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pydrewPyDrew 11/30/2020 at 01:351 Comment

Finding ways of storing integrated circuits with either the Dual Inline Package (DIP) or the TO-220 style has been a challenge. If placed in an insert, DIPs often have their pins bent or some how tangle themselves together. These are derivatives based on the packaging that ICs often come in and sized to fit neatly into a Raaco tray.

The DIP sleeve fits ten 8-pin or five 16-pin chips.

Or the TO-220 sleeve fits ten.

Mix-and-match of inserts along with IC sleeves. The DIP sleeves stack three deep.

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Ken Yap wrote 11/30/2020 at 01:57 point

I just save those tubes that DIP ICs are shipped in. Otherwise I store them bottom to bottom in pairs which saves space and makes their pins less likely to be bent.

What I'd really like however is a photographic record of every large chip including speed and date code so that I can work out if I have enough of a chip to design for a few boards, instead of going through the box again. But that's probably too much work for even fastidious me. 🤭

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