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:
IC sockets are connectors used in electronic circuits to prevent damage to IC chips during soldering. They provide a durable and removable interface between the IC and the circuit board. By soldering the socket to the board instead of the IC directly, chips can be easily inserted and removed without damaging the PCB. IC sockets are designed for reliable connections in communication applications, supporting various memory generations. They come in different configurations and mounting options, simplifying board design and allowing for quick repairs, replacements, and reprogramming. This results in lower service costs, easy expansion, efficient testing, and manufacturing convenience.