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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by [email protected], Jan 25, 2008.

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  1. Guest

    I have looked all over the internet for a 1 ic prototype board. Radio
    Shack used to sell them, but have pretty much reduced their invetory
    for electronics. The board was
    patterned off of the 6 inch board only half as big. The board's
    pattern is

    2 rows of holes tied horizontally on the top and bottom. These
    generally would be used for power-positive and negative.

    The middle would be where the IC would go and there would be vertical
    rows of 5 holes per row.

    I tried Digikey, but the pictures and descriptions are confusing.
    Does anyone know what I am talking about and where I can find it?

  2. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    This is close but
    they didn't bus the outer rows.

    Futurlec has some at
    that are larger than you describe but also cheap and may work
    if you cut them down.
  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Make your own... ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  4. I don't know where you live, but if you have Fry's Electronics, it's
    worth a try going there. I saw a lot of small proto boards the last
    time I went there. Their site is , but my
    impression is that they don't list everything they have.

    If by any chance you live in the San Francisco bay area, there is a
    great local shop in Santa Clara - you can find them on
    .. They had many prototype boards too.


    - Alex
  5. Joel Koltner

    Joel Koltner Guest

    I never understood why those breadboards with the ground planes generally cost
    MORE than a breadboard without the plane. If anything, manufacturing them
    should use less etchant!

    I suppose it was more of a supply and demand problem... many people were a
    little scare of shorting to the ground plane or just what it might "do" to
    their design?
  6. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    The five year chart in the middle and the long term inventory at the end
    probably explain that:

    It all gets recycled.

    That, too. I had to introduce the ground-plane proto-boards even tio
    some seasoned engineers who several months later thought it was the best
    stuff since sliced bread. Because now their experiments worked :)
  7. linnix

    linnix Guest

    It's all marketing. The $20 to $30 boards at Fry's cost pennies to
  8. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    That board I laid out myself... ~12" x ~12", back in 1977, to
    breadboard a pin-driver chip for GenRad (1977 BS = before-simulators).

    It ended up being a very useful tool to breadboard anything.

    I've recently used up my last piece, so I'm thinking of rolling maybe
    a bunch of ~6" x ~4", something that will fit a standard "project

    ...Jim Thompson
  9. Joel Koltner

    Joel Koltner Guest

    If you have some reasonably standard layout in mind, I'm sure plenty of other
    people would be willing to buy some.

    The folks at One Pas ( have some good ideas on how
    to make a breadboard useful for both SMT and through-hole parts by virtue of
    creative layout; something like that with a ground plane would be quite

    Heck, just post a sketch or something and I'd be happy to draft up a layout...

  10. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Is there a "standard", readily-available-to-everyone, project box?

    ...Jim Thompson
  11. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

  12. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Go to Digikey, key in "Hammond", then "in stock", then click boxes. Tons
    of them :)
  13. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    No ground planes, it seems :-(

    But their SMT to DIP adapters are low cost. Nice. Wish they had a DIP
    pinout though.
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