Patents by Inventor Albert Tsang

Albert Tsang has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10454197
    Abstract: An electrical connector with an insert assembly used to retain contact in an electrical connector. The insert assembly includes a rear insert and a front insert. The rear insert has a rear insert front surface, a rear insert rear surface and a rear insert outer surface. The rear insert outer surface extends between the rear insert front surface and the rear insert rear surface. Rear insert contact-receiving openings extend from the rear insert front surface to the rear insert rear surface. Latches are provided in the rear insert outer surface and are provided in alignment with respective rear insert contact-receiving openings. The latches are integrally formed in the rear insert outer surface. The latches are positioned proximate to the rear insert contact-receiving openings thereby allowing the latches to deform into the rear insert contact-receiving openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Ruffini, Lynn Robert Sipe, George E. Kell, Albert Tsang
  • Patent number: 10320099
    Abstract: An electrical contact includes a base that includes first and second side edges, and a forward edge that extends between the first and second side edges. At least one contact arm extends from the forward edge of the base for making electrical contact with a contact pad. Each of the first and second side edges defines one or more protrusions configured to engage an interior portion of a connector housing for securing the electrical contact within the connector housing. The one or more protrusions on the first side edge are asymmetrically arranged with respect to the one or more protrusions on the second side edge such that respective centers of each of the one or more protrusions on the first side edge are misaligned with respective centers of each of the one or more protrusions on the second side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Graham Harry Smith, Jr., Scott Eric Walton, Albert Tsang
  • Patent number: 10103497
    Abstract: A grounding connector includes a shell having a mating end and a mounting end. The shell defines a cavity open at the mating end configured to receive a mating component. The shell has a base at the mounting end having a plurality of contact channels open to the cavity. Grounding contacts are received in corresponding contact channels. The grounding contacts have mating ends and compliant portions opposite the mating ends. The mating ends are positioned in the cavity for mating with the mating component. The compliant portions are received in the contact channels to mechanically and electrically connect each of the grounding contacts to the shell and to each other through the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Albert Tsang, Kevin Michael Thackston, Dustin Carson Belack, Kyle Gary Annis
  • Patent number: 10003145
    Abstract: A press-fit circuit board connector including a housing and mating and mounting contact assemblies received in the housing. The mating contact assembly having mating contacts having mating pins defining a pin mating interface. The mounting contact assembly having an interposer circuit board and mounting contacts electrically connected to the interposer circuit board. The mounting contacts have press-fit mounting pins at mounting ends of the mounting contacts. The interposer circuit board is received in the cavity with the press-fit mounting pins of the mounting contacts arranged at the mounting end for press-fit termination to the host circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyle Gary Annis, Keith Edwin Miller, Albert Tsang, Graham Harry Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9997868
    Abstract: A shroud that forms part of an electrical connector for securing a plurality of circuit wafers within the electrical connector includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a plurality of vertical members extending between the top and bottom walls that define a plurality of slots for receiving the plurality of circuit wafers. Each vertical member includes a first side that faces a second side of an adjacent vertical member. The first side defines top, middle, and bottom surface regions that are spaced apart from the second side of the adjacent vertical member by a first distance, and first and second recessed surface regions between the top, middle, and bottom surface regions that are spaced apart from the second side of the adjacent vertical member by a second distance that is greater than the first distance. The first and second recessed surface regions are positioned so as to prevent direct contact between the vertical members and one or more high-frequency traces disposed on the plurality of circuit wafers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Graham Harry Smith, Jr., Scott Eric Walton, Albert Tsang
  • Publication number: 20180040986
    Abstract: A grounding connector includes a shell having a mating end and a mounting end. The shell defines a cavity open at the mating end configured to receive a mating component. The shell has a base at the mounting end having a plurality of contact channels open to the cavity. Grounding contacts are received in corresponding contact channels. The grounding contacts have mating ends and compliant portions opposite the mating ends. The mating ends are positioned in the cavity for mating with the mating component. The compliant portions are received in the contact channels to mechanically and electrically connect each of the grounding contacts to the shell and to each other through the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Albert Tsang, Kevin Michael Thackston, Dustin Carson Belack, Kyle Gary Annis
  • Patent number: 9859626
    Abstract: A terminal assembly includes a terminal having a wire barrel configured to be crimped to a wire and a mating segment configured to be mated to a mating component. The terminal assembly includes a wire retention seal received in the wire barrel. The wire retention seal has a terminal mounting flange engaging the wire barrel to axially secure the wire retention seal to the terminal. The wire retention seal has a wire retention sleeve defining a wire bore configured to receive an end of the wire. The wire retention sleeve is configured to interfere with the wire to axially retain the wire retention seal on the end of the wire prior to crimping the wire barrel to the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Albert Tsang, James Scott Showers, George E. Kell
