Most of our everyday electrical devices contain integrated circuits (ICs) or chips which are installed on the printed circuit board (PCB). Most chips are soldered directly onto the board but sometimes they need to be interchangeable, or removed, and this is when an IC socket is used.
The IC socket fits onto the board and holds the chip, protecting it from heat damage which could be caused by soldering. Programmable chips are a great example where IC sockets are used, allowing removal for testing, programming or replacement due to failure.
Along with IC Sockets we also stock IC Socket Combination Inserters, Oscillator Sockets, Extractors, PLCC Sockets, Prototyping Sockets and other accessories from leading brands.