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
$0.743
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. 674-2555
Mfr. Part No.A-CCS 084-Z-T
$2.768
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 V ac Solder
RS Stock No. 401-661
Mfr. Part No.W3435G
BrandWinslow
$1.63
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Transistor Socket - Female 3 - - Straight Phosphor Bronze Gold 1.0A - - 100 V dc Solder
RS Stock No. 244-6802
Mfr. Part No.WPLCC032-T3RC
BrandWinslow
$18.76
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PLCC Socket - Female 32 - 2.54mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Copper 1.0A - - 100 V ac, 150 V dc Solder
RS Stock No. 710-8700
Mfr. Part No.1107741
$1.33
Each
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Oscillator Socket DIL Female 14 2 15.24mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel 3.0A - - - Solder
RS Stock No. 674-2564
Mfr. Part No.A-CCS 020-Z-SM
$1.33
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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PLCC Socket - Female 20 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - 100 V ac Solder
RS Stock No. 244-6868
Mfr. Part No.W9300
BrandWinslow
$21.51
Each
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- - Male 20 - 1.27mm Straight - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 244-6925
Mfr. Part No.W9306
BrandWinslow
$67.43
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- - Male 84 - 1.27mm Straight - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 543-3449
Mfr. Part No.IC160Z-0444-240
BrandYamaichi
$8.482
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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PLCC Socket - Female 44 - 1.27mm Straight Copper Alloy Tin Bismuth Alloy 1.0A - - - Solder
RS Stock No. 180-7666
Mfr. Part No.WPLCC032-ST1RC
BrandWinslow
$3.199
Each (In a Tube of 24)
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PLCC Socket - Female 32 - 1.27mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Copper 1.0A - - 100 V ac, 150 V dc Solder
RS Stock No. 185-9794
Mfr. Part No.2310924-1
$65.56
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Prototyping Socket LGA - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 615-5437
Mfr. Part No.8432-21B1-RK-TP
Brand3M
$2.189
Each (In a Tube of 29)
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PLCC Socket - Female 32 - 1.27mm Straight Copper Alloy Tin over Nickel - - - - Solder
RS Stock No. 615-4894
Mfr. Part No.TOS--508-S118-95
BrandE-TEC
$4.068
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Transistor Socket - Female 8 - - Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel 1.0A - - 100 V dc Solder
RS Stock No. 185-5355
Mfr. Part No.2-2822979-4
$99.61
Each (In a Tray of 12)
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Prototyping Socket LGA Female 3647 - 0.85mm - Copper Alloy Gold 500.0mA Surface Mount Surface Mount - Solder
RS Stock No. 372-3245
Mfr. Part No.IC234-1004-023N
BrandYamaichi
$435.62
Each
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Test Socket QFP Female 100 - 0.5mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - Through Hole - - Solder
RS Stock No. 710-6681
Mfr. Part No.28-6554-11
$33.47
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- DIP Female 28 2 2.54mm Straight Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel 1.0A Through Hole - - Solder
RS Stock No. 549-4876
Mfr. Part No.PLP-068-N110-99-HCP-068
BrandE-TEC
$13.55
Each
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PLCC Socket - Female 68 - 2.54mm Straight Phosphor Bronze Tin over Nickel 1.0A - - - Solder
RS Stock No. 453-7461
Mfr. Part No.IC149-208-061-B5
BrandYamaichi
$348.62
Each
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- QFP Female 208 - 0.5mm Straight Copper Alloy Gold - Surface Mount - - Solder
RS Stock No. 403-819
Mfr. Part No.24-6554-10
$18.85
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- DIP Female 24 2 2.54mm Straight Beryllium Copper Tin over Nickel 1.0A Through Hole - - Solder
RS Stock No. 543-3483
Mfr. Part No.IC160Z-0284-300
BrandYamaichi
$17.428
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
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