Every electronics engineer knows that SMD is the future: PTH will fade-out, eventually.
But for prototyping and breadboarding, SMD can be a pain.

Adapters are the answer. I designed a few to show you.
Let me know what you think and which are your favorite.
An adapter for SOIC8: standard width and wide ( f.i. AT45DB161 is a wide variant)
If it's just for a quick proto, direct soldering to the pads is one way to go. But it's not a very solid construction.

Using a double-row header, that's better huh ?
As an alternative: use pins at the end only ......
.... and use solder blobs for the other connections
Using a header AND socket: you can re-use the adapter and chip in another project.
(I would do so with the AT90PWM3 f.i.)
See how much space it saves on the protoboard !
This connector on the short side is the ISP connector. Yep, my own standard :-)
So what's next ?

These are my plans:
1. A strip where you can solder an adapter to and use it on a breadboard
2. Adapters for TQFP, maybe also for SSOP.



Contact ? Send your email to adapterfreak @  the domain you see in the addressbar of your browser. Or use PM on www.avrfreaks.net. My username is Plons
This is what a BreadBoardStrip could look like. Just cut it to the length you need.
Don't use the standard header-pins (as shown on the right) as connector to the breadboard.
Here an impression of how a BreadBoardAdapter would be used

Why does it have such long pins ?
It was used as a ribboncable adapter.
But as you can see: the method works :-)
Rear View:

two decoupling capacitors
0805 / 1206 in combined
layout; connected
to the two powerbars
A 90 degree angled double header like this is an option when you prefer flatmount.
I am still working on a different solution. If you have any tips ? Please let me know.
How about this: I squeezed a header in, but soldering it will be a precise job.
I will add some solder guides to make that easier
Rev3: added solder-tabs