Re: [stella] Cartridge PCBs have arrived

Subject: Re: [stella] Cartridge PCBs have arrived
From: Joe Grand <jgrand@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 09 May 2001 00:23:49 -0400
At 02:13 AM 5/8/2001 -0400, Chris wrote:
Yah, you can do this...with a couple of resistors added.  Cheaper, but only
by a few cents.  A 7404 chip only costs 30 cents or so.  A transistor is
maybe 10 cents and a resistor is 1 cent.  These are rough figures of course.
But the relative costs are about right.  In this case, since the pcb is
designed to fit a standard atari case, there's plenty of extra room for
the dip.  Besides:  100 14 pin dips are easier to install than 100
transistors and 200 resistors!  :)

Of course if you're making 100 boards, that 22 cents comes to 22 dollars!  ;)
Ahh....tradeoffs, tradeoffs....

Exactly. Soldering 14-pin DIPs is much easier than installing 3 legged transistors, bending leads, etc. (based on experience which hopefully I'll never have to go through again :)


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