A ZIF socket is a type of integrated circuit (IC) socket which is designed so that it requires no force at all, except gravity, to insert an IC into the socket. This is achieved through the use of a slider or lever, which, when used, parts the spring-loaded contacts so that the IC can simply be placed on top of the socket with the pins meeting zero resistance as they are inserted into the openings between the contacts. When the lever or slider is moved back to its original position, the contacts close and grip the pins of the IC. it is used in electronics engineering.

ZIF socket may be used instead of standard sockets to reduce the risk of bending the pins when inserting and extracting chips. ZIF socket function by moving a lever on the side of the socket which in turn pushes the socket contacts apart.


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