I have a problem:
Anyone familiar with 386 LIF (Low Insertion Force) sockets knows that the trouble isn’t installing the processors—that indeed doesn’t require much force and is easy to do. The real problem is getting the processor out without bending the pins and/or damaging the ceramic package.
This got me wondering… surely it would be possible to build a ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) socket for the 132-pin PGA used on 386s, just like the larger sockets used for 486 processors? Is anyone familiar with such a thing?
Searching for a 386 ZIF socket wasn’t very fruitful. It is possible that Aries Electronics 32-PLS14016-12 is the right thing, but I’m not willing to invest almost 100 Euro just to try.
Just to be clear, I’m looking for an adapter that would plug into a traditional 386 LIF socket and provide a nice lever-operated ZIF socket. Something that would allow me to easily swap 386 chips without worrying about damaging them. Anyone seen such a beast?
And apropos of nothing, a gratuitous reader challenge: In the above photo, one of the chips is not like the others. That is to say, one of them would do no good in a 386 CPU socket. Which one is it? The full-size photo should be detailed enough.
Update: Just to be clear, the idea of a 386 ZIF socket is not something I made up. It’s mentioned in Intel’s own 386 datasheet. For example document number 231630-011, the Intel386™ DX datasheet. Search for ‘ZIF’ in the PDF to see a 386 ZIF socket presumably manufactured by AMP.