Protect those chips by socketing them! Ever solder in an IC backwards? weren’t you all like “if only there was a way to hold an IC in place but have it replaceable if necessary!” well you are in luck because today’s part finder friday is all about IC sockets. IC leaf sockets are inexpensive and don’t add too much height. I actually prefer these to swiss-pin. Pick up some common sizes today!
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IC leaf sockets are inherently unreliable. They are a source of intermittent connections. They are as bad as split pin sockets for connectors. Machined pin IC sockets may be more expensive but will not fail to make contact.