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What is an IC Socket?

IC sockets (integrated circuit sockets) act as static connectors between integrated circuits (ICs) and printed circuit boards (PCBs). IC Sockets are used for two primary reasons:

  1. IC sockets prevent damage to ICs caused by soldering IC chips directly to the circuit board. Instead, the more durable IC sockets are soldered to the board and the chip is simply inserted into the socket.
  2. IC sockets allow ICs to be inserted and removed easily. This means damaged IC chips can be replaced with relative ease without damaging the PCB.

IC Socket Styles

IC sockets are manufactured in a variety styles but perhaps the most common style is dual-in-line (DIL). Dual-in-line sockets feature two rows of sockets separated and aligned by a rectangular thermoplastic insulator. Other IC configurations include press-fit IC sockets and right angle mount IC sockets.

IC Socket Applications

IC sockets are utilized in nearly any application that uses an integrated circuit. This means that the vast majority of electronic devices could or do utilize IC sockets.

Top IC Socket Manufacturers

Learn More About Integrated Circuit Sockets

To get a better idea of the diversity of IC socket configurations check out Mill-Max’s product catalog. To find pricing, availability, or specific product info search biscoind.com or contact our customer support team.

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