Patents Represented by Attorney Salvatore Anastasi
  • Patent number: 6056599
    Abstract: An electrical connector which comprises a circular shell (20) in which a dielectric housing (44) having rows of electrical contacts (50) mounted therein is to be positioned, the electrical contacts including receptacle sections (52), matable electrical contacts (63, 81) having contact sections for matable engagement with the receptacle sections (52) and terminating sections for electrical connection to electrical conductors (54) of a cable (12), and dielectric contact-mounting members (67, 85, 87, 89) on which the matable electrical contacts (63, 81) are mounted whereby the matable electrical contacts are arranged in rows so that the contact sections of the matable electrical contacts (63, 81) of each row are electrically connected with the respective receptacle sections (52) of the electrical contacts (50) in the corresponding row of electrical contacts in the dielectric housing (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Lee Flickinger, Lawrence Se-Jun Oh, Lori Ann Mayer, James Francis McIntire, Hans Arie Blom
  • Patent number: 5989064
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an improved boardlock 10 for use in an electrical connector 40. The boardlock 10 features a plurality of arms 16, 18, 20 ,22 extending from a housing securing portion 12. The arms 16, 18, 20, 22 are joined together by integral neck portions 24, 26, 28 which act as pivot points to allow the boardlock 10 to be insertable into a variety of circuit board openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Tod Harlan, Iosif Korsunsky
  • Patent number: 5967831
    Abstract: Connector housings (11, 12) to be mounted on a printed circuit board (100) have a plurality of rows of contacts (13, 14) extending from wall surfaces of the housing (11, 12). These contacts (13, 14) are soldered to conductive pads (23) of a flexible circuit (20). The flexible circuit (20), bent in a generally U-shaped, about an insertion portion (31) of a metallic guide portion (30) which is to be inserted between rows of contacts (50) of a mating connector (40) for interconnection therebetween. The guide member (30) preferably engages a ground conductor (176) on the reverse surface of the flexible substrate and includes extending portions (142) to groundingly engage conductive member (43, 124) positioned at both ends of the housing. In an alternate embodiment strengthening plates may be adhered to the flexible circuit between the opposed arrays of conductive pads and ground contact pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Yamada, Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Kazushige Asakawa, Hiroyuki Obata
  • Patent number: 5936222
    Abstract: A smart card reader 10 is disclosed having a base 12 which is profiled to have a card receiving area 20. Contacts 22,23 are disposed inside a contact receiving 32 of the base and are pivotable about a leg 40. Insertion of a smart card 60 causes the contacts 22,23 to pivot about the pivot point 42 in order to cause contact points 50 to engage contact pads of the smart card 60.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Iosif Korsunsky, Dimitry Grabbe
  • Patent number: 5927140
    Abstract: A tool accelerator is disclosed that is cooperatively disposed in a stamping and forming machine that is adapted to operate on a strip of relatively hard material. The tool accelerator generally includes a trigger punch having a proximal end and a distal end. A tool is coupled to the proximal end of the trigger punch and is adapted to perform work on a strip of relatively hard material. A spring is disposed between a portion of the stamping and forming machine and the proximal end of the trigger punch, the spring being capable of being compressed by a predetermined amount in response engagement of the distal end of the trigger punch with the strip of relatively hard material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Dimitry Grabbe
  • Patent number: 5924890
    Abstract: The invention provides a modular jack receptacle connector (10) for mounting to a printed circuit board. Visual indicators (40) are provided along the mating face (24) of the modular jack receptacle connector (10). These visual indicators may be utilized for indicating various conditions either along the circuit board or between the modular jack receptacle jack connector (10) and an associated plug mated therewith. The visual indicators (40) are disposed on a flexible film circuit (42) in the modular jack receptacle connector (10) so as to minimize any electrical interference between the indicators and the communication signals passing through the connector (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Scott F. Morin, Peter S. Altmaier
  • Patent number: 5921793
    Abstract: A coaxial connector 2 is provided having a central insulator 6 which surrounds the signal contact, an impedance element 18 such as a resistor disposed around the outside of the central insulator 6 which is in contact with the outer conductive housing 4 on one end and a spring 10 on the other end. The spring 10 extends around and along the outside of the central insulator 6 and is in contact with a switch contact 14 which is also disposed around the central insulator. The switch contact 18 is biased towards, and is normally in contact with the center conductor 12. The switch is actuated by an actuator 16 which is placed around the center conductor 12 and is movable in cooperation with the mating connector 90 to open or separate the switch contact 14 from the center conductor 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Michael John Phillips
  • Patent number: 5911587
    Abstract: A card reader 10, is provided for temporary electrical connection of a card 70 to a printed circuit board. The card reader 10, features a cover 14, which is hingeably mounted to a base 12 at a first end 28. The cover 14, is biased such that its bottom surface 26 is spaced apart from the base 12 at a second end 29. Card support projections 18 are formed from the cover 14, and act in combination with an actuator 20 which extends from the base 12 to draw the cover 14, towards the base 12 upon insertion of a card 70. As the cover 14 is drawn towards the base 12, a switch actuating projection 18,19 actuates a switch. The switch is configurable to be either normally open or normally closed and is changeable between such configurations by simply replacing an interchangeable switch contact 33.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Dean Camiel William Vermeersch
  • Patent number: 5910347
    Abstract: This application discloses a precision molded cylinder having a substantially cylindrical body. Chordal sections are formed in the body to create a small void between the chordal sections and an opening into which the cylinder is placed. The chordal sections are disposed adjacent to parting lines of the mold such that any flashing resulting from the molding process will project from the chordal sections and not interfere with the fit between the cylinder and the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: William Vito Pauza
  • Patent number: 5901340
