HMC5843 (3-Axis Digital Compass) Breakout

In my recent project i have been playing with the HMC5843 digital compass ic and not wanting to spend $50 for a $20 part and also to challenge myself i’ve decided to build my own breakout board. Here’s the end result and the HMC5843 Breakout etch positive if you want to do it yourself:

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Be forewarned, however, soldering this tiny thing is not easy as it comes in 20-PIN LPCC package only which has all of it’s contacts under the chip, however, pre-soldering board and using lots of liquid flux and letting the solder float under the chip should do the trick.

This project took some time, but the savings and most importantly DYI pride are well worth the effort.


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