New batch of boards for prototyping

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Por Wierzbowsky

Guardian (3571)

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18-11-2018, 22:29

I make these boards with HASL (with lead). It's the cheapest option. ENIG makes the boards too expensive. And prototyping boards are not supposed to be expensive - they are only used to build a working prototype, then the proper boards should be ordered. Those should have goldfingers, like Carnivore2 cartridge that is assembled by 8bits4ever.

The HASL-made boards indeed have the slot contacts oxidized after some time, but that can be easily removed with a simple eraser. Just don't use the eraser with an abrasive component.

I don't agree with you about ENIG not being more expensive than HASL. For example charges 5$ for 10 boards with HASL, but when you select ENIG the price goes to 39$. And when the hard gold is selected, the price goes to a crazy 170$ for 10 boards. If you find some factory that has ENIG only twice as expensive as HASL, please let us all know.

Por Nprod

Expert (100)

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19-11-2018, 13:46

ENIG makes the boards a lot more expensive, i also read it's not as easy to solder to. I wonder how much doing just the card-edge fingers with ENIG would cost, since that's the only part where ENIG matters.

By the way, i once bought a dirty two-decade old ISA soundcard from the fleamarket that was done entirely in HASL and it worked the first time without problems.

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