Patents by Inventor Alex Michael Sharf

Alex Michael Sharf 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).

  • Publication number: 20190363494
    Abstract: A receptacle connector assembly includes a receptacle cage having first and second side walls extending from a top wall to form a module channel configured to receive a pluggable module. The top wall is non-planar and has a shroud extending therefrom forming a cage polarization feature. The shroud has a first shroud side wall, a second shroud side wall and a shroud top wall forming a polarization feature channel configured to receive a polarization feature of the pluggable module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Alex Michael Sharf, Richard James Long, Steven David Dunwoody
  • Patent number: 10477729
    Abstract: Receptacle assembly includes a receptacle cage and a thermal-transfer module that is coupled to a thermal side of the receptacle cage. The thermal-transfer module has a base portion and a plurality of heat-transfer fins coupled to the base portion. The thermal-transfer module is configured to absorb thermal energy from a pluggable transceiver in the receptacle cage and transfer the thermal energy through the base portion and to the heat-transfer fins. The receptacle assembly also includes a retention clip configured to hold the thermal-transfer module to the receptacle cage. The retention clip includes a resilient beam that extends across the thermal-transfer module. The resilient beam directly engages at least some of the heat-transfer fins and applies a resilient force against the heat-transfer fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignees: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, TYCO ELECTRONICS (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongqiang Han, Jiwang Jin, Wenyu Liu, Nikhil Shankar, Alex Michael Sharf, Chenxi Wang
  • Patent number: 10398050
    Abstract: Pluggable transceiver assembly includes a transceiver body having first and second plug portions and a common base portion that joins the first and second plug portions. The first and second plug portions are separated from each other by an elongated wall-receiving gap that is sized and shaped to receive a receptacle wall of a receptacle assembly. The pluggable transceiver assembly also includes a communication sub-assembly having a transceiver substrate that includes first and second plug sections and a shared section that joins the first and second plug sections. The first and second plug sections extend toward a leading end of the transceiver body from the shared section to substrate edges of the first and second plug sections, respectively. The substrate edges include electrical contacts configured to engage a corresponding receptacle connector of the receptacle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nathan Lincoln Tracy, Alex Michael Sharf, Michael David Herring
  • Publication number: 20190230817
    Abstract: Receptacle assembly includes a receptacle cage and a thermal-transfer module that is coupled to a thermal side of the receptacle cage. The thermal-transfer module has a base portion and a plurality of heat-transfer fins coupled to the base portion. The thermal-transfer module is configured to absorb thermal energy from a pluggable transceiver in the receptacle cage and transfer the thermal energy through the base portion and to the heat-transfer fins. The receptacle assembly also includes a retention clip configured to hold the thermal-transfer module to the receptacle cage. The retention clip includes a resilient beam that extends across the thermal-transfer module. The resilient beam directly engages at least some of the heat-transfer fins and applies a resilient force against the heat-transfer fins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Hongqiang Han, Jiwang Jin, Wenyu Liu, Nikhil Shankar, Alex Michael Sharf, Chenxi Wang
  • Patent number: 10178804
    Abstract: A heat spreader includes a main body extending between a front and a rear configured to be mounted to a cage and heat transfer fingers cantilevered forward from the front of the main body. The heat transfer fingers each have a fixed end, a distal end, a top, a bottom and mating edges facing each other across gaps. The heat transfer fingers are configured to be received in corresponding channels between heat transfer fins of a pluggable module as the pluggable module is installed in the cage through the front end with the gaps receiving the heat transfer fins. The mating edges are configured to face and be thermally coupled to corresponding heat transfer fins. The heat transfer fingers transfer heat from the heat transfer fins rearward toward the distal ends and into the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alex Michael Sharf, Nathan Lincoln Tracy
  • Publication number: 20180310435
    Abstract: A heat spreader includes a main body extending between a front and a rear configured to be mounted to a cage and heat transfer fingers cantilevered forward from the front of the main body. The heat transfer fingers each have a fixed end, a distal end, a top, a bottom and mating edges facing each other across gaps. The heat transfer fingers are configured to be received in corresponding channels between heat transfer fins of a pluggable module as the pluggable module is installed in the cage through the front end with the gaps receiving the heat transfer fins. The mating edges are configured to face and be thermally coupled to corresponding heat transfer fins. The heat transfer fingers transfer heat from the heat transfer fins rearward toward the distal ends and into the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Alex Michael Sharf, Nathan Lincoln Tracy
  • Publication number: 20180233833
    Abstract: An electrical cable splice includes a housing having a channel configured to hold a first signal conductor of a first electrical cable therein. The channel is configured to hold a second signal conductor of a second electrical cable therein in electrical engagement with the first signal conductor such that the first and second signal conductors are electrically interconnected. The second electrical cable has a greater diameter than the first electrical cable. A ground shield external to the housing such that the ground shield extends at least partially around the first and second signal conductors. The ground shield is electrically connected to electrical ground conductors of the first and second electrical cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Megha Shanbhag, Alex Michael Sharf
