Patents Examined by Xuong M. Chung
  • Patent number: 7955135
    Abstract: A card connector, comprising an insulative housing having a base, a plurality of passageways extending along a widthwise direction of the base, a plurality of retention slots defined on two lengthwise sides of each passageway, and a plurality of contacts received in the respective passageways. Each contact has a planar soldering section on a side of the planar section; a beam section extending from the side of the planar section opposite to the soldering section; the beam section defining an arc contact section on a free end; the planar section having a number of retention pieces received in the retention slots. The retention pieces are defined perpendicular to an extending direction of the soldering section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Leland Wang, Yun-Jen Lee, Jing-Jie Guo, Wei-Ping Liu
  • Patent number: 7950939
    Abstract: Medium voltage separable insulated connector system for power distribution systems and configured to make and break energized connections at rated voltage but in the absence of load current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: David Charles Hughes, Brian Todd Steinbrecher, John Mitchell Makal, Frank John Muench
  • Patent number: 7946853
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a compliant contactor is provided which includes a center conductor and an outer conductor with a spacer therebetween. The outer conductor has a mating end adapted to be capable of flexibly contacting an outer conductor mating surface prior to the center conductor contacting a center conductor mating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Teradyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith J. Breinlinger, Arash Behziz
  • Patent number: 7946896
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electrical connector set-screw. The electrical connector set-screw includes a body part and a head part. The body part includes a threaded section and a channel. The threaded section extends between a first end and an opposite second end of the body part. The channel extends through a portion of the body part. The channel is spaced from the first end and the second end of the body part The head part is connected to the body part. The head part includes a top section and an integral locking section. The top section is configured to be received by a tool. The integral locking section extends through the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter A. Waltz
  • Patent number: 7946893
    Abstract: An extension to USB includes an insulative tongue portion and a number of contacts held in the insulative tongue portion. The contacts have four conductive contacts and a plurality of differential contacts for transferring differential signals located behind/forward the four standard USB contacts along a front-to-rear direction. The four conductive contacts are adapted for USB 2.0 protocol and the plurality of differential contacts are adapted for non-USB 2.0 protocol. The extension to USB is capable of mating with a complementary standard USB 2.0 connector and a non-USB 2.0 connector, alternatively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kuan-Yu Chen, Chong Yi, James M. Sabo, Joseph Ortega, Gary E. Biddle
  • Patent number: 7946868
    Abstract: A power adapter having a replaceable and rotatable plug has a body having an annular chamber, two conducting elements inside the annular chamber, four channels recessed on a top thereof to communicate with the annular chamber, and an engagement slot abutting each of the four channels; and a hollow plug having two intermediate conducting elements, a cylinder protruding beyond a bottom of the plug and received in the annular chamber, four arced holes communicating with an inner portion of the plug, four engagement blocks protruding from a cylindrical periphery to respectively correspond to the four channels and four engagement slots, and at least two prongs mounted on a top thereof, one end of each of the two prongs penetrating through the plug to electrically connect with corresponding intermediate conducting elements. Given the aforementioned structure, the plug can be replaced and selectively oriented with respect to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Leader Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kuan-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 7942700
    Abstract: A device for electrically interconnecting and packaging electronic components. In one embodiment, a modular non-conducting base member having one or more component recesses and a plurality of lead channels formed therein is provided. At least one electronic component is disposed within the recess, and the wire leads of the component routed through the lead channels to a conductive lead terminal. A plurality of lead terminals, adapted to cooperate with the non-conducting base member, are received therein, and adapted to place the device in signal communication with an external printed circuit board. The modular non-conducting base members are assembled or stacked to form a unitary modular assembly. Methods for fabricating the device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Pulse Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelio J. Gutierrez, Russell L. Machado, Christopher P. Schaffer, Victor H. Renteria
  • Patent number: 7938684
    Abstract: An electrical connector with an aligning means includes an insulating body, a plurality of terminals, a lower casing, and an aligning casing. The terminals are provided on the insulating body. The lower casing is provided on the bottom of the insulating body. The aligning casing is provided on the top of the insulating body. Both sides of the aligning casing are bent and extend to form two opposite aligning portions. Via the above arrangement, the electrical connector with an aligning means can be achieved and generate an aligning effect. Thus, the electrical connector having an aligning means can be inserted with a docking connector more quickly, and the contact therebetween will not become poor due to an external force. Furthermore, the work hours for assembling can be reduced. The present invention further provides an assembly combination of the electrical connector with aligning means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Chief Land Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 7934944
    Abstract: An embodiment of an electrical connecting apparatus comprises a support board having an upper surface and a lower surface, a block having an attachment surface directing downward and attached to the support board in a state where at least the attachment surface is located below the support board, a flexible circuit board having a contactor area in which a plurality of contactors are arranged and an outside area around the contactor area and attached at part of the outside area to the lower surface of the support board in a state where at least the contactor area is opposed to the attachment surface of the block, and a reference mark member having a lower end surface and a reference mark for positioning provided on the lower end surface and attached to the block in a state where the lower end surface is exposed to the lower side of the circuit board. Accordingly, the measurement accuracy of the probe tip position is heightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nihon Micronics
    Inventors: Kazuhito Hamada, Takashi Akiniwa, Satoshi Narita
  • Patent number: 7922534
