Having Circuit Interrupting Provision Effected By Mating Or Having "dead" Contact Activated After Mating Patents (Class 439/188)
  • Patent number: 8727798
    Abstract: A coaxial connector and a method for providing a normal force in an electrical connector. The coaxial connector includes a first terminal having a first contact portion and a second terminal having a second contact portion. Before an external device is inserted into the coaxial connector for the first time, the first contact portion and the second contact portion form a first relative positional relationship. After the external device is disengaged from the coaxial connector, the second contact portion urges against the first contact portion upwards to form a third relative positional relationship. The third relative positional relationship is different from the first relative positional relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Lotes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhudong Huo, Yongbo Deng, Defang Hu, Wen Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 8715011
    Abstract: An audio jack for receiving an audio plug includes a connection hole with a position detection portion and a first audio channel contact portion therein. When the audio plug is inserted into the connection hole to the linking position, a first audio channel connection portion of the audio plug contacts the position detection portion and the first audio channel contact portion. The position detection portion and the first audio channel contact portion respectively have a first distance and a second distance to an opening of the connection hole, wherein the second distance is smaller than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Chen, Chih-Wei Tu, Yuan-Yao Tu, Wei-Syuan Lin, Pei-Hao Huang, Ping-Huang Yang
  • Patent number: 8708724
    Abstract: A patch cord for an intelligent patching system is provided. The patch cord is a ten-wire patch cord having a patch panel plug and a switch plug. The patch panel plug contains ninth and tenth wire contacts that interface with ninth and tenth wire contacts of an intelligent patch panel port. The switch plug is provided with a plunger-style switch that enables the intelligent patch panel to determine when the switch plug is plugged into a switch port. The switch plug is also provided with LED's and circuitry that controls the LED's.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Satish I. Patel, James E. Wiemeyer, Keith S. Maranto, Brad M. Baber
  • Publication number: 20140106586
    Abstract: The invention relates to a charging plug for connection to a charging socket of a device which is intended to be charged, for example, a motor vehicle which is at least partially driven by electrical energy, or a device which provides charging energy. In order to prevent the charging plug from prematurely becoming defective as a result of corrosion or electro migration, there is provision according to the invention for a switching device of the charging plug to be arranged partially inside and partially outside an enclosed conduction chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: TYCO ELECTRONICS AMP GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Boeck, Bert Bergner, Dusan Ondrej, Sebastian Zabeck, Ulrich Buchmann
  • Patent number: 8678859
    Abstract: Instability of an electric connection state due to solder-wicking from a board connecting part of an electrically-conductive shell can be prevented with a simple configuration. A recessed part recessed toward a fixed contact and a movable contact is provided in the board connecting part of the electrically-conductive shell attached to an insulating housing. An excessive amount of a solder material or flux that is used at the board connecting part of the electrically-conductive shell and tries to rise along the wall surfaces of the board connecting part or the electrically-conductive shell is stored in the recessed part. The acting force of the rise is reduced by a reverse-tapered inclined surface constituting a wall surface of the recessed part. Furthermore, the length of the rise of the solder material and flux is extended by a curved wall surface of the recessed part. Thus, so-called solder-wicking is configured to be prevented well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dai-Ichi Seiko Co, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Hirakawa
  • Publication number: 20140073158
    Abstract: A waterproof electrical socket connector includes a connector housing and a plurality of contact members. The connector housing includes a first housing portion and a second housing portion coupled to and configured to cover the first housing portion. The first and second housing portions define a cavity and an opening configured to permit extension of a plug into the cavity. Each of the contact members includes a terminal portion disposed outwardly of the connector housing, a contact portion for establishing electrical contact with the plug, and an embedding portion that interconnects the terminal portion and the contact portion and that is embedded in the first housing portion by insert molding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Wen-Jen HONG
  • Patent number: 8668358
    Abstract: A light unit includes a bulb having a light source with lead wires and a separator, a switch member that includes a support member and a pair of spring terminals, and a socket having two or more conductive terminals and adapted to receive the bulb and the switch member. The switch member is adapted to cause the pair of spring terminals to contact one another to form an electrical short circuit across the pair of conductive terminals and the light source when the bulb is completely or partially removed from the socket. The lead wires form an electrical connection across the conductive terminals and the separator breaks contact between the pair of spring terminals when the bulb is seated in the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Seasonal Specialties, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Altamura, Robert C. Neuman, Dennis Wang
