Patents Examined by Barry Matthew L. Standig
  • Patent number: 5800184
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a new apparatus and method for use in chip, module, card, etc., burn-in and/or test or electrical interconnection. More particularly, the invention encompasses an apparatus that is used as a temporary media between a chip, module, card, etc., that needs to be tested and/or burned-in and a test or burn-in system. A method for such burn-in and/or test or electrical interconnection is also disclosed.The invention also encompasses an apparatus and a method that can be used as a permanent media between two electrical devices, such as, for example, between a chip and a module or a card, etc., that is to be contained in and part of a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Emanuele Frank Lopergolo, Lewis Sigmund Goldmann, Joseph Michael Sullivan, Charles Russell Tompkins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5791915
    Abstract: An IC socket includes a retaining cover adapted to be closed onto a socket main body, and an IC retaining member when the cover is closed, the IC retaining member presses against an IC which, in turn presses against IC contacts mounted on the socket main body. In addition, the IC socket includes a spring for idly supporting the IC retaining member on the retaining cover via a shaft, and moreover, biasing the IC retaining member in the IC retaining direction. The spring is borne by the shaft, and a part of the reactive force of the contacts arising at the time of retaining the IC with the IC retaining member is absorbed in the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Yamaichi Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Kubo
  • Patent number: 5769658
    Abstract: A new Jumper Cable Apparatus for ensuring the safe performance of the operation of jump starting a vehicle with a weakened battery. The inventive device includes one cable element, whether negative or positive, of greater length than the other, and additional insulated areas on the cable for use in securing a clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: LaDell O. Glazier
  • Patent number: 5741147
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a housing, a plurality of terminals mounted within the housing, and a connector plate for electrically connecting the terminals. The connector plate comprises a support member and an elongate plate-like member projecting from the support member. The housing is formed with an elongate slit for receiving the plate-like member, and with connection member for detachable engagement with complementary connection member formed on the support member. The arrangement is such that, when the connection member of the support member and the housing are engaged to fix the connector plate to the housing, the plate-like member extends into the slit and into electrical contact with each of the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Konoya, Hitoshi Okumura
  • Patent number: 5738532
    Abstract: A pin contact of a connector and a method of fabricating the pin contact which enables a substantial decrease of manufacturing cost, and smooth installation of the pin connector without a change in the pitch of arrangement at the time of press-fitting into a pin housing. A flat metal sheet undergoes blanking and pressing to form a narrow piece including a strip portion of decreased area of a fracture. Then an approximately L-shaped connecting portion is bent at right angles to raise the narrow piece sideways. Thereafter the strip portion of the narrow piece is pressed along the direction of rising, to thereby form an approximately cylindrical contact section. A raised piece at the rear of the contact section is provided with a locking section which faces approximately at right angles with the direction of arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunari Takano, Hidehiro Nakamura, Shin Yoshida, Akito Miura, Koichi Takahashi, Kazuki Satou
  • Patent number: 5716246
    Abstract: A contact device for electric plug connections includes a stamped and bent part having an intermediate region with a U-shaped cross section, two side walls and a base wall joining the side walls. A line connection element is disposed at one end of the contact device. A contact prong defines a contact side and has a base protruding from the intermediate region at another end of the contact device. The contact prong is thicker than remaining regions of the contact device. The base wall and/or side walls of the U-shaped intermediate region have connecting elements, such as extensions and/or attachments on the contact side being form-lockingly joined to the contact prong by form stamping and/or bending in the vicinity of the base of the contact prong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bart Kerckhof, Artur Wohlfart
  • Patent number: 5709555
    Abstract: A method of connecting a combined daughter printed circuit board and outrigger assembly to a mother board. The assembly has an outrigger with a one piece housing. Contacts of the outrigger are aligned with contact pads on the daughter board by their carry strips prior to soldering the contacts to the contact pads. When the assembly is inserted into a receptacle on the mother board, five different types of contact pads on the card edge connection area are sequentially connected to contacts of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Framatome Connectors USA Inc.
