Short for zero insertion force socket, the ZIF socket was designed by Intel and included a small lever to insert and remove the COMPUTER processor. Using the lever, allows you to add and remove a computer processor without any tools and requires no force (zero force). All processor SOCKETS since Socket 2 utilize a ZIF socket design. The PICTURE shows an Intel OverDrive socket and an EXAMPLE of a ZIF socket.Note
During the evolution of the processor, Intel did use a slot processor.
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