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I bought a few bc417 serial bluetooth modules which have pins that look like this:

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Is there a standard name for this kind of pin? I believe I can treat them like any other SMD pin, but I'm curious what the dents are for. Are they intended for a header pin to go there somehow? Just keeping your iron from slipping? Something else? What's the recommend way to attach these to a board?

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Those are castellations. They provide a larger surface area for the solder to wet when the module is surface-mount soldered to another board. They can be used to hold a pin in order to convert the module into a through-hole device, but such a practice is rarely done.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ ...unless you are a hobbyst that uses breadboards :P +1 \$\endgroup\$ – Vladimir Cravero Mar 7 '15 at 20:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ Only if the module has 2.54mm centers on opposite sides. \$\endgroup\$ – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Mar 7 '15 at 20:46

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