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Pictured above are the most common connectors used to join SimmStick boards together.
These are from left to right:

    Dual Row 30 Pin Simm Socket (Memory module type)
        Pair of Right Angle male/female connectors
            Pair of Straight male/female connectors.
    And as Listed on our Order Page:
    SIM-SOCK(x2) Pair of Dual Row 30 Pin Simm Sockets. 4 slots, Two actual connectors
        30PIN-RA Pair of 30 pin Right Angle male/female connectors
            30PIN-ST Pair of 30 pin Straight male/female connectors
We are very interested in posting known Sources and part numbers of the above items, so that everyone can have easy access to these items. If anyone has additional information, please let us know.

Check out some pictures of the R/A 30 pin Connectors in use.
Note: The female connector always installs on the main board.

Dual Row 30 Pin Simm Socket (Memory module type)
(Original use was for adding memory to PC systems.)
These should be of a good quality type with metal clips as shown above. Some plastic clip types are so poor that when a motherboard is dropped a short distance to a table top, the module pops out of its socket. A paint stripper heat gun can be used to remove these sockets from old PC motherboards.

If you have a close look at a SimmStick board, you will find a row of holes just behind the edge connector. These can be used for the installation of male and female standard .1" pins.

Pair of Right Angle male/female connectors.
Used for connecting two boards together end for end.

This allows two boards to sit flat on a table top.

Pair of Straight male/female connectors.
Again allows you to connect two boards together, but with straight connectors.

Pins can be mixed and matched to suit, however Dontronics sell them as a pair of R/A or Straight.
These are gold pins at .1" centers and are great for connecting SimmSticks together.

Dontronics Prices:
Pair of Dual Row 30 Pin Simm Sockets.       $5AUD
(4 slots, two actual connectors)
Pair of Right Angle male/female connectors. $3AUD
(as shown above in the picture)
Pair of Straight male/female connectors.    $3AUD
(As shown above in the picture)

Special Bulk Price on 30 pin Simm Sockets:
Cat: SIM-SOCK-Bulk-120
120 by Dual Row 30 Pin Simm Sockets.        $180AUD
We can get 3 packs of 40 sockets into a standard shipping box.

DIY Electronics Part Numbers:
Single 30 pin male   connector Straight: PH  101-30-2
Single 30 pin female connector Straight: PHF 101-30-2
Single 30 pin male   connector      R/A: PH  201-30-2
Single 30 pin female connector      R/A: PHF 102-30-2

Simm Socket availability:

Yes, these 30 pin Simm Sockets are becoming very hard to get.
I have been getting my sockets from my friend Peter in Hong Kong, "Peter J. Crowcroft" <peter at> (DIY Do It Yourself Electronics). He may have some in stock right now for sale.

I do have thousands in stock, and I can order them from Peter if I run out. He has been able to get them manufactured for me, but it usually
takes an order of 10K units at a time, however in these quantities, they are not that expensive.
So if you are serious about using the SimmStick 30 pin bus, you can still get the sockets.

There is also an alternative, and that is to use the 30 male/female connectors, that I also buy in quantities from Peter, and are very readily available. See this page for his catalogue numbers.

14-Aug-2003 has them

Subject:             RE: simm sockets
  Resent-From:  sisuser@
        Date:     Tue, 27 Apr 1999 14:47:31 -0700
        From:     BPuckett@ spam suppressed

I got them from Jameco ( part #100301 (single) or #72531 (dual). Get the singles even though they are more expensive.  The duals are only .19 but are a straight vertical insertion.  The singles at .75 (quantity 10) are vertical, but use the slide it in and snap in place zif style insertion.

Jameco are showing a new product in their latest catalog, the 30 pin dual vertical Simm Socket.
Part is marked in red text. 72531. $9.90USD for 10, $79USD for 100. Now, I need to find out the quality of this new product.

Subject:              RE: simm sockets
 Resent-Date:      Tue, 27 Apr 1999 22:38:27 -0400
 Resent-From:    sisuser@
          From:       Ben Wirz <ben at>

Hi Guys,

I agree with Bob that the Dual SimmSockets from Jameco are poor qualtity. DigiKey, Mouser, and all the surplus houses seem to have a good selection of the sockets. You want to get the ones with metal latches and make sure they are straight and not angled ones.  One problem is that the qualtity seems to vary widely so its best to order a few to start with and more if they look good.

Subject:           [simmstick] Re: Commercial 30-pin Sockets
     Date:           Fri, 31 Mar 2000 12:21:05 -0800
     From:           "Steve Nordhauser" <>

Jameco sells them
part number 100301   $0.79ea    10@$0.65

Subject:             [simmstick] Re: Commercial 30-pin Sockets
       Date:             Fri, 31 Mar 2000 13:47:21 -0700
      From:             Bruce Boyes <>

PDI is another vendor. We just received some single and dual SIMM30s.
- Bruce

Rob Severson 5-Oct-2001 for USD $0.50 manufacturer?

Subject:         30 pin Simm sockets
   Date:         Thu, 20 Dec 2001 10:19:46 +0800
   From:        Simon Dreyer>

Just a quick note, 30 pin Simm sockets are also available from RS
Components part # 217 6474
Regards Simon

Just got another message from Simon, these are singles, and $7.80AUD (about $4USD at the time of writing)

Note: The female connector always installs on the main board.

This is a DT003 and DT104 connected together using a female 30 pin connector, and male 30 pin connector with a single slot Simm Socket soldered directly to it.

A DT004 and a DT202 showing how a custom programmer could be made using an Aries ZIF socket.

Soldering the female connector to the main board allows you to use the cheaper and more redily available male pins on your SimmStick or Prototype board. You can now use any cheap Vero board for your project or application.

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Hard to get PCB connectors. 

Hard to get Dual Row 64 pin straight and right angle, male and female connectors. 32 pins by 2 rows. Use for connecting printed circuit boards together, and many other projects.

Female connectors can be easily cut to length, and the male connectors are simply snapped to length.

Female Pin Dimensions: 


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