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IC Socket

by Serkan on Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:34 pm

why does one used a ic socket for all the dip ics I see that you solder in the socket then plug in the ic. why cant you just solder in the ic and get it over with???

u dont need a socket for soic chips (not quit sure how that would work)

but really are they completely necessary. I am thinking about getting into making electric stuff and was just wondering.
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by magician13134 on Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:56 pm

They are not necessary, but if you manage to fry the chip, or wish to update the code, or reuse it for another project, you can just slip it out. If you don't use a socket, you're out of luck.
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by NV on Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:51 pm

They're just a convenience. It may seem like an unnecessary expense but the first time you solder in a 40pin IC and later realize it's faulty you'll understand.
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by pwnz32 on Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:06 pm

It also helps to troubleshoot, when you don't know what's wrong with your circuit, all you have to do is swap out the ic in the holder for another and you can figure out if it's the problem.

Also as magician said it moves the chip away from the solder points, meaning a less likely chance you'll fry the chip with the heat from your soldering gun.
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