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Old 03-05-2009, 03:39 PM   #502 (permalink)
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Haha... at least give him a chance to actually TEST the thing before we start buying stuff! A big bonus of going this route is the ability to get double sided 4oz copper. This makes the whole board a pretty decent heat sink, and allows for plated vias for very strong solder connections. I'm very worried that Paul's "surface mount" soldering will rip off when it gets heated and vibrated.

We'll see about getting some PCB gurus to really go over the design when done. There are some really fancy tricks that can be done to reduce heat and noise in pcb design that takes years of experience to figure out. When Paul's car pulls back into the driveway from his first trip to the gas station (to inflate his tires, of course), then we'll start to revamp his design, THEN buy a bunch of boards.
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