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Method for a disposable processor pin-alignment tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013537D
Publication Date: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 133K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a disposable processor pin alignment tool. Benefits include improved ease of use and improved reliability.

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Method for a disposable processor pin-alignment tool

Disclosed is a method for a disposable processor pin alignment tool. Benefits include improved ease of use and improved reliability.

Background

              Bent pins are always an issue. Conventional requirements for preattached heatsinks result in a blind-mating situation that magnifies alignment issues (see Figures 1 and 2). A pin shroud is available for servers, but it is sent with the processor and remains after installation.

              A solution is required that prevents the misalignment of pins and contacts during the insertion of a CPU into a socket. Additionally, the solution cannot cause problems with dimensional tolerance when the CPU is in place. No conventional solution exists.

Description

              The disclosed method is a disposable pin alignment tool. It extends past the length of the pin or contact and aligns the processor and pins/contacts without resulting in any damage (see Figure 3). The tool is attached to the CPU interposer (typically between the chip capacitors and the pins) to align with the edge of the socket. The alignment tool can be vacuum formed or molded.

              The key elements of the method include:

•             Features for alignment to the processor

•             Close tolerance match to the socket

•             Flexibility to be an optional component that can be applied anytime prior to the installation of the processor to the socket

•             Removal features for separation of the shroud...