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. 401-661
Mfr. Part No.W3435G
BrandWinslow
R 14.054
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Transistor Socket - Female 3 - - Straight Phosphor Bronze Gold 1.0A - - 100.0 V Solder
RS stock no. 701-9411
Mfr. Part No.540-88-084-24-008
BrandPreci-Dip
R 35.742
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
PLCC Socket DIP Female 84 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin 1.0A - - 100.0 V, 150.0 V Solder
RS stock no. 182-2967
Mfr. Part No.69802-432LF
R 17.626
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
PLCC Socket SMD - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS stock no. 720-6019
Mfr. Part No.47337-0001
BrandMolex
R 18.716
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
- - Female 24 - 0.9mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Gold over Nickel 500mA - - 50 V dc Solder
RS stock no. 182-2961
Mfr. Part No.69802-432LF
R 14.271
Each (On a Reel of 3900)
units
PLCC Socket SMD Female 32 - 1.27mm - Copper Alloy Tin 1.0A - - 120.0 V Solder
RS stock no. 674-2542
Mfr. Part No.A-CCS 032-Z-T
R 21.148
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
PLCC Socket DIP Female 32 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 100.0 V Solder
RS stock no. 710-8700
Mfr. Part No.1107741
R 20.34
Each
units
Oscillator Socket DIL Female 14 2 15.24mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel 3.0A - - - Solder
RS stock no. 701-9391
Mfr. Part No.540-88-028-24-008
BrandPreci-Dip
R 21.682
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
PLCC Socket DIP Female 28 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin 1.0A - - 100.0 V, 150.0 V Solder
RS stock no. 767-006
Mfr. Part No.216-7383-55-1902
Brand3M
R 499.74
Each
units
PLCC Socket SOIC Female 16 2 1.27mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel 1.0A Through Hole - - Solder
RS stock no. 674-2561
Mfr. Part No.A-CCS 032-Z-SM
R 18.196
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
PLCC Socket SMD Female 32 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 100.0 V Solder
RS stock no. 674-2545
Mfr. Part No.A-CCS 044-Z-T
R 22.508
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
PLCC Socket DIP Female 44 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 100.0 V Solder
RS stock no. 378-9756
Mfr. Part No.WPLCC020-1PTRC
BrandWinslow
R 20.495
Each (In a Tube of 37)
units
PLCC Socket - Female 20 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Copper 1.0A - - 100.0 V, 150.0 V Solder
RS stock no. 403-831
Mfr. Part No.40-6554-10
R 433.34
Each
units
- DIP Female 40 2 2.54mm Straight Beryllium Copper Tin over Nickel 1.0A Through Hole - - Solder
RS stock no. 372-3289
Mfr. Part No.IC234-1204-017N
BrandYamaichi
R 3,525.66
Each
units
Test Socket QFP Female 120 - 0.8mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - Through Hole - - Solder
RS stock no. 674-2555
Mfr. Part No.A-CCS 084-Z-T
R 30.234
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
PLCC Socket DIP Female 84 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 100.0 V Solder
RS stock no. 372-3065
Mfr. Part No.IC120-0324-309
BrandYamaichi
R 824.73
Each
units
PLCC Socket - Female 32 - 1.27mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel 1.0A - - 700.0 V -
RS stock no. 543-3433
Mfr. Part No.IC160Z-0324-240
BrandYamaichi
R 108.758
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
PLCC Socket - Female 32 - 1.27mm Straight Copper Alloy Tin Bismuth Alloy 1.0A - - - Solder
RS stock no. 600-7811
Mfr. Part No.LCC-032-H200-55
BrandE-TEC
R 109.50
Each
units
PLCC Socket - Female 32 - 1.27mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel over Copper 1.0A - - - Solder
RS stock no. 674-2558
Mfr. Part No.A-CCS 052-Z-T
R 27.012
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
PLCC Socket DIP Female 52 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 100.0 V Solder
RS stock no. 117-8520
Mfr. Part No.IC51-0444-400
BrandYamaichi
R 1,707.76
Each
units
PLCC Socket - Female 44 - 1.27mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel 1.0A - - - Solder