Accelerometer Question (yes Im cheap)

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Im lookin to start a project involving some accelerometer (and gyros for that matter). I believe the Freescale 3 axis MMA7260Q accel will fit my needs quite nicely. One problem though, its surface mount (I think? Im not really an electronics guy... sorry)! Maybe Im just lookin in the wrong places but I haven't been able to find a CHEAP accellerometer that is through hole like this freescale one.

My question is, since I am unbelievably cheap, would it be possible to carefully solder thin wires to the pins of this accelerometer and mount it (hot glue or somthing, im cheap!). I know sparkfun offers a breakout board with this accell on it but it is $20. I know, I know, that is still relatively cheap, but the accelerometer by itself costs like $4.50 on digikey, and im confident if my ghetton soldering idea would work, I could have something functional for half the price as the sparkfun board.

Sorry about the rambel but would it work?

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Only you can tell us if you're successful. You'll need a bit of time and a lot of patience to do this! It can be done. If you've got no soldering experience, then go the pre mounted board from sparkfun route. Sure it costs a few more dollars, but your chance of success is larger.

Read the pad dimensions and see if you've got the eyesight, the soldering iron and skill. The smallest slip will wipe off the last few wires you put on!
You'll be a cursin'

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Most accelerometers come in leadless packages, with only a very very few in SOIC for which soldering wires onto is very feasible.

I'm with Kartman, fork out the money and you will be much happier.

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Once i glued an 8 pin smd chip to an 8 pin IC Socket and soldered the wires with thin coated wires.(Soldered on both sides)
After that some hotglue and presto, still works after 2 years.

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What kind of 8 pin smd? SOIC, TSSOP, DFN?

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I know someone who has soldered wires to balls on an upside-down FPGA in a BGA package and got it working. He was only using a few I/Os, of course.

Leon

Leon Heller G1HSM

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You can do dead-bug wiring on a QFN, I did exactly the same on an accelerometer recently. Use some extra flux as the pads don't always wet easily.

Igor

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I've also hand soldered some leadless accelerometers. It helps if you make the footprint a little larger than suggested. And, as mentioned, flux comes in handy.

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Just buy the parallax accelerometer from radio shack. Comes on a little module with easy to access pins. I posted code for it a while back here somewhere.

Imagecraft compiler user

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Or get a Nintendo Nunchuck, TWI interface, plus two buttons and an analog joystic, all soldered and tested. <20€, damn cheap, easy to find, code already availabe, ready to use, arduino 'compatible'. Been there, done that.

Guillem.
"Common sense is the least common of the senses" Anonymous.