Patents Examined by James R. Harvey
  • Patent number: 7357681
    Abstract: A board-mount electrical connector capable of maintaining favorable solderability of a connecting section of a terminal for a long term and preventing occurrence of a whisker in a bent section of the terminal is provided. The electrical connector includes a plurality of terminals each having at one end a contact section which contacts a mating contact and having, at the other end, a connecting section which connects to a circuit board. A bent section is located in a middle portion between the contact section and the connecting section. An insulating housing holds the plurality of terminals. On each terminal, a bright tin-plated layer and a semi-bright tin plated layer are formed on respective surfaces of the contact section and the connecting section leaving the surface of the middle portion unplated by tin such that the semi-bright tin-plated layer is thicker than the bright tin-plated layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP K.K.
    Inventors: Hidehisa Yamagami, Ken Furuyama, Atsushi Nishida, Masato Minakata, Hiroshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7357641
    Abstract: An adapter having a housing, a ground clip and an adapter subassembly all located in the housing. The adapter subassembly includes a proximal portion that can be coupled to a coaxial connector and a distal portion that can be coupled to a printed circuit board. A central conductor in the form of an elongated shaft that runs through the subassembly and has a ball contact end for contacting a conductor located on a printed circuit board and the elongated shaft is tapered in a region near the ball contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Kerekes, M′hamed Anis Khemakhem, Eric L. Lovaasen
  • Patent number: 7341494
    Abstract: A low profile connector (1) includes an insulative housing (2) having an opening (221) surrounded by an upper wall (20), a lower wall (21), a pair of opposed side walls (23) and a back wall (24). A plurality of contacts (3) is assembled with the back wall for being fastened with the housing. The back wall defines at least one protrusion (25) extending into the opening. The protrusion is dissymmetrical about a plane perpendicular to the back wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shi-Yong Wang
  • Patent number: 7341495
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electrical wedge connector wedge. The electrical wedge connector wedge includes a first conductor contact surface, a second conductor contact surface, and a center section. The second conductor contact surface is opposite the first conductor contact surface. The center section is between the first conductor contact surface and the second conductor contact surface. The center section has a first lateral side and a second lateral side. The first lateral side includes a first undulating surface. The second lateral side is opposite the first lateral side. The second lateral side includes a second undulating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Svetlana Ulemek, Michael Rzasa
  • Patent number: 7338334
    Abstract: A male contact portion, a female contact portion, a clamp portion where an electric wire is clamped for connection, a crimp portion where an electric wire is crimped and a piercing portion where an electric wire is pierced to be crimped are formed separately, whereby one of the male contact portion and the female contact portion is selected according to an application and one of the clamp portion, the crimp portion and the piercing portion is selected according to the application, and a connecting portion of the selected electric contact part and a connecting portion of the selected wire connection part are superposed on each other so as to join the selected electric contact making point and the selected wire connection part together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Hideto Kumakura
  • Patent number: 7338298
    Abstract: A plug-in connection having at least three multipole contact banks, preferably a plug-in connection comprising a multipoint pin connector and a multipoint slot connector, the multipoint pin connectors having at least one first contact element and the multipoint slot connectors having at least one second contact element, corresponding to the first contact element, is characterized in that solder terminals of the contact elements of at least one contact bank are arranged so that the spacing between the solder terminals of the contact elements of that at least one contact bank and the solder terminals of the contact elements of the remaining contact banks is larger than the spacing between the solder terminals of the contact elements within the remaining contact banks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: ERNI Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Juergen Lappoehn
  • Patent number: 7335040
    Abstract: An electromagnetic relay is provided which allows free design of arrangements of each external connecting terminal and is capable of effectively dissipating heat from a base and suppressing a rise in temperatures within the electromagnetic relay. The electro-magnetic relay includes a core, a coil, a yoke, an armature, an electromagnetic block made up of a movable spring having a movable contact mechanically coupled to the armature, a pair of fixed contacts made up of an ordinarily closed fixed contact and an ordinarily opened fixed contact both being contacted with the movable contact, a group of external connecting terminals, a base, and an armored cover, wherein the movable spring and the yoke make up part of a current-carrying path, and a yoke extended portion is in direct mechanical contact with the movable contact external connecting terminal and the ordinarily closed fixed contact is mechanically coupled to an ordinarily closed fixed contact external connecting terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: NEC Tokin Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ota, Tatsumi Ide
