Patents by Inventor Robert G. McHugh

Robert G. McHugh 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: 6203331
    Abstract: A connector comprises an insulative housing in which a plurality of passageways are defined. A plurality of contacts are received in the passageways. Each contact comprises an engagement plate loosely retained in the passageway, a positioning section connected to the engagement plate via a first flexible neck and mounted thereon a solder ball, a contacting section located above the positioning section and connected to the positioning section via a second flexible neck. When the solder ball is soldered on a printed circuit board and the housing and the contact is urged by an external electrical device, the housing is moved downward with respect to the engagement plate of the contact and the contacting section is pressed downward by the external electrical device, with the second flexible neck being deformed for providing a normal force facilitating the contacting section to abut against the external electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Nick Lin, Hanchen Tan, Jwomin Wang
  • Patent number: 6186797
    Abstract: A contact comprises a central torsion beam, two side plates integrally connected to two ends of the central torsion beam and each side plate is perpendicular to the torsion beam. Two curved spring arms extend oppositely from a center portion of the torsion beam so that when the side plates are fixed in position and the curved spring arms are exerted opposite forces by two contact pads sandwiching the contact, the torsion beam will be twisted for a predetermined angle to transmit reactive forces to the curved spring arms to abut against the contact pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaomin Wang, Nick Lin, Shih-Weu Hsiao, Robert G. McHugh
  • Patent number: 6183315
    Abstract: A pair of board-to-board connectors (10, 30) including a receptacle connector (10) and a plug connector (30). The receptacle connector (10) includes an insulative first housing (12) having a plurality of first passageways (14) for receiving a corresponding number of first contacts (16) therein, respectively. Each first contact (16) is of a resilient bellow type and the distal end (22) thereof abuts against the butting wall (26) of the housing (12) for pre-loading consideration, thus controlling the contact gap for mating. The plug connector (30) includes an insulative second housing (32) having a plurality of second passageways (34) for receiving a corresponding number of second contacts (36) therein, respectively. Each second contact (36) is of a stiff stick type and the distal end (42) thereof abuts against the side wall (44) of the housing (32) for confronting the mated corresponding first contact (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Yu-Ming Ho, Hung-Chi Yu
  • Patent number: 6181568
    Abstract: An electrical apparatus comprises an electrical device including at least a first terminal. A carrier for electrically connecting the electrical device to a printed circuit board having at least a conductive contact includes a bridging terminal disposed between the first terminal and the conductive contact. The bridging terminal is arranged to be selectively displaced between a first position at which the first terminal and the conductive contact are not connected, and a second position at which the first terminal and the conductive contact are electrically connected by the bridging terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Yao-Chi Huang
  • Patent number: 6179624
    Abstract: A contact comprises a plate, a positioning section connected to the plate via a first flexible neck and adapted to be mounted by an external solder ball, a contacting section located above and connected to the positioning section via a second flexible neck. The first flexible neck is deformable to absorb a tension originated from the plate. The second flexible neck is deformable to force the contacting section to abut against an external electrical device when the external electrical device urges the contacting section to electrically connect to the solder ball via the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Nick Lin, HanChen Tan, Jwomin Wang
  • Patent number: 6164978
    Abstract: A contact comprises an upper beam and a lower beam both of which are connected by two side plates at two ends thereof. An upper spring arm extends from the upper beam and a lower spring arm extends from the lower beam. The upper spring arm having a contacting section substantially located at a highest position of the contact. The lower spring arm has a soldering tail substantially located at a lowest position of the contact. When the side plates and the soldering tail are fixed in position and the contacting section of the upper spring arm is urged by an external force, the upper beam will be twisted for a predetermined angle to transmit a tension to the contacting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Nick Lin, Jao-Min Wang, Shih-Wei Hsiao
  • Patent number: 6159032
    Abstract: A low profile socket comprises an insulative cover comprising a first rectangular plate from opposite corners of which two first wings extend. An insulative base comprises a second rectangular plate from opposite corners of which two second wings extend. Supporting walls extend downward from opposite sides of each second wings. At least one blind hole is defined from top surface of each first wing down to a portion of each supporting wall of the cover. At least one tapered tab extends from the second wing portion of the base for slidably engaging with the at least one blind hole of the first wing portion of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Nick Lin
  • Patent number: 6146152
