Hello all! Been reading for years only recently joined. I have a chip problem that is driving me nuts and I have searched as best I can and maybe I am just not asking google the right questions. I have gotten one of these pca9685pw boards cuz I need a ton of servos on a project. That chip totally meets my needs except for the completely unserviceable size of the thing. All the rest of the chips I am using are though hole and down the road when I produce a board I have no problem with working with smaller chips. However, I want to be able to etch a board and move things around refine it. My sausage fingers just don't work well with small parts, and I need things to be solid and attached. Too many times with these small boards they break loose when testing and spoil everything.
So my question is this. Is there a chip that is though hole that has at least 8 channels for servos. More would be better but I can make due with 8. I see a lot of pwm servo chips but none with that many that are though hole.