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Old 06-05-2009, 02:20 AM   #1550 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by nubie View Post
I think it would make life easier at every stage of the game, they should be required on every controller. (saving hours and hours of work for under a buck is always the smart way to go.)
Certainly during development, a definite no in production though. These things are going to live in a high vibration environment, sockets not recommended.

On that note any leaded device (capacitors, large resistors) should have mechanical support in addition to their solder leads. Vibration will cause solder joints to fatigue and fracture. Support with a little glue or 'neutral cure' silicone. Be aware that some glues and silicones are acidic and will attack copper. Bad solder joints on pcb's can cause very hard to diagnose intermittent faults and believe me you don't want to go there!!
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