This thread has been split off from https://www.avrfreaks.net/index.p... in the Trade Section.
This split prevents that we loose the discussion and the suggested improvements.
Splitting the thread at bluegoo's post: arbitrary, but found it too funny to let it fade away.
Guys, let's have the technical discussion and suggestions here and do the commercial chats in the Trade Section
(I realize that I stick my neck out doing this but it's worth the try: AFAIK this is the first thread that required this action)
Which protoboard is needed by every electronics enthusiast?
a universal protoboard is somewhat elusive, but it should have some of the following attributes for it to be truely universal in nature
1. It should have "shape shifting pads". If you are not familiar with those, they are the latest technology...liquid copper pads that change shape when a component is placed on them. The actual copper pad changes to the shape of the component lead.
2. The pads should also feature variable vertical surface geometry, so if you place a BGA on the pad it changes shape to a copper pad with solder ball instead of a flat pad.
3. The dialectric of the base material between the liquid copper pads of the protoboard should be such that no shorts are possible no matter how bad the welding of the components leads are.
4. The base material heat transfer properties is important. It should be able to withstand the application of the arc welding of a component lead to the pad for a few minutes (to make sure there is a good connection) and the base protoboard material will not warp or catch fire.
5. The protoboard should feature thru hole pads or vias that automatically become plated thru when the user drills a hole anywhere on the protoboard. The inner liquid copper layer would flow into the drilled thru holes creating an electrical connection between the top and bottom of the pcb.
6. Lastly the protoboard should feature "DRC" such that when power is 1st applied to the protoboard after welding all the components, the proto design always works correctly per the "DRC".
These are just a few suggestions and there are probably other features that other freaks could think of that every electronics enthusiast would want. :roll:
Wish you good fortune in 2012!