What would make prototyping easier?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by craigfoo, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. craigfoo

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 16, 2013
    I'm conducting a survey about items that would make prototyping easier. Here are a couple questions:

    1. Is it typically hard to find breakout boards for particular surface mount IC packages?

    2. Would a breakout board for popular connectors be beneficial (ethernet, usb, etc)?

    3. If there was a catalog of pre laid out reference designs, would they be worth buying?

    4. What's the toughest part about prototyping other than making the design work?

    Thanks for your time!
  2. ErnieM

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 24, 2011
    Not for me. I use adapters on boards such as these pics. I get em dirt cheap off EBay in advance of need.


    They can be very helpful with some tiny ones. I've used them for mini USB (Sparkfun good price) and micro SD off EBay (expensive for what it was but only one I found):
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    I would probably pass these by.

    Thinking of the original idea.
  3. Brownout

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2012

    I wouldn't pass them by. Reference designs are the best way I know of to get your design up and running. It's way easier to modify a design that already works than do somethign from the ground up. And, studying reference designs is one of the best way I know of to learn how things work. As a professional designer, the first thing I look for is a reference design.
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  4. circuitfella11


    May 10, 2013

    i agree to this.. we can't pass this by because its way better to have ready made ones.. way to save time, effort and money.. well, even the design part, they will really look in handy..