Patents Examined by Ann McCamey
  • Patent number: 6866521
    Abstract: An improved and more flexible connector assembly and method are provided for connecting an electrical component to a substrate, such as a printed circuit board (PCB), by attaching an electrical component having ball or column grid array solder portions to corresponding electrical contact surfaces of a second connector half, mating first and second connector halves and attaching the first connector half having ball or column grid array solder portions to corresponding electrical contact surfaces of the substrate. The first and second connector halves may be electrically connected to each other via conventional mating techniques. When mated, electrical communication is achieved between corresponding portions of the first and second connector halves. Effects of CTE mismatch are minimized by providing the first and second connector halves between the electrical component and substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald K. Harper, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6821137
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of a connector for a card-type electronic device comprises a casing having an opening therein for receiving the card-type electronic device, a plurality of electrically-conductive terminals mounted on the casing, and a cam member pivotally coupled the casing for lifting an end portion of the card-type electronic device in response to an insertion force exerted on the card-type electronic device to advance the card-type electronic device into the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Koser
  • Patent number: 6811421
    Abstract: A socket connector (1) includes a base (10), a cover (20), two operating members (60), a lid (30), and four coil springs (40) received between the lid and the base. The base defines passageways (1010) receiving terminals therein. Each operating member includes a first operating lever (601) engaged with the cover, and a second operating lever (602) engaged with the base. The lid is engaged with the operating members for pivotably moving the first and second operating levers thereby the operating members actuating the cover to move in a horizontal direction. When no external force is exerted on the lid, the terminals in the base permit zero insertion force insertion and removal of the leads of the CPU, and when the lid is vertically pushed down, the operating members actuate the cover to move relative to the base thereby connecting the terminals with leads of the CPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., LTD
    Inventors: Andrew Gattuso, Hsiu-Yuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 6796807
    Abstract: An electrical adapter formed of a printed wiring board having opposing primary and secondary sides and at least one printed circuit having a plurality of solder pads arranged to interconnect with input/output signal pins of a surface mount technology (SMT) device and a plurality of plated vias arranged to interconnect with input/output signal pins of one or more discrete electrical components; one or more plated through holes extending between the primary and secondary sides of the board and electrically coupled to the printed circuit, the plated through holes being positioned in a pattern structured to match plated through holes in a parent circuit board; and a plurality of input/output signal interconnect pins mechanically and electrically coupled to the plated holes and extending a distance beyond the secondary side of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Olzak, Tehmosp Khan
  • Patent number: 6796854
    Abstract: An electrical wedge connector comprising a shell, and a wedge. The shell defines a wedge receiving passage therein. The wedge is shaped to wedge against the shell when inserted into the wedge receiving passage. The wedge has a conductor receiving channel therein for receiving and fixedly holding a conductor in the shell when the wedge is wedged into the shell. The shell has first portion with a first flexure stiffness generating a first clamping force on the wedge when the wedge is wedged in the first portion of the shell. The shell has a second portion with a second flexure stiffness generating a second clamping force on the wedge when the wedge is wedged in the second portion of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith F. Mello, Daniel D. Dobrinski, Gordon L. Steltzer
  • Patent number: 6790055
    Abstract: A straddle electrical connector (1) attached to a circuit substrate (60) includes a housing (10), upper contacts (30) and lower contacts (40) accommodated in the housing, and a clamp (20) attached with the housing. Each upper contact includes a bent portion (34). During insertion of the circuit board, the bent portions of the upper contacts are received in the clamp, thereby the upper contacts are heightened. Then, the circuit substrate is put between the upper contacts and the lower contacts with zero insertion force. The circuit substrate is pushed, thereby the clamp is pushed by the circuit substrate to disengage the bent portions of the upper contacts and attached to the housing. The upper contacts rebound and grasp the circuit substrate cooperating with the lower contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guo-Jiun Shiu, Chuck Pickles
  • Patent number: 6786752