    Abstract: A contact comprises a central torsion beam, two side plates integrally connected to two ends of the central torsion beam and each side plate is perpendicular to the torsion beam. Two curved spring arms extend oppositely from a center portion of the torsion beam so that when the side plates are fixed in position and the curved spring arms are exerted opposite forces by two contact pads sandwiching the contact, the torsion beam will be twisted for a predetermined angle to transmit reactive forces to the curved spring arms to abut against the contact pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Nick Lin, Jwo-Min Wang, Shih-Wei Hsiao
  • Patent number: 6132220
    Abstract: A land grid array connector is electrically connected between a first electrical device and a second electrical device. The land grid array connector comprises an insulative rectangular housing defining a plurality of passageways therein for respectively receiving a resilient contact therein which has a first end electrically contacting with the first electrical device and a second end electrically contacting with the second electrical device. The insulative housing has a body portion and four raised sides extending upward from the body portion, thereby defining a central cavity between the four raised sides for receiving the first electrical device. A first resilient arm and a second resilient arm are formed in respective adjacent raised sides for fittingly engaging the first electrical device in the central cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Nick Lin
  • Patent number: 6099321
    Abstract: A zero insertion force socket for connecting a CPU to a printed circuit board consists of a dielectric base receiving a number of contacts therein, and a cover movably mounted on the base between a closed position and an open position. At the open position, pins of the CPU extending through the cover into the base are each received in a space defined within an arc section of the corresponding contact. At the closed position, each pin is moved to be clamped between fixed and movable contacting sections of the corresponding contact. The movable contacting section connects with the fixed contacting section via the arc section providing the clamping force. Each fixed contacting section connects with a tail portion located therebelow for being soldered to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Nick Lin, Robert Yang
  • Patent number: 6095824
    Abstract: A board-to-board connector assembly includes a plug connector and a receptacle connector having first and second housings receiving first and second contacts therein, respectively. Tail sections of the contacts are surface mounted to PCBs on which the plug and receptacle connectors are seated. A pair of mounting retainers are disposed in corresponding mounting recesses defined in opposite distal ends of both the first and second housings. The mounting retainers are inserted into the corresponding mounting recesses of the plug and receptacle connectors from top surfaces thereof. The tail portions of the contacts and bottom surfaces of the horizontal portions of the mounting retainers are surface mounted onto the corresponding PCBs. The plug and receptacle connectors are then mated together to electrically connect the PC boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert G. McHugh
  • Patent number: 6093032
    Abstract: A horizontal type card edge connector (10) includes an elongated insulative housing (12) defining a central slot (14) for receiving a module therein. Two rows of passageways (16) are provided by two sides of the central slot (14) in the housing (12) for receiving therein a corresponding number of contacts (18) which are adapted to be engaged with the corresponding circuit pads on the module. Two end blocks (20) disposed at two opposite ends of the housing (12), extend in both downward and rearward directions to define a space therebetween whereby the right angle type contact tails (30) are positioned in the space. A back shell (70) with an L-shaped cross-sectional configuration is attached to the back side of the housing (12) by two latch devices (76) intergrated therewith for protectively covering all the contact tails (30), wherein a horizontal wall (74) and a vertical wall (72) of the back shell (70) are respectively supported by top edge sections (81) and back edge sections (80) of the end blocks (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Wen-Chun Pei
  • Patent number: 6089883
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly (10) comprises of a pair of plug and receptacle board-to-board connectors (12, 14). Each connector (12, 14) has an insulative housing (50, 16) with a plurality of contacts (54, 24) wherein each contact (54, 24) has substantially a cantilever type spring arm with a maximum deflection apex (B, A) thereof. Mated plug and receptacle connectors (12, 14) pass the maximum deflection apexes (B, A) of the contacts with each other to provide positive locking thereof. Each connector (12, 14) further includes a grounding plate (64, 32) longitudinally extending along the housing (50, 16) wherein coupling means (66, 35) are formed respectively on the grounding plate (64, 32) of each connector (12, 14) for combining such pair of grounding plates (64, 32) together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Theodore Chen
  • Patent number: 6071140
