Patents by Inventor Kent E. Regnier

Kent E. Regnier 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: 20190356093
    Abstract: A connector assembly can be provided. A receptacle includes terminals that can be positioned in a card slot on a 0.60 mm pitch (or greater). A biasing element can be provided in the card slot to engage a mating paddle card. The receptacle can be configured to allow air to flow from a front face to a rear face, the air passing through a middle wall. A plug assembly can be provided that includes a conductive body and is configured to generate some amount of heat. The body can include a surface that has cooling grooves. The cooling grooves allow air flow over the plug assembly so that the plug assembly can be cooled directly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. REGNIER
  • Patent number: 10476211
    Abstract: A connector system is disclosed that is configured to provide terminals that support data rates of 10 Gbps or more. Such a connector system includes a wafer set configured to enable broad-side coupling of a differential pair of terminals across an air channel formed between the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. Regnier
  • Patent number: 10439334
    Abstract: A connector is provided that includes a housing and the housing supports a plurality of wafers. Each wafer supports a terminal and adjacent signal wafers are configured so as to provide broad-side coupled terminals. A pair of signal terminals can be surrounded on both sides by ground terminals that offer shielding so as to help isolate one signal pair from another signal pair. The geometry of the wafers can be adjusted so as to provide a tuned transmission channel. The resultant tuned transmission channel can be configured to provide desirable performance at high signaling frequencies of 12-16 GHz or even higher signaling frequencies such as 20 GHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Kent E. Regnier, Patrick R. Casher
  • Publication number: 20190305468
    Abstract: A receptacle is depicted. The receptacle can provide two rows of terminals to increase the density of the interface. If desired, a connector positioned in the receptacle can omit the use of a housing, even if the receptacle provides a stacked connector configuration. With the use of various airflow features it is possible to cool inserted plug modules that use more than 6 watts and potentially more than 8 watts of power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Hazelton AVERY, Kent E. REGNIER
  • Patent number: 10403993
    Abstract: A module can be configured to mate with a receptacle. The module includes a body with a thermal surface that is coupled to thermally active circuitry supported by the body. The receptacle is configured to allow air to flow over the thermal surface so as to dissipate thermal energy from the circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. Regnier
  • Patent number: 10396513
    Abstract: A connector system for a pluggable IO connector is disclosed that includes a plug with two rows of pads on two sides of a mating blade and a receptacle with two connection regions that is configured to engage the two rows of pads. In an embodiment the connector system can support double the data bandwidth of a typical connector while allowing for backward compatibility with convention plug assemblies that have a single row of pads on each side the mating blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. Regnier
  • Publication number: 20190245288
    Abstract: A wire to board connector is provided for connecting cables of cable bypass assemblies to circuitry mounted on a circuit board. The connector has a structure that maintains the geometry of the cable through the connector. The connector includes a pair of edge coupled conductive signal terminals and a ground shield to which the signal terminals are broadside coupled. The connector includes a pair of ground terminals aligned with the signal terminals and both sets of terminals have J-shaped contact portions that flex linearly when the connector is inserted into a receptacle. In another embodiment, the signal terminal contact portions are supported by a compliant member that may deflect when the connectors engage contact pads on a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Keith LLOYD, Gregory B. WALZ, Bruce REED, Gregory FITZGERALD, Ayman ISAAC, Kent E. REGNIER, Brandon JANOWIAK, Darian R. SCHULZ, Munawar AHMAD, Eran J. JONES, Javier RESENDEZ, Michael ROST
  • Patent number: 10374372
    Abstract: A connector assembly can be provided. A receptacle includes terminals that can be positioned in a card slot on a 0.60 mm pitch (or greater). A biasing element can be provided in the card slot to engage a mating paddle card. The receptacle can be configured to allow air to flow from a front face to a rear face, the air passing through a middle wall. A plug assembly can be provided that includes a conductive body and is configured to generate some amount of heat. The body can include a surface that has cooling grooves. The cooling grooves allow air flow over the plug assembly so that the plug assembly can be cooled directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. Regnier
  • Patent number: 10367280
    Abstract: A wire to board connector is provided for connecting cables of cable bypass assemblies to circuitry mounted on a circuit board. The connector has a structure that maintains the geometry of the cable through the connector. The connector includes a pair of edge coupled conductive signal terminals and a ground shield to which the signal terminals are broadside coupled. The connector includes a pair of ground terminals aligned with the signal terminals and both sets of terminals have J-shaped contact portions that flex linearly when the connector is inserted into a receptacle. In another embodiment, the signal terminal contact portions are supported by a compliant member that may deflect when the connectors engage contact pads on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Keith Lloyd, Gregory B. Walz, Bruce Reed, Gregory Fitzgerald, Ayman Isaac, Kent E. Regnier, Brandon Janowiak, Darian R. Schulz, Munawar Ahmad, Eran J. Jones, Javier Resendez, Michael Rost
  • Patent number: 10312645
    Abstract: A connector system includes a plug assembly that has a front connector mounted to a circuit board. The connector has two wafers that each support a row of terminals and uses shims and pegs to precisely control the spatial relationship of the two wafers to the circuit board. The wafers need not be directly contacting the circuit board and the terminals can have tails that can be positioned slightly above the circuit board and connector to pads on the circuit board via solder connections. The connector system is optimized so as to enable support of 25 Gbps data rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Janowiak, Kent E. Regnier, Jerry Kachlic
