Prototyping Sockets

Prototyping sockets are electromechanical devices that act as removable interfaces between IC (Integrated Circuit) packages and system circuit boards. The PCB sockets are used on temporary circuit boards to test the performance of electronic circuits. Prototyping sockets are either mounted onto circuit boards or attached via pins, called through-hole mounting.


What are prototyping sockets used for?

Prototyping sockets are components used during the design, testing and production phases of circuit board development. These sockets are also useful for silicon validation, thermal characterisation and burn-in application processes.

Types of prototyping sockets

The main types of prototyping sockets are:

  • PGA (Pin Grid Array) and LGA (Land Grid Array) sockets, where the CPU is inserted into the socket and then closed off by a latch (handle)
  • BGA (Ball Grid Array) sockets are used without soldering the IC to the PCB and have low insertion force for easy replacement or repair
  • QFP (Quad Flat Package) sockets are designed to fit most semiconductor models, allowing for permanent placement on PCBs without removing the sockets after the test phase.
  • DIP (Dual In-line Package) sockets are used in integrated circuits to test more than one PCB simultaneously.

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Description Price Gender Number of Contacts Number of Rows Package Type Pitch Body Orientation Socket Mounting Type Contact Material Contact Plating Current Rating Device Mounting Type Housing Material Termination Method Voltage Rating
RS Stock No. 500-8015
Mfr. Part No.IC149-100-025-B5
BrandYamaichi
£220.39
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Female 100 - QFP 0.5mm Straight Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold - - Nylon, PPS Solder -
RS Stock No. 719-8832
Mfr. Part No.2-5916783-5
£3.50
Each
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Female 370 - PGA 2.54mm Straight Through Hole Copper Alloy Gold - - Liquid Crystal Polymer Solder -
RS Stock No. 164-2924
Mfr. Part No.2-5916783-5
£3.183
Each (In a Tray of 90)
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Female 370 - PGA 2.54mm Straight Through Hole Copper Alloy Gold - - Liquid Crystal Polymer Solder -
RS Stock No. 655-2850
Mfr. Part No.PGA-121-E001-11Z-95
BrandE-TEC
£6.64
Each
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Female 121 - PGA 2.54mm Straight Through Hole Beryllium Copper Tin over Nickel 1A - Polymer Solder -
RS Stock No. 500-8043
Mfr. Part No.IC149-100-014-B5
BrandYamaichi
£170.51
Each
Units
Female 100 - QFP 0.65mm Straight Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold - - Nylon, PPS Solder -
RS Stock No. 372-3532
Mfr. Part No.NP89-28906-G4-BF
BrandYamaichi
£57.50
Each
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Female 289 - PGA 2.54mm Straight Through Hole Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - - PEI Solder -
RS Stock No. 860-2635
Mfr. Part No.84516-102LF
£14.03
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Male 200 10 BGA 1.27mm Straight Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 2 (1 Contact) A, 450 (All Contact) mA Surface Mount Liquid Crystal Polymer Solder 200 V ac
RS Stock No. 860-2613
Mfr. Part No.84500-002LF
£9.55
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Male 300 10 BGA 1.27mm Straight Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 2 (1 Contact) A, 450 (All Contact) mA Surface Mount Liquid Crystal Polymer Solder 200 V ac
RS Stock No. 860-2629
Mfr. Part No.84500-102LF
£15.22
Each
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Male 300 10 BGA 1.27mm Straight Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 2 (1 Contact) A, 450 (All Contact) mA Surface Mount Liquid Crystal Polymer Solder 200 V ac
RS Stock No. 372-3469
Mfr. Part No.NP89-12110-G4-BF
BrandYamaichi
£61.62
Each
Units
Female 121 - PGA 2.54mm Straight Through Hole Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - - PEI Solder -
RS Stock No. 182-2279
Mfr. Part No.74221-101LF
£20.628
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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Female 400 - BGA - - Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 450mA Surface Mount Liquid Crystal Polymer Through Hole 200 V ac
RS Stock No. 185-5919
Mfr. Part No.2-2822979-3
£61.39
Each
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Female 3647 - LGA 0.85mm - Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 500mA Surface Mount Thermoplastic Solder -
RS Stock No. 185-9794
Mfr. Part No.2310924-1
£46.25
Each
Units
- - - LGA - - - - - - - Stainless Steel - -
RS Stock No. 185-9807
Mfr. Part No.2310924-3
£32.70
Each
Units
- - - LGA - - - - - - - Stainless Steel - -
RS Stock No. 185-5915
Mfr. Part No.2-2822979-4
£61.43
Each
Units
Female 3647 - LGA 0.85mm - Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 500mA Surface Mount Thermoplastic Solder -
RS Stock No. 500-8009
Mfr. Part No.IC149-080-012-B5
BrandYamaichi
£161.25
Each
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Female 80 - QFP 0.8mm Straight Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold - - Nylon, PPS Solder -
RS Stock No. 185-9824
Mfr. Part No.2299804-3
£29.90
Each
Units
- - - LGA - - - - - - - Stainless Steel - -
RS Stock No. 185-9879
Mfr. Part No.2310927-1
£7.44
Each
Units
- - - LGA - - - - - - - ABS, Polycarbonate - -
RS Stock No. 185-8690
Mfr. Part No.2310924-1
£36.13
Each (In a Tray of 84)
Units
- - - LGA - - - - - - - Stainless Steel - -
RS Stock No. 185-9745
Mfr. Part No.2299806-1
£3.82
Each
Units
- - - LGA - - - - - - - ABS, Polycarbonate - -
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