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector for connecting welding torch, more particularly, it relates to the socket-like connecting member to be mounted on a welding apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventors: Lajos Kerekes, László Mésázros, Antal Natta, Antalné Natta, Ferenc Natta
  • Patent number: 6783386
    Abstract: A strain relief device for an electrical connector designed to be interconnected to another connector of the same type to connect cables containing at least one twisted pair for the transmission of very high-frequency differential data signals. Conductors are connected in a connection block by insulation displacement contacts to contact blades, adapted to ensure contact in an interface block with the corresponding contact blades of the other connector. The device has two guillotines sliding in side grooves of the connection block. The side edges of the guillotines form a 90° angle between them and a 45° angle in relation to the direction of movement during the clamping operation, such that the side edges of the guillotines form a diaphragm when they approach one another, thereby ensuring a 360° seal preventing the cable from being deformed or damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Yves Clement
  • Patent number: 6783407
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly (1) includes a plug connector (2) and a receptical connector (3). The plug connector includes an insulative housing (20) having a number of passageways (205) and a number of fingers (206), and a number of electrical contacts (22) received in the passageways and supported by the fingers. The receptacle connector has an insulative housing (30) defining a number of grooves (306) and a number of electrical contacts (32) formed with slanted resilient arms (322) extending in the grooves. The resilient arms guide the fingers to extend into the grooves to establish an electrical connection between the electrical contacts on the fingers and the resilient arms with a low insertion force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 6783398
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is shown which includes both full shielding and signal conditioning. The assembly includes a front housing portion in the form of a modular jack, and a rear housing portion which forms a recessed area or “well” for receiving the components for signal conditioning. The components are mounted on a printed circuit board, and placed in the recessed area. The housings are aligned and locked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Victor E. Slack, Eric C. Laurer, Daniel R. Lewis, Kenneth Koon Keung Lai
  • Patent number: 6783384
    Abstract: An electrical connector (1) for receiving an electrical card (2) therein. The connector includes an insulative housing (11), and a plurality of conductive terminals (18) received in the housing. The housing includes a beam (12), and a pair of parallel guiding arms (13) extending in a same direction from opposite ends of the beam respectively. A reinforcing plate (16) interconnects the guiding arms to prevent the guiding arms from bending inwardly when the connector becomes heated during use. A middle portion (162) of the reinforcing plate is offset outwardly from the housing. When the connector becomes heated during use, the reinforcing plate bends inwardly. However, space beneath the reinforcing plate is still sufficient to ensure that the reinforcing plate does not contact the received electrical card, and that the electrical card can be freely inserted into or removed from the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Di Wu
  • Patent number: 6783403
    Abstract: Connection device for an electronic box includes a connection module intended to be mated with the longitudinal assembling face of a box and making an electrical connection with, on the one hand, pins projecting from this longitudinal assembling face and, on the other hand, with conducting cables. The pins are longitudinal and the module is fastened to the box by a system of discontinuous slideways allowing them to be fastened by longitudinal sliding and reversible locking via a resilient tab fitted into a recess in the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignees: ABB Entrelec, Siemens AG
    Inventors: Pascal Lafragette, Johann Cisey, Luc Doutaz
  • Patent number: 6780052
    Abstract: An F connector for mounting to the prepared end of a coaxial cable by compression of portions of the connector into tight frictional engagement with the cable. The body and compression ring of the usual F connector are incorporated in a unitary, one-piece body having three axial sections. The first section surrounds and frictionally engages the outer surface of the post stem in the usual manner. The second section is spaced from the stem to provide an annular space for the shielding and outer dielectric layers of the cable, also in the usual manner. A third section of the body is joined to the second section by an area of reduced thickness. In a first disclosed embodiment, the body fractures at the area of reduced thickness in response to an axial force applied to the third section in the direction of the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Montena, Stephen Malak
  • Patent number: 6776663
