- There are a ton of people similar to myself who have the skill to make/order simple PCBs using a hardly-professional tool like EasyEDA and manual hand soldering, who do not have the advanced inaccessible skills, component ordering resources, and decisively industrial soldering abilities to follow the instructions of:
Many people to whom ElectricImp can sell their great product have an understanding that soldering tiny BGA microchips onto PCBs is something done at a professional factory and not in one’s basement, some adventurous YouTube videos aside.
Particle, from whom I am tempted to entirely switch over because of impCellular’s cheaper data rates, has a product called “E402” which is a professional version of their FeatherWing Boron. It has crenellated pads for easy integration into your own custom PCB.
I have built my own custom PCB that mirrors onto the backside of the imp006 breakout board, but this really is not an ideal way of doing things. It’s bulky and awkward, and I can’t access the backside which makes soldering components difficult.
Are there plans for ElectricImp to make a product virtually equivalent in functionality to the imp006 Breakout Board, but compacted into half the size or less, and with perimetric crenellated pads for easy, simple integration into a PCB?
This would be a fantastic product. I currently am stuck with the imp006 Breakout Board. For someone looking to do 50-100 devices but not 5,000+, I think there needs to be an interstitial offering between the raw imp006 “do it yourself as a sophisticate microchip PCB manufacturing company” and the current imp006 Breakout Board “simple enough for middle school science project” offerings.