Bottomside SOT23 opens & DOE test board layout| 24 May, 2001
We�ve got a problem here with opens on bottom side wave soldered SOT23s. Based on past experience and review of the SMTnet archives, I feel that our main problem is pad size. We have the same size pads for bottom side SOT23s as we have for the top (which is .035� by .035� with .080� between the single pad center to the double pad center).
I�m going to design a test board that we can use in running a DOE to see what would be the optimal pad size to reduce/eliminate opens on these components, but not consume any more real estate than necessary.
While I�m at it I�m going to play with pad sizes for 0402s up thru 1206s as well as some different SOICs. Since we have a standard pallet size here, I�ve got all kinds of real estate (8.3� x 11.25�)
I was wondering if anyone out there, who has been through this before would have any advice on things to be concerned with while laying out this test board.