    Abstract: An electronic component has a housing and at least two terminal pins protruding out from a first side face of the housing. The housing has an isolation barrier formed between the at least two terminal pins. The isolation barrier extends the leakage path between two neighboring terminal pins and consequently increases the dielectric strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Ralf Otremba, Xaver Schlögel
  • Patent number: 6773290
    Abstract: A conductive member of zero insertion/extraction force integrated circuit socket, including: an insertion section inserted in an inlay hole of the insulating seat body; an electrically connecting section extending from one end of the insertion section; and a clamp section connected with the insertion section for contacting with the pin of the integrated circuit. The clamp section has resilient sections, contact sections and bent guide sections. Ones of the contact sections and the guide sections are connected with the resilient ends of the resilient sections, while the others of both sections transversely extend from the ones of the contact sections and the guide sections. The inlay hole is fully sealed by the insertion section, whereby the soldering tin will not infiltrate into the insertion hole of the seat body. The electrically connecting section is 90 degrees bent to form an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Kuang-Chih Lai
  • Patent number: 6773304
    Abstract: A tamper resistant pin connection for use in a plasma arc cutting apparatus is provided that comprises a plurality of locking fingers within a hollow internal channel of a housing that secure a negative lead gas carrying pin within the housing. The pin comprises a first collar with a shoulder disposed thereon, and accordingly, the locking fingers engage the shoulder to secure the pin within the housing. The pin further comprises a second collar that blocks access to the locking fingers through a first portion of the hollow internal channel such that the locking fingers cannot be accessed to disengage the pin. Further, the pin is recessed within a second portion of the hollow internal channel to prevent further access to the pin for a tamper resistant pin connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Thermal Dynamics Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Conway, Fred Rogers, Darrin H. MacKenzie, Douglass A. Demers
  • Patent number: 6773270
    Abstract: A unit is composed in such a manner that the circuit board is fixed along the back face of the plug housing into which the contacts are incorporated. The plug type connector is assembled in such a manner that the cover housing is slid in parallel with the surface of the circuit board and incorporated into the unit. At this time, the edge section of the circuit board and the edge section of the plug housing, which is set along the circuit board, are introduced into the guide groove of the cover housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Ushio, Yutaka Ushiro
  • Patent number: 6761586
    Abstract: The tip end portions of positioning projections protruded on the attachment surface of an insulation housing opposing to a circuit board are respectively inserted into positioning holes provided at the circuit board thereby to position the board connector relatively with respect to the circuit board. Thereafter, the tip end portions of terminals protruding in the attachment direction from the attachment surface are inserted into the through holes of the circuit board, and also the tip end portions of attachment arms provided at the both side surfaces of the insulation housing and protruding in the attachment direction are inserted into attachment holes provided at the circuit board thereby to have engagement projections provided at the tip ends of the attachment arms pass through and engage with the attachment holes, respectively, whereby the board connector is fixed to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shinobu Kayama, Shinji Kodama
  • Patent number: 6761590
    Abstract: A small and compact coupler plug for a planar broadband lambda probe includes a housing having a basic body and a cover element as well as electrical components, which can be inserted into the housing and fixed in place, as well as an adjustment unit for a probe, in particular a planar broadband lambda probe, the adjustment unit being arranged within the coupler plug or outside the coupler plug via a further contact element. The cover element can be mounted over the balancing unit, and primary and secondary locking devices that cooperates with the cover element may be provided, the secondary locking device being configured as a fixing element to fix in place at least one electrical contact that is inserted in the housing, and this fixing element also having support elements that point to the cover element, such that the cover element closes in the end position of the secondary element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Heinrich Maue, Wolfgang Pade
  • Patent number: 6761582
    Abstract: An easily-installed cover plate for hiding the face of sockets by covering an electrical outlet, including the face of the sockets. The cover plate is mounted over the receptacle and has apertures for plug blades. In the preferred embodiment, the cover plate is rectangularly shaped to cover a duplex receptacle, having apertures to receive plug blades and a center hole for receiving a screw which secures the cover plate over the duplex receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventors: Michael J. Shotey, Edgar W. Maltby