What are the main advantages of using breadboard instead of PCB?
Works great for quick prototypes using through-hole resistors, capacitors, and DIPs with 22ga solid-core copper wire.
You need to be aware of the disadvantages though.
not meant for withstanding high voltages (don't plan on anything above 48V)
not meant for carrying high currents (I'd consider anything over 20mA questionable and anything over 100mA objectionable)
high parasitic inductance and resistance
high parasitic capacitance between adjacent rows
The last two are issues with high bandwidth circuits; don't expect to send around 10MHz analog signals easily. One way of getting around it a little bit is for sensitive signals to use every other row and ground the in-between rows. (this is somewhat like using a guard ring) This also works well for reducing unwanted Miller capacitance e.g. between base and collector pins of a bipolar transistor.
You can re-use breadboard and move components/connections around to try different things.
That's about it really. Flexibility to experiment.
It is reusable.
This makes it easy to use for creating temporary prototypes and experimenting with circuit design.
A variety of electronic systems may be prototyped by using breadboards, from small analog and digital circuits to complete central processing units (CPUs).
These are typically high-quality breadboard modules mounted on a flat casing.
The casing contains additional equipment for breadboarding, such as a power supply, one or more signal generators, serial interfaces, LED or LCD modules, and logic probes.
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