Linked by David Adams on Tue 31st Jan 2012 23:46 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Hardware, Embedded Systems When the Raspberry Pi ships later this year, it will be delivered to your door as a finished unit. The more adventurous tinkerers among you, as well as adept system builders, have asked the Raspberry Pi Foundation why they can’t get them in kit form instead. The reason why that wasn’t considered is demonstrated in an image released by Broadcom . . . they are tiny. And unlike a typical system build using an x86 chip that just slots into place, installing these chips requires a very steady hand and just the right amount of solder.
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Having done surface mount
by deathshadow on Wed 1st Feb 2012 03:14 UTC
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using a toaster oven to do the flow with masks and paste on stuff NOWHERE near as small -- it's best they put them out pre-built; Unless they make a massive DIP version of that chip it's just too easy to screw it up unless you happen to have a real fab facility in your garage.

Though a larger board version with more 'breakout' pins could be really nice -- the people who want to tinker and build with them could really use that sort of thing; See the Arduino and it's kin.

Sad but good for a laugh the open sores whackjobs are already pouring out of the woodwork bitching about binary distribution and closed source stuff on them... as if that will matter to 99.99% of real people who aren't DUMB ENOUGH to drink the FSF kool-aid.

Rah, rah, rage against the man over inconsequential nonsense... again someone needs to explain "freedom" to these people.

Edited 2012-02-01 03:17 UTC

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