Patents Examined by Barry M. L. Standig
  • Patent number: 6503104
    Abstract: An adaptor for a connector to be interposed between a first terminal unit having many contact pieces and a second terminal unit having many contact pieces that are used for input/output of a video signal, an audio signal, and a signal associated therewith. A first connecting portion has many contact pieces corresponding to the many contact pieces of the first terminal unit, respectively, and is so shaped as to be connectable to the first terminal unit. A second connecting portion has many contact pieces that correspond to the many contact pieces of the second terminal unit, respectively, and are connected to the respective contact pieces of the first connecting portion. The second connecting portion is so shaped as to be connectable to the second terminal unit. Conductive contact pieces are connected to predetermined ones of the many contact pieces of the first and second connecting portions, and are to be connected to pin plugs or pin jacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Yuga, Shinichi Shiota
  • Patent number: 6159030
    Abstract: A connection system comprises a connector having a transversely extending ridge on a side thereof. A holder has a wall structure for receiving the connector. The wall structure includes a channel and a side wall. The side wall includes a movable leg having a leg ridge. The leg ridge divides the channel into a first zone and a second zone. When the connector is within the first zone, the connector cannot move along a first axis. When the connector is within the second zone, the connector can move along the first axis. If a predetermined force is exerted on the connector, the connector of the holder engages the leg connector to cause the leg to flex outwardly allowing the connector to move between the first and second zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven F. Gawron, Jeffrey A. Branch
  • Patent number: 6146197
    Abstract: An end connector for coaxial cable which is composed of a thimble, an outer sleeve, a grip nut and a taper jacket; wherein the thimble having a first flange and a first extension part. The outer sleeve is installed outside of the thimble and has a body and a second extension part, between the first extension part and the second extension part can form a cylindrical cavity, furthermore, the inner circumference of the second extension part having a plurality of engaging teeth for engaging the outer layer of a coaxial cable. The end of this end connector for coaxial cable is fitted with the grip nut in which having female treads for connecting with a receiver or a terminal station. The taper jacket is installed on the second extension part of the outer sleeve, this taper jacket having a taper hole formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventors: Randall A. Holliday, Shen-Chia Wong
  • Patent number: 6142791
    Abstract: The invention provides a mounting construction in which an electronic component is mounted on a flexible substrate. The mounting construction comprises a flexible substrate including a flexible sheet, bendable electrode pattern forming portions formed on the flexible sheet, and electrode patterns formed on the electrode pattern forming portions, an electronic component having electrode portions, and a clamping member having clamping pieces for clamping the electronic component therebetween. The electrode pattern forming portions are deflected, so as to cause the electrode patterns to be contacted with the electrode portions of the electronic component placed on the flexible substrate. By this, the electronic component is clamped by the clamping pieces of the clamping member through the deflected electrode pattern forming portions. Thus, the electronic component may be easily and positively secured to the flexible substrate, without employing additional reinforcing means such as adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Teikoku Tsushin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Yagi, Shigeaki Kinoshita, Noboru Tohma, Osamu Nomura, Ikuo Nagatomo, Mitsuru Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 6139336
    Abstract: A connector for use with a circuit substrate having a plurality of elongated conductors. A solder ball is fused to the end of the conductors for connection of the connector to a circuit substrate. Method for attaching the solder ball to the end of the conductors using a solder paste with or without a preformed solder ball. The conductors are fitted into passages of an interface member. A tail end of each conductor terminates in a well in a surface of the interface member that facilitates the attachment of solder ball to the end of the conductors. The passages in the interface member hold the conductor tail ends in place while providing a clearance around the conductor to accommodate the effects of thermal expansion and contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Berg Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley W. Olson
  • Patent number: 6135785
    Abstract: An electrical connector for mating with a complementary component includes an insulative housing having a receptacle for receiving a portion of the complementary component and a plurality of terminal receiving cavities for receiving terminals therein. A plurality of generally planar conductive terminals are stamped from sheet metal material of a predetermined thickness, with each terminal having a predetermined thickness generally equal to the thickness of the sheet metal material from which it is stamped. Each of the terminals is mounted in one of the cavities. The terminals include a generally rigid base having a base width parallel to the plane of the terminal, a solder tail extending from the base, a retention section for securing the terminal within the housing and an L-shaped contact portion extending from the base. The L-shaped contact portion include first and second legs connected at a juncture portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Toshihiro Niitsu
