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 Socket Mounting Type Contact Material Contact Plating Current Rating Device Mounting Type Housing Material Voltage Rating Body Orientation Termination Method
RS Stock No. 500-8015
Mfr. Part No.IC149-100-025-B5
BrandYamaichi
£145.61
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Female 100 - QFP 0.5mm Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold - - Nylon, PPS - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 719-8832
Mfr. Part No.2-5916783-5
£2.97
Each
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Female 370 - PGA 2.54mm Through Hole Copper Alloy Gold - - Liquid Crystal Polymer - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 164-2924
Mfr. Part No.2-5916783-5
£4.451
Each (In a Tray of 90)
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Female 370 - PGA 2.54mm Through Hole Copper Alloy Gold - - Liquid Crystal Polymer - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 655-2850
Mfr. Part No.PGA-121-E001-11Z-95
BrandE-TEC
£19.21
Each
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Female 121 - PGA 2.54mm Through Hole Beryllium Copper Tin over Nickel 1A - Polymer - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 860-2639
Mfr. Part No.84512-102LF
£14.95
Each
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Male 100 10 BGA 1.27mm Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 2 (1 Contact) A, 450 (All Contact) mA Surface Mount Liquid Crystal Polymer 200 V ac Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 500-8043
Mfr. Part No.IC149-100-014-B5
BrandYamaichi
£112.64
Each
Units
Female 100 - QFP 0.65mm Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold - - Nylon, PPS - Straight 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 Through Hole Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - - PEI - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 719-8814
Mfr. Part No.2040540-1
£9.19
Each
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Female 1156 - LGA 0.91mm Through Hole Copper Alloy Gold over Nickel - - Thermoplastic - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 372-3475
Mfr. Part No.NP89-14409-G4-BF
BrandYamaichi
£53.33
Each
Units
Female 144 - PGA 2.54mm Through Hole Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - - PEI - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 164-4026
Mfr. Part No.2040540-1
£10.939
Each (In a Tray of 100)
Units
Female 1156 - LGA 0.91mm Through Hole Copper Alloy Gold over Nickel - - Thermoplastic - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 860-2635
Mfr. Part No.84516-102LF
£13.68
Each
Units
Male 200 10 BGA 1.27mm Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 2 (1 Contact) A, 450 (All Contact) mA Surface Mount Liquid Crystal Polymer 200 V ac Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 860-2613
Mfr. Part No.84500-002LF
£8.11
Each
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Male 300 10 BGA 1.27mm Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 2 (1 Contact) A, 450 (All Contact) mA Surface Mount Liquid Crystal Polymer 200 V ac Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 860-2629
Mfr. Part No.84500-102LF
£12.83
Each
Units
Male 300 10 BGA 1.27mm Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 2 (1 Contact) A, 450 (All Contact) mA Surface Mount Liquid Crystal Polymer 200 V ac Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 372-3469
Mfr. Part No.NP89-12110-G4-BF
BrandYamaichi
£50.86
Each
Units
Female 121 - PGA 2.54mm Through Hole Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - - PEI - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 372-3481
Mfr. Part No.NP89-13302-G4-BF
BrandYamaichi
£51.25
Each
Units
Female 133 - PGA 2.54mm Through Hole Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - - PEI - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 372-3504
Mfr. Part No.NP89-19601-G4-BF
BrandYamaichi
£63.95
Each
Units
Female 196 - PGA 2.54mm Through Hole Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - - PEI - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 372-3510
Mfr. Part No.NP89-22508-G4-BF
BrandYamaichi
£45.43
Each
Units
Female 225 - PGA 2.54mm Through Hole Beryllium Copper Gold over Nickel - - PEI - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 500-8009
Mfr. Part No.IC149-080-012-B5
BrandYamaichi
£44.50
Each
Units
Female 80 - QFP 0.8mm Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold - - Nylon, PPS - Straight Solder
RS Stock No. 860-2648
Mfr. Part No.84501-101LF
£20.71
Each
Units
Female 300 10 BGA 1.27mm Surface Mount Copper Alloy Gold 2 (1 Contact) A, 450 (All Contact) mA Surface Mount Liquid Crystal Polymer 200 V ac Straight Solder
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