Ironwood Electronics Releases 75 GHz Clamshell Socket for BGA Packages

Ironwood Electronics has unveiled a new BGA socket design using high performance elastomers. The socket is capable of operating up to 75 GHz with very low inductance and a wide temperature range. The GT-BGA-2027 socket is designed for 21 x 21 mm package sizes and has an insertion loss of less than 1 dB across the 75 GHz bandwidth.

The socket is designed to dissipate a few watts of power using aluminum components and can be customized to handle up to 100 watts of power by adding a central heat sink and axial flow fan. The contact resistance is typically 30 milliohms per pin. It is mounted on the target PCB with no soldering, and uses very small real estate allowing capacitors/resistors to be placed close by. Other passive components can be placed on the back side of PCB by creating custom cutouts in the stiffener plate.

The socket is constructed with a clam actuated lever lid with central opening for direct thermal characterization of silicon. To use, the device is placed inside the socket, close the clamshell lid is closed by latching and downward pressure is applied by turning the lever. The lever provides mechanical advantage in applying 67 lbs easily.

The GT-BGA-2027 socket is constructed with high performance and low inductance elastomer contactor. The temperature range is -55 C to +160 C. It works with IC's such as 609 BGA, 21 x 21mm with 35 x 35 interstitial array and 0.8 mm pitch.

The GT-BGA-2027 retails at the price of $1066.

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