A Couple of Interestingly Tiny Parts
Yeah, I'm kind of a broken record on this subject. But, you have to expect that given where I work and that I believe in what I do, I'm going to be such a broken record.
I ran across these two parts a while back while selecting components for a robot project of mine. I had been using 300mil wide DIP parts and some SOIC packages, but even though this isn't for a commercial venture, I wanted to reduce cost and size a bit.
In the high-volume professional world, this is standard operating procedure but it's also spilling down to the hobby market and the professional prototyping world. Each designer, professional or otherwise, that forgoes a big thru-hole part for something tiny like this, give part makers less incentive to ever build those big packages.
Lead puppies aren't much fun