  • Patent number: 8662931
    Abstract: A method for using a connector with terminals for connecting to a circuit card. The connector includes a socket having a casing with an aperture for receiving the circuit card therein and electrically conductive terminals. The terminals include an elongated portion and a substantially L-shaped portion joined together by a U-shaped portion. The elongated portion has a proximal end and a distal end, and includes a support section and a bending section between the proximal end and the distal end. The U-shaped portion is disposed at the distal end of the elongated portion. The terminal continues from the U-shaped portion to approximately halfway towards the proximal end of the elongated portion and turns away from the elongated portion thereby forming the substantially L-shaped portion. The L-shaped portion ends in a lip section curving towards the proximal end of the elongated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: H. John Healey, Emanuele F. Lopergolo, Prabjit Singh
  • Patent number: 8662908
    Abstract: A card connector includes a housing including an insertion part into which a card is to be inserted; and a switch mechanism including a movable terminal and multiple fixed terminals. The movable terminal is configured to deform elastically in response to being pressed by the card upon the insertion of the card into the insertion part. The fixed terminals are provided in a direction in which the movable terminal is displaced by the elastic deformation. The movable terminal is configured to be in contact with or out of contact with at least one of the fixed terminals based on the amount of displacement of the movable terminal according to the presence or absence of the card in the insertion part and the shape of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Component Limited
    Inventor: Keita Harada
  • Publication number: 20140057463
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus—such as a bed, stretcher, cot, chair, operating table, or the like—includes at least one electrical connector having at least one magnet integrated therein for magnetically retaining the connector with a complementary connector. The connector and the complementary connector may be designed such that they are retained together substantially only by magnetic forces, rather than frictional forces. Multiple magnets may be included within the connectors such that the connectors only couple together in a specific orientation. The connector may connect the patient support apparatus to a mattress positioned thereon, to a wall outlet, to a removable footboard or headboard, to a removable pedestal, or to other devices. The connector may include an internal safety switch that turns on a high voltage connection only when a low voltage connection is established.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Michael Joseph Hayes, Aaron Douglas Furman, Abel Laban-Dick Manumbu
  • Publication number: 20140057471
    Abstract: The receptacle includes an insulated body, a pair of pins and a micro switch. The insulated body has a recess. The pair of pins is fixed in the insulated body and located in the recess. The pair of pins includes a first pin and a second pin. The second pin electrically connects a wire. Each of the first and second pins has a free end. The recess is divided into an inner region and an outer region by the two free ends. The micro switch is movably connected in the insulated body and disposed correspondingly to the wire. The micro switch has a contact sheet which can selectively be in contact with the wire. The micro switch is located in the inner region of the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Po-Sheng LEE
  • Patent number: 8657621
    Abstract: A connector apparatus has an equipment-side connector (20) mounted in a case (10) and a harness-side connector (30) fit on the equipment-side connector (20) through an opening in the case (10). Fit-on detection mechanisms (27, 40) for detecting connection of the equipment-side connector (20) and the harness-side connector (30) are provided therebetween. The fit-on detection mechanism (27) of the equipment-side connector (20) has two male tabs (28). The fit-on detection mechanism (40) of the harness-side connector (30) has a shorting terminal (50) and two relay terminals (55). The shorting terminal (50) has a coupling plate (51) and two pins (52) projecting from the coupling plate (51). The relay terminals (55) have connection parts (57) at both ends for connecting to the pins (52) of the shorting terminal (50) and to the male tabs (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Michiyo Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20140051274
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises an insulative housing with a base portion and a tongue portion extending forwardly form the base portion. A plurality of contacts being retained in the insulative housing, and a shell surround the tongue portion to form a mating port for receiving a plug connector. A detecting contact is fixed in the insulative housing, the detecting contact has a first detecting terminal at one side of the insulative housing, the first detecting terminal has a first extending portion, a first engaging portion protruding into the mating port, a connecting part connecting with the first extending portion and the first engaging portion, the connecting part is located at the most front of the detecting contact along a front-to-back direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHUN-MING YU, JI-CHAO WANG, GUO-HUA ZHANG, KAI-GANG YU, QI-SHENG ZHENG
