US Patent No. 9,832,899

SIDE CLAMPING BGA SOCKET


Patent No. 9,832,899
Issue Date November 28, 2017
Title Side Clamping Bga Socket
Inventorship Paul J. Brown, Wakefield (CA)
Alex L. Chan, Ottawa (CA)
Assignee ALCATEL LUCENT, Boulogne-Biilancourt (FR)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,832,899

1. A socket apparatus for gripping balls of a ball grid array (BGA), comprising:
a base member of electrically insulative material;
an array of pairs of electrical contacts disposed in the base member in a configuration corresponding to a terminal ball configuration
of said BGA to be mated with the socket apparatus;

a first plate member disposed for slidable movement on said base member and having a plurality of parallel extension members
extending therefrom and configured to pass through the array of pairs of electrical contacts;

a second plate member disposed for slidable movement on said base member and having a plurality of parallel extension members
extending therefrom and configured to pass through the array of pairs of electrical contacts;

the plurality of parallel extension members of said first plate member disposed between the plurality of parallel extension
members of said second plate member;

a plurality of insulative nodules disposed on each extension member with nodules forming an array corresponding to said array
of pairs of electrical contacts; and

the first plate member and second plate member being movable relative to each other on said base member whereby the plurality
of insulative nodules urge the corresponding electrical contacts into electrical contact engagement with the balls of the
BGA in the socket.