  • Patent number: 7331823
    Abstract: A braided conductor of a shielded-conductor cable is fitted on a ring of a shield shell in such a manner as to expand an inside diameter thereof in such a state that a portion of an open end portion of the braided conductor is folded over on itself on an inside diameter side of the open end portion so as to be doubled inwards and an annular member is held in the doubled portion of the open end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotaka Fukushima, Takashi Tsukamoto, Masanori Tsuji
  • Patent number: 7331812
    Abstract: An electronic-component connector forms a secure detachable connection and is packaged in a small space even when the electronic component is a module that is linked to an optical waveguide, and transmits and receives a signal such as an optical signal via the transfer member. An optical waveguide extends from a first side of a module connected to the connector. The connector body of the electronic-component connector has an open portion for accommodating a module inserted from the open side. A socket contact portion for contacting a connection terminal of the module is provided to the open portion. A lead-out path is formed in the shape of a groove in the connector body communicated with the open portion, and leads out the optical waveguide from the connector body. A cover member is attached to the connector body so as to open, close, and secure the module inside the open portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Nishio, Shinichi Asano, Yoshihiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 7326077
    Abstract: A fixing device for an extension card having a bracket with a bent portion has a casing and a metal pressing member. The casing has a support portion. The metal pressing member has a longitudinal bottom plate, a pivotal structure, and a resilient latching structure. The pivotal structure is pivotally connected to the casing. The bent portion of the bracket of the extension card is placed on the support portion of the casing. The longitudinal bottom plate of the metal pressing member presses on the bent portion. The resilient latching structure of the metal pressing member detachably latches onto the casing. As a result, the extension card is capable of being retained in or dismounted from the casing easily and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ying-Hui Shih, Yue-Wen Jiang
  • Patent number: 7326070
    Abstract: A memory card connector has an insulative frame receiving conductive terminals therein, a slide guiding mechanism assembled on the insulative frame, and a shell. The slide guiding mechanism includes a sliding bar, a guiding bar, and a resilient element. The sliding bar defines a guiding groove. A link portion is formed on an end of the sliding bar. A driving member is arranged at an end of the sliding bar and opposite the link portion, and has a pushing portion and a drawing portion. A driven member has a pushed portion and a drawn portion. The driven member cooperates with a stop member to control stopping of a member card. The slide guiding mechanism further includes a first conductor and a second conductor respectively communicating with ends of a detecting circuit of a circuit system for detecting ejection of the memory card at the earliest time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: ITW Tech. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Lin Chen, Yi-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 7326075
    Abstract: An apparatus for remotely releasing a connector, e.g., an RJ-45 connector, is described. Embodiments of the invention allow a user to release a cable comprising a connector from a connector jack when the connector jack is difficult to reach. The invention may be particularly useful to release cables from devices comprising an array of connector jacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Armstrong, Keith J. Hocker, David J. Lima
  • Patent number: 7322851
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector including a plurality of arms, each arm having: a lever, a gripper having inwardly extending teeth, the gripper being on an opposite side of a longitudinal axis of the coaxial cable connector from the lever, and a joint connecting the lever to the gripper, the joint traversing the longitudinal axis to connect the lever to the gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey Brookmire
  • Patent number: 7322844
    Abstract: A PGA socket including a plurality of sub-socket components, which when used in combination forms a larger effective socket, includes multiple apertures configured to receive corresponding pins of an IC. The PGA socket further includes multiple contact members, each of the contact members corresponding to a respective one of the apertures. The contact members are configured to movably engage corresponding pins of the IC upon respective movement of the apertures so as to provide electrical and mechanical contact thereto. Each of the sub-socket components is configured to mechanically engage at least one of the other sub-socket components such that the contact members in each of the sub-socket components are capable of electrically connecting to corresponding pins of the IC substantially simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gareth Geoffrey Hougham, William Louis Brodsky, Thomas M. Cipolla, Paul William Coteus, Ronald Malfatt
