Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Charles S. Cohen
  • Patent number: 7467959
    Abstract: A memory card connector (10) is provided with an insulating housing (12) having a rear terminal-mounting section (26) which mounts a plurality of terminals having contact portions for engaging appropriate contacts on a memory card (22). A metal shell (14) is mounted on the housing and combines therewith to define a cavity having a front insertion opening to permit insertion and withdrawal of the memory card into and out of the connector. A card eject mechanism includes a slider (50) movably mounted on the housing and engageable with the memory card for movement therewith into and out of the cavity. The slider has a cam slot (52) defining movement of the card in the card-insertion and card-withdrawal directions. A cam pin (64) is operatively engageable in the cam slot of the slider. The cam pin (64) is formed from the metal shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Jun Matsukawa, Mitsuhiro Tomita
  • Patent number: 7467963
    Abstract: A locking structure for a card edge connector includes a pair of locking devices attached on both sides of the circuit board spaced from the connector housing. The two locking devices and the connector housing define a card receiving space. Each locking device has first and second locking portions. Through this arrangement, the locking structure allows the insertion of two electronic cards having identical interfaces but different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Kuan-Wu Chen
  • Patent number: 7422376
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector module includes a ferrule terminated to at least one optical fiber. The ferrule includes a front mating end and a rear end. A pin keeper is engaged with the rear end of the ferrule. At least one alignment pin extends from the pin keeper through the ferrule and projects beyond the front mating end of the ferrule for operative association with a complementary connecting device. A pusher member is spaced behind the pin keeper. A spring is sandwiched between the pusher member and the pin keeper. The spring has opposite ends compressible between the pusher member and the pin keeper. The fiber optic connector module also includes a housing having a forwardly facing abutment surface for engaging a rearwardly facing abutment surface on the ferrule. The forwardly facing abutment surface on the housing is convexly rounded so that the ferrule can tilt relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Wenzong Chen, Jeffrey A. Matasek, Igor Grois
  • Patent number: 7367828
    Abstract: A memory card connector includes an insulative housing having a rear terminal-mounting section which mounts a plurality of terminals having contact portions for engaging appropriate contacts on a memory card. A metal shell is mounted on the housing and combines therewith to define an interior card-receiving cavity formed by a top plate and opposite side plates of the metal shell. The cavity has a front insertion opening to permit insertion and withdrawal of the memory card into and out of the connector. The terminal-mounting section of the housing is located at the rear of the cavity. A card ejector mechanism is located at least partially beneath the cavity adjacent one side thereof, whereby the opposite side plates of the metal shell define the opposite sides of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Jun Matsukawa, Mitsuhiro Tomita
  • Patent number: 7367816
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a socket connector soldered on one circuit board and a plug connector soldered on another circuit board. The socket connector includes an insulating socket base and a plurality of first terminals received in the first terminal-receiving slots of the insulating socket base. Each first terminal successively extends to form a first terminal lead, a first inverted U-shaped portion, a base U-shaped portion and an auxiliary-clamping portion. One leg of the base U-shaped portion includes a first elastic-contact portion. The plug connector includes an insulating plug base and a plurality of second terminals received in the second terminal-receiving slots of the insulating plug base. Each second terminal successively extends to form a second terminal lead and a second inverted U-shaped portion having a second elastic-contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Jun-Xian Liu
  • Patent number: 7354282
    Abstract: An electrical power blade connector includes a dielectric housing having a mating cavity for receiving a mating connector inserted into the cavity through an open front end thereof in a mating direction. A pair of blade support arms project forwardly within the cavity. The support arms are spaced laterally of the mating direction. Each support arm has a pair of spaced grooves which open toward the other support arm. The grooves extend in the mating direction. A pair of blade terminals are supported in the pairs of grooves in the pair of support arms in spaced, generally parallel planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Yan Margulis, Arvind Patel
  • Patent number: 7351105
    Abstract: A shielded electrical connector is provided for mounting on a printed circuit board. The connector includes a dielectric housing mounting a plurality of conductive terminals having tail portions for connection to appropriate circuit traces on the printed circuit board. A shielding shell is mounted over the dielectric housing and includes a top wall, opposite side walls and a rear wall. A bottom portion of the rear wall closest to the printed circuit board is connected to a ground pad on the circuit board by a surface connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin Delaney, Maurice Shanahan, Kieran Wright, Padraig McDaid, Patrick Tunn, Sean McGreevy, Eugene Folan, Pat White
  • Patent number: 7351121
