Integrated Circuit Sockets

Complex printed circuits are too valuable to risk direct soldering to expensive integrated circuits (ICs). Socketing is an approach offering advantages that can be cost effective and simplify board design. Advantages include ability to repair or replace, lower service costs, simple reprogramming, future expansion, factory testing and burn-in, and manufacturing ease.

This connector is designed to provide a compressive interconnect between component leads and a printed circuit board (PCB). This connector is designed to provide a compressive interconnect between component leads and a printed circuit board (PCB). It simplifies the board design, enables simple reprogramming and expansion and easy repair and replacement, and offers a cost-effective solution without the risk of direct soldering. With a wide range of solutions for land grid array (LGA) and pin grid array (PGA) sockets, this connector features contact tip geometry optimized to reduce risk of contact damage during handling and package installation.

Integrated Circuit Sockets

In notebook and desktop computers, our LGA sockets feature a robust bolster plate for reliable connection to the microprocessor package while limiting PCB bowing during compression. In servers, our mPGA and PGA sockets -- with custom arrays available in more than 1,000 positions --offer zero insertion force (ZIF) interface to the microprocessor PGA package and attach to the PCB with surface-mount technology (SMT) soldering. TE's IC sockets are designed for higher performance CPU processors.