Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) refers to the way components are mounted on a PCB: SMDs (Surface-Mounted Devices) have pins or contacts which lay on top of the PCB's pads, without the need for holes in the PCB.

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Can I Reverse/upside-down mount SMD LED

I've seen reverse-mount LEDs which are meant to have the light shine through a hole in the PCB, instead of straight off. Is it possible to just add a drill hole for normal LEDs and just place them ...
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Can I replace a SMD capacitor with an equivalent through hole capacitor? [closed]

I've got a dead laptop motherboard that has been laying around for few years, recently I noticed this blown up SMD capacitor on the board: After checking the board schematics it turned out to be a ...
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How to identify SMD devices from the codes on top of the component?

I have a PCB and I am trying to identify a couple of the ICs and other SMD devices that are on there but can't find anything on or offline that tells me what the package codings mean. I have a couple ...
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Replacing a SMD inductor, alternatives?

Trying to fix a board that had a SMD inductor. it was labeled L1 on the silk and there was no marking on the part, and I have no schematics. ...or there may have been markings, but someone tried to ...
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Temporary SMD Adhesives? [duplicate]

When I do prototyping I solder my PCBs by hand. That works fine most of the time, but I run into a problem when I have to solder chips with fine pitch (Google for VQ100 to get an idea of what I'm ...
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Looking for capacitance and voltage rating - How to read electrolytic SMD capacitor labels

I need to replace an SMD capacitor on a board. The printing on it says F1 560 2.5z I have googled intensely but have been unable to find information on how to read such a codes. I need to find out ...
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Mount SMD component raised 45 degree from board

My challenge is, how can mount a SMD component in a 45 degree angle raised from the PCB. I am doing a temperature sensing device, which is intended to be mounted on a wall, hence the PCB will be ...
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“Upside-Down” SMD LED

The light would shine down towards the board instead of up and away from it. This would be useful where for example the board is being used as some sort of capacitative touch pad with LED indicators. ...
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Making prototypes with high speed SMD components

Even today we have breadboard and strip board on which one can make "quick and dirty" circuits and also test prototypes. However, we have now moved into an era of predominantly surface mount ...
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stm32f4 HSE crystal

I'm trying to set up an HSE for my STM32f4, using this crystal. but there are 2 pins : OSC_IN and OSC_OUT, but my crystal only has one output. So what do I link OSC_IN and OUT to ?
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smd resistor and regular through hole resistor

My question is fairly simple. I am building an SMD LED board and i am limited in space. So originally i was planning on going with through hole resistors, but have it being i'm very limited on space ...
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Can I use thermal paste instead of solder for a SMD heat sink?

I have some high-power (~5W) SMD LEDs that I will be running for extended periods of time. I would like to use a PCB mill to make breakout boards for these chips for easy prototyping. Ideally I would ...
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how to extract Pick and place file form .asc file?

I have Gerber data along with .asc file. Is it possible to get pick and place file from it using G.C Power Place software?
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Will an 0603 capacitor fit on an 0805 pad?

I am in a pinch and just submit my final board design to a pcb house. Unfortunately, I messed up the design and had an 0805 pad in a spot where a an 0603 should have been. I will be getting the boards ...
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list of general purpose smd transistors, diodes and mosfets [closed]

I want to start with building up a little stock of smd components. But i'm not sure where to start. Is there a list of general purpose smd Transistors, Diodes and (mos)fets? Thnx in advance
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Using a mixed technology, SMD and THT components in one PCB

I want change design from Through-hole technology to SMD design. Some components have no SMD version, for example some transistors in TO-92 package, and Power Mosfets, which available in DPAK SMD ...
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SMD package sizes in Altium

I'm a little confused about the standard SMD package sizes. Say I have picked some capacitors, and their package is 1005 (0402). Would this have the exact same footprint as a resistor or inducor with ...
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Power MOSFET 27N3LH5 for SMT design

I want change existing through-hole type PCB design to SMT design. The existing design use Power MOSFET 27N3LH5 in TO-220(DIP) package and with Heat Sinks in output channels. The SMD version of ...
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What is the name for gold plated docking station contacts?

I design a device that must connect to the docking station which has spring loaded pins. I'm looking for gold plated contact for the device side (sample shown on the picture), so these contact pads ...
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SMT reel: taking a couple of parts off the reel

I have a couple of SMT parts that I ordered "digireels" for - i.e., essentially tapes wound around a spool, with some leader tape attached at the front. This is good for the pick and place machine - ...
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Solder through-hole or surface-mount components first?

I am new to surface mount soldering. On a board with both SMT and through-hole parts (header pins), which parts should I solder on first? I imagine the technique I use for SMT soldering is ...
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how to program the smd atmega328

How do you program the smd atmega328 ic in an inexpensive way?I know you can get a factory to program the chips but is there a way to program them with arduino without one of those expensive sockets. ...
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How to determine BGA land pad diameter for given ball diameter?

