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ZIF: Short for Zero Insertion Force connector.

This kind of connector is intended to be used with FPC (Flexible Printed Circuit) or FFC (Flat Flexible Cable).

Typically a ZIF connector has a movable element that can be opened or closed. In the open position FPC/FFC can be easily slid in, then the connector is closed to make firm contact.

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