An IC socket, or integrated circuit socket, is used in devices that contain an integrated circuit. An IC socket is used as a placeholder for IC chips and is used in order to allow safe removal and insertion of IC chips because IC chips may become damaged from heat due to soldering.
It can be soldered safely onto a circuit board, and a chip can be inserted in the socket when the soldering is complete. The purpose of an IC socket is to be a placeholder for the IC chip and it serves as a component that allows safe removal and insertion of the chip. Removal of an IC chip involves simply prying it from the socket with a small screwdriver.
A single IC socket is comprised of contacts that each have one contact element which is fixed and another contact element which is deformable by elasticity, with an actuator that moves the contacts of the elastically deformable contact element. The centers of the elastically deformable contact elements are formed to engage with the actuator, with the portions near the socket body’s surface being formed as a means of contact for the IC device’s lead pins. This same contact element is located adjacent to the fixed contact element. Upon insertion of a particular IC device, separation of the elastically deformable contact element and the fixed contact element occurs via the actuator.