  • Publication number: 20170358876
    Abstract: An electrical contact includes a base that includes first and second side edges, and a forward edge that extends between the first and second side edges. At least one contact arm extends from the forward edge of the base for making electrical contact with a contact pad. Each of the first and second side edges defines one or more protrusions configured to engage an interior portion of a connector housing for securing the electrical contact within the connector housing. The one or more protrusions on the first side edge are asymmetrically arranged with respect to the one or more protrusions on the second side edge such that respective centers of each of the one or more protrusions on the first side edge are misaligned with respective centers of each of the one or more protrusions on the second side edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Graham Harry Smith, JR., Scott Eric Walton, Albert Tsang
  • Patent number: 9537235
    Abstract: Configurable guide hardware is provided for aligning two associated connectors that are mounted on different circuit cards. The guide hardware includes a guide receptacle that is mounted to one of the circuit cards. The guide receptacle includes a housing that defines a channel and a keyway ring that is held in the channel. The guide receptacle is configured to receive a pin of a guide plug in the channel through a central opening of the keyway ring. The keyway ring includes a receptacle keying feature along an inner perimeter. The keyway ring is selectively positionable to locate the receptacle keying feature in multiple pre-defined angular orientations relative to the housing. The pin of the guide plug may also be selectively positionable in multiple pre-defined angular orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Albert Tsang, Matthew Richard McAlonis, Chong Hun Yi, Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Dustin Carson Belack
  • Patent number: 9532608
    Abstract: A wearable connector includes a housing having a base and a shroud that extends from the base. The shroud includes a tunnel having an open end and an interior surface. The open end of the tunnel is configured to receive a mating connector therein. The base is configured to be mounted to a wearable article. Terminals are held directly by the shroud such that mating segments of the terminals extend at least one of directly on or through the interior surface of the tunnel. The tunnel of the shroud is configured to receive the mating connector into the tunnel through the open end such that the mating segments of the terminals mate with mating terminals of the mating connector within the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Albert Tsang, Matthew McAlonis, Chong Hun Yi, Dustin Carson Belack
  • Patent number: 9515408
    Abstract: A connector system includes a cartridge having a cavity configured to hold one or more connector modules therein. The cartridge has a port opening to the cavity. The cartridge receiving the one or more connector modules through the port. The connector system includes a release mechanism housed in the cavity. The release mechanism configured to eject the one or more connector modules when actuated. The connector system includes a release button exposed beyond the cartridge and operably coupled to the release mechanism. The release button being pressed to an actuated position to activate the release mechanism. The release button is configured to be in a locked position to avoid inadvertent activation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Matthew Richard McAlonis, Albert Tsang, Mitchell Kunane Storry, Nicholas Paul Ruffini
  • Patent number: 9472896
    Abstract: A connector system includes a cavity configured to hold a connector module. The cartridge has a port opening to the cavity. The cartridge removably receives the connector module through the port. The connector system also includes an ejector mechanism. The ejector mechanism has a slider latch movable in a longitudinal direction relative to the cartridge. The slider latch has a profiled groove configured to cam therein. The slider latch has a linear gear. The ejector mechanism includes a rotatable handle having a circular gear configured to engage the linear gear to cause the slider latch to move as the rotatable handle is rotated between a closed position and an open position. The profiled groove engages the cam to secure the connector module to the connector assembly when the rotatable handle is in the closed position and unlock the connector module when in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Matthew Richard McAlonis, Albert Tsang, Dustin Carson Belack, Nicholas Paul Ruffini, Chong Hun Yi
  • Publication number: 20160294081
    Abstract: Configurable guide hardware is provided for aligning two associated connectors that are mounted on different circuit cards. The guide hardware includes a guide receptacle that is mounted to one of the circuit cards. The guide receptacle includes a housing that defines a channel and a keyway ring that is held in the channel. The guide receptacle is configured to receive a pin of a guide plug in the channel through a central opening of the keyway ring. The keyway ring includes a receptacle keying feature along an inner perimeter. The keyway ring is selectively positionable to locate the receptacle keying feature in multiple pre-defined angular orientations relative to the housing. The pin of the guide plug may also be selectively positionable in multiple pre-defined angular orientations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Albert Tsang, Matthew Richard McAlonis, Chong Hun Yi, Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Dustin Carson Belack
  • Patent number: 9356390