  • Patent number: 7318756
    Abstract: An internal seizure assembly for providing connectivity with a conductor of a stinger without having access to the seizure assembly itself from the exterior. The seizure assembly includes a seizure lock nut for securing the seizure assembly within an opening within the interior of a housing. A seizure holder for receives a plunger therethrough and the plunger urges the conductor of the stinger into electrical contact with the seizure lock nut. In one embodiment, the plunger has an end keyed to the bottom of the opening in the housing to prevent the plunger from turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Mahoney, Robert R. Riggsby
  • Patent number: 7318743
    Abstract: An electrical terminal connector and method of fabricating the same is provided. The electrical terminal connector includes an angled insulating housing, a conducting terminal and a cylindrical crimp ferrule positioned therein. Two ends of the insulating housing have a first opening and a second opening, while the angled insulating housing has a through passage therein. The conducting terminal includes a flat-ended connecting portion facing the first opening and a crimped-ended facing the second opening. The cylindrical crimp ferrule has a core-connecting end facing the second opening and a crimped portion facing the crimping end of the conducting terminal. The angled insulating housing further includes a window with a cover at the sidewall near the first opening. One end of the covers pivots at the side of the window, while the other end of the cover comprises a fastening means. The fastening means can be operationally fastened to the matching means forming an opening position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: K.S. Terminals, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuan-Feng Lu
  • Patent number: 7314376
    Abstract: An electric distribution box for containing a distribution parts includes a first case, a second case that is attached to the first case, and a female-female terminal that has holding portions for holding and electrically connecting mating terminals. A first recess portion is provided on one of the first and second cases, and receives a part of the female-female terminal. A second recess portion is provided on the other of the first and second cases, and receives a remaining part of the female-female terminal. An inserting hole for inserting one of the mating terminal to contact with the female-female terminal is formed in at least one of the first and second recess portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Sakai Yagi, Yoshiaki Ichikawa, Shigeki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7311541
    Abstract: An electronic connector includes a cover, a connector body and an aligning plate. The cover defines an opening therein. The connector body protrudes through the opening, and defines a first interspace therebetween for the connector body to be partially and movably received in the opening. The aligning plate includes a supporting portion securing with and supporting the connector body, and at least two setting portions arranged at two opposite ends of the supporting portion. The aligning plate slidably mounts the connector body to the cover, the slidable directions are substantially parallel to an imaginary plane defined by the two setting portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Chien, Chang-Hsuan Chen
  • Patent number: 7311566
    Abstract: An electrical connector for high current applications has a mating plug and socket assembly. The socket assembly has two sockets arranged coaxially of one another and electrically interconnected. The central socket receives and contacts a pin on the plug assembly; the other socket contacts the external surface of a tubular sleeve surrounding and integrally electrically connected with the pin. The socket assembly also has a third socket electrically insulated from and arranged coaxially outwardly of the other two sockets. The third socket makes electrical contact with the outer surface of a tubular contact extending coaxially of the pin and electrically insulated from it. The sockets each have a hyperboloid configuration of multiple resilient wires to make contact with the pin, sleeve and outer contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Smiths Group PLC
    Inventor: Peter Dent
  • Patent number: RE39958
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug-and-socket connector element (10) comprising a base body (12) in which at least one plug contact (16) is arranged, with the at least one plug contact (16) permitting an insertion of an electric feed line (62) in an axial direction from the rear end of the at least one plug contact (16), and a fitting part (14) which is preferably movable in an axial direction with respect to the base body (12) which at the rear end permits a lateral access to the at least one plug contact (16) in a first latch position and, in a second latch position, laterally covers the at least one plug contact (16) at least partially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Contact GmbH Elektrische Bauelementa
    Inventors: Markus Cech, Frank Andrä