I'm trying to pack 4.9 pounds of stuff into a 5.0 pound bag...
It's been a while since I've needed to ponder this particular limitation, and I'm getting surprised by things I'm being quoted.
I'm working on a board that's turning out to be quite tight, and one of my options is to take some or all of the passives and put them on the back side of the board. In the groups that I've worked with in the past, this has been a Rubicon that people hesitate to cross -- yet, pricing out various options on the Sunstone (PCB fab) and Screaming Circuits (board assembly) websites, I'm getting a much smaller price differential in board fab+assembly with back-side components than I would by going to a larger board or one with two extra layers (more layers won't help placement, obviously, but it'll sure help routing).
Am I missing something? (Testing costs, perhaps?) Or was the whole "don't populate the back side" thing a phantasm?