A pin grid array (PGA) socket is the integrated circuit packaging standard used in most second- through fifth-generation processors. These sockets are either rectangular or square, with pins arranged in a regular array on the underside of the package. Using sockets offers a more cost-effective and simplified board design. Another advantage of PGAs is that these can allow for more pins per integrated circuit than older packages, such as the DIP. Our processor socket line is generally designed for the use with Intel- and AMD-based microprocessor packages, which are used in desktop PCs, notebooks, and servers.
Zero Insertion Force (ZIF)
These sockets provide a zero insertion force (ZIF) PGA interface to the microprocessor PGA package and are attached to the PCB with surface-mount technology (SMT) soldering. PGA sockets are available in arrays up to 989 positions with single lever, screw driver, and hex wrench actuation methods.
PGA Sockets (LIF)
These sockets are primarily employed for microprocessor package test applications using through-hole solder attachment to the PCB design. The contacts are screw-machine outer sleeves with either stamped and formed or drawn inner contacts. Custom arrays are available in more than 1,000 positions.