I'm working on a personal PCB design project where I need to be able to remove a component easily (to swap out, etc). The component has two rows of 8 pins (standard 0.1" pitch).
At first, I designed the board where the pads were slightly staggered so that the component would "lock" in. However, I quickly realized upon receiving the fabbed PCB that the component stays in, but does not make a reliable connection. I temporarily soldered in a couple 8-pin headers and that fixed the connection issue while keeping the component non-permanent. However, the header is too tall for my needs. I would prefer the component be as flush as possible with the board.
Are there such things as bottomless SIP sockets/female machine pin headers? The component has rather long pins that I cannot cut and the typical SIP socket depth seems too shallow.
An alternative might be to make the pad holes smaller on the PCB... Would this result in a reliable connection without solder?
Thanks for any help and advice!