Aries Electronics has Introduced a New Center Probe RF Test Socket Designed Specifically for Use with Delta Handlers

Aries Electronics has introduced a new center probe RF test socket designed specifically for use with Delta handlers.

Frenchtown, NJ April 7, 2005 -- Aries Electronics, an international manufacturer of standard, programmed and custom interconnection products, has introduced a new center probe RF test socket designed specifically for use with Delta handlers. The new test sockets incorporate built-in, replaceable, aligning features to accommodate the Delta nest, ensuring maximum speed and ease of use.

The patented center probe contact of the new Aries test socket provides the same test height regardless of device lead pitch. The socket body can be reused for multiple devices with only the interposer needing replacement. Since the same height probe is always used, the handler setup is always the same. This helps reduce overall production cost. The socket also incorporates an integral hard stop to facilitate highly accurate device placement and probe activation. To further speed operation, solderless spring probes enable the socket to pressure mount to the test board.

Specifications for the new test socket include a probe self inductance of 0.51 nH; insertion loss of -1 dB at 18 GHz; contact resistance of less than 70 milliohms; and contact forces of 12-15 grams/contact for devices with 0.50mm to 0.65 mm pitch, and 17-20 grams/contact for devices with 0.80 mm pitch or larger.

The standard material of the patented center probe contact is highly conductive copper alloy with nickel/gold plating. As with all Aries sockets, the new RF test socket is available in custom materials, platings, sizes and configurations to suit specific customer applications.

Pricing for a Delta Handler-compatible Center Probe Test Socket for an 1156-pin BGA package starts at $2,467 for 1 piece. Delivery is six weeks ARO.    

For additional information, contact Aries Electronics, Inc., P.O. Box 130, Frenchtown, NJ 08825. Tel: 908/996-6841; Fax: 908/996-3891; E-mail: e-mail protected from spam bots;
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Reader Service Inquiries: Please forward all reader service inquiries to Frank Folmsbee, Aries Electronics, Inc., P.O. Box 130, Frenchtown, NJ 08825.

Editors Note: Headquartered in Frenchtown, NJ, Aries Electronics, Inc., manufactures an extremely broad range of custom and standard interconnection and packaging products for electronics. Industry leading products include Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) test sockets for DIP, PGA, PLCC and SOIC devices; the Correct-A-Chip? product line of "intelligent connectors"; adapters and connectors; several patented concepts for BGA (ball grid array) and LGA (land grid array) sockets; and an extensive array of high frequency test and burn in sockets. The company also specializes in meeting custom requirements for its customers.

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