Patents by Inventor Jeffrey Byron McClinton

Jeffrey Byron McClinton 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: 10910774
    Abstract: A contact module includes a dielectric holder holding signal contacts having mating portions extending forward of the dielectric holder. A shield structure is coupled to the dielectric holder providing electrical shielding for the signal contacts. The shield structure has first and second ground shields having corresponding mating portions extending forward of the mating end of the dielectric holder. The shield structure has ground blades extending between the first and second ground shields having mating portions extending forward of the mating end of the dielectric holder at least one of above or below the mating portions of the signal contacts. The ground blades electrically connect the mating portions of the first ground shield and the mating portions of the second ground shield immediately forward of the mating end of dielectric holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY SERVICES GmbH
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Justin Dennis Pickel, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Timothy Robert Minnick, Chad William Morgan, John Joseph Consoli
  • Patent number: 10763622
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a front housing and a contact module received in a cavity of the front housing having a frame assembly including a dielectric holder holding signal contacts. Each signal contact has a mating end and a terminating end. A ground shield is coupled to the dielectric holder for shielding the signal contacts. The ground shield has a ground pad at the mating end, mating beams extending from the ground pad for mating with corresponding header ground shields of a header connector and ground beams between corresponding mating beams for mating with corresponding header ground shields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Michael James Horning, John Joseph Consoli
  • Publication number: 20200176934
    Abstract: A contact module includes a dielectric holder holding signal contacts having mating portions extending forward of the dielectric holder. A shield structure is coupled to the dielectric holder providing electrical shielding for the signal contacts. The shield structure has first and second ground shields having corresponding mating portions extending forward of the mating end of the dielectric holder. The shield structure has ground blades extending between the first and second ground shields having mating portions extending forward of the mating end of the dielectric holder at least one of above or below the mating portions of the signal contacts. The ground blades electrically connect the mating portions of the first ground shield and the mating portions of the second ground shield immediately forward of the mating end of dielectric holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Justin Dennis Pickel, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Timothy Robert Minnick, Chad William Morgan, John Joseph Consoli
  • Publication number: 20200144772
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a front housing and a contact module received in a cavity of the front housing having a frame assembly including a dielectric holder holding signal contacts. Each signal contact has a mating end and a terminating end. A ground shield is coupled to the dielectric holder for shielding the signal contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Michael James Horning, John Joseph Consoli
  • Patent number: 10594085
    Abstract: Electrical contact includes a base portion and a mating portion having a leading end of the electrical contact. The mating portion includes a contact finger coupled to the base portion and extends between the base portion and the leading end. The contact finger has an engagement surface that is shaped to define a primary contact zone. The electrical contact also includes a resonance-control protrusion shaped to define a stub-contact zone. The stub-contact zone is positioned at the base portion or between the base portion and the primary contact zone. The primary contact zone and the stub-contact zone are configured to engage another contact. The stub-contact zone is configured to impede electrical resonance along a stub portion of the other contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Chad William Morgan, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Douglas Edward Shirk
  • Patent number: 10574000
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a front housing and a contact module received in a cavity of the front housing having a frame assembly including a dielectric holder holding signal contacts. Each signal contact has a mating end and a terminating end. A ground shield is coupled to the dielectric holder for shielding the signal contacts. The ground shield has a ground pad at the mating end, mating beams extending forward from the ground pad for mating with corresponding header ground shields and tie bars extending between corresponding mating beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jeffrey Byron McClinton
  • Patent number: 10566740
    Abstract: A contact module includes a dielectric holder holding signal contacts having mating portions extending forward of the dielectric holder. A shield structure is coupled to the dielectric holder providing electrical shielding for the signal contacts. The shield structure has first and second ground shields having corresponding mating portions extending forward of the mating end of the dielectric holder. The shield structure has ground blades extending between the first and second ground shields having mating portions extending forward of the mating end of the dielectric holder at least one of above or below the mating portions of the signal contacts. The ground blades electrically connect the mating portions of the first ground shield and the mating portions of the second ground shield immediately forward of the mating end of dielectric holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Justin Dennis Pickel, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Timothy Robert Minnick, Chad William Morgan, John Joseph Consoli
  • Patent number: 10476210
    Abstract: A contact module includes a dielectric holder having first and second sides extending between a mating end and a mounting end. The contact module includes signal contacts held by the dielectric holder along a contact plane. The contact module includes a first ground shield coupled to the first side of the dielectric holder and providing electrical shielding for the signal contacts and a second ground shield coupled to the second side of the dielectric holder and providing electrical shielding for the signal contacts, the ground shield having skewer openings. The contact module includes ground skewers having posts extending from the first ground shield through the dielectric holder. The posts are electrically connected to the first ground shield and extend into corresponding skewer openings of the second ground shield to electrically connect the first ground shield to the second ground shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignees: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, TYCO ELECTRONICS JAPAN G.K.