  • Patent number: 6129559
    Abstract: A microconnector provides a practically sufficient strength, and has an arrangement in which structures of electrode members and guiding members can be designed at least somewhat independently of each other for allowing a simple connecting operation. In a male connector, wiring layers are formed on a substrate, and male pin connector electrodes project from the wiring layers, whereby the electrodes are two-dimensionally arranged and enclosed with spacers. In a female connector, on the other hand, wiring layers are formed on a substrate, and female connector electrodes are formed on single ends of the wiring layers respectively. The female connector electrodes comprise holes for receiving the pin electrodes, and are arranged in correspondence to the pin electrodes. The female connector electrodes each having a spring characteristic and are enclosed with spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Hirata, Tsuyoshi Haga
  • Patent number: 6129568
    Abstract: An interchangeable electrical connector includes a connector body and an adapter body. The connector body includes electrical contact means, such as a banana plug tip, for engaging an electrical terminal. The connector body includes a conical portion and a threaded portion which is coaxial with the conical portion. The adapter body includes a conical portion which is shaped for co-operative engagement with the conical portion of the connector body, and a threaded portion which is coaxial to the conical portion of the adapter body. The threaded portion of the adapter body is for cooperative engagement with the threaded portion of the connector body, such that cooperative rotation of the connector body relative to the adapter body draws the conical portion of the connector body into engagement with the conical portion of the adapter body. The wedging action of the two conical portions frictionally engages the connector body to the adapter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Monster Cable Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Mercurio, Richard N. Marsh, Demian T. Martin
  • Patent number: 6126468
    Abstract: Retaining members are formed separately from a female connector housing and can be installed on the female connector housing. A sealing member is installed within the female connector housing prior to the installation of the retaining members. The sealing member includes protrusions having retaining portions, which protrusions are inserted into guide channels of the female connector housing without bending. Then, the retaining members are installed on the female connector housing, and two protrusions of the retaining members engage with the retaining portions from opposite sides, whereby the sealing member is retained against removal. When the sealing members are installed, the protrusions and retaining portions are not elastically deformed, and therefore resistance during installation is reduced, and the installation can be easily carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Matsushita, Kazunori Yamashita, Mitsuhiro Fujitani
  • Patent number: 6102721
    Abstract: The portable electronic apparatus has a box-like casing having a peripheral wall, and a pack receptacle defined within the casing. The pack receptacle has an opening portion opened in the peripheral wall. A packaged functional component is stored in the pack receptacle, such that the functional component can be detached therefrom through the opening portion. The pack receptacle of the casing is provided with a locking member for holding the functional component. The locking member is movable by manual operation between a locked position where the locking member is hooked on the functional component and a lock-released position where the locking member leaves the functional component. The pack receptacle is provided with a spring for energizing the functional component in the direction in which the functional component is pushed out through the opening portion. The opening portion of the casing and the locking member are covered with a detachable cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masaru Seto, Hideaki Tanaka, Yasuyuki Horii, Naohiro Yokoyama, Atsushi Tatemichi
  • Patent number: 6102717
    Abstract: A connector arrangement including a cam mechanism for interconnecting connector housings, in which the number of component parts is reduced and the strength is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Aoki, Motohisa Kashiyama, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Susumu Nakatsugawa
  • Patent number: 6099360
    Abstract: An electrical contact having a termination end for terminating with a wire and a contact end for mating with a mating contact. The contact end has a top wall with two top portions with a seam therebetween. One of the top portions has a locking lance to secure the contact within a housing. An engaging member provides interaction between the two top portions to distribute forces from the top portion having the locking lance to the other top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: John L. Broschard, III, Edmund Luther Jacobs, Jared Joseph Smalley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6089906
