The Configurable High Insertion Count (CHIC) Socket lets users of programming and automatic test equipment accommodate any BGA package. It improves electrical contact reliability compared to conventional burn-in style socket technology. The device consists of a socket platform with an array of contact pads that accommodate any BGA with the same contact pitch, and a personality nest that fits over the platform. To test chips in a different BGA package, users only need to change the nest. The CHIC Socket features a 500,000-insertion cycle life. Alignment nests from 15 by 15 mm to 3 by 3 mm are offered in 0.5-, 0.65-, 0.75-, 0.80-, and 1.0-mm pitches. Single sockets cost $1750 and include one device-specific nest. Additional nests cost $85 each. Quantity pricing is available.
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