I have to place this Teensy 3.1 on a PCB, I am planning to make the PCB such that it has headers on which the whole Teensy will fit. Essentially, it is similar to making a shield like we make for normal big Arduino boards.

I am wondering how would I connect the SMD Digital IO pins to the PCB? For other IO pin with holes I could just place 0.1" male headers, but what to do for SMD pins which are on the back of Teensy (pin number 28-33)?

Front Image:

Teensy Front

Back Image:

Teensy back


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Edit: for "pins" A12,GND,24-33,3V,A13:

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Google for "SOIC header".

Though frankly, this is an area where the Teensy design seems a little goofy.

There's always the DIY option (here on a Sparkfun product!)

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A machined-pin header with it's legs bent 90° in alternating directions!

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The problem i am facing is that if i put though hole header pins on the rest of the board, how would i connect smd pads after that.

A basic rule for hand soldering is to solder the lowest lying components first. That would almost always be any passive SMD components.

Are there any surface mount to through hole headers?

I'm not sure what that means. Most hardware is either through-hole or SMD but not both. Some SMD connectors might have through-hole tabs for mechanical stability I guess.

I'd solder the headers last. Are you worried about overheating the nearby SMD IC?

How would i connect the SMD pads,

I don't understand this. You don't need to connect the SMD pads as they are connected by traces on the PCB (some of which may be in non-surface layers and therefore not visible).

What you would do is solder SMD devices onto the SMD pads. Such devices would include SMD resistors, SMD LEDs and an SOIC(?) AVR IC. I don't regard this as connecting SMD pads (but perhaps this is simply a language issue).

which headers would i use?

The headers are primarily for plugging the PCB into a solderless breadboard. They are not a means for you to interconnect SMD pads on the PCB.

The round holes are for through-hole header pins. They are not associated with SMD pads (other than via traces in the PCB).

The header pins are not essential to the functioning of the teensy, you could leave them off. They are only a convenience for connectivity. You could instead solder wires and peripherals directly to the circular through-hole pads (I wouldn't, but it is possible and in some circumstances even advisable).

i can't solder the SMD pads directly into the PCB as the teensy will rise above the PCB

The assemby as a whole (including the PCB) is the teensy. Yes the assembled teensy will have a height larger than the height of the PCB alone. To me this doesn't seem remarkable, surprising or problematic.

because of the length of through hole headers.

Solder them last. Then they don't get in the way of soldering the SMD components on either side.

You may need to edit your question to better describe the actual problem (perhaps with photos or diagrams)

  • \$\begingroup\$ How would i connect the SMD pads, which headers would i use? i can't solder the SMD pads directly into the PCB as the teensy will rise above the PCB because of the length of through hole headers. The IC is on the other side of the teensy therefore i don't think there is any risk of overheating the PCB \$\endgroup\$
    – rajat
    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @rajat: I don't understand your questions. Maybe there's a language issue? I'll address this in an edit to the answer (as it needs space). Please forgive me if my answer is pitched at an inappropriately low level. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 25, 2014 at 9:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks @RedGrittyBrick for the explanation. I think i was not clear at all . I would make an edit to the question to explain better what i want. \$\endgroup\$
    – rajat
    Feb 25, 2014 at 10:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ This is what i was looking for. Thanks. Sorry for the confusion at first. \$\endgroup\$
    – rajat
    Feb 25, 2014 at 10:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ @rajat: My fault for misunderstanding your question. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 25, 2014 at 10:28

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