    Inventor: Rocco J. Noschese
  • Patent number: 5709556
    Abstract: An electrical connector (10) includes an insulative housing (12) defining a plurality of passageways (14) therein for receiving therein a plurality of corresponding contacts (40) wherein the tail (42) of each contact (40) extends downward into a corresponding hole disposed in a PC board (100) on which the connector (10) is mounted. Each contact (40) further includes a contact section (44) for engagement with a mating contact of a complementary connector, and a retention section (46) positioned between the contact section (44) and the tail (42) wherein such retention section (46) includes a pair of opposite compliance expansions (47) defining an opening (48) therebetween so that such pair of expansions (47) may abut against the internal walls of the passageway (14) in the housing (12) for retaining the contacts (40) in position in the housing (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haw-Chan Tan, Kun-Tsan Wu
  • Patent number: 5702254
    Abstract: A circuit board has a socket opening for a twist-in lamp bordered by a pair of arcuate conductors. The circuit board is configured to define a socket for a bi-pin lamp located concentrically within the opening and supported by bridges across the opening. The bridges carry conductors for the bi-pin lamp. The bridges are frangible to allow the socket for the bi-pin lamp to be removed. When a bi-pin lamp fails in service it is removed along with its socket and a twist-in lamp is installed in the remaining socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Duane Eugene Whitson, Michael Joseph O'Connor, Curtis Allen Stapert
  • Patent number: 5697806
    Abstract: An electrical connector (10) terminating a multi-wire cable (56) and adapted for mating contact with another such connector of identical construction. The connector comprises a plurality of hermaphroditic contact members (12) retained within a housing (14,16). The housing includes channels (52) for holding the wires (54) of the cable and the contact members further have insulation displacing contact portions (36) adapted to engage respective ones of the wires. The housing is formed of two parts with a latching mechanism (58,60, 62,64).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Neil Whiteman, Jr., Robert Wayne Walker, James Philip Moser, Earl William McCleerey, Keith Scott Koegel
  • Patent number: 5697814
    Abstract: An electric connector includes a female housing member and a male housing member and each housing member includes an arrangement for receiving a locking key able to assume two positions. These are a waiting position allowing insertion of the members and a locked position in which the locking keys lock the members. Each locking key includes means for opposing insertion of the male housing member into the female housing member when it is in the waiting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Connecteurs Cinch, Societe Anonyme
    Inventor: Pascal Delaunay
  • Patent number: 5695352
    Abstract: A female electrical terminal has clamping segments 13 with contact faces 15A for tab-type terminals and contact faces 14A for pin-type terminals. A receiving segment 16 has a tab-type terminal contact face 15B and pin-type terminal contact faces 14B. The space between the tab-type terminal contact faces 15A and 15B forms a tab-type terminal insertion slot 17. The space enclosed by the pin-type terminal contact faces 14A, 14A, 14B forms a pin-type terminal insertion slot 19. Various configurations are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukiyasu Abe
  • Patent number: 5688129
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly 2 for use with a printed circuit board 6 includes an electrical connector 4, such as a standard miniature ribbon connector, and an injection molded lead positioning comb 48. Cantilever beams 54 in the lead positioning comb 48 form lead receiving slots 52 into which terminal leads 40 extending at right angles from terminals 26 inserted into a connector housing 8 precisely position rows of leads 40 for insertion into printed circuit board holes or on surface mount pads. The slots 52 on the lead positioning comb 48 face the connector housing 8 and the comb 48 is snapped to the housing from the rear. As the comb is snapped to the housing, the terminal leads enter the slots. Carrier strips 46 join terminals in each row during insertion of the leads into the slots to prevent deflection. The carrier strips 46 are removed after assembly of the comb 48 to the housing 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Inventor: Roger J. Flaherty
  • Patent number: 5683255
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly (100) that adaptively couples a radio frequency signal between two ports includes two electrically conductive elements (102, 104), a compliant member (106), and a matable housing (116). A first electrically conductive element (102) is disposed substantially within the matable housing (116) to provide connectivity to a first port. A circularly formed metal element (104) provides connectivity to a second port. The circularly (e.g.. cylindrically) formed metal element may be mounted to a printed circuit board by soldering a solderable surface (114) on an underside of the circularly formed metal element to a trace on the printed circuit board. The compliant member (106) is connected to both electrically conductive elements (102, 104) to provide mechanical stress relief therebetween during operation of the electrical connector assembly (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventor: Marion John Menze