    Abstract: An electrical terminal includes first and second contact members having outer pressure contacting end portions for pressure engaging a pair of spaced electrical devices. The contact members have enlarged inner end portions. A sleeve includes a through hole for slidably receiving the inner end portions of the contact members at opposite ends thereof. The through hole has opposite open ends through which the pressure contacting end portions of the contact members project. Restricted stops are formed at the open ends of the through holes for abutting the enlarged inner ends of the contact members to define outer limit positions of the pressure contacting end portions of the contact members. A biasing member is disposed in the through hole to resiliently bias the contact members in opposite directions. The invention contemplates that an outside diameter of the sleeve at a first end thereof be smaller than an outside diameter of the sleeve at a second end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Xiang Xu
  • Patent number: 7344418
    Abstract: An electrical terminal (30) includes a first contact member (32) having an outer pressure contacting end portion (32a) of a given diameter for pressure engaging a first electrical device. The first contact member has an inner end portion (32b) of a diameter at least slightly larger than the given diameter of the outer end portion. A second contact member (34) has a front pressure contacting end (34a) for pressure engaging a second electrical device. The second contact member has a rear end (34b) with a hole (38) for reciprocally receiving the inner end portion (32b) of the first contact member (32). A restricted stop is formed at the rear (34b) end of the hole (38) for abutting the inner end portion of the first contact member to define an outer limit position of the first contact member. A biasing member (36) is disposed in the hole in the second contact member and is engageable with the inner end portion of the first contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Xiang Xu
  • Patent number: 7344399
    Abstract: An electrical connector (22) is provided for terminating a flat electrical circuit (24) to a printed circuit board. The connector includes a dielectric housing (26) having an opening (28) for receiving an end of the flat circuit. A, plurality of terminals are mounted on the housing in a side-by-side array and are spaced along the opening. Some of the terminals have mounting sections (32a) for fixing the terminal in the dielectric housing. Each such terminal includes a tail section (32b) projecting from one end of the mounting, section outside the housing for connector to an appropriate circuit trace on the printed circuit board. A flexible contact arm (32c) projects from an opposite end of the mounting section into the opening. An actuator section (32e) is disposed between the flexible contact arm and the mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Hideki Iijima, Yoshiteru Nogawa
  • Patent number: 7344416
    Abstract: A memory card connector includes an insulative housing having a rear terminal-mounting section defining at least part of a receptacle for receiving a mating end of one or more memory cards. A pair of side wall sections extend forwardly from opposite ends of the rear section. A center section extends forwardly from the rear section between the side wall sections. A plurality of conductive terminals are mounted on the rear terminal-mounting section for engaging appropriate contacts on the memory card(s) when inserted into the receptacle. Therefore, a larger-size memory card can be inserted into the receptacle of the rear terminal-mounting section between the side wall sections and over the center section, and one or two reduced-size memory cards can be inserted between the side wall sections and the center section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Hao Quijin
  • Patent number: 7341382
    Abstract: An optical fiber terminus includes an elongated body with a passage along a central axis for receiving a portion of an optical fiber cable therethrough and an indexing section. A ferrule is secured to the body and has an end portion of said optical fiber cable therein. A collar is positioned on the elongated body and has an engagement section for engaging the indexing section. The collar is movable along the axis between first and second operative positions. In the first operative position relative rotational movement between the collar and the body is prevented and in the second operative position the collar may rotate relative to the body. A biasing member is provided to bias the collar towards the first operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: David E. Dye
  • Patent number: 7338329
    Abstract: A power connector comprising a dielectric housing, having an insertion face and a mounting face. The dielectric housing defining a first mounting passage and a second mounting passage communicating with each other. A first terminal, having a contacting portion inserted into the first mounting passage. A second terminal, having a main body, a first contacting section, a second contacting section, and a first pressing section. The first contacting section is bent from a front end of the main body and extends forwardly, the first pressing section bent from an edge of the main body and extends above the first contacting section. The second contacting section of the second terminal being bent 180 degrees from a rear end of the main body thereof and extending forwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Shi-Zheng Yang
  • Patent number: 7335064
    Abstract: A memory card connector includes an interior cavity for receiving a memory card. An insulating housing has a rear terminal-mounting section and at least one longitudinal side wall section extending forwardly from one end of the rear section. A metal shell covers at least a portion of the insulating housing and includes a cover plate overlying at least a portion of the longitudinal side wall section of the housing An engaging structure includes an engaging projection on one of the cover plate of the metal shell or the top surface of the side wall section of the housing extending into an engaging opening in the other of the cover plate or top surface to prevent relative movement therebetween in a plane generally parallel to the cover plate and top surface. A slight clearance is provided between the engaging projection and the engaging opening to avoid creating residual stresses in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Jun Matsukawa, Mitsuhiro Tomita, Yasuyoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7320605