  • Publication number: 20140045354
    Abstract: A plug-and-jack for use with an electronic device that is configured to ensure circuitry of the device is protected from electrostatic discharge. In one case, the jack is an audio jack designed to protect high gain circuitry of the device against electrostatic discharge from the leads of an audio plug. The jack includes a mechanical switch that only connects the high gain circuitry to the appropriate portion of the audio plug once the audio plug is fully inserted. At the same time, the mechanical switch also connects the high gain circuitry and corresponding portion of the audio plug to an electrostatic discharge circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Wolfgang Edeler
  • Patent number: 8641435
    Abstract: A Universal Serial Bus (USB) memory device capable of being concealed within a housing exterior designed to resemble a toy car. The device has a USB connector, which can slide out of the rear end of the toy car and be inserted into a USB port on a computer to establish a communication link between the computer and the device. The headlights of the toy car will blink, when a connection is established Alternatively, the tires may spin and the sound of a revving car engine will be emitted from the device when the connection is established. The housing is capable of concealing the USB connector inside of the toy car exterior, making the device completely unrecognizable as a USB memory device. Concealment of the device is intended to discourage theft of the USB memory device and the sensitive information contained thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Poiette Bromell
  • Publication number: 20140011382
    Abstract: A receptacle block defines at least one socket at which a plug connector may be received. First contact members extend into each socket to receive a primary signal from a plug connector. Second contact members extend into one or more of the sockets to read physical layer information from any plug connector inserted into the socket. A sensing contact is positioned to electrically connect to one of the second contact members when a plug connector is inserted into the respective socket. At least a portion of the sensing contact is flexible to follow the movement of the one second contact member. In certain implementations, the second contact members have resilient sections that are identical to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: CHRIS TAYLOR, Loren J. Mattson
  • Patent number: 8616904
    Abstract: A receptacle may include a locking mechanism for retaining a plug in a mated condition. For example, the locking mechanism may engage with a hole formed in at least one prong of the plug. The locking mechanism may include at least one locking pin that moves to a retracted position during insertion of the plug into the receptacle, and that moves to an engaged position when the hole in the prong aligns with the locking pin. In some implementations, an electrical connection is not formed until the locking pin at least begins to engage with the hole in the prong. In some instances, an electrical contact may move into electrical connection with the prong as the locking pin engages with the hole in the prong. Furthermore, in some implementations, the receptacle may be included in a plug adapter for securely mating a plug with the plug adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry W. Martin, John Gee Tang
  • Patent number: 8614885
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed that is adapted to reside in a bay of an electronic device having an interface adapted to engage a suitable structure. In an embodiment, the apparatus lacks the suitable connector to engage the device bay interface. Alternatively, the apparatus is adapted to reside in the bay of the electronic device and is configured to couple to only a portion of an electrical interface in the device bay such that the apparatus is charged when it resides in the device bay. In an additional embodiment, a game controller comprises first and second portions comprising respective interfaces and a hinge configured to enable the portions to move with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Solomon, Earl Moore, Jonathan R. Harris, Paul J. Doczy, Ronnie Anderson, Brett Faulk, L. Joy Griebenow
  • Publication number: 20130337673
    Abstract: An AC cord/plug is “dead” while disconnected and goes “live” only when connected. The plug has a set of spring-loaded, normally-open contacts, each having two sets of fixed contacts and a single set of movable contacts. The movable contacts are in a spring-loaded assembly that has an iron core opposite the contacts, and the fixed contacts are in a hermetically sealed compartment shielding them from the plug's exterior. The AC plug inputs (L1, L2) are connected to one set of the normally open, fixed contacts, and the plug's socket terminals are connected to the other set of normally opened, fixed contacts. In the unplugged state, the plug's socket contacts are electrically isolated from the L1 and L2 inputs. When plugged-in, the plug's socket terminals go “live” when a magnetic circuit closes between the plug and socket that causes the plug's spring-loaded assembly to move to close the contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Club Car, LLC
