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Method for a socket-latching feature for attaching heat sinks for electronic processors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006269D
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 892K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a socket-latching feature for attaching heat sinks for electronic processors. Benefits include retention of the processor without the use of external clips, latches, or other additional parts.

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Method for a socket-latching feature for attaching heat sinks for electronic processors

Disclosed is a method for a socket-latching feature for attaching heat sinks for electronic processors. Benefits include retention of the processor without the use of external clips, latches, or other additional parts.

Background

              The disclosed method addresses the problem of keeping a processor in place during various types of loading and expansion without the use of external clips or other hold down mechanisms. Conventional solutions use external clips and latches or other retention mechanisms (see Figure 1).

General description

              The disclosed method is a latching feature for sockets that hold heat sinks into place without exterior holding mechanisms. Key elements include a hole or slot in the socket that enables a corresponding post on a heat sink to be inserted and held in place with an electronic circuit between the heat sink and socket.

Advantages

              The technical advantage of the disclosed method is that it does not require loading the system with spring clips or retention schemes. Additional parts to retain the processor are not required. Little or nothing is added to the mass of the socket and system. 

Detailed description

              The disclosed method is feature in a socket that enables a post from a heat sink to be inserted into the socket and remains in place until purposely repositioned (see Figure 2). A post with a T-bar bottom is inserted into a slot in the socket and then pushed into pla...