Patents by Inventor Christopher David Ritter

Christopher David Ritter 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: 11011861
    Abstract: A stacked receptacle connector assembly includes a receptacle cage configured to be mounted to a circuit board, a lower communication connector assembly received in the receptacle cage, and an upper communication connector assembly stacked in the receptacle cage above the lower communication connector assembly. The receptacle cage has a divider between an upper and lower module channels receiving upper and lower pluggable modules. The lower communication connector assembly includes a lower communication connector. The upper communication connector assembly includes a paddle card, an upper communication connector mounted to the paddle card, and a cable assembly having cables electrically connected to the paddle card and extending from the paddle card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY SERVICES GmbH
    Inventors: Eric David Briant, Christopher David Ritter, Linda Ellen Shields
  • Publication number: 20210126392
    Abstract: A stacked receptacle connector assembly includes a receptacle cage configured to be mounted to a circuit board, a lower communication connector assembly received in the receptacle cage, and an upper communication connector assembly stacked in the receptacle cage above the lower communication connector assembly. The receptacle cage has a divider between an upper and lower module channels receiving upper and lower pluggable modules. The lower communication connector assembly includes a lower communication connector. The upper communication connector assembly includes a paddle card, an upper communication connector mounted to the paddle card, and a cable assembly having cables electrically connected to the paddle card and extending from the paddle card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Eric David Briant, Christopher David Ritter, Linda Ellen Shields
  • Patent number: 10714237
    Abstract: A differential pair cable assembly includes a cable having a twin axial cable core including first and second conductors conveying differential signals and a cable shield. The cable assembly includes first and second contacts and a housing holding the first and second contacts. The cable assembly includes a shield having a shield cavity that receives the housing and the end of the cable and is electrically connected to the cable shield. The shield provides electrical shielding for the first and second contacts. The shield, the housing, and the contacts define a mating interface of the cable assembly configured to be mated to a mating component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATIOn
    Inventors: Richard Elof Hamner, Christopher William Blackburn, Christopher David Ritter
  • Patent number: 10699823
    Abstract: A cable assembly includes a cable having a cable core including a first signal conductor and a first insulator around the first signal conductor. The first signal conductor includes an exposed segment at an end of the cable extending forward of the first insulators. The cable includes a cable shield surrounding the cable core providing electrical shielding along a length of the cable and having an exposed segment proximate to the end of the cable. A conductive film is wrapped around the exposed segment of the cable shield being electrically connected to the cable shield. A cable ferrule is coupled to the end of the cable being wrapped around the conductive film and being electrically connected to the conductive film. The cable ferrule is electrically connected to the cable shield through the conductive film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher William Blackburn, Julia Anne Lachman, Christopher David Ritter, Kyle Robert Sammon
  • Publication number: 20200005966
    Abstract: A cable assembly includes a cable having a cable core including a first signal conductor and a first insulator around the first signal conductor. The first signal conductor includes an exposed segment at an end of the cable extending forward of the first insulators. The cable includes a cable shield surrounding the cable core providing electrical shielding along a length of the cable and having an exposed segment proximate to the end of the cable. A conductive film is wrapped around the exposed segment of the cable shield being electrically connected to the cable shield. A cable ferrule is coupled to the end of the cable being wrapped around the conductive film and being electrically connected to the conductive film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher William Blackburn, Julia Anne Lachman, Christopher David Ritter, Kyle Robert Sammon
  • Patent number: 10297966
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a header connector having a header housing with a cavity and header signal and ground contacts held in the header housing. The assembly includes a mating adapter having first and second mating ends and an adapter housing holding adapter signal and ground contacts. The adapter signal contacts have receptacles. The first mating end and the second mating end are configured to be selectively received in the cavity of the header housing. The first receptacles are mated to corresponding mating pins of the deader signal contacts when the first mating end is received in the cavity and the second receptacles are mated to corresponding mating pins when the second mating end is received in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Elof Hamner, Christopher David Ritter
  • Patent number: 10136196
    Abstract: A connector brick for a cable communication system includes a header frame including end spacers and side spacers defining a header opening. The header frame is configured for mating with a circuit card. A plurality of cable connectors are received in the header opening and connected to the header frame. Each cable connector has cables extending therefrom. Each cable connector has a header holding signal contacts at a mating end of the header and configured for mating with a corresponding card connector of the circuit card. Float mechanisms extend from the header frame. The float mechanisms allow limited movement in at least two directions of the header frame. The float mechanisms allow alignment of the header frame with the circuit card. The cable connectors float with the header frame as a unit for mating with the corresponding card connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher David Ritter, Robert Paul Nichols, Jared Evan Rossman, Jeffrey Stewart Simpson, Joshua Tyler Sechrist
