IC Sockets

Electrical devices contain integrated circuits (ICs) which are installed onto a printed circuit board (PCB). IC sockets are connectors which allow ICs to be fitted and removed easily. The socket is mounted onto the board and houses the chip. Unlike soldering, which is permanent, IC sockets are important as they enable you to remove or interchange the components without damaging them. This also protects the IC from potential heat damage caused by soldering.


Programmable chips and microcontrollers are a great example where IC sockets are used. They allow for easy removal for testing, programming or replacement. This enables you to choose and test the right chip for the application, replace any failures in the circuit or upgrade a device when required.


Types of IC Socket


  • DIL Sockets (Dual-in-line) have two parallel rows of pins, available in various numbers to match the relevant IC and are normally very cost-effective. A larger socket can be created by placing two smaller ones together, end-to-end, e.g. two 8 pins become 16-pin.

  • SIL Sockets (Single in-line) has a single line of pins and is frequently used in smaller applications like resistor arrays or boards with short lead pins, such as a desktop computer. There are many different sizes and types available.

  • DIMM Sockets (Dual In-line Memory Module). Random Access Memory (RAM) can be easily installed in computers or laptops using DIMM sockets. These are important components that help to ensure reliable connectivity. They have two separate rows of electrical contacts or pins on either side. It's a general rule that the more pins the higher the RAM it supports. There are various pin sizes available.

  • SIMM Sockets (Single In-line Memory Module). These have a single row of pins which connect memory modules to circuit boards. They are space-saving and can be installed at predetermined angles with positive polarisation to prevent memory modules from being inserted incorrectly. They are used mainly in older computers dating from the 1980s to late 1990s. Available in various sizes and number of pins.

SMD and Through Hole Mount


IC sockets are mounted onto PCBs by surface mount (SMD) or though hole mounting. This refers to the pins on the socket and how they attach to the board. SMD sockets are attached to the surface of the PCB, while through hole sockets are pushed through holes in the PCB.


What are package types?


IC sockets are designed for a specific package type. This refers to the package of the IC, which in an industry standard size, and its pins. Examples of package type include:


  • BGA

  • DIP

  • LGA

  • QFP

  • SOIC

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Description Price IC Socket Type Package Type Gender Number of Contacts Number of Rows Pitch Body Orientation Contact Material Contact Plating Current Rating Socket Mounting Type Device Mounting Type Voltage Rating Termination Method
RS Stock No. 183-1582
BrandRS PRO
kr 4,165
Each (In a Tube of 19)
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PLCC Socket SMD Female 64 - - - Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 100.0 V Solder
RS Stock No. 543-3483
Mfr. Part No.IC160Z-0284-300
BrandYamaichi
kr 70,348
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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PLCC Socket - Female 28 - 1.27mm Straight Copper Alloy Tin Bismuth Alloy 1.0A - - - Solder
RS Stock No. 665-9910
Mfr. Part No.QFN11T032-003
BrandYamaichi
kr 1 422,31
Each
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Test Socket QFN Female 32 - 0.5mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - Through Hole - - Solder
RS Stock No. 401-661
Mfr. Part No.W3435G
BrandWinslow
kr 8,36
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Transistor Socket - Female 3 - - Straight Phosphor Bronze Gold 1.0A - - 100.0 V Solder
RS Stock No. 180-7650
Mfr. Part No.WPLCC028-ST1RC
BrandWinslow
kr 15,424
Each (In a Tube of 27)
Units
- - Female 28 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Copper 1A - - 100 V ac, 150 V dc Solder
RS Stock No. 859-9410
Mfr. Part No.54020-44030LF
kr 16,905
Each (In a Pack of 10)
Units
PLCC Socket DIP Male 44 - 2.54mm Straight Copper Alloy Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 250.0 V Solder
RS Stock No. 860-2635
Mfr. Part No.84516-102LF
kr 165,60
Each
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Prototyping Socket BGA Male 200 10 1.27mm Straight Copper Alloy Gold 2 (1 Contact) A, 450 (All Contact) mA Surface Mount Surface Mount 200.0 V Solder
RS Stock No. 372-3065
Mfr. Part No.IC120-0324-309
BrandYamaichi
kr 407,47
Each
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PLCC Socket - Female 32 - 1.27mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel 1.0A - - 700.0 V -
RS Stock No. 860-2613
Mfr. Part No.84500-002LF
kr 112,46
Each
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Prototyping Socket BGA Male 300 10 1.27mm Straight Copper Alloy Gold 2 (1 Contact) A, 450 (All Contact) mA Surface Mount Surface Mount 200.0 V Solder
RS Stock No. 615-5128
Mfr. Part No.PLP-032-N110-099HCP-032
BrandE-TEC
kr 36,79
Each
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PLCC Socket - Female 32 - 2.54mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 100.0 V, 150.0 V Solder
RS Stock No. 372-2753
Mfr. Part No.IC46-3010-G4HT
BrandYamaichi
kr 277,44
Each
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Test Socket SIP Female 30 1 2.54mm Straight Copper Alloy Gold over Nickel 1.0A Surface Mount Through Hole - Solder
RS Stock No. 674-2555
Mfr. Part No.A-CCS 084-Z-T
kr 16,078
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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PLCC Socket DIP Female 84 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 100.0 V Solder
RS Stock No. 674-2577
Mfr. Part No.A-CCS 068-Z-SM
kr 6,68
Each (In a Pack of 5)
Units
PLCC Socket - Female 68 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 100.0 V Solder
RS Stock No. 244-6925
Mfr. Part No.W9306
BrandWinslow
kr 322,93
Each
Units
- - Male 84 - 1.27mm Straight - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 372-3532
Mfr. Part No.NP89-28906-G4-BF
BrandYamaichi
kr 581,65
Each
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Prototyping Socket PGA Female 289 - 2.54mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - Through Hole - - Solder
RS Stock No. 710-6685
Mfr. Part No.48-6554-11
kr 244,61
Each
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- DIP Female 48 2 2.54mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel 1.0A Through Hole - - Solder
RS Stock No. 372-3245
Mfr. Part No.IC234-1004-023N
BrandYamaichi
kr 2 154,65
Each
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Test Socket QFP Female 100 - 0.5mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - Through Hole - - Solder
RS Stock No. 863-3374
Mfr. Part No.69802-132LF
kr 9,945
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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PLCC Socket SMD Female 32 - 1.27mm Straight Copper Alloy Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 120.0 V -
RS Stock No. 185-9824
Mfr. Part No.2299804-3
kr 267,98
Each
Units
Prototyping Socket LGA - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 180-7701
Mfr. Part No.WPLCC068-ST1RC
BrandWinslow
kr 23,508
Each (In a Tube of 16)
Units
- - Female 68 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Copper 1A - - 100 V ac, 150 V dc Solder