Ic Test Sockets

Written by Jarret Ewanek
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IC test sockets are used in many different electronic applications, including the semiconductor industry. According to recent statistics, $319 million was spent on test sockets and burn-in sockets in 1998, and the market for these devices continues to grow. Using the right testing devices can save you a great deal of money in production costs and labor costs, and also contributes to higher rates of innovation.

The standard integrated circuit testing device is comprised of a 24 pin, zero insertion force socket. Test sockets must be X-ray proof in order to prevent damage to the overall integrated circuit during testing. Many manufacturers use these sockets to determine if the signal is being transmitted properly. These testing devices also help to determine if devices are charging properly.

Improve Productivity with Test Sockets

One of the main reasons for investing in test sockets and other testing devices is for the development of new products. Test sockets can be easily inserted and removed from integrated circuits without damaging the system. When you consider how much information is contained in printed circuit boards, it makes sense to use testing devices that don't interfere with the signal or damage the integrity of the circuit board.

Test equipment also helps to ensure that your final electronic devices meet with the strict standards set forth by regulatory organizations. If you send out products that are substandard it can cost you a great deal of money down the road in rework and repair costs. Rather than lose money on the production side of the business, you can make changes to your integrated circuits and send out the best possible devices.

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