  • Publication number: 20190123491
    Abstract: A connector system is disclosed that is configured to provide terminals that support data rates of 10 Gbps or more. Such a connector system includes a wafer set configured to enable broad-side coupling of a differential pair of terminals across an air channel formed between the terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. Regnier
  • Patent number: 10249983
    Abstract: A receptacle connector defines a port. The port is provided with spring fingers that are configured to engage a mating module. The spring fingers are thermally coupled to a heat transfer plate that can be configured to provide part of a cage that defines the port. Fins can be mounted on or integrated into the heat transfer plate. In operation, thermal energy from an inserted module is transferred from the module to spring fingers and then to the heat transfer plate and then to a thermal dissipation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Kent E. Regnier, Jerry A. Long
  • Publication number: 20190089106
    Abstract: A connector system for a pluggable IO connector is disclosed that includes a plug with two rows of pads on two sides of a mating blade and a receptacle with two connection regions that is configured to engage the two rows of pads. In an embodiment the connector system can support double the data bandwidth of a typical connector, such as a QSFP connector, while allowing for backward compatibility with convention plug assemblies that have a single row of pads on each side the mating blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. Regnier
  • Publication number: 20190074618
    Abstract: A module can be configured to mate with a receptacle. The module includes a body with a thermal surface that is coupled to thermally active circuitry supported by the body. The receptacle is configured to allow air to flow over the thermal surface so as to dissipate thermal energy from the circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. Regnier
  • Patent number: 10193280
    Abstract: A connector can include a housing and a conductive shield and a pair of latching members. The latching members have free ends with engagement teeth formed on them which are separated by an intervening notch. The sidewalls of this notch can be flat and can define a hard stop surface for engagement with an opposing board connector. The free ends further include ramped surfaces leading to the engagement notch to form cam surfaces that depress the latching members when the cable connector is mated to a board connector. The latching members may include locating tabs that are captured in vertical movement by the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Steven George Sutter, Darian Schulz, Kent E. Regnier
  • Patent number: 10186794
    Abstract: A connector system includes a main board and an interposer board. The main board and the interposer board are each configured to mate to a separate connector and are connected together by vias. The vias can provide an electrical path from the interposer board to the main circuit board so that a first connector mounted on the interposer board can be positioned directly in line with a second connector mounted on the main circuit board. The interposer helps make the routing out of signal traces from the two connector simpler while reducing the need for additional layers on the main board. Two connectors can be press-fit mounted to the main board and the interposer board in a belly-to-belly configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. Regnier
  • Patent number: 10181663
    Abstract: A connector system is provided that includes a first connector and a second connector that are both coupled by a plurality of cables. The first connector is a stacked connector and includes a first terminal pair and a second terminal pair that are positioned in spaced apart card slots. The second connector includes a third and a fourth terminal pairs and the first and second terminal pairs are fixably connected to the third and fourth terminal pairs by the plurality of cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. Regnier
  • Patent number: 10164380
    Abstract: A connector system is disclosed that is configured to provide terminals at a 0.5 mm pitch with providing for high data rates of 10 Gbps or more. In an embodiment, a 4X connector can be provided that is about the size of a convention SFP connector while still supporting relatively high data rates. This connector can be stacked to provide additional density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kent E. Regnier
  • Publication number: 20180366890
    Abstract: A connector for use in a free-standing connector port for mating with an external pluggable module is disclosed. The connector has terminals that extend lengthwise of the connector so that cables may be terminated to the terminals and the terminals and cable generally are horizontally aligned together. The connector includes a housing and a pair of connecting elements that flank a card-receiving slot of the connector. The cables exit from the rear of the connector elements and from the connector port. The connector elements engage the connector port to fix the connector in place within the connector port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Keith Lloyd, Gregory B. WALZ, Bruce REED, Gregory FITZGERALD, Ayman ISAAC, Kent E. REGNIER, Brandon JANOWIAK, Darian R. SCHULZ, Munawar AHMAD, Eran J. JONES, Javier RESENDEZ, Michael ROST
  • Patent number: 10135211
    Abstract: A connector for use in a free-standing connector port for mating with an external pluggable module is disclosed. The connector has terminals that extend lengthwise of the connector so that cables may be terminated to the terminals and the terminals and cable generally are horizontally aligned together. The connector includes a housing and a pair of connecting elements that flank a card-receiving slot of the connector. The cables exit from the rear of the connector elements and from the connector port. The connector elements engage the connector port to fix the connector in place within the connector port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Keith Lloyd, Gregory B. Walz, Bruce Reed, Gregory Fitzgerald, Ayman Isaac, Kent E. Regnier, Brandon Janowiak, Darian R. Schulz, Munawar Ahmad, Eran J. Jones, Javier Resendez, Michael Rost