Atmel chips ICS mounting

Hi,

I read in the Sparkfun site: "Because Atmel is moving more and more of their production capacity to surface mount ICs, the DIP packaged ATmega328 is becoming more and more difficult to get." Because of it, they´re encouraging UNO SMD version. I think this bad news for us Arduino users, in a way that it will more dificult to build our circuits prototyped using Arduino, in a way that to deal with SMD chips is more complicated.

Am I shure?

Tks!

Mauro

They have been hard to get for a few years now, and it goes though dry spots, though I find while everyone is fist fighting for 3 month old backorders of dip 328's you can usually find a pile of 168's, and thats enough for a TON of stuff, I would bet a good majority of the arduino projects we read about

example digikey :

mega328 in dip = 342 mega168 in dip = 4001

I'd imagine that if the DIP version becomes "impossible" to find (production stopped, none available elsewhere), that you could just switch to using the Nano for thru-hole:

http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardNano

Not quite as nice or compact as a bare 328 - but close...

cr0sh: I'd imagine that if the DIP version becomes "impossible" to find (production stopped, none available elsewhere), that you could just switch to using the Nano for thru-hole:

http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardNano

Not quite as nice or compact as a bare 328 - but close...

Yes, I suspect that 'breakout' type modules will be the only route for some of us SMD challenged type in the not so distance future. I do have a small stash of 328p and 168 DIP chips squirred away, but they won't last for all that long I suspect. That reminds me I need to get off my ass and order a 40 pin DIP mega1284p chip. Crossroads has a very cool Uno sized blank PCBs on order that he designed to take a 40 pin DIP 644p or 1284p chip, how cool is that!