SMT parts are rapidly becoming the "norm'' in consumer electronics manufacturing. This “home-brew” device can make the learning and building process with SMT devices a more pleasurable event.
My initial entry into the hobby was during the generation of tube-type gear (and yes. I'm older than many and younger than a few). I then went to solid state and now have progressed to SMT (surface mount technology) devices. Not wanting to be “left behind,” I ve been thinking of trying a project using SMT.
SMT. as ii s called, is becoming more and more the standard of the industry. That's not to say that all parts are being replaced by these miniature devices, but it sure seems to me that there are many more projects designed around them now than in the past. The manufacturers of consumer electronics can produce these parts more economically than “through-hole" items. Then there’s the placement of parts on an assembly line, where robotics can handle the task effectively using the newer devices. Lately, most of the consumer products I’ve obtained were constructed Using this technology. The “writine is on the wall," or should I say. the “chips are on the board."