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I have a medium size through hole PCB for prototyping. I remember a project in school that gave us a female to male connector that allowed us plug in a microcontroller (atmega328p, but could be any length of ucontroller) by hand without soldering or directly wire-wrapping the atmega's pins.

It provides black spacing above the PCB for the microcontroller's pins, but we solder the bottom through hole side (I believe the through hole was the standard 2.54 mm round opening). And the above female accepted the standard 2.54 mm as well.

Not sure of the length of the metal. I just remember the black portion was that standard plastic material that would melt when applying too much time soldering the metal.

I think its through hole DIP socket header but when I google that I can't find it exactly.

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sounds like some sort of IC socket

ordinary flat pin enter image description here

or perhaps machined pin: machined pin socket

But sometimes a lever-operated zero insertion force socket is used enter image description here

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  • \$\begingroup\$ its like the 2nd but more space for the microcontroller's pins to fit snug. (longer of the black portion). \$\endgroup\$
    – Cit5
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 8:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ or yea it looks like its the first. i found a set im going to buy and try. thanks! \$\endgroup\$
    – Cit5
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 8:13
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DIP (or DIL) IC socket. If the IC needs to be removed repeatedly you may wish to use a ZIF DIP socket.

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