I plan to integrate a Spark Core into a small project. The problem is, I wanted to mount the Spark Core onto a custom PCB with very little to no clearance under the board. So everything on the board has to be SMD. However, If I solder in a Spark Core, the tips of the male headers stick out under the PCB. Is there a way to safely de-solder the through-hole headers on the Spark Core and re-solder in some SMD headers? Do you think this will damage/mess up the Spark Core/PCB?
Or does anyone have special tips or experience dealing with this? I mean, I guess I could bend each pin 90 degrees to make it pseudo-SMD?
It would be cool if a version of the Spark Core was released that had bare copper pads on the edges of the PCB instead of holes/headers, so it could be surface mounted.