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Getting Started with Surface Mount Devices with Collin Cunningham

Circuit Skills

By Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham shows us how easy it is to use surface mount devices. As you'll see in the video below he has tried many different methods for circuit building, but this is his first for using surface-mount parts. Many may balk at the idea of soldering the infamously tiny SMT or SMD packages, but once equipped with the right tools, and a bit of patience, you too can solder your own teeny-tiny circuitry. See Collin in action...


To get you started we have bundled a small kit with a few boards, plus a variety of SMD parts and related tools.

Click here to order your SMD kit (P/N 2124197).

Surface Mount Device Kit Includes:

Qty. Part Description Manufacturer Part No.
2
LMC555 CMOS Timer, 8-pin SOIC LM555CM
2
Audio Power Amplifier, 1-Channel Class AB .325W, 8-pin SOIC LM386M-1
10
Resistor, SMD, 1206, 220Ω, ±5% RC1206221J
10
Resistor, General Purpose Thick Film, 1206, 1KΩ, ±1% CRCW12061K00FKEA
10
Resistor, General Purpose Thick Film, 1206, 10KΩ, ±1% CRCW120610K0FKEA
10
Resistor, General Purpose Thick Film, 1206, 100KΩ, ±5% RC0805FR-07100K
10
Capacitor, Ceramic Chip, 1206, 1.0µF, 25V 10%, X7R Series 1206X7R25V1.0
10
Capacitor, Ceramic Chip, 1206, 0.1µF, 50V 10%, X7R Series 1206X7R.1
10
Capacitor, Ceramic Chip, 1206, 0.01µF, 50V 10%, X7R Series 1206X7R.01
10
LED, 1206, Red, 638nm, 25 mcd, [email protected] LTST-C150CKT
3
Mini Protoboard for SMD, 8-pin SOIC, 1206 9081
1
Tool, Tweezer, Straight Fine-Point Tip, Stainless, 4.75" GCP-005-R
1
Solder Wick, 0.098" wide, 5' spool GISW25-R
1
SMD Removal Kit SMD1
1
Photocell 90mW, 150V CDS002-9004
1
Speakers Ferrite 0.8W 85±3Dba GOLDSUN GSP02-R
1
9V Battery Holder BH-9V-A-R
1
9V Alkaline Battery ALK 9V 522

If you decide to build your own surface mount package, we'd love to hear about your results! Send us your story at [email protected].

Other Circuit Skills DIY Videos by Collin:

Circuit Board Etching
Function Generator and Enclosures
Infrared Light Barrier
LED Color Organ
LED Matrix Kit
Perfboard Protyping
Power Supply
Pulse Width Modulation
Fiber Optics