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Justin Dennis Pickel, Tetsuya Katano, Masayuki Aizawa, Masaaki Iwasaki, Teruhiko Matsudaira
  • Publication number: 20190305486
    Abstract: A contact module includes a dielectric holder holding signal contacts having mating portions extending forward of the dielectric holder. A shield structure is coupled to the dielectric holder providing electrical shielding for the signal contacts. The shield structure has first and second ground shields having corresponding mating portions extending forward of the mating end of the dielectric holder. The shield structure has ground blades extending between the first and second ground shields having mating portions extending forward of the mating end of the dielectric holder at least one of above or below the mating portions of the signal contacts. The ground blades electrically connect the mating portions of the first ground shield and the mating portions of the second ground shield immediately forward of the mating end of dielectric holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Justin Dennis Pickel, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Timothy Robert Minnick, Chad William Morgan, John Joseph Consoli
  • Patent number: 10326244
    Abstract: Electrical connector includes a connector housing and a plurality of electrical contacts coupled to the connector housing. Each of the electrical contacts includes a base section coupled to the connector housing and an elongated mating pin coupled to the base section. The mating pin extends away from the base section along a longitudinal axis to a contact end of the mating pin. The mating pin has an exterior surface that forms a runway configured to intimately engage another contact during a mating operation. The runway includes a wipe zone, a resonance-control zone, and a mating zone. The resonance-control zone is located between the mating zone and the wipe zone. The resonance-control zone has a greater elevation than an elevation of the wipe zone and an elevation of the mating zone such that the resonance-control zone deflects the other contact further away during the mating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Jeffrey Byron McClinton
  • Publication number: 20190074637
    Abstract: Electrical contact includes a base portion and a mating portion having a leading end of the electrical contact. The mating portion includes a contact finger coupled to the base portion and extends between the base portion and the leading end. The contact finger has an engagement surface that is shaped to define a primary contact zone. The electrical contact also includes a resonance-control protrusion shaped to define a stub-contact zone. The stub-contact zone is positioned at the base portion or between the base portion and the primary contact zone. The primary contact zone and the stub-contact zone are configured to engage another contact. The stub-contact zone is configured to impede electrical resonance along a stub portion of the other contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Chad William Morgan, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Douglas Edward Shirk
  • Publication number: 20190074636
    Abstract: Electrical connector includes a connector housing and a plurality of electrical contacts coupled to the connector housing. Each of the electrical contacts includes a base section coupled to the connector housing and an elongated mating pin coupled to the base section. The mating pin extends away from the base section along a longitudinal axis to a contact end of the mating pin. The mating pin has an exterior surface that forms a runway configured to intimately engage another contact during a mating operation. The runway includes a wipe zone, a resonance-control zone, and a mating zone. The resonance-control zone is located between the mating zone and the wipe zone. The resonance-control zone has a greater elevation than an elevation of the wipe zone and an elevation of the mating zone such that the resonance-control zone deflects the other contact further away during the mating operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: David Allison Trout, Jeffrey Byron McClinton
  • Patent number: 9608382
    Abstract: A header transition connector includes a header housing having a separating wall separating a first cavity from a second cavity. Header signal contacts are held by the header housing. The header signal contacts are arranged in pairs carrying differential signals. The header signal contacts have first mating ends in the first cavity for mating with a first receptacle connector. The header signal contacts have second mating ends in the second cavity for mating with a second receptacle connector. Header ground shields are held by the header housing. The header ground shields have first mating ends in the first cavity for mating with the first receptacle connector. The header ground shields have second mating ends in the second cavity for mating with the second receptacle connector. At least a group of the header ground shields are electrically commoned with each other within the header housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, TE CONNECTIVITY NEDERLAND B.V., TYCO ELECTRONICS BELGIUM EC BVBA
    Inventors: Justin Shane McClellan, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Lieven Decrock, Han van het Bolscher
  • Patent number: 9461394
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a connector housing configured to engage a mating connector during a mating operation. A contact array includes pin contacts coupled to the connector housing. Each of the pin contacts have an elongated body including a central plane that extends along a longitudinal axis to a mating end. Each of the pin contacts has first and second deflectable beams at the mating end. The first deflectable beam are configured to engage a first flexible contact finger of the mating connector and deflect toward the central plane during the mating operation. The second deflectable beam is configured to engage a second flexible contact finger of the mating connector and deflect toward the central plane during the mating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Justin Shane McClellan, Jeffrey Byron McClinton