    Inventor: Club Car, LLC
  • Patent number: 8608494
    Abstract: A micro SIM card socket is equipped with an insulator housing, wherein the SIM card is installed; a metal shell, connected to the housing at a constant distance from the housing, that guides the insertion of the SIM card; multiple contact terminals, supported by the housing, one end of which is connected to the contact terminal of the SIM card and the other end of which is fixed to the printed circuit board; a locking unit installed on the side of the housing in order to selectively fix the insertion point of the SIM card, having a curve-shaped pressure pin, at the end of the unit, putting pressure to the edge of the SIM card; a detect terminal installed in the housing in order to detect the insertion of the SIM card and that is pressured by the pressure pin, located in proximity of the pressure pin, when the SIM card is inserted; and a switch terminal that elastically contacts the detect terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: In-Chol Yang
  • Patent number: 8602801
    Abstract: An electrical jack is disclosed herein. An example of such an electrical jack includes an enclosure configured to define a space in which the electrical plug is inserted. This example also includes an electrostatic discharge assembly positioned in the enclosure and configured to complete a closed circuit with each of the contacts of the electrical plug during insertion within the space, thereby discharging electrostatic energy present on the contacts of the electrical plug. The electrical plug is further configured to present an open circuit to each of the contacts of the electrical plug upon insertion of the electrical plug within the space to a predetermined point. Additional features of this electrical jack are disclosed herein, as are other examples of electrical jacks. An example of an electrical circuit is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: J. Scott Sylvester, William C Hallowell, Ewoud Bonsen
  • Patent number: 8597054
    Abstract: A network interface includes a receptacle configured to receive a plug, a first contact and a second contact each disposed in the receptacle, and a combination of a resistive element and a normally closed switch arranged in series with each other. The combination is coupled between the first contact and the second contact, and has a first configuration in which the switch is opened responsive to a presence of the plug within the receptacle, and a second configuration in which the switch is closed responsive to an absence of the plug from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventors: Ross E. Dozier, Jeffrey Stephen Beam, Eric Topp
  • Publication number: 20130303008
    Abstract: A coaxial connector includes an insulation housing having a receptacle opening portion for receiving a coaxial plug; an outer conductive member; a first terminal disposed below the receptacle opening portion; a second terminal disposed below the first terminal; and an insulation member disposed between the first terminal and the second terminal. The first terminal includes a first contact portion for contacting with a central conductive member of the coaxial plug. The second terminal includes a second contact portion for contacting with the central conductive member. The first terminal further includes a third contact portion, and the second terminal further includes a fourth contact portion for contacting with the third contact portion when the coaxial plug is not inserted into the insulation housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Hirose Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei HIDA, Tsuyoshi NAKAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20130295789
    Abstract: An anti-electric shock power socket comprising a main housing body; a negative electrode holder, installed in the main housing body and connected to a negative electrode of a power supply for holding a negative prong of an inserted plug; a positive electrode holder, installed in the main housing body for holding a positive prong of an inserted plug, wherein the positive electrode holder is provided with an overlapping spring plate which can be pushed outward by the inserted positive prong; a positive conducting plate installed in the main housing body and connected to the positive electrode of the power supply. Only when the plug is correctly inserted, the overlapping spring in the positive electrode holder is driven so it overlaps with the positive conducting plate to be closed-circuited with the positive electrode so as to supply power to an electric appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: DONGGUAN KO TEC ELECTRICAL UTENSILS INC.
    Inventor: JOHNSON CHUANG
  • Patent number: 8573993
    Abstract: A connector includes a first connector and a second connector configured to engage with the first connector to establish electrical connection, wherein the first connector includes a first contact terminal, and the second connector includes: a second contact terminal configured to come in contact with the first contact terminal; a switch part connected to the second contact terminal and including a fixed part and a movable part; and a movable member capable of pushing the movable part toward the fixed part, wherein the movable member is pushed by the first connector when the first connector engages with the second connector, and the movable member pushes the movable part toward the fixed part to bring the movable part in contact with the fixed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Component Limited
    Inventors: SeungSeok Beak, Koichi Kiryