Do you know what a MELF is (and, yes, it is safe for work to Google it)? What’s the difference between a QFP, and LCC, and a PLCC package? Do you need a 0603 resistor or a 1206 resistor?
If you are an old hand at surface mount devices (SMDs) you probably know the answers to most of these questions. But if you’ve done most of your work with through hole, it is a confusing mess of acronyms and numbers. Sure, you can Google and find out that at 0603 resistor is .06 inches by .03 inches. [TopLine] has a great booklet that pulls many common definitions in one place available for download that can help you make sense of different SMD nomenclature.
The booklet is more than just a chart or a table. It defines often confused terms like sweep and tweeze, for example. We did notice it lacks some of the newer packages like CCGA, but it is still a great guide to get started.
If you are still shy about building with SMD, you can look at some of the tools we’ve covered before . If you don’t want special tools, you can always try a toothpick (or try the simple method in the video).