Patents Examined by X. Chung-Trans
  • Patent number: 7422464
    Abstract: A plug connector for engaging a housing on a circuit board is described. The housing includes a pair of engagement tabs that are bent inwardly of the housing at an angle thereto and these tabs engage openings formed in the body of the plug connector. The tabs rest in the openings and may be released by way of a delatching mechanism that is part of the plug connector. This mechanism includes a handle and two arms that extend lengthwise. The arms end in cam blocks that contact and lift the engagement ends out of the plug connector shell openings to unlatch the plug connector from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Keith Lloyd, Cleaver Brinkerhoff
  • Patent number: 7402058
    Abstract: A plug connector consisting of a plug body (1) and an engaging part (2) is provided with short-circuiting contacts (9, 10) within the plug body. The engaging part (2) includes at least one separating element (11) of insulating material that is inserted between the short circuit contacts (9, 10) when plug body (1) and engaging part (2) are inserted to interrupt the short circuit. For the purpose of simpler matching to the quantity of conductors to be short-circuited and to be connected, the plug body (1) and the engaging part (2) each consist of modules (3, 4) that may be stacked one upon the other and are assigned to each of the conductors within the plug body (1) that are of varying polarity and that are to be short-circuited. The short circuit contacts (9, 10) of the plug body (1) are so arranged on the modules (3) that each is extended to the short circuit contacts (9, 10) working together for two adjacent plug body modules (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Norbert Hoemann, Rudolf Merz, Heinz Reibke
  • Patent number: 7399209
    Abstract: A coaxial cable with a Plug comprises a coaxial cable (1) in which an outer conductor (103) is provided around a center conductor (101) with an insulator (102) interposed therebetween and a plug (2) having a center contact (201) electrically connected to the center conductor (101) via a center conductor connecting member (203) and an outer contact (202) electrically connected to the outer conductor (103) via an outer conductor connecting member (204). The center contact (201) and the outer contact (202) rotate about an axis (RX) perpendicular to the axis (201X) of the center contact while maintaining the electrical connection between the center contact (201) and the center conductor (101) and the electrical connection between the outer contact (202) and the outer conductor (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Uro Denshi Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Kodaira
  • Patent number: 7390198
    Abstract: In a case, a branch circuit unit, a multifunction relay unit and a relay unit are stored, being subsequently arranged in parallel. The branch circuit unit is composed of a laminated body of a bus bar and an insulating board, and a first printed board provided with a conductor on the both front and rear planes. The multifunction relay unit is provided with a second printed board whereupon an electric component is mounted, and a relay connector which connects the conductors of the first to the third printed boards. An external connecting terminal is protruded from the conductor of the second printed board and is protruded into a connector fitting part provided on the case. The relay unit is mounted with a plurality of relays on the third printed board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Oka, Yukinori Kita
  • Patent number: 7384292
    Abstract: A high-voltage electrical connector, including, on the one hand, at the connection of a contact part and of a corresponding electrical conducting cable of at least one connector part and, on the other, at a take-up of an electromagnetic shielding element of at least one connector part, at least one air-tight cavity that is electrically isolated and able to collect air imprisoned in the electrical conducting cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Carrier Kheops Bac
    Inventor: Yves Cadoret
  • Patent number: 7381099
    Abstract: A door penetrating connector assembly for providing electrical connectivity through a perforated equipment rack door includes a first connector that includes first electrical contacts configured and disposed to fit through corresponding holes in the equipment rack door, and a second connector that includes second electrical contacts configured and disposed to receive and make electrical contact with the first electrical contacts, where the connectors are configured to inhibit electrical connection through the holes provided by the door, of the first and second electrical contacts if the connectors are disposed with an undesirable alignment relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel J. Rohr, Gary Ware
  • Patent number: 7381073