I'm working on a project which requires the use of a CSP package. The product's datasheet provides ball pitch in each axis as X:710um Y:580um and ball diameter as 250um but nothing about the preferred ...
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Pad size of power jack

I want to use a dc power jack in my circuit, and I chose this. After eagle does not have this schematic, I have to draw it on my own. Unfortunately I do not understand the pad size dimensions. It ...
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Replacing a Piezo with a button

In my senior engineering design class for high school, my teacher bought a toaster oven and microcontroller and tasked my group to make surface mount digital dice kit for him to teach surface mount ...
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SMD thin/thick film resistor in external Magnetic field

I have an application where the need is to use SMD and MELF type resistors that have tolerance of 0.05%. I prefer the Vishay thin film resistors. Then comes another constrain -> The entire PCB needs ...
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What soldering kit for tiny electronics? [duplicate]

This is a my first foray into building electronics. I am building a project that uses chip/SMD LEDs and resistors. What type of soldering kit should I be using for those devices?
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What's the ID nr of this SMD transistor?

Need to replace this transistor, SOT-23. Any ideas on ID?
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Which SMD footprints can be hand soldered and which can't? [closed]

This was the first question I had once I was given a project that didn't restrict the use of SMD components. I feel like there are a lot of different SMD footprints out there, and surely it's been ...
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High Power LED connected to Dry battery

I am new to electronics as i love working with circuits. I have 12V 6W SMD LED, which I want to attach with Battery Powered Driver which currently gives me from 10v-14v DC with 50mAmp. Shall I connect ...
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IC chip for PCB to stabilize 12v input?

Hi I'm wondering if there's any SMD IC chip to stabilize a 12v input to a stabilized output? I need something like that to regulate power on PCB. Thank you.
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Is there a way to fix a unsoldered SMD decoupling capacitor?

I'm rather a newbie regarding electronics but I came here to seek for a simple response. I realized that a electronic appliance I have doesn't work anymore. I tried to investigate the issue and found ...
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Is it possible to solder this non-standard package (sim900) using hot-air station?

I don't have any experience with hot-air soldering. Would it be possible for a complete newbie to solder this kind of package using a hot-air station: I only need to solder pads closer to the edges ...
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How do I solder a surface mount (smd) voltage regulator?

I have a PCB in front of me with a surface mount 5V voltage regualator. I'm wondering how I got about soldering this with just solder (I don't have paste). I have heat paste, but I'm wondering if ...
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Tips for soldering delicate smd ICs without smd equipment

Lets say I have a physically rather delicate part like a MAX6143AASA50 (a SOIC-8 package, the one I am going to solder, but the exact chip doesn't really matter) and want to solder it, but don't have ...
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Figuring out pin configuration for a small SMD transistor

The data sheet of the dual transistor IMZ1A shows pin layout as: But the chip I received looks like this: There is a small dot on top left, but according to the datasheet, pin 1 should be on ...
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How robust are SMD DC power inlets compared to through-hole?

Normally it takes a reasonable amount of force to push in a (say) 2.5mm DC low voltage plug into a PCB mounted socket. For that reason I have normally only used through hole devices. How do the SMT ...
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How to hold SMD parts in place while soldering?

I go through this every time I have PCBs I need to populate with SMD parts, and this has become more an issue as pin spacings have gotten tighter, and my hands have become less steady with age. So ...
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How to break out SMD chips in-circuit?

For a current project I am attempting to amplify and cross-wire the signals from the address pins of SMD RAM chips. Basically this means I am trying to break out the pins of a SMD chip, similar to how ...
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Eagle - export pick & place file

How do I export/generate an pick & place file for my board in CadSoft Eagle? Is there a standard (like gerber) for pick & place machine files?
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Violin bow position tracking with SMD LEDs and photoresistors

Objective: Marking labels indicating the positions of the violin bow on an acoustic signal, for example, a single musical note played by a full-length bow. The following video shows the example I am ...
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Any help identifying these parts and their purpose

Short: I'd like a manufacturer identified. Long; I've been tearing apart old electronics and looking at them to see how they work and getting caps, op amps, transistors, small logic circuits and the ...
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0805 LED on a 0805 resistor footprint?

The LED in question is described as 0805 dimensionally. However, the footprint in the PDF is different from that described as being suitable for a resistor. For example, the gap between the anode and ...
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Standard SMT button size? [closed]

I need an SMT pushbutton on my PCB. I'm drowning in options on Mouser and just want to select something that is future-proof. Is there a standard size and footprint for pushbuttons that I can use to ...
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Use expensive or inexpensive capacitor for decoupling

I'm in the middle of a project to create a small development board using a 100Mhz Cortex M4 MCU and have to buy some decoupling SMT capacitors. I've found the following options: Cheap 10 cent from ...
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Altium Creating Custom SMD Pad Shape

I tried to create a custom pad shape in altium desginer 14 for my pcblib but i missing a option in altium to assign a designator to the region. i already assigned solder/paste mask and now placed a ...
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Murata SMD External Drive Pizeo from SBC

I would like to drive a Murata SMD from a SBC (Arietta G25) with a 3.3v Logic PWM output. I've looked through the Murata catalog and seen the examples however I'm still confused as to how the circuit ...
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Solution for broken pin repair (SMD(SMT) components)

While I was working with a IS62WV51216BLL-55TLI, I broke off by chance a pin at the base near the component body. that's perfect! LoL! It makes me to think about this question: Can we fix such ...
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Find first pin of a LQFP chip

I have bought some ATSAM4E8C chips in LQFP 100 package. The datasheet shows that the IC should have a dot indicating the first pin, but mine have two dots. One larger in the corner, and a smaller ...
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How to program a msp430 without bootloader or ISP connector?

I'm looking for a way to program a msp430 microcontroller in-circuit and with all the components SMD, including the ISP connector. Could, in this case, USB still be an option?