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You know those ZIF sockets we have for DIP chips? Well these are just like that but for SMT parts! Yeah, that's right, now you can program and test out your favorite new parts in SOIC-8 packages. This test socket is good for any SOIC/SOP "Narrow" 8 pin chip in a 150mil wide body. Simply press down on the top, place the chip in carefully and then release to latch the chip in. The chip is held securely against gold 'fingers' in the socket. 200mil or wider chips will not fit, but we do have other sockets for medium/wide SOIC chips.
The socket is soldered onto a pair of PCBs that turn it into, essentially, a 16 pin DIP with 0.6" spacing that can be breadboarded fairly easily. Since the socket is a 16 pin socket that has been sectioned off to be only 8 pin, there are 16 pins in the breadboard, simply use 4 on each side and ignore the other 8 pins - they do provide mechanical stability when plugged into a breadboard.
The test socket is a high quality, Japanese construction from Yamaichi
SMT Test Socket - SOIC-8 Narrow Breakout (4:40)
- 33.2mm/1.3" wide x 36.3mm/1.4" long x 31mm/1.2" high (closed w/header pins)
- Fits 8-pin 150mil wide SOIC/SOP
- Broken out into 0.6" wide 16 pin breadboard spacing
- Socket spec sheet
SMT Test Socket - SOIC-8 Narrow Breakout 
- Brand: Adafruit
- Product Code: ADA-1284
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