    Abstract: A wideband signal distribution system for distributing among a plurality of outlets wideband signals modulated onto RF carrier signals within a specified frequency band. The system functions as "passive" infrastructure and includes a distribution unit having a plurality of input ports, a plurality of output ports, a transmission path, a combiner for applying signals appearing at the plurality of input ports to the transmission path, and a splitter for applying signals appearing on the transmission path to all of the plurality of output ports. The system further includes a plurality of cables selected from the class of fiber optic cables, coaxial cables, and twisted pair wire cables, each extending between a respective one of the distribution unit ports and a respective one of the plurality of outlets, and a plurality of impedance matching devices, where such devices are appropriate for the type or types of cable used. Each of the devices terminates a respective end of a respective one of the cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Lee Flickinger, James Ray Fetterolf, Sr., Joseph P. Preschutti, Terry P. Bowen
  • Patent number: 5901220
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a network interface device 10 and a network interface module 50 for mounting therein. The network interface device 10 features two covers 12, 32. The first cover 32 restricts access to the service provider section of the device, and the second cover 12 covers both the service provider section 24 and the subscriber section 22. The network interface module 50 is profiled to span between the subscriber section 22 and the service provider section 24 so as to eliminate the need for separate components in each section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: William Joseph Garver, Sam Denovich, Maris Anthony Glass
  • Patent number: 5886300
    Abstract: The invention is a plug for plugging an opening in a sealing grommet wherein the grommet has an opening with a series of webs with spaces therebetween. The plug has a plug body with an outer sealing member, a tower, and an inner sealing member. The outer sealing member is received along an exterior side of the grommet. The inner sealing member is received within a space between the webs of the grommet. The tower connects the outer sealing member to the inner sealing member and extends beyond the inner sealing member to be received within the opening thereby sealing the opening of the grommet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Allan Strickler
  • Patent number: 5876239
    Abstract: This invention provides a modular jack receptacle connector (10) which has at least one light pipe (14) for transmitting light signals from a light emitting device receiving area (66) through an output face (76) along the mating face (24) of the modular jack receptacle (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Frederick Morin, Brian Patrick Costello, Michael Paul Derstine
  • Patent number: 5875386
    Abstract: An enabling circuit for use in a wideband signal distribution system is provided. The circuit includes a input port which receives a baseband source signal, a transmission path between the input port and the output port, an impedance matching device, and a power source connected to the impedance matching device which combines a biasing signal with the input signal in order to operate a diode switch which is connected to the output to the impedance matching device and located in a distribution unit of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Lee Flickinger, Joseph Paul Preschutti, James Ray Fetterolf, Sr., Jeffrey Legg, David Koller
  • Patent number: 5863449
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of making fiber optic interferometers. First, a plurality of optical fibers are bundled and placed into a sleeve. The bundle is then encased in the sleeve and the fiber ends are cut and polished. An area of cladding is stripped back from the polished fiber ends and layers of material are deposited on the fiber ends. These layers of material have varying indexes of refraction and form a grating. The bundle of optical fibers is then removed from encasing in the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Dimitry G. Grabbe
  • Patent number: 5860829
    Abstract: The invention comprises an interconnection system having an assembly with a base member and a silo. The silo has an upper contact receiving passageway and a lower contact receiving passageway. The silo is slidably mounted onto the base and reciprocally movable in a linear manner between an unterminated position and a terminated position. A pair of U-shaped terminals securable in the base to be received within the silo upon assembly of the silo to the base. Each of the terminals include a base section and a pair of legs extending normally therefrom to define the U-shape. The legs include aligned wire receiving openings and aligned IDC termination slots extending from the openings. A third IDC termination slot is formed along a top of the terminal. The bottom passageway of the silo is aligned with the wire receiving openings and the upper passageway is above the third IDC termination slot when the silo is in the unterminated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: James Shannon Hower, Maris Anthony Glass
  • Patent number: 5857867
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hermaphroditic coaxial electrical connector (10) having an outer contact (12) formed of two halves (17, 18). The first half (17) is of a slightly smaller dimension than the second half (18). A dielectric (20) is profiled to fit within the first half (17). A signal contact (40) is disposed inside the dielectric (20) and has a contact point (42) along a mating surface (24) of the dielectric (20). Mounting feet (16) are provided on the base of the outer contact for surface mounting to a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Randall R. Henry
  • Patent number: 5825960
    Abstract: The invention comprises a fiber optic management system with a tray having a first fiber optic receiving area to receive an input optical fiber. A second fiber optic receiving area receives a tap fiber. A fiber optic splice connector is disposed between the first and the second fiber optic receiving area to receive the input fiber from one side and the tap fiber from another side. The first and the second fiber optic receiving areas can be loaded with their respective fibers without disturbing the other fiber optic receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Mervyn Woodward, Danny Gray Dollyhigh
  • Patent number: 5816482
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for attaching balls to a substrate for forming a ball grid array. The apparatus consists of two pole pieces, a magnetizing coil, and an excitation coil. The first pole piece has an alignment plate having a plurality of openings, and a plurality of tips which can be magnetized by the magnetizing coil to attract a ball into each opening. Once the balls are attracted into the openings, excess balls are removed and the substrate is aligned with the balls such that each ball is in contact with a respective pad on the substrate. The first pole piece having the balls and substrate position thereon is then placed into a receiving area of the second piece. An excitation coil is excited with a high frequency signal to heat the balls and reflow solder that has been previously applied thereto. The assembly is then cooled and removed from the device and the ball grid array is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Dimitry Grabbe
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    Patent number: D408012
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Waddell Brownlie