    Abstract: A cable assembly comprises first and second connectors and a ground plane cable. The first connector includes a first housing having front and rear faces. An array of passageways is defined between the front and rear faces. Each passageway securely receives a first terminal therein. Each first terminal forms an insulation displacement section extending beyond the rear face and a pin section extending beyond the front face. A first cover is assembled to the rear face of the first housing. The second IDC connector includes a second housing having front and rear faces. A row of second terminals is assembled to the second housing. Each terminal includes a tip extending beyond a top face of the second housing and an insulation displacement section extending beyond the rear face of the second housing. A second cover is assembled to the rear face of the second housing. The ground plane cable is terminates at the rear faces of the first and second housings by means of the first and second covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eric Juntwait
  • Patent number: 6086399
    Abstract: A through hole 14 is provided in an earth terminal member 4 of an earth joint connector 1. A bolt 6 protruding from an external wall E is insertable into the through hole 14. A through hole 25 is also provided in a further earth terminal 5. The two earth terminals 4 and 5 are arranged to be attached to one another by fitting members 18 and 21 so that the earth terminals 4 and 5 do not rotate relative to each other. Thus the two earth terminals 4 and 5 can be connected to the external wall by a single nut 26 and bolt 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Matsunaga, Kazuhiro Aoki, Masao Shibata
  • Patent number: 6083047
    Abstract: An electrical connector formed from a plurality of modules. The connector relays differential pairs of signals, with the signal conductors that define each of the differential pairs residing on different modules in a twin-ax configuration. The modules can include one or more circuit substrates. The conductors on adjacent circuit substrates can have a mirror image relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Berg Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernardus L. F. Paagman
  • Patent number: 6083039
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for connecting the rear termination ends (32, 34) of connector contacts (12, 14) to wires (42, 44) of a cable (40) in a design where the solder connections are encased in molded plastic, which maintains the contacts so their axes (20, 22) extend precisely along forward-rearward directions. This is accomplished by providing a mold with an alignment mold part (110) with holders (114, 120) that either directly engage shoulders (160, 162) of the contacts or that engage shoulders (140, 142) formed on a circuit board (54) with holes (62) that closely receive rear termination ends (32) of a contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Itt Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Santos Finona
  • Patent number: 6077087
    Abstract: A coaxial connector module includes an external, generally cylindrical ground contact having a side opening. An internal, generally centrally located signal contact is disposed within the ground contact. A signal terminal extends from the signal contact transversely outwardly through the side opening in the ground contact. A ground plane embraces the ground contact and has a ground terminal extending transversely outwardly therefrom. A dielectric substrate is overmolded about the ground contact, the signal contact, the signal terminal and the ground plane to hold these components in assembled condition as a module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Herbert Endres, Otto Schempp
  • Patent number: 6077124
    Abstract: A female connector is adapted for electrically interconnecting the conductors of a flat flexible circuit to the conductors of a complementary mating connecting device. The connector includes a female housing having wall portions defining a cavity for receiving the flexible circuit. The wall portions are relatively movable between an open condition allowing a yieldable backing structure to be assembled on a cavity-side of at least one of the wall portions and a closed condition defining the cavity. The yieldable backing structure resiliently biases the conductors of the flexible circuit received in the cavity against the conductors of the mating connecting device when the connector is mated with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Harry N. Etters, Robert M. Fuerst, Russell J. Watt
  • Patent number: 6074238
    Abstract: A tap connector is provided for interconnection to an electrical cable having a plurality of conductor wires. A base defines a longitudinal axis along which the electrical cable is disposed. A plurality of terminals are mounted on the base and are spaced laterally of the axis for terminating the conductor wires. A cover is pivotally mounted on the base and includes a spreader structure for engaging and spreading the conductor wires automatically in response to mounting the cover on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert DeRoss, Richard A. Young
  • Patent number: 6074224
    Abstract: An electrical coupling part comprising a conductive coupling member, an inner conductive layer surrounding the coupling member, an insulating layer surrounding the conductive layer, and an elastic protective sleeve which comprises at least one cylindrical portion adjacent to an end of the insulating layer and a conical portion adjacent to the cylindrical portion, the protective sleeve further comprising, at an end remote from the cylindrical portion, an orifice of greater diameter than the cylindrical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: SAT - Societe Anonyme de Telecommunications
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Gregoris, Lino Zen