    Abstract: A radiological imaging apparatus allowing semiconductor radiation detectors to be easily replaced with new ones and densely arranged. Terminals (31cjk) and (33cjk) are provided on a bottom surface of a detector aggregate (40mn) including a plurality of semiconductor radiation detectors (1); the terminals is connected to electrodes (3 and 4) of the detectors (1). A plurality of zero insertion force connectors (56) are provided on a connecting device (33jk) installed on a support substrate (32h). The terminals (31cjk and 33cjk) are detachably attached to the zero insertion force connectors (56) to mount the detector aggregates (40mn) that are the semiconductor radiation detectors (1), on the support substrate (32h). When the detector aggregates (40mn) are attached to the zero insertion force connectors (56), since no frictional force acts on the terminals, the size of the gap between the detector aggregates (40mn) is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuma Yokoi, Hiroshi Kitaguchi, Takafumi Ishitsu, Naoyuki Yamada, Kensuke Amemiya, Yuuichirou Ueno, Katsutoshi Tsuchiya, Norihito Yanagita
  • Patent number: 7371087
    Abstract: A card connector includes an insulating housing (10), a number of contacts (20), an ejector (30) and a metal frame (40). The insulating housing (10) defines a card receiving space (13) with a card insertion/ejecting direction. The contacts (20) are retained in the insulating housing (10). The ejector (30) is assembled to the insulating housing (10), including a slider movable in the card insertion/ejecting direction and a spring with a precompression at a preliminary position. The metal frame supports the opposed ends of the ejector to hold the elasticity of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 7351114
    Abstract: The present invention provides a high-speed electrical interconnection system designed to overcome the drawbacks of conventional interconnection systems. That is, the present invention provides an electrical connector capable of handling high-speed signals effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Winchester Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Benham, Kenny Padro, Robert D. Godburn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7347720
    Abstract: When the movable member (30) is at the open position, the cam portion (33) of the movable member (30) is out of contact with the pressure receiving portion of a lever arm (21), making it possible to insert a flat cable into the connector on the contact side. When the movable member (30) is at the closed position, the cam portion (33) comes into contact with the pressure receiving portion that consists of a shoulder (21D) and a concave indentation (21B). While the movable member (30) is moving to the closed position, the cam portion (33) pushes the shoulder (21D) to provide the pressure receiving portion with the highest pressure. When the movable member (30) reaches the closed position, the cam portion (33) rests in the concave indentation (21B) while maintaining a pressure less than the highest pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Hirose Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Takashita
  • Patent number: 7335031
    Abstract: An actuator includes a lower housing member, an upper housing member ached to the lower one, and a cover member. Inside the lower housing member are arranged a driving source, a power-transmitting mechanism configured for transmitting a driving powder of the driving source to a output shaft to which a member to be driven is to be attached, a connector having terminals projected therefrom. A partition plate is provided in the upper housing member and has an opening for exposing said terminals of the connector and adapted to define a partition chamber opened to outside. A circuit board is placed on the partition plate, and has connection terminals connected to the terminals of the connector with a solder on the partition plate. A control circuit is assembled into the circuit board for the driving source. The cover member covers the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kawabata, Hideki Sunaga
  • Patent number: 7331828
    Abstract: An electrical connector including a housing; electrical contacts connected to the housing; a shield connected to the housing; and a mating connector key connected to the housing. The key includes a front section and a rear section. A portion of the shield is located between the front and rear sections of the key to retain the key with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Allison
  • Patent number: 7331825
    Abstract: A stacked electrical connector has an insulative housing (1), a plurality of signal contacts (23, 26) and a pair of contacts (24, 27, 25, 28) retained in the housing. The housing defines a mounting surface (19) for mounting on a printed circuit board and a receiving space (12) for receiving a mating plug (9). The switch contact includes a base portion retained in the housing and a spring arm extending from the base portion. An insulative separator (245) is formed on one spring arm and projects into the receiving space. The separator is moveable in a plane vertical to the mounting surface. When the mating plug inserts into the receiving space, the separator rotates and drives one switch contact to connect with the other switch contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhang Lan Xue, ZiQiang Zhu, Jinkui Hu, Guohua Zhang
  • 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: 7322839