  • Publication number: 20170374435
    Abstract: A connector brick for a cable communication system includes a header frame including end spacers and side spacers defining a header opening. The header frame is configured for mating with a circuit card. A plurality of cable connectors are received in the header opening and connected to the header frame. Each cable connector has cables extending therefrom. Each cable connector has a header holding signal contacts at a mating end of the header and configured for mating with a corresponding card connector of the circuit card. Float mechanisms extend from the header frame. The float mechanisms allow limited movement in at least two directions of the header frame. The float mechanisms allow alignment of the header frame with the circuit card. The cable connectors float with the header frame as a unit for mating with the corresponding card connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher David Ritter, Robert Paul Nichols, Jared Evan Rossman, Jeffrey Stewart Simpson, Joshua Tyler Sechrist
  • Patent number: 9735481
    Abstract: Daughter card assembly including a circuit board and leading and trailing connectors mounted to the circuit board. The leading and trailing connectors have mating ends that face in different directions along a board plane. The daughter card assembly also includes a support wall that is coupled to the circuit board and extends orthogonal to the circuit board. The support wall has a wall opening therethrough. The trailing connector is positioned on the circuit board such that the mating end substantially aligns with the wall opening. The daughter card assembly also includes a retention shroud that projects from an exterior surface of the support wall. The retention shroud defines a shroud passage that aligns with the wall opening. The shroud and wall openings form a receiving passage for receiving at least one of the trailing connector or a corresponding cable connector that mates with the trailing connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Patrick Costello, Christopher David Ritter, Steven Lee Flickinger, Evan Charles Wickes
  • Patent number: 9543676
    Abstract: Connector adapter includes an adapter body having a mating side and a mounting side. The mating side includes signal cavities that open to the mating side. The connector adapter also includes signal conductors extending through the adapter body. Each of the signal conductors has and extends between a pin socket positioned at the mating side and a signal tail positioned at the mounting side. The pin sockets are positioned within corresponding signal cavities. Each of the pin sockets includes first and second arms that oppose each other and define a thru-hole therebetween. The first and second arms engage a signal tail of an electrical connector when the signal tail of the electrical connector is inserted into the thru-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Lee Evans, Christopher David Ritter
  • Patent number: 9485890
    Abstract: An electrical connector system includes a panel having a plurality of connector openings and a plurality of vent openings interspersed among the connector openings. Cable connectors are coupled to the panel and extend at least partially into the connector openings. The cable connectors have mating interfaces presented at the front for mating with mating connectors and the cable connectors have cables extending from cable ends of the cable connectors and located rearward of a rear of the panel. Air funnels are coupled to the panel at corresponding vent openings. The air funnels extend rearward of the rear of the panel. The air funnels route the cables clear of the space rearward of the vent openings to define an unimpeded flow path through the vent openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Nathan Glenn Lehman, Jeffrey Stewart Simpson, Christopher David Ritter
  • Publication number: 20160240946
    Abstract: Connector adapter includes an adapter body having a mating side and a mounting side. The mating side includes signal cavities that open to the mating side. The connector adapter also includes signal conductors extending through the adapter body. Each of the signal conductors has and extends between a pin socket positioned at the mating side and a signal tail positioned at the mounting side. The pin sockets are positioned within corresponding signal cavities. Each of the pin sockets includes first and second arms that oppose each other and define a thru-hole therebetween. The first and second arms engage a signal tail of an electrical connector when the signal tail of the electrical connector is inserted into the thru-hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Nicholas Lee Evans, Christopher David Ritter
  • Patent number: 9412496
    Abstract: A cable assembly for a cable backplane system includes a tray having a frame and spacer assemblies coupled to the frame that hold cable tray connectors in fixed positions relative to the frame. Each cable tray connector has a housing holding a plurality of contacts and cables extending rearward from the corresponding housing. The housings are configured to be received in corresponding openings in a backplane of the cable backplane system. A flexible cable harness extends from the tray. The flexible cable harness has a flexible shield electrically coupled to the frame and a harness connector electrically connected to at least one corresponding cable tray connector. At least some of the cables are routed from the tray through the flexible shield to the harness connector. The flexible shield provides electrical shielding for the cables. The harness connector is variably positionable relative to the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher David Ritter, Jeffrey Stewart Simpson, Tracy Lee Smith, Brian Patrick Costello, Jared Evan Rossman
  • Publication number: 20160149362
