oh yeah, i agree. now i see it was atmel engineers that decided to go backwards on portf.btw thanks also for the excellent m32 package. another one of my favorites. by far best bang for the buck in dip-land. these were a long time coming and i wonder why people were stuck on m328/m1284/m2560 which dont come even close in terms of features vs cost.ps: there are some rather nice pcb available on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1819436196711. besides m128 also works from m328 all the way up to m25602. less than 30 cents ea3. silk numbers clearly visible outside headers unlike similar boards that cost more4. extra pins handy for things like regulators, leds, etc5. literally 3 minutes to install chip, cap, xtl, and minimum programming headerheres another breakout for up to qfp64 that is even cheaper & smaller:i have purchased hundreds of both types over the years for business and hobby. virtually impossible to make anything close myself considering features and cost.
I've found quite a few breakout boards at Ebay, but they are all so large! I've tried to make the footprint as small as possible without breaking the 0.1" pin spacing (and still make it square). I ordered just a few, but if there are any demand I might as well order 50 boards. Price per board tends to go down when you order a lot
I've bought a LOT of AVRs at Ebay and Aliexpress, and have never received a counterfeit,