  • Publication number: 20160118751
    Abstract: A header transition connector includes a header housing having a separating wall separating a first cavity from a second cavity. Header signal contacts are held by the header housing. The header signal contacts are arranged in pairs carrying differential signals. The header signal contacts have first mating ends in the first cavity for mating with a first receptacle connector. The header signal contacts have second mating ends in the second cavity for mating with a second receptacle connector. Header ground shields are held by the header housing. The header ground shields have first mating ends in the first cavity for mating with the first receptacle connector. The header ground shields have second mating ends in the second cavity for mating with the second receptacle connector. At least a group of the header ground shields are electrically commoned with each other within the header housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Inventors: Justin Shane McClellan, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Lieven Decrock, Han Van Het Bolscher
  • Publication number: 20160056564
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a connector housing configured to engage a mating connector during a mating operation. A contact array includes pin contacts coupled to the connector housing. Each of the pin contacts have an elongated body including a central plane that extends along a longitudinal axis to a mating end. Each of the pin contacts has first and second deflectable beams at the mating end. The first deflectable beam are configured to engage a first flexible contact finger of the mating connector and deflect toward the central plane during the mating operation. The second deflectable beam is configured to engage a second flexible contact finger of the mating connector and deflect toward the central plane during the mating operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Justin Shane McClellan, Jeffrey Byron McClinton
  • Patent number: 9246293
    Abstract: A leadframe for a contact module includes signal contacts arranged in pairs carrying differential signals. Each pair of signal contacts includes a first signal contact and a second signal contact. Each signal contact has a mating beam at an end thereof configured to be electrically connected to a corresponding header contact of a header assembly. Each mating beam includes a stem and a branch extending from the stem. A first paddle extends from the stem and a second paddle extends from the branch. In an initial, stamped orientation, the mating beams are stamped such that the mating beams of the first and second signal contacts within the same pair of signal contacts are angled non-parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Vino, IV, Leo Joseph Graham, Michael Christopher D'Imperio, David Allison Trout, Wayne Samuel Davis, Rodney Timothy Yancey, Jeffrey Byron McClinton
  • Patent number: 9054467
    Abstract: Electrical connector including a module assembly having a contact module. The contact module has a module body and signal conductors held by the module body. The module assembly has a shroud-engaging face. The signal conductors have respective signal members disposed along the shroud-engaging face. The electrical connector also includes a connector shroud that couples to the module assembly. The connector shroud has a mating side, a loading side, and a mating axis extending therebetween. The connector shroud includes contact passages that extend therethrough. The loading side interfaces with the shroud-engaging face. The connector shroud couples to the module assembly in first or second rotational positions about the mating axis. The contact passages align with the signal members for each of the first and second rotational positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Elof Hamner, Christopher David Ritter, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Justin Shane McClellan
  • Publication number: 20150118921
    Abstract: A leadframe for a contact module includes signal contacts arranged in pairs carrying differential signals. Each pair of signal contacts includes a first signal contact and a second signal contact. Each signal contact has a mating beam at an end thereof configured to be electrically connected to a corresponding header contact of a header assembly. Each mating beam includes a stem and a branch extending from the stem. A first paddle extends from the stem and a second paddle extends from the branch. In an initial, stamped orientation, the mating beams are stamped such that the mating beams of the first and second signal contacts within the same pair of signal contacts are angled non-parallel to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Vino, IV, Leo Joseph Graham, Michael Christopher D'Imperio, David Allison Trout, Wayne Samuel Davis, Rodney Timothy Yancey, Jeffrey Byron McClinton
  • Publication number: 20150104977
    Abstract: Electrical connector including a module assembly having a contact module. The contact module has a module body and signal conductors held by the module body. The module assembly has a shroud-engaging face. The signal conductors have respective signal members disposed along the shroud-engaging face. The electrical connector also includes a connector shroud that couples to the module assembly. The connector shroud has a mating side, a loading side, and a mating axis extending therebetween. The connector shroud includes contact passages that extend therethrough. The loading side interfaces with the shroud-engaging face. The connector shroud couples to the module assembly in first or second rotational positions about the mating axis. The contact passages align with the signal members for each of the first and second rotational positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Elof Hamner, Christopher David Ritter, Jeffrey Byron McClinton, Justin Shane McClellan