In this first PCB release (prototype phase) we decided to avoid the side pads (for SMT mounting).
So Picus module will be mounted in the following ways:
1. Male 26 pin 2.54mm pin header connector (that suits a Female pin header on your PCB)
2. 26 ways flat cable (if you need to place Picus far from your PCB)
There’s a 3mm hole to let you fix the module with a screw in case of panel mounting or PCB mounting to avoid vibrations.
Back to the SMT side pads we need to increase the number of PCB layers (from 2 to 4) and so the cost.
The question is: do you think SMT version is useful/necessary?