  • Patent number: 5675888
    Abstract: An automotive instrument cluster case is molded of a resin material. A rigid rear wall of the case has a planar outer surface including a connector region having two adjacent flaps, each flap molded with a thin flexible section and a rigid terminal section. Printed circuit paths are applied to the plane outer surface including the flaps. Then the flaps are deformed into the case, with the flexible section being curved and the terminal sections being spaced apart with the circuit paths forming terminal strips facing one another to form a connector socket. Interlocking stop elements molded on the inner surface hold the flaps apart to receive a male connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventors: Marvin Leroy Owen, Mark James Miller
  • Patent number: 5674084
    Abstract: A short-circuit chamber 15 is provided in a female connector housing 11, and contains a short-circuit part 16 provided with left and right-hand resilient arms 18a which normally make contact with female terminal parts 13 to establish a conducting state. A male connector housing 21 is provided with insulating pieces 25 which, when the male and female housings are coupled, enter between the female terminal parts 13 and resilient arms 18a to break the electrical circuit. Projections 18c engage with the rear edges 15d of openings 15c to establish an engaged state of the short-circuit part 16. Insertion of the insulating pieces 25 disengages the projections 18c from the rear edges 15d, to allow the short-circuit part 16 to be taken out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Fukamachi
  • Patent number: 5673480
    Abstract: An SCSI cable assembly (30) with a termination circuit included within one of the connector housings (44) is disclosed. The termination circuit is on a circuit board (52) that is retained within a cavity (68) between two solder nest halves (50). The solder nest halves (50) have a plurality of openings (70) that are in alignment with contact pads (54) on a surface of the circuit board (52). Solder segments (100) are arranged within the openings (70), and conductors (48) of a cable (32) are individually inserted into the openings in thermal engagement with the solder segments to form a solder nest assembly (40). An electrical connector having a plurality of contact leads (58) spaced similarly to the spacing of the openings (70) is assembled to the solder nest assembly so that each lead (58) is in thermal engagement with a respective conductor (48) in a respective opening (70). Each lead (58) is attached to a common carrier strip (104) which is a self regulating temperature heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond Robert Buchheister, Jr., Robert Scata
  • Patent number: 5672075
    Abstract: A socket-type terminal has an annular groove which is formed in a step portion between a base portion of a terminal connecting portion and a neck portion. A distal end of a lance head of a retaining lance for preventing withdrawal of the terminal is so formed as to fit in the groove. With this construction, when the terminal is pulled in a longitudinal direction, the whole of the retaining lance is displaced in a direction of the axis of the terminal. Therefore, the terminal is firmly retained in a housing without damaging the retaining lance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiro Maejima
  • Patent number: 5669787
    Abstract: A miniaturized shunt connector assembly provides sufficient retention force between the assembly and mating contact posts and includes an insulative housing defining a contact-receiving cavity and a contact mounted therewithin. The contact includes an opposing pair of generally opposing support pieces including parallel arm supporting portions spaced a given dimension apart. Resilient contact arms extend from an upper edge of each arm supporting portion and are inwardly and downwardly formed to project beyond the lower edge thereof. An anchor portion extends from a lower portion of each support piece and connects to an adjacent portion of the other of the pair of support pieces. One resilient contact arm opposes a corresponding resilient contact arm inside respective arm supporting portions and maintains a spaced apart dimension smaller than the dimension of the parallel arm supporting portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Junichi Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 5664967
    Abstract: A connector housing has terminal receiving chambers for respectively receiving press-connecting terminals, and those portions of the partition walls disposed facing outer sides of crimp arms of the press-connecting terminals can be retracted from an initial position where those portions of the partition walls are disposed facing outer sides of the crimp, arms. During the press-connecting operation, those portions of the partition walls are retracted, and after the press-connecting operation is completed, those portions are returned to their initial position, thereby suitably isolating the press-connecting terminals from one another. Thus, even if the thickness of the partition walls is reduced, they will not be deformed during press-fitting of a wire, and the resulting inadequate deformation of crimp arms of the terminals is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Hatagishi, Chieko Torii