[sdiy] To SMT orNot to SMT.. that is my question

Richie Burnett rburnett at richieburnett.co.uk
Fri Dec 20 17:39:33 CET 2013

Although surface-mount technology has undoubtedly revolutionized fields like microelectronics, medical, aerospace, entertainment and communications equipment, through-hole technology is still very much alive and well in the area of power electronics.

As long as people continue to need electrical equipment that requires hundreds or thousands of watts of power (desktop pc, radio transmitters, x-ray machines, induction heating etc.) then through-hole technology isn't going anywhere quickly.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all,

Best wishes,

-Richie Burnett,

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Neil Johnson <neil.johnson71 at gmail.com> wrote:

>> On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 7:57 AM, cheater00 . <cheater00 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 1.  Professional and batch produced products are only in SMT.
>Plenty of PCB fab houses still do TH.  Costs may be higher, but TH
>will never go away while there are still some parts requiring TH
>assembly.  Not to mention existing products continuing in production
>in small batches where it simply isn't worth the cost of redesigning
>into SMT.
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