Patents Assigned to FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20090124140
    Abstract: Disclosed are blade contacts that may be suitable for mating with ?TCA-standard receptacle contacts. Such a blade contact may define a body portion, and a tab portion extending from a mating end of the body portion. The tab portion may be a tapered tab portion that tapers from a first width at the mating end of the body portion to a second, lesser width at a distal end of the tab portion. The body portion may define a single beam portion from which the tab portion and one or more terminal pins extend. Alternatively, the body portion may define a first beam portion from which the tab portion extends, and a second beam portion from which the terminal pins extend. Thus, the body portion may be generally L-shaped. Electrical connectors including such contacts are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph B. Shuey, Stuart C. Stoner
  • Patent number: 7527532
    Abstract: A compressible electrical contact is disclosed. The compressible electrical contact may include a nose portion, a corrugated portion and a tail portion. The tail portion may extend from a first end of the corrugated portion and the nose portion may extend from an opposite end of the corrugated portion. The corrugated portion may define a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The first and second surfaces may have a width. The corrugated portion may also have a third surface extending between the first and second surfaces and a fourth surface opposite the third surface. A plurality of corrugations may be formed in the third and fourth surfaces of the corrugated portion wherein a first corrugation may extend at least partially between an upper portion and a lower portion of the nose portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: William A. Northey
  • Publication number: 20090111298
    Abstract: An electrical connector may include a connector housing, a first leadframe assembly received in the connector housing, a second leadframe assembly received in the connector housing and a retention member. Each leadframe assembly may include a leadframe housing, and a plurality of electrically conductive contacts extending therethrough. Each leadframe housing may include a recess. The retention member may include a first body portion, a first member extending from the first body portion and a second member extending from the first body portion such that a face of the first member opposes a face of the second member. The first member may apply a first force against a first surface of each respective recess and the second member may apply a second force against a second surface of each respective recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Stuart C. Stoner
  • Patent number: 7524209
    Abstract: Electrical connectors having improved impedance characteristics are disclosed. Such an electrical connector may include a first electrically conductive contact, and a second electrically conductive contact disposed adjacent to the first contact along a first direction. A mating end of the second contact may be offset in a second direction relative to a mating end of the first contact. Offsetting of contacts within columns of contacts provides capability for adjusting impedance and capacitance characteristics of a connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Hull, Stephen B. Smith
  • Patent number: 7517250
    Abstract: Electrical connectors having improved impedance characteristics are disclosed. Such an electrical connector may include a first electrically conductive contact, and a second electrically conductive contact disposed adjacent to the first contact along a first direction. A mating end of the second contact may be staggered in a second direction relative to a mating end of the first contact. Alternatively or additionally, a respective mating end of each of the first and second contacts may be rotated relative to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Hull, Stephen B. Smith
  • Patent number: 7513798
    Abstract: Provided is an electrical connector that may reduce crosstalk between leadframe assemblies. Such a connector may have a connector housing, a first leadframe assembly contained in the housing, and a second leadframe assembly contained in the housing adjacent to the first leadframe assembly. The first leadframe assembly may have a first differential signal pair of electrically-conductive contacts. The second leadframe assembly may have a second differential signal pair of electrically-conductive contacts. Each contact of the first and second differential signal pairs may have a respective first portion, a second portion, and a third portion. Crosstalk generated on the second differential signal pair by a signal traveling through the first portions of the contacts of the first differential signal pair may be reduced by crosstalk generated on the second differential signal pair by the signal as it travels through the second portions of the contacts of the first differential signal pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen B. Smith
  • Publication number: 20090088028
    Abstract: A power receptacle contact may include first and second contact beams that deflect independently of one another during mating of the power receptacle contact with a complementary blade contact. Each beam may extend from abutting respective body portions. The power receptacle contact may include a first clip that extends from the first contact beam. The first clip may define a blade receiving area between the first and second contact beams. A power connector may include a housing and a contact received in the housing. The contact may includes first and second protrusions that prevent the contact from moving in a first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: FCI AMERICAS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Hung Viet Ngo, Timothy W. Houtz
  • Patent number: 7503804
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an organizer for a backplane connector. The organizer includes a first extending portion and a second extending portion. The first extending portion includes a plurality of first openings. The plurality of first openings are configured to receive at least one first projecting member from a first side of a plurality of leadframe assemblies. The second extending portion is connected to the first extending portion. The second extending portion includes a plurality of second openings configured to receive at least one second projecting member from a second side of the leadframe assemblies. The second extending portion includes at least one contact section configured to be electrically connected to an electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Steven E. Minich
  • Patent number: 7500871
    Abstract: Connector systems include electrical connectors orthogonally connected to each other through shared through-holes in a midplane. An orthogonal vertical connector includes jogged contacts to offset for or equalize the different length contacts in the right-angle connector to which the vertical connector is connected. A first contact in the right angle connector may mate with a first contact in the vertical connector. A second contact in the right angle connector may mate with a second contact in the vertical connector. The first contact in the right angle connector may be greater in length than the adjacent second contact of the right angle connector. Thus, the second contact of the vertical connector may be jogged by the distance to increase the length of the second contact by the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Minich, Danny L. C. Morlion
  • Patent number: 7497735
    Abstract: The invention is an electrical connector that minimizes signal skew caused by varying propagation times through different transmission paths within the connector, minimizes crosstalk caused by intermingling electric fields between signal contacts, and maximizes signal density within the connector. The electrical connector may include a plug and receptacle housing, plug contacts, receptacle contacts, and contact plates. The contact plates may include connecting contacts that electrically connect plug contacts to receptacle contacts. The electrical connector minimizes signal skew by maintaining substantially equal-length transmission paths within the connector through varying the lengths and positions of plug and receptacle contacts. The electrical connector minimizes crosstalk by surrounding the connecting contacts with electrical ground by placing the connecting contacts in grooves of the connecting plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Yakov Belopolsky
