Soldering SMD TSSOP IC

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If you’re concerned about soldering the SMD chip, don’t be.  It’s quite easy, in fact, with the right tools, it’s as easy as soldering through hole devices and when you consider that you’re soldering 28 leads, it’s actually faster than through hole, with a little practice.

You can see in the example to the right that I didn't get the chip exactly centered on the leads, but it still works fine, so good enough!  

Tools needed:

Basic instructions:

SMD example

home-made circuit board example

SMD Soldering on a home-made board

Working Example

SMD Soldering tutorial. The good part starts at 3 minutes into the video.