    Abstract: A socket connector includes a fixed base and a movable cover slidably positioned on the base for moving between a closed position and an open position. A control plate is movably retained between the base and the cover and defines first and second holes, each having an arcuate edge and an opposite straight edge. A bore reinforced by a metal collar is defined in the cover for rotatably receiving a screwdriver. The control plate is manually moved between first and second positions corresponding to the closed and open positions of the cover whereby the first and second holes selectively align with the bore. When closing/opening the cover, the screwdriver is inserted into the first/second hole through the bore with an edge thereof engaging with the bore whereby rotating the screwdriver moves the cover toward the closed/open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Nick Lin
  • Patent number: 6065990
    Abstract: A ZIF PGA socket includes a cover slidably engaged with a base to which a cam is pivotably connected. The cam is selectively rotated in clockwise or counterclockwise directions thereby driving the cover to move laterally in opposite directions with respect to the base. The rotation plane of the cam is substantially parallel to the movement plane of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Ming-Lun Seu
  • Patent number: 6065989
    Abstract: A board-to-board connector block for horizontally and electrically engaging a secondary board with a source board includes an insulative housing defining a plurality of passageways therethrough for receiving a corresponding plurality of resilient contacts therein, positioning means for properly aligning the connector block onto the source board, a U-shaped lever pivotably engaged with the housing, stabilizing means for holding the lever in place when in a locked position, and fastening means for securing the lever onto the housing. A force from the lever acting on the resilient contacts of the connector block results in a reactive force from each contact acting on a corresponding contact pad of the source board thereby securely and electrically engaging the two boards together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: William B. Walkup, Robert G. McHugh, Spencer Lai
  • Patent number: 6048213
    Abstract: A board-to-board connector assembly for directly connecting a daughter board to a mother board includes a plug connector having an integrally formed dielectric housing with an outer wall, a bottom wall defining a first mating face and six ridges projecting from the first mating face. A number of first contacts are mounted to two sides of each of the ridges and extend through a bottom surface of the bottom wall for being directly soldered to the daughter board. A receptacle connector has an integrally formed dielectric housing with a second mating face, a bottom face opposite the second mating face and six grooves. A number of second contacts are mounted to the housing in side walls of the grooves and extend through the bottom surface for being directly soldered to the mother board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Spencer Lai, Robert G. Mchugh
  • Patent number: 6036504
    Abstract: A pair of board-to-board connectors (10, 30) including a receptacle connector (10) and a plug connector (30). The receptacle connector (10) includes an insulative first housing (12) having a plurality of first passageways (14) for receiving a corresponding number of first contacts (16) therein, respectively. Each first contact (16) is of a resilient bellow type and the distal end (22) thereof abuts against the butting wall (26) of the housing (12) for pre-loading consideration, thus controlling the contact gap for mating. The plug connector (30) includes an insulative second housing (32) having a plurality of second passageways (34) for receiving a corresponding number of second contacts (36) therein, respectively. Each second contact (36) is of a stiff stick type and the distal end (42) thereof abuts against the side wall (44) of the housing (32) for confronting the mated corresponding first contact (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Yu-Ming Ho, Hung-Ji Yu
  • Patent number: 6033236
    Abstract: A plug connector (10) includes an insulative elongated housing (12) defining an elongated cavity (14) therein along the lengthwise direction. The depth of the cavity (14) is relatively smaller than the full dimension of the height of the housing (12). The housing (12) defines a plurality of passageways (18) extending along the height direction and the front end portion of each passageway (18) inwardly communicates with the cavity (14). Oppositely, the remaining most lower portion of each passageway (18) is exposed to an exterior laterally. Thus, a plurality of elongated contacts (24) are adapted to be insertably received within the corresponding passageways (18), respectively, wherein the front portion (36) of each contact (24) is inwardly exposed to the cavity (14) and the remaining portion (26) of the contact (24) is outwardly exposed to an exterior on two sides of the housing (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Yu-Ming Ho, Ming-Chuan Wu
  • Patent number: 6027345
    Abstract: A matrix-type board-to-board electrical connector for horizontally and electrically engaging a daughter board with a mother board includes an insulative housing having a top surface and a bottom surface and defining a plurality of first and second passageways therethrough. Each first passageway receives a C-shaped resilient signal contact therein for transmitting high or low frequency signals. Each second passageway receives a substantially triangular shaped resilient power contact for carrying a large power current. The first passageways receiving the contacts which transmit high frequency signals either have a circular recess defined therearound for receiving a corresponding cylindrical shielding shell or are located between shielded first passageways thereby providing all of the contacts which transmit high frequency signals with shielding properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, William B. Walkup, Spencer Lai