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Method for a sliding lever for ZIF socket actuation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008392D
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-11
Document File: 5 page(s) / 94K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a sliding lever for zero insertion force (ZIF) socket actuation. Benefits include improved maintainability.

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Method for a sliding lever for ZIF socket actuation

Disclosed is a method for a sliding lever for zero insertion force (ZIF) socket actuation. Benefits include improved maintainability.

Background

      Cams and levers are common in sockets. Cams require an external tool and built-in levers that rotate out of the plane of the socket (see Figure 1). A need to actuate or deactuate without overhead room is facilitated by a lever that translates in the same plane as the socket and actuates in rotation out of the plane of the socket.

              Interference with overhead objects, such as the processor and heatsink, has been problematic during socket actuation. Conventionally, the problem is solved by using an external tool carried by assembly personnel for use with the heatsink.

General description

              The disclosed method is an internal actuation mechanism for electronic sockets that slides away from the socket body, clearing the heatsink and processor to actuate a ZIF socket for tool-less engagement. The key element is a translating lever that can slide away from the socket body to perform actuation by rotating the lever.

Advantages

              The technical advantage of the disclosed method is a simple integrated tool. It offers clearance for overhead components such as heatsinks. It does not require assembly personnel to carry special tools.

Detailed description

              The disclosed method is a standard lever-driven ZIF socket (see Figure 2). The lever rotates out the top of the socket and in/out of the socket plan...