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Surface Mount Technology

December 23rd Fact-of-the-Day

Open most any modern electronic equipment and you will find electronic components soldered directly to printed-circuit surfaces rather than components with leads extending through circuit-board holes. Electronic components with leads are practically obsolete and will become increasingly difficult to obtain over time. It is a common myth that circuit boards with surface-mount components cannot be repaired or at least not without access to special equipment used in manufacturing. The truth is that common surface-mount components are readily available and all that is required to replace them is determination, steady hands, a small-tipped soldering iron, good tweezers, and either good eyesight or a good magnifying glass. ©2004 Martek, International. All rights reserved.

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