    Abstract: A connector brick for a cable communication system includes a header frame including end spacers and side spacers defining a header opening. The header frame is configured for mating with a circuit card. A plurality of cable connectors are received in the header opening and connected to the header frame. Each cable connector has cables extending therefrom. Each cable connector has a header holding signal contacts at a mating end of the header and configured for mating with a corresponding card connector of the circuit card. Float mechanisms extend from the header frame. The float mechanisms allow limited movement in at least two directions of the header frame. The float mechanisms allow alignment of the header frame with the circuit card. The cable connectors float with the header frame as a unit for mating with the corresponding card connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher David Ritter, Robert Paul Nichols, Jared Evan Rossman, Jeffrey Stewart Simpson, Joshua Tyler Sechrist
  • Patent number: 9326417
    Abstract: A cable backplane system includes a backplane having a plurality of openings extending between a front and a rear of the backplane. The backplane has mounting locations proximate the openings. Mounting blocks are coupled to the front of the backplane at corresponding mounting locations. The mounting blocks are secured to the backplane by fasteners. A cable rack is coupled to the rear of the backplane and has a tray with a frame surrounding a raceway and spacers coupled to the tray. The spacers hold corresponding cable connectors and are secured to corresponding mounting blocks to position the spacers and cable connector assemblies relative to the backplane. The cable connectors are received in corresponding openings in the backplane and are held in position relative to the backplane by the spacers and mounting blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher David Ritter, Robert Paul Nichols, Brian Patrick Costello, Joshua Tyler Sechrist, Nathan Glenn Lehman
  • Patent number: 9253916
    Abstract: A cable backplane system includes a backplane and a chassis supporting the backplane. A cable rack is coupled to the chassis and backplane. The cable rack includes upper trays and lower trays each having a frame and cable connector assemblies held by the corresponding frame. The upper trays have upper tray guides configured to interact with corresponding upper chassis guides on the upper support for supporting the upper trays relative to the backplane. The lower trays have lower tray guides configured to interact with corresponding lower chassis guides on the lower support for aligning the lower trays to the backplane. The upper trays have upper hanging guides and the lower trays have lower hanging guides coupled to corresponding upper hanging guides to support the lower trays with the corresponding upper trays relative to the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Paul Nichols, Christopher David Ritter
  • Patent number: 9232676
    Abstract: A cable backplane system includes a backplane having a plurality of openings therethrough and a plurality of mounting blocks. A cable rack is coupled to a rear of the backplane and includes a tray having a frame surrounding a raceway. Spacers are coupled to the tray that are secured to corresponding mounting blocks to position the spacers relative to the backplane. Cable connector assemblies are held by the tray. Each cable connector assembly has a plurality of cables extending between at least two cable connectors. The cables are routed in the raceway. Each cable connector assembly is positioned between and supported by corresponding spacers on opposite sides of the cable connector assemblies. The spacers allow limited movement of the cable connectors in at least two directions to allow alignment of the cable connectors within corresponding openings in the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Tyler Sechrist, Christopher David Ritter, Nathan Glenn Lehman, Brian Patrick Costello, Robert Paul Nichols
  • Patent number: 9232666
    Abstract: A cable backplane system includes a backplane having board areas surrounding a connector opening with holes in the board areas along the connector opening. Stiffeners are coupled to corresponding board areas along a front of the backplane. The stiffeners have bores aligned with corresponding holes in the backplane. A cable rack is coupled to the rear of the backplane. The cable rack has a tray with a frame surrounding a raceway and spacers coupled to the tray that hold corresponding cable connectors. The spacers have guide pins extending therefrom that pass through the holes in the backplane into corresponding bores in the stiffeners to position the spacers relative to the stiffeners and the backplane. The cable connectors are received in the connector opening in the backplane and held in position relative to the backplane by the spacers and stiffeners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher David Ritter, Robert Paul Nichols, Brian Patrick Costello, Joshua Tyler Sechrist, Nathan Glenn Lehman
  • Patent number: 9190764
    Abstract: Electrical connector including a connector body having a mating side with a communication array of signal and ground contacts and first and second mounting sides with respective mounting arrays of signal and ground contacts. Each of the first and second mounting sides is configured to be mounted to a corresponding circuit board. The connector body includes signal and ground conductors that extend through the connector body and communicatively couple the communication array to each of the mounting arrays. The mating side faces along a mating axis and the first and second mounting sides face in opposite directions along a mounting axis. The mating and mounting axes are perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Elof Hamner, Christopher David Ritter, Justin Shane McClellan
  • Patent number: 9179571
    Abstract: A cable backplane system includes a backplane having a plurality of openings and mounting blocks proximate the openings. A cable rack is coupled to a rear of the backplane that includes a tray, spacers coupled to the tray and cable connector assemblies held by corresponding spacers. Each cable connector assembly has a plurality of cables extending between cable connectors. The cable connectors are received in corresponding openings and held in position relative to the backplane by the spacers. Locking assemblies are held by the tray and have a latch proximate to a front edge of the tray configured to interact with a corresponding one of the mounting blocks to lockably couple the tray to the backplane. The locking assemblies each have an actuator at a rear of the tray that is actuated by an installer to lock and unlock the latch with the mounting block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Jared Evan Rossman, Christopher David Ritter, David Stanley Szczesny