Sunday, July 1, 2012

Via in Pad?

I'm reminded of Bob Uecker's character Harry Doyle in "Major League", who makes a rude remark on the air. When challenged, he replies, "Nobody's listening anyway."

Just in case I'm wrong, does anyone have an opinion on placing a via inside a SMT pad on a board that's going to be hand-soldered? Most of the problems people caution about seem to be related to solder starvation, but I'm not worried about that.

Most of these vias would connect to inner layers (i.e. they go to VDD or GND), but I can create thermals on the inner layers as I don't need heat-sinking.

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