started 26th March 2020
Making prototype electronics in the late 1970s it was common to put integrated circuits (ics or chips) in sockets. These sockets came as a reel of metal. You'd cut off a length, say of 7 sockets, put the pins through the board, solder them, and finally snap off the continuous piece of metal above the sockets. I've not seen such things in recent years - the closest are the crimp pins and sockets for various connectors, like Du Pont. Let me know if you know the name of these things or a supplier. They were preferable to the ones common now because they had a lower profile.