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Publication Date: 05/1/2012
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New Ironwood Socket Adapter for LG's HDTV Chip
656-pin HDTV socket adapter.
Eagan, MN — Ironwood Electronics has introduced a new high performance socket, the SF-BGA656A-B-64F, which allows 0.8mm pitch, 23 x 23mm body, 28 x 28 array LG XD Engine to be socketed and operate without compromising performance in demanding HDTV applications. XD engine is a technology used in LG HDTV to enhance picture quality. In addition to providing de-interlacing and up-scaling, XD Engine also provides increased black levels and brightness of various aspects of the picture along with analog and MPEG noise reduction.

The Giga-snaP BGA socket adapter pair consists of SF-BGA656A-B-64F, patented female BGA sockets with machined pins epoxy over molded into an assembly that matches the male pin LS-BGA656A-61 adapter. The RoHS-compliant SF-BGA656A-B-64F BGA socket is soldered to a PCB using standard soldering methods without warping which results in a reliable connection to the PCB. Both BGA socket and adapter are constructed with high temperature FR-4 body assuring match with target PCB's and preventing failures that occur due to CTE mismatch. The user attaches a target 656 ball (LG) BGA chip or other compatible chip onto the (male) LS-BGA656A-61 BGA adapter, which, is plugged into the female BGA socket on the board. The chip is interconnected and the system is ready to go.

The BGA socket adapters have the same solder ball types as the IC they are emulating. The Giga-snaP BGA socket adapters require half the force of conventional adapters at 20 pounds for the 656 pin device. The electrical path of the Giga-snaP BGA socket adapters is a high priority performance issue with the physical length from the top connection point on the male adapter to the solder ball on the female socket is 4.5mm. This is the shortest connection length by far for machined pin sockets, therefore providing better transmission of high frequency signals. These adapters have passed environmental tests (MIL-STD) and qualified for HDTV applications. They are available in custom configurations.

Contact: Ironwood Electronics, 1335 Eagandale Court, Eagan, MN 55121 800-404-0204 or 952-229-8200 fax: 952-229-8201 E-mail: Web:

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