  • Patent number: 7497736
    Abstract: An electrical connector may include a first connector with electrically-conductive contacts. The contacts may have blade-shaped mating ends, and may be arranged in a centerline. The electrical connector may include a second connector with electrically-conductive receptacle contacts, which may also be arranged in a centerline. The connectors may be mated such that the mating portion of a first contact in the second connector may physically contact of a corresponding blade-shaped mating end of a contact in the first connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Minich, Douglas M. Johnescu, Stefaan Hendrik Jozef Sercu, Jonathan E. Buck
  • Patent number: 7498528
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electrical connector subassembly. The electrical connector subassembly includes a frame member and a first pad. The frame member includes a first leg section and a conductor receiving area connected to the first leg section. The first leg section is configured to be connected to an electrical isolator. A length of the conductor receiving area extends in a first direction. The conductor receiving area is configured to receive a first electrical conductor in a second direction. The first pad is movably connected to the frame member adjacent to the conductor receiving area. The first pad is configured to contact the first electrical conductor. The first pad is configured to be movable toward the conductor receiving area and the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert V. De France
  • Patent number: 7493791
    Abstract: An electrical connector crimp die including a main body and an indicia forming section. The main body has a connector contacting surface between opposite ends of the main body. The indicia forming section is on the connector contacting surface. When the crimp die forms a crimp on an electrical connector, the indicia forming section is adapted to form an alignment indicia on the electrical connector for subsequent alignment of the die with the crimp to form a subsequent overlapping crimp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher G. Chadbourne
  • Patent number: 7491100
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly including a housing, electrical contact terminals, a hood and a filter member. The housing is sized and shaped to be plugged into an electrical connector socket of an initiator of a gas generator. A first one of the terminals has a wire connection section and a female connection section. The hood surrounds the female connection section of the first terminal. The hood is a stamped and rolled sheet metal member which has a general tube shape. The filter member is connected to the first terminal for providing electromagnetic induction suppression. The filter member can be on a filter assembly having a multi-capacitor chip attached to a spring lead frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Johannes, William R. Lyons, Michael S. Glick, Franklin A. Holub, Raymond Bruce McLauchlan
  • Patent number: 7488222
    Abstract: A pair of mating connectors includes a receptacle having an insulative housing and at least one conductive receptacle contact with a pair of spaced walls forming a plug contact receiving space. The plug connector has an insulative housing and at least one conductive contact having a pair of spaced walls which converge to form a projection engageable in the plug receiving space of the receptacle contact. In each case, the spaced walls are joined by a bridging structure that unites the walls. The plug and receptacle contacts are retained in the respective housings by engagement of opposed lateral edge portions of the contacts with the housings in a manner to enhance heat dissipation by convection by maintaining substantial portions of the contacts spaced from the housing walls and from each other. The bridging structure may include a retention element for engaging respective connector housings to retain the contact in the housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Clark, Joseph B. Shuey, Jose L. Ortega, John B. Brown, III
  • Patent number: 7487654
    Abstract: A hydraulic tool including a frame having a hydraulic fluid conduit system; a hydraulic pump coupled to the conduit system; and a tactile feedback system. The tactile feedback system is coupled to the conduit system and is adapted to signal a user of an occurrence of a predetermined event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Lefavour, Armand T. Montminy
  • Patent number: 7485982
    Abstract: A system for making up wiring harnesses includes a base harness having a set of flexible multi-conductor cables and a set of supplementary wiring harnesses adapted to connect in a particular location of said base harness. The connection area does not have a multi-conductor replaceable connector to the base harness, so that the cost of unused connectors is not incurred. Each supplementary wiring harness connects to a reserved location. The reserved locations may be shared between mutually exclusive options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Earl J. Hayes
  • Patent number: 7485014
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a grounding connector. The grounding connector includes a female member, a male member, and a threaded member. The female member includes a first clamp section, a conductor connection section, and a center section between the first clamp section and the conductor connection section. The center section includes a first opening. The male member includes a barrel section, a second clamp section, and a web section between the barrel section and the second clamp section. The barrel section includes a threaded opening. The threaded member extends through the first opening. The threaded member is engaged with the threaded opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert V. De France
  • Publication number: 20090023330
    Abstract: A cable assembly for electrically connecting processing devices may be provided. The cable assembly may include a cable such as a flat flexible cable. The cable may include a plurality of electrical leads at a first and second end. The electrical leads at the first end may be mounted to a respective contact in a first electrical connector. Similarly, the electrical leads at the second end may be mounted to a respective contact in a second electrical connector. The cable assembly may further include respective first and second clamps that may positioned at each end of the cable. The first and second clamps may be used to secure the first and second electrical connectors to a substrate of processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: FCI AMERICA'S TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Stuart C. Stoner, L. Robin Johnson, Mark R. Gray, Douglas M. Johnescu
  • Publication number: 20090017652
    Abstract: A connector interface may include an arrangement of contacts in a first connector, and a corresponding, complementary arrangement of contacts in a second connector mating with the contacts of the first connector. The contacts may be signal contacts or ground contacts. When the connectors are mated, a ground may be established between the connectors by the mating of the ground contacts from the respective connectors. The ground contacts in the first connector may be shaped to bridge together an array of ground contacts in the second connector when the connectors are mated. Such bridging tends to establish a continuous ground along the array of ground contacts, creating a more robust ground than in an otherwise identical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: FCI AMERICAS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Stuart Craig Stoner