Some 301s and 303s were poorly manufactured as you have described. This is one time when being the mouthpiece for the Messiah 2 team can be an embarrassment!
Originally posted by tickford
Don't count the chips out-I just got a batch of 12 Messiah2 v1.22a & I can physically see(on 2 chips) shorts between pins of the Actel chip-i know some are normal,but not when points U & V are short.U can actually see the Actel chip not aligned perfectly to the pads :(
Are these Actel chips hand soldered or wave????