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Method for a ZIF socket with an extended lever for actuation around a heatsink

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008882D
Publication Date: 2002-Jul-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 143K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a ZIF socket with an extended lever for actuation around a heatsink. Benefits include improved functionality and improved usability.

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Method for a ZIF socket with an extended lever for actuation around a heatsink

Disclosed is a method for a ZIF socket with an extended lever for actuation around a heatsink. Benefits include improved functionality and improved usability.

Background

              A requirement exists for a way to actuate a socket without interfering with overhead objects such as a processor and a heatsink. The conventional solution is to use a lever to actuate or deactuate the socket without the heatsink attached. Other solutions are to use a tool to get around the heatsink or put a hole in the heatsink to enable actuation with a tool.

General description

              The disclosed method is an actuation mechanism for electronic sockets that enables the lever to shift to clear a heatsink for actuation (see Figure 1).

              The key element includes a lever-actuated socket with an extension from a rotating cam or bar that enables the lever to set under the heatsink. During typical use, the lever latches against the side of the socket (see Figure 2). The lever can be pushed out to clear the heatsink for actuation or deactuation (see Figure 3). A mating tool can be used to rotate a cam (see Figures 4 and 5).

              The disclosed method can be implemented using the following steps as part of the standard socket creation process:

1.      Mold the base and cover.

2.      Mold or fabricate the lever.

3.      Form the contacts.

4.      Insert the contacts into the base.

5.      Snap on the cover.

6.      Attach the lever to the socket.

              The lever is created using the fol...