What is the cheapest type of package to assemble?

Most microcontrollers come in several different packages. Assuming all the packages cost the same, what typically would be the cheapest one to use in terms of board assembly?

Depends on the assembly house. If they have to make special arrangements for the particular package, then it could be significantly more expensive.

These days, many assembly houses are set up to do mostly surface mount, so through-hole stuff could be significantly more expensive. Especially if you’re mixing surface mount and through-hole or have a through hole on both sides. As for SMT packages, the costs will be similar, though they could charge more for parts like QFN and BGA.

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Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.

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