  • Publication number: 20180175527
    Abstract: Electrical connector assembly includes an intervening wall configured to be positioned along at least one of a connector side of an electrical connector or another component. The electrical connector assembly also includes a plurality of electrical split contacts positioned along the connector side. Each of the split contacts of said plurality includes first and second fingers extending in a mounting direction to respective distal ends. Each of the first and second fingers includes an inner edge and an outer edge, wherein a receiving gap exists between the inner edges of the first and second fingers. The first and second fingers extend through first and second openings, respectively, of a corresponding opening pair of the intervening wall. The partition segment is disposed within the receiving gap between the first and second fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventor: Alex Michael Sharf
  • Patent number: 10003144
    Abstract: Electrical connector assembly includes an intervening wall configured to be positioned along at least one of a connector side of an electrical connector or another component. The electrical connector assembly also includes a plurality of electrical split contacts positioned along the connector side. Each of the split contacts of said plurality includes first and second fingers extending in a mounting direction to respective distal ends. Each of the first and second fingers includes an inner edge and an outer edge, wherein a receiving gap exists between the inner edges of the first and second fingers. The first and second fingers extend through first and second openings, respectively, of a corresponding opening pair of the intervening wall. The partition segment is disposed within the receiving gap between the first and second fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alex Michael Sharf
  • Patent number: 9958497
    Abstract: A testing pluggable module includes a pluggable body extending between a front end and a mating end defining a mating interface with a communication connector of a receptacle assembly. The mating end is receivable in a module cavity of the receptacle assembly to mate with the communication connector. The pluggable body has an exterior forward of the mating end. The testing pluggable module includes an internal circuit board held in the pluggable body having a testing circuit operating at least one testing function. The testing pluggable module includes a user interface on the exterior of the pluggable body. The user interface has an input configured to operably control the at least one testing function of the testing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alex Michael Sharf, Alan Weir Bucher
  • Publication number: 20180116063
    Abstract: Pluggable transceiver assembly includes a transceiver body having first and second plug portions and a common base portion that joins the first and second plug portions. The first and second plug portions are separated from each other by an elongated wall-receiving gap that is sized and shaped to receive a receptacle wall of a receptacle assembly. The pluggable transceiver assembly also includes a communication sub-assembly having a transceiver substrate that includes first and second plug sections and a shared section that joins the first and second plug sections. The first and second plug sections extend toward a leading end of the transceiver body from the shared section to substrate edges of the first and second plug sections, respectively. The substrate edges include electrical contacts configured to engage a corresponding receptacle connector of the receptacle assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Nathan Lincoln Tracy, Alex Michael Sharf, Michael David Herring
  • Patent number: 9941640
    Abstract: A connector is provided and includes a housing with an electronic module receiving passageway positioned therein. The housing includes a first housing and a second housing. The first housing includes a pair of first sidewalls positioned opposite from each other and a pair of partitions forming a slot extending along each of the pair of first sidewalls. The second housing includes a pair of second sidewalls positioned opposite one another, an extension disposed on each the pair of second sidewalls and corresponding with the slot, and a plurality of ribs extending outward from the extension and corresponding with inner surface of the pair of partitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignees: TE Connectivity Corporation, Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Youwei Pan, Hongqiang Han, Wenyu Liu, Jianzhong Pan, Steven David Dunwoody, Richard James Long, Matthew Ryan Schmitt, Alex Michael Sharf, Kevin Edward Weidner
  • Publication number: 20180059167
    Abstract: A testing pluggable module includes a pluggable body extending between a front end and a mating end defining a mating interface with a communication connector of a receptacle assembly. The mating end is receivable in a module cavity of the receptacle assembly to mate with the communication connector. The pluggable body has an exterior forward of the mating end. The testing pluggable module includes an internal circuit board held in the pluggable body having a testing circuit operating at least one testing function. The testing pluggable module includes a user interface on the exterior of the pluggable body. The user interface has an input configured to operably control the at least one testing function of the testing circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Alex Michael Sharf, Alan Weir Bucher
  • Patent number: 9853397