    Abstract: A memory card connector includes an insulating housing, a plurality of electric terminals, a left ejector, a right ejector and a cover. The insulting housing includes a base, a left wall, a right wall and a front wall. A left sliding trough and a left moving groove are formed on one side of the base. A right sliding trough and a right moving groove are formed on the other side of the base. The left ejector and the right ejector are placed on both sides of the insulating housing. A plurality of electric terminals are arranged at the terminal troughs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yin-lung Wu, Ming-chiang Chen
  • Patent number: 7322861
    Abstract: An electrical power supply system includes a vehicle interior trim member selectably mountable to a vehicle interior. The vehicle interior trim member includes an electrical load device and a releasable connector having a fixed terminal contact for receiving power for powering the electrical load device. A power supply connector is fixedly mounted to the vehicle interior and is releasably attachable to the releasable connector for supplying power from the power supply to the electrical load device. A retractable terminal contact of the power supply connector is in a retracted position for receiving power from the power supply when the vehicle interior trim member is selectively attached to the vehicle. The retractable terminal contact being in an extended position and being disconnected from the power supply when the releasable connector is disconnected from the power supply connector in response to the vehicle interior trim member selectively detached from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Slobadan Pavlovic
  • Patent number: 7311550
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for minimizing alien crosstalk between connectors. Specifically, the methods and systems relate to isolation and compensation techniques for minimizing alien crosstalk between connectors for use with high-speed data cabling. A frame can be configured to receive a number of connectors. Shield structures may be positioned to isolate at least a subset of the connectors from one another. The connectors can be positioned to move at least a subset of the connectors away from alignment with a common plane. A signal compensator may be configured to adjust a data signal to compensate for alien crosstalk. The connectors are configured to efficiently and accurately propagate high-speed data signals by, among other functions, minimizing alien crosstalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Hammond, Jr., Timothy G. Pimentel
  • Patent number: 7309254
    Abstract: In a connector to be mounted to a substrate, a strengthening member is coupled to a housing holding a contact The strengthening member is adapted to fix the housing to the substrate and includes a side plate portion extending in a direction away from the substrate in a state where the connector is mounted to the substrate, a top plate portion adjacent to the side plate portion and faced to the substrate, and first and second mounting portions to be attached to the substrate, The first mounting portion extends from an end of the side plate portion adjacent to the substrate in a widthwise direction of the housing perpendicular to a fitting direction in which a mating connector is fitted to the connector. The second mounting portion extends from the top plate portion at a side opposite to a fitting side to be fitted to the mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry Limited
    Inventors: Mamoru Suzuki, Masaki Yamashita, Kazukuni Hisatomi, Kazuhito Hisamatsu
  • Patent number: 7291028
    Abstract: A downhole connection in a tool string has a first transmission path in a first tubular component and a second transmission path in a second tubular component coaxial with the first tubular component. The first transmission path has an electrically conductive pin attached to an actuator disposed within the first tubular component. The second transmission path has an electrically conducting receptacle disposed within the second tubular component. When the pin and the receptacle are proximate one another and the actuator is energized, the pin is inserted into the receptacle to form an electrical connection between the first and second transmission paths. The actuator may include a solenoid, a piezoelectric material, a magnetostrictive material, a piston, a fluid, an electrically controllable fluid, a gear, a pivot, a bearing, a spring or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Joe Fox
  • Patent number: RE40303
    Abstract: An actuator including a shape-memory flexible cable with a flexible sheath can be used, by controlling it both electrically and mechanically using the sheath as element for applying a mechanical tensile force. The shape-memory flexible cable is provided with a coating made of synthetic or elastomer material moulded thereon and adherent thereto, which favors rapid return of the shape-memory cable into its resting configuration after its activation both on account of its elastic return and owing to the fact that it favors cooling of the cable. Preferably, the coating is obtained by means of a process of co-extrusion with the shape-memory cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: CRF Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Stefano Alacqua, Francesco Butera