Updated: August 30th, 2021

When an interconnection network is inserted within a transmission line between an IC device and the attaching PCB, the connectors used must provide superior electrical performance while also meeting a range of mechanical requirements.

Integrated circuits have transformed electronic device design. Integrated circuits, also called ICs or semiconductor devices, have enabled designers to continually increase device performance relative to both speed and functionality. This evolution in system design has been accompanied by new package styles that fit higher I/O counts into smaller spaces and reduce interconnect feature size. However, these factors place considerable demands on the sockets and adapters used for interconnection.

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