I am buying an analog multiplier and some of them (say the AD633) have evaluation boards described in the datasheet. It seems like a nice tool but I've never used one. Compared with just buying a DIP chip and using a breadboard, what is it and how do I use it?
1) What advantages are there to the additional resistors and capacitors or, in some cases, baluns?
2) Is it less likely to break the chip accidentally?
3) When is it worth the additional cost? e.g. when your company needs to buy 1000 multipliers of some type and you are trying to decide which type to buy.
4) Do you still need to solder?
5) Anything else I should know.
I am a mechanical engineer by training but I have some working knowledge of electronics and transistors.
Attached are the relevant pages of the AD633 datasheet. Thank you!