I'm expecting some interesting comments and answers on this one, mainly because I'm probably just insane for even considering / asking this.
One component I want to prototype with is the MCP73123 LiFePO4 battery management IC. The problem is that it doesn't come in anything but the DFN package, which is insanely small and has very small contacts.
I couldn't find any posts here, and I only found one almost-useful link online that talks about prototyping with DFN components. The problem is, it assumes that it's an option to design a PCB for prototyping.
Now I realize that it's expected that someone would create a PCB, but I just wanted to test out the IC first to see how it works. So I figured, why not try to fly some 30AWG wires off of the chip and test it that way! Well, even though I seem to be able to solder the wires down, they just pop right off with the slightest tug.
It looks like my first Eagle project is going to be a PCB for this particular chip (and then I still have to deal with soldering it properly, so any tips or DFN-specific PCB layout tips here are welcome), but if anyone out there has done this successfully, please provide an answer that outlines ways to do it properly. And if it's just downright impossible, I can accept that as well. :)
EDIT -- so far, I have ruined two ICs trying to solder them to a PCB. :) I received my adapters from Proto-Advantage today... would everyone recommend Chip Quik and a hot air rework station to attach the IC?