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ZIF Socket

ZIF is an acronym for zero insertion force, a concept used in the design of IC sockets, invented to avoid problems caused by applying force upon insertion and extraction.

Large ZIF sockets are commonly mounted on PC motherboards (from about the mid 1990s forward). These CPU sockets are designed to support a particular range of CPUs, allowing computer retailers and consumers to assemble motherboard/CPU combinations based on individual budget and requirements. CPUs may also be upgraded or replaced during the lifetime of the motherboard socket. Personal computers are among the few applications expensive enough t

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