a few
new techniques. Once you start getting used to surface
mount parts, they are not that hard to work with. NV
CONTACT THE AUTHOR
■ Robert L. Doerr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
■ Robot Workshop (author’s website).
■ Tutorials about surface mount soldering from
■ Another surface mount tutorial.
■ Wikipedia article on surface mount.
■ Intel information about surface mount technology.
■ Surface mount tutorial.
■ Excellent book on using surface mount components:
Surface Mount Technology for PC Boards
By James K. Hollomon, Jr.
Prompt Publications ISBN 0-7906-1060-4