    Abstract: A pluggable module includes a plug body, a deflectable beam, and a tether. A rear end of the plug body is removably receivable in a module cavity of a cage member. The deflectable beam extends from a fixed end to a free end that is spaced apart from the plug body by a clearance gap. The deflectable beam includes a catch feature engaging a complementary catch feature of the cage member to secure the pluggable module in the module cavity. The tether extends through the plug body within a tether channel. A mounting end of the tether is secured to the deflectable beam and a handle of the tether projects beyond the front end of the plug body. Frontward movement of the handle deflects the deflectable beam into the clearance gap for disengaging the catch features to allow removal of the pluggable module from the module cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan Weir Bucher, Alex Michael Sharf
  • Patent number: 9728919
    Abstract: Receptacle assembly includes a receptacle cage having an interior cavity forming first and second module passages. The first and second module passages are configured to receive respective pluggable modules through first and second port openings, respectively, in a loading direction that is parallel to a Z-axis. The receptacle assembly also includes a cage cover positioned at the front end between the first and second port openings. The cage cover includes first and second module fingers. The cage cover also including a ground tab that engages an inner surface of the receptacle cage. The first and second module fingers extend lengthwise in the loading direction. The ground tab extends lengthwise along a Y-axis that is perpendicular to the Z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven David Dunwoody, Alex Michael Sharf, Richard James Long
  • Patent number: 9666993
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a cage member receiving a pluggable module and providing electrical shielding for the pluggable module. The cage member is mounted behind a bezel and aligned with a bezel opening. The connector assembly includes an EMI skirt at the front end of the cage member. The EMI skirt includes plural spring beams integral and having a unibody design with the cage member. Each spring beam has a front bend at the exit point from the cage member, a base extending rearward from the front bend and an arm extending from the base outward in a direction generally away from the cage member. The cage member is positioned relative to the bezel such that the arms reside behind the bezel. The arms have bezel mating interfaces configured to engage and electrically connect to the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard James Long, Alex Michael Sharf, Steven David Dunwoody
  • Patent number: 9583865
    Abstract: A pluggable module includes a pluggable body extending lengthwise between a mating end and a cable end. The pluggable body has a first end and an opposite second end with sides extending therebetween along a length of the pluggable body. The first end, second end and sides define a cavity. An internal circuit board is held in the cavity. The internal circuit board is provided at an end of a cable communicatively coupled to the internal circuit board. The pluggable body is configured to be plugged into a receptacle assembly such that the internal circuit board is communicatively coupled to a communication connector of the receptacle assembly. The pluggable body is defined by a first shell including the first end and the sides and may be formed by extrusion and may have increased thermal conductivity and a second shell including the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alex Michael Sharf, Alan Weir Bucher, Nikhil Shankar
  • Publication number: 20170047690
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a cage member receiving a pluggable module and providing electrical shielding for the pluggable module. The cage member is mounted behind a bezel and aligned with a bezel opening. The connector assembly includes an EMI skirt at the front end of the cage member. The EMI skirt includes plural spring beams integral and having a unibody design with the cage member. Each spring beam has a front bend at the exit point from the cage member, a base extending rearward from the front bend and an arm extending from the base outward in a direction generally away from the cage member. The cage member is positioned relative to the bezel such that the arms reside behind the bezel. The arms have bezel mating interfaces configured to engage and electrically connect to the bezel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Richard James Long, Alex Michael Sharf, Steven David Dunwoody
  • Patent number: 9572285
    Abstract: A pluggable module includes a pluggable body extending between a mating end and a cable end. The pluggable body includes a single-piece, unitary shell defining a cavity. The shell is seamless around a perimeter of the shell. An internal circuit board is held in the cavity and surrounded by the unitary shell. The internal circuit board is provided at an end of a cable communicatively coupled to the internal circuit board. The pluggable body is configured to be plugged into a receptacle assembly such that the internal circuit board is communicatively coupled to a communication connector of the receptacle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard James Long, Alex Michael Sharf, Steven David Dunwoody
  • Patent number: 9509102
    Abstract: A pluggable module includes a pluggable body extending between a mating end and a cable end. The pluggable body has a first end and an opposite second end with sides extending therebetween along a length of the pluggable body. The first end, second end and sides define a cavity. An internal circuit board is held in the cavity. The internal circuit board is provided at an end of a cable communicatively coupled to the internal circuit hoard. The pluggable body is configured to be plugged into a receptacle assembly such that the internal circuit board is communicatively coupled to a communication connector of the receptacle assembly. The pluggable body includes a plurality of fins extending outward from at least one of the first end, the second end and the sides. The fins are provided proximate to the cable end of the pluggable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Michael Sharf, Alan Weir Bucher, Nikhil Shankar