    Abstract: A receptacle connector is arranged on an interface of an electronic device for mating with a corresponding plug connector. An anti-incorrect-insertion block is arranged on and protruded from a mating portion of the plug connector. The receptacle connector comprises an insulating housing, conductive terminals assembled in the housing and a first shielding shell for covering on the outside of the insulating housing. A soldering portion welded to a circuit board is arranged on the lower edge of the first shielding shell. The receptacle connector is further provided with a second shielding shell for shielding the electromagnetic signals from the fool-proof opening of the interface. A receptacle connector of the invention shields the fool-proof opening by adding the second shielding shell, thereby preventing the electromagnetic leakage, improving the anti-electromagnetic interference capability of the connector and ensuring an electrical connection of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeng-De Lin, Qingwen Fang
  • Patent number: 7914293
    Abstract: An electrical connector for electrically connecting conductive portions formed on edges of connection objects, respectively. The electrical connector comprises an electrode sheet and a press member. The electrode sheet comprises an insulation sheet and an electrode formed on the insulation sheet. The press member comprises a plurality of springs arranged to press the insulation sheet against the conductive portions of the connection objects to force the electrode to be brought into contact with the conductive portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Mitsuo Koguchi, Takuya Takahashi, Ryuzo Shimeno
  • Patent number: 7914319
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a housing supporting a plurality of terminals for a primary circuit and at least two terminals for a sensor circuit. A mating header includes terminals corresponding to the primary circuit and to the sensor circuit. A conductive link is disposed in either the housing or the header to short the sensor terminals disposed therein. Once the mating components of the connector are attached, the sensor circuit is completed through the conductive link and an indication of a proper connection can be verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Jones, John Perry
  • Patent number: 7914318
    Abstract: An electrical connection system includes a first electrical connector having a first plurality of electrically conductive elements. A second electrical connector has a second plurality of electrically conductive elements and is matable with the first electrical connector such that the first plurality of electrically conductive elements are in contact with the second plurality of electrically conductive elements. A probe is mounted with respect to the first electrical connector, and a receptacle is mounted with respect to the second electrical connector. The probe has a tip, an untapered section, a tapered section between the tip and the untapered section, and a cross-sectional shape that has no more than one plane of mirror symmetry. The receptacle defines a cavity having substantially the same cross-sectional shape as the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robin Stevenson, Jianying Shi
  • Patent number: 7909627
    Abstract: An electronic system includes a system board, a connector mounted on the system board, an electronic card attached to the connector, the card overhanging the connector at least on an inward end of the card, and a guide secured to the system board and spaced from the connector, wherein the guide is adapted to inhibit lateral movement of the card. The guide includes a latch adapted to inhibit removal of the electronic card from the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Brent A. Hill, Cary D. Cottrell, Yun Ling, John M. Lynch, Scott Noble, Guixiang Tan, Thai (Daniel) Tong, Daniel S. Willis, Yinan Wu
  • Patent number: 7909636
    Abstract: An adjustable connector for an electrical cable formed from a body, a hub and a coupling nut. The body has a flanged end with a scalloped edge and a face that is angularly disposed to the longitudinal axis and a cable connecting end. The hub includes an end with a mating surface that has a dovetail extending around about one half of the outer perimeter and the mating surface is angularly disposed to the central axis. The coupling nut has first and second ends and an opening extending therebetween with internal threads. The dovetail on the mating surface of the hub is adapted to receive the flanged end of the body and the coupling nut is threaded onto the hub to secure the flanged end in the dovetail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Brodeur
  • Patent number: 7905734
    Abstract: A connecting structure reduces noise effects on an electronic device when hot docking the electronic device to mitigate against malfunctions. When a first electronic device having a first EMI shield is docked with a second electronic device having a second EMI shield, an ESD contact portion, which is connected to the second EMI shield and has higher in impedance than an EMI connecting portion, comes in contact with the first EMI shield earlier than the EMI connecting portion. Electrostatic charge carried on the first EMI shield moves slowly to the second EMI shield due to the high impedance of the ESD contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Horiuchi, Fumio Tamura, Hiroaki Agata
  • Patent number: 7905750
    Abstract: An electric connector includes an electrically insulative housing, which has connector receiving chambers and an accommodation space arranged in a stack, metal terminals respectively mounted in the connector receiving chambers, the metal terminals each having a front contact end respectively extended to an insertion slot on the front side of each connector receiving chamber for the contact of an external electric connector and a rear bonding portion extended out of the bottom side of the electrically insulative housing for bonding to an external circuit board, and a Bluetooth device mounted in the accommodation space for receiving an external wireless signal, and a metal shield capped on the electrically insulative housing for EMI protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Ajoho Enterise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Ping Mo
  • Patent number: 7905746
    Abstract: An adjustable connector for armored that includes a body, a hub, a clamp and a coupling nut. The body has a flanged end that is angularly disposed to the longitudinal axis and the hub has a mating flange that is angularly disposed to the central axis. The mating flange has a dovetail for receiving the flanged end and joining the body and hub together. The clamp is placed over the flanged end and mating flange and secured in place by tightening the coupling nut on the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Brodeur
  • Patent number: 7891981
    Abstract: A system for maintaining a printed circuit board in an enclosure includes at least one interposer. The circuit board and housing are coupled to one or more interposers. The interposer(s) fixedly couples to both the circuit board and the enclosure, and allows the circuit board and enclosure to maintain alignment during thermal heat expansion along a desired axis, such as between the center of the board and housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: CyberOptics Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Dana L. Patelzick
  • Patent number: 7892046
    Abstract: A telecommunications module (10) has contacts (12, 14, 16) for connecting wires therewith, the contacts (12, 14, 16) being arranged in a number of substantially parallel rows, which is three or a multiple of three, at least one row of contacts (12, 14, 16) which is assigned to transmit a specific signal, such as a POTS, a line or a DSLAM signal, being assigned to transmit a different signal than any adjacent row of contacts within each multiple of three rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Guy Metral, Gaetan Perrier, Pierre Bonvallat