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Socket 370 is the descriptive term for the way certain Intel microprocessor s plug into a computer motherboard so that it makes contact with the motherboard's built-in wires or data bus . The Socket 370 chip is less expensive to manufacture than Slot 1 Pentium II chips. A Socket 370 chip is the same size as a Socket 7 chip but has a different number of pin s and a different voltage . Socket 370 is commonly used with Celeron processors.

Socket 370 uses the Zero Insertion Force ( ZIF ) socket. As its name implies, the ZIF socket is designed for ease of manufacture and so that the average computer owner will be able to upgrade the microprocessor. The ZIF socket contains a lever that opens and closes, securing the microprocessor in place. Different sockets have differing numbers of pins and pin layout arrangements.

This was last updated in September 2005
Contributor(s): Doug Augenthaler and Ricky Chung
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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