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided for use in a board-to-board electrical connector assembly and includes a dielectric housing for mounting on a first printed circuit board and having a receptacle for receiving a plug portion of a mating connector mounted on a second printed circuit board. A plurality of conductive terminals are mounted on the housing, and each terminal includes a contact arm extending into the receptacle. The contact arm has first and second contact portions projecting into the receptacle at different angles for engaging a terminal of the mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Wei-Sun Chang, Pei-Chang Chao, Yi-Tse Ho
  • Patent number: 7293708
    Abstract: A memory card connector includes a housing defining at least part of a card-receiving cavity of the connector and including a bottom wall and a side wall joined to the bottom wall. A slider is movably mounted on the housing and is engageable with the memory card for movement therewith. The slider is slidable along an inside of the side wall of the housing. The slider has a projection engageable in a recess in a side of the memory card. The projection causes the slider to be biased outwardly toward the side wall if the memory card is inserted into the cavity in an incorrect orientation. A slit is formed adjacent a juncture between the bottom wall and the side wall of the housing to allow the side wall to yield in the event that the slider is biased outwardly against the side wall in response to the incorrectly inserted memory card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Yasuyoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuhiro Tomita
  • Patent number: 7291026
    Abstract: A memory card connector includes an insulative housing having a terminal-mounting section which mounts a plurality of conductive terminals having contact portions for engaging appropriate contacts on a memory card. The housing at least in part defines a card-receiving cavity for receiving the memory card. A card eject mechanism includes a slider movably mounted on the housing. The slider is engageable with the memory card for movement therewith into and out of the cavity. The card eject mechanism includes an ejection spring to bias the slider and memory card in an ejection direction. The slider has an elongated guide slot between a pair of opposite parallel side walls extending longitudinally in the direction of movement of the slider. A shielding metal shell is mounted on the housing and includes an elongated guide tab projecting into the guide slot. The guide tab has opposite longitudinal planar surfaces opposing the side walls of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Wei-Sun Chang, Chia-Chen Chang
  • Patent number: 7291039
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided for terminating a flat electrical circuit. The connector includes an elongated dielectric housing having an opening for receiving an end of the flat circuit. A plurality of terminals are mounted on the housing in a side-by-side array and spaced along the opening. An elongated actuator is pivotally mounted on the housing for rotating movement between an open position allowing the flat circuit to be inserted into the opening and a closed position biasing the flat circuit against the terminals. The actuator includes rotating bosses at opposite longitudinal ends thereof and cam projections on end faces of the bosses. The housing includes an elongated rear portion into which the terminals can be mounted from the rear of the connector. A platform portion projects forwardly of the rear portion and combines therewith to define the opening into which the flat circuit can be inserted from the front of the connector onto the top of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Hee-Seok Shin
  • Patent number: 7287986
    Abstract: An electrical connector for electrically connecting a motherboard with a control circuit board and includes an insulation housing and plurality of terminals. The front face and the rear face of the insulation housing have plurality of terminal insertion slots mounted therebetween. An upper edge, near the front face of the terminal insertion slots, has a blocking portion. Each terminal has a fixing portion, a solder portion, an elastic arm, and a contacting portion. The terminals are fixed in the insulation housing by the fixing portion. The solder portions of the terminals extend beyond the rear face of the insulation housing. The upper edge of the elastic arms of the terminals engage the lower edge of the blocking portions. The elastic arms and the contacting portions of the terminals extend beyond the front face of the insulation housing with the elastic arms being located at an angle to the mounting surface of the insulation housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Yi-Tse Ho
  • Patent number: 7281856
    Abstract: A sealed optical fiber connector assembly includes a connector housing that is uniquely configured to cooperate with a cable crimp tail and one or more terminal fiber optic connectors. The connector housing has a first opening for securely retaining the terminal fiber optic connectors. An interior passage connects the first opening to a second opening at the housing's other end. The interior passage allows the crimp tail to pass through the housing. The second opening forms a shoulder so that the crimp tail, after being pushed through the first opening and passage, can be rotated and seated against the shoulder. A cable seal securely holds the crimp tail against the shoulder. This provides a sealed and substantially stronger cable attachment. The connector housing is part of removable optical connector that provides environmental sealing when mated to a corresponding adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Barbara Grzegorzewska, David S. Rifkin, Ilya Makhlin