    Abstract: A connector system includes a cartridge having at least one cavity configured to hold connector modules therein. The connector system also includes at least one slider latch housed in the cartridge. The at least one slider latch is movable in a longitudinal direction and has at least one groove configured to receive a cam of a corresponding connector module to secure the connector modules to the cartridge. The at least one slider latch has a biasing member operably coupled thereto. The biasing member biases the slider latch in a biasing direction. The biasing member forces the at least one slider latch to return to a latched position after the cam is received in the profiled groove. The connector system also includes a discharge mechanism configured to move a discharge slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Matthew Richard McAlonis, Albert Tsang, Dustin Carson Belack, Nicholas Paul Ruffini, Chong Hun Yi
  • Patent number: 9331405
    Abstract: A connector system includes an interface connector having a housing having a main body holding a contact array therein. The housing extends between a front end and a back end along a mating axis. The housing includes a cavity therein open to the front end and open to the back end. The cavity is situated proximate to a side of the housing. The cavity has a receiving channel open to the side of the housing. The receiving channel has mounting shoulders at least partially extending therein. The interface connector also includes a fastener having a retention surface. The fastener is configured to be side-loaded into the receiving channel through the side of the housing. The mounting shoulders engage the fastener within the cavity to limit transaxial movement of the fastener along the mating axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Albert Tsang, Kevin Michael Thackston, Keith Edwin Miller
  • Publication number: 20150349459
    Abstract: A connector system includes an interface connector having a housing having a main body holding a contact array therein. The housing extends between a front end and a back end along a mating axis. The housing includes a cavity therein open to the front end and open to the back end. The cavity is situated proximate to a side of the housing. The cavity has a receiving channel open to the side of the housing. The receiving channel has mounting shoulders at least partially extending therein. The interface connector also includes a fastener having a retention surface. The fastener is configured to be side-loaded into the receiving channel through the side of the housing. The mounting shoulders engage the fastener within the cavity to limit transaxial movement of the fastener along the mating axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Albert Tsang, Kevin Michael Thackston, Keith Edwin Miller
  • Publication number: 20150333439
    Abstract: A connector system includes a cartridge having a cavity configured to hold one or more connector modules therein. The cartridge has a port opening to the cavity. The cartridge receiving the one or more connector modules through the port. The connector system includes a release mechanism housed in the cavity. The release mechanism configured to eject the one or more connector modules when actuated. The connector system includes a release button exposed beyond the cartridge and operably coupled to the release mechanism. The release button being pressed to an actuated position to activate the release mechanism. The release button is configured to be in a locked position to avoid inadvertent activation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Matthew Richard McAlonis, Albert Tsang, Mitchell Kunane Storry, Nicholas Paul Ruffini
  • Publication number: 20150333443
    Abstract: A connector system includes a cavity configured to hold a connector module. The cartridge has a port opening to the cavity. The cartridge removably receives the connector module through the port. The connector system also includes an ejector mechanism. The ejector mechanism has a slider latch movable in a longitudinal direction relative to the cartridge. The slider latch has a profiled groove configured to cam therein. The slider latch has a linear gear. The ejector mechanism includes a rotatable handle having a circular gear configured to engage the linear gear to cause the slider latch to move as the rotatable handle is rotated between a closed position and an open position. The profiled groove engages the cam to secure the connector module to the connector assembly when the rotatable handle is in the closed position and unlock the connector module when in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Matthew Richard McAlonis, Albert Tsang, Dustin Carson Belack, Nicholas Paul Ruffini, Chong Hun Yi
  • Publication number: 20150333441
    Abstract: A connector system includes a cartridge having at least one cavity configured to hold connector modules therein. The connector system also includes at least one slider latch housed in the cartridge. The at least one slider latch is movable in a longitudinal direction and has at least one groove configured to receive a cam of a corresponding connector module to secure the connector modules to the cartridge. The at least one slider latch has a biasing member operably coupled thereto. The biasing member biases the slider latch in a biasing direction. The biasing member forces the at least one slider latch to return to a latched position after the cam is received in the profiled groove. The connector system also includes a discharge mechanism configured to move a discharge slider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Matthew Richard McAlonis, Albert Tsang, Dustin Carson Belack, Nicholas Paul Ruffini, Chong Hun Yi
  • Patent number: 9118145
    Abstract: A connector system includes a base mount and a slider latch received in the base mount. The slider latch has a profiled groove configured to latchably receive a cam of a connector module. A faceplate is coupled to the base mount. The faceplate has an opening providing access to the slider latch. An ejector button is operatively coupled to the slider latch to move the slider latch from a latched position to an unlatched position. The slider latch is configured to eject the connector module as the slider latch moves between the latched and unlatched positions. A spring engages the slider latch and acts on the slider latch in a biasing direction. The spring forces the slider latch to return to the latched position after the ejector button is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Albert Tsang, Brent David Yohn, Chong Hun Yi, Kevin Michael Thackston