Patents Represented by Attorney Allan B. Osborne
  • Patent number: 5004436
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a dielectric housing (10) having a plurality of terminal-receiving cavities (11), a dielectric latching member (50) having latching arms (52) extending into the terminal-receiving cavities (11) and including openings (56), first latching means (21, 22, 60, 61) of the housing (10) and the latching member (50) latching the latching member (50) to said housing (10) at a first position so that electrical terminals (100) are inserted through the openings (56) and into the terminal-receiving cavities (11), second latching means (17, 19, 62) and third latching means (23, 24, 67, 68) of the housing (10) and the latching member (50) latching the latching member (50) at a second position in the housing after being moved inwardly and downwardly so that front ends (66) of the latching arms (52) are positioned adjacent contact sections (101) of the terminals (100) thereby latching the terminals in the terminal-receiving cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Koji Aoyama
  • Patent number: 5003846
    Abstract: A tool for stripping outer and inner jackets from an end of a transmission cable comprises upper and lower guide members (18, 19) normally spaced from each other defining an opening (23) therebetween and having first and second guide means (24, 26), cutting blade means (17a, 17b) mounted on the guide members and having first and second cutting sections (17c, 17d; 17e, 17f) aligned respectively with the first and second guide means (24, 26), a support surface (25) on one of the guide members (19) and a cutting member (20b) on the other guide member (18) in alignment with the support surface (25), operating means (11, 11a, 28) connected to the guide members (18, 19) to move them toward and away from each other when the cable is placed in the first guide means (24) so that the first cutting section (17c, 17d) cuts and strips an end of the outer jacket from the cable, then exposed fused ends of the inner jackets are placed on the support surface (25) so that the cutting member (20b) slits the fused inner jackets
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yagawa
  • Patent number: 4998896
    Abstract: A sealed electrical connector assembly (2) used to interconnect wires (4) with a printed circuit board comprises a receptacle connector (6) matable with a pin header (8). The receptacle connector (6) includes a secondary lock (60) located on the mating face of an insulative housing (30). Integral latches 50 are received within correspondingly shaped pocket (62) in the secondary lock. A conductor seal cap includes a plurality of projections which can be selectively removed. Remaining projections seal individual seal cavities. A stamped and formed pin is used in the pin header. An integral plug is used to seal the leak path on the interior of the stamped and formed cylindrical pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert G. Lundergan
  • Patent number: 4997376
    Abstract: A paired contact electrical connector system (10) having a pair of mateable connectors (12,14) each with respective contact sets (16,20) therein has been disclosed. More particularly contact set 16 includes a pair of contact elements (24,26) having blades (28) lying on opposite sides of fingers (50) on one connector (12) for being received between and electrically engaging a pair of spaced apart beams (68) on a pair of contact elements (64,66) comprising the other contact set (20) positioned in the other connector (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Buck, William H. Rose
  • Patent number: 4997377
    Abstract: An adaptor (14) for adding electronic components to a computer has been disclosed. The adaptor (14) includes a flexible printed circuit strip (34) having holes (38) in a first end section (36) for receiving a PGA package (16) and conductive pads (66) at a second end section (46) arranged in a predetermined pattern and conductive traces connected to and extending between the holes (38) and pads (66). The adaptor further includes a preform (80) having castellations (84) on each edge. The second end section (46) is wrapped around the preform (80) so that the conductive pads (66) are in registration with the castellations (84).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Goto, Robert C. Kostash, Reid G. McBain
  • Patent number: 4995825
    Abstract: A socket for interconnecting an electronic module to a circuit board includes an insulative housing having a plurality of terminals applying a moment to the module. A U-shaped latch is positioned within a pocket at each end of the insulative housing. The U-shaped latch is of metal and has two legs joined by a bight, the two legs being flexible as the module is rotated into a slot in the insulative housing. The U-shaped latch includes a tab extending around an upwardly extending projection on the backwall of the housing to provide additional support to the latch. The latch thus provides means for holding the module securely within the housing after rotation to an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Iosif Korsunsky, Richard C. Schroepfer, James A. Leidy
  • Patent number: 4993956
    Abstract: An electrical connector (10) having a cavity (13) for removably receiving a printed circuit board (18) and contact elements (14,16) electrically engaging the board (18) is disclosed. More particularly, the contact elements (14,16) are located on opposing walls (22,24) of the cavity (13) and have contact beams (82,94) that electrically engage conductive pads on the circuit board (18). Further, the contact elements (14,16) have posts (84) and leads (98) extending outwardly of the housing (12) for receiving and transmitting signals from electronic devices. A cover (20) covers the cavity (13) to retain and protect the circuit board (18) therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles S. Pickles, Mansour Zarreii
  • Patent number: 4990097
    Abstract: A socket suitable for use with single in-line memory modules comprises a plurality of terminals positioned within a insulative housing for engaging a module circuit panel inserted into the housing. Extraction members are provided for pivoting the individual circuit panels out of engagement with the socket terminals and out of the slot into which the circuit panel can be inserted. The extraction members are insertable into upright support members on the ends of the housing and are shiftable in a straight line motion between the first and second position. A projection at the lower edge of the extraction member extends below the circuit panel and a handle at the upper end of the extraction member is accessible on the end of the socket housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy B. Billman, Roger L. Thrush
  • Patent number: 4988310
    Abstract: A PGA socket (40) and a tool (132) for opening and closing the socket (40) is disclosed. The socket (40) includes a base housing (42) having contact elements (46) disposed in cavities (48). The contact elements (46) include laterally extending cantilever beams (90) which are bent out of the plane of the contact elements (40) to provide a force-free insertion of the leads (120) on the PGA (122). The socket (40) further includes a cover (44) slidably mounted on the housing (42) which when moved, drives the leads (120) into electrical engagement with the cantilever beams (90). The tool (132) includes a pair of spaced-apart jaws (154,516) with one (154) being fixed and the other (156) moveable towards the fixed jaw (154).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward J. Bright, James A. Hogan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4985962
    Abstract: A device (36) capable of functioning both as a latch and a hinge is disclosed. The device (36) includes a latch section (16) mounted on the housing (12) of an enclosure (10) and includes a groove (88) and a movable latch member (40) extending over the groove (88). The device (36) further includes a hinge section (30) mounted on the cover (14) and includes a rod (32) which is received in the groove (88) and rotatably retained therein by the latch member (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Ronald M. Weber
  • Patent number: 4984998
    Abstract: High density electrical interconnections are established by using an electrical connector comprising a plurality of terminals held in position by resilient housing latches and by a separate terminal position assurance insert which is formed as part of a one-piece member also having a connector position assurance insert. The terminals position assurance insert is inserted into the housing from the rear and abuts a projection on each terminal thus assuring that the resilient housing latch engages the terminal. A connector position assurance insert attached to the terminal position by a integral strap is inserted beneath a connector latch to prevent the depression of the latch. A strap is deformed so that the connector position assurance insert is located parallel to and adjacent to the terminal position assurance insert when the two are fully seated in the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Frank L. Duncan, Donald W. K. Hughes, Bobby G. Ward
  • Patent number: 4984705
    Abstract: A mounting fixture (24) for use with electrical junction boxes (10) has been disclosed. The fixture (24) includes a pair of L-shaped strips (26) which are mounted on a surface of the junction box (10) to define a space (32) therebetween for receiving a mounting insert (38) and retaining the insert (38) by being positioned beneath the second legs (30) of the strips (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Jerome V. Assal
  • Patent number: 4979915
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a blade and a matable receptacle terminal and matable insulative housings in which the blade and receptacle are mounted. Both the blade and the receptacle terminals are centrally positioned so that orientation of the terminals is unnecessary and each terminal has a contact positioning section which conforms to the contour of a housing cavity. This contact positioning section is a box section with a centrally disposed flat blade extending from one rectangular contact positioning section and a spring receptacle extending the other. The blade terminal is formed by folding edge portions of a flat blank to form a dual thickness blade. The edge portions are juxtaposed when folded over flaps which initially comprise integral sections of the flat blank outboard of the edge portions of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert W. Pitts
  • Patent number: 4978822
    Abstract: A printed circuit board mountable switch includes a insulative body having a plurality of leads extending out of the body, the leads being formed into two parallel and opposed rows with fixed ends of the leads being spaced apart and facing each other on the floor of the body. A slide switch element includes a bow shaped element having first and second contact elements adjacent to respective first and second fixed ends of the leads. The switch element is moveable between a first position where the switch element bridges between the associated first and second lead fixed ends, to a position where the second contact portion only, is in contact with the second fixed end of the lead. A cover is inserted over the housing which encloses the assembly. The cover includes a lip which extends downwardly into a peripheral channel of the housing. The cover and housing are ultrasonically welded together and the tip of the cover melts and flows within the channel but is prevented from flowing into the switch housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy B. Billman, Roger L. Thrush
  • Patent number: 4978311
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises matable connector housings (10,20) having matable electrical contacts (21), a shorting bar (22) in one of the connector housings (20) and having sloped sections (22A, 22B) with one of the sloped sections (22B) engaging the contact (21) in the housing (20) adjacent the shorting bar (22) when the connector housings are unmated, and a push-up projection (12) on the other of the connector housings (10) and having separate push-up projections (12A, 12B) for engagement with the respective sloped sections (22A, 22B) to push up the shorting bar (22) out of engagement with the contact (21) by one of the push-up projections even if the other push-up projection is broken when the connector housings are mated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenzo Oda, Seiji Hirano
  • Patent number: 4978308
    Abstract: A pin header (10) for being surface mounted on a back panel is disclosed. More particularly the pin header (10) includes contact elements (18,110) having outwardly facing contact surfaces (46,138) on spring arms for engaging circuits on a back panel. The contact elements (18,110) are positioned in dielectric inserts (22,148) which are positioned in a shell (20) and further include pins (24,142) for electrically engaging a receptacle connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: John W. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 4978307
    Abstract: An electrical socket for substrates and particularly ceramic substrates. More particularly, the socket includes a U-shaped receptacle and a mounting section for attaching the receptacle to the substrate. The mounting section is attached to one leg of the receptacle and includes a solder foot for being soldered to a circuit pad on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy B. Billman, Attalee S. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4976628
    Abstract: A module (22) for use on a cable assembly (10) of coaxial conductors (12) is disclosed. The module (22) includes signal pins (42) in a row of passages and a ground element (60) in a recess (94) on one side surface (92) of the module (22). The ground element (60) includes a plate (76) which has a width at least equal to the row of signal pins (42) to maintain signal integrity when more than one module (22) is placed side by side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: James L. Fedder
  • Patent number: 4975066
    Abstract: A coaxial contact element for use in receptacle connectors of the type used with printed circuit cards and the like. More particularly the contact element includes an inner contact for being electrically mated with a center contact of a post and an outer contact for being electrically mated with outer contacts of the post. A dielectric spacer electrically isolates the inner and outer contacts of the contact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew M. Sucheski, Lee A. Barkus
  • Patent number: 4975069
    Abstract: An electrical modular connector (10) for interconnecting electrical wires to another connector is disclosed. The connector (10) includes signal and ground contacts (14,46) having a receptacle (38,50) at one end for engaging posts in a pin header and tabs (36,56) at another end to which the wires may be welded. Further, the ground contacts (46) include shielding plates (56) to maintain signal integrity in high speed applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: James L. Fedder, Matthew M. Sucheski