Emulation Technology, Inc. (ET) has launched an elastomer-based ET 3300 socket system that operates at up to 10 GHz bandwidth with –1dB of insertion loss, allowing the user to test or debug BGA, QFN or other custom packages covering lead pitches down to 0.1 mm. Applications include development, debug, hand test, programming, test of ASIC or FPGA’, package and chip qualification, production prototype, failure analysis and high volume production use. This socket system also gives engineers a method to test high-speed packaged semiconductors at an economical price. Available in compression mount, surface mount and thru-hole, the ET 3300 design offers interchangeable screw and knob retention systems, <1 nH self inductance for optimum signal integrity and requires the minimum of real estate on each side of the chip package. Pricing for the ET 3300 compression mount socket with Easy Screw retention system for 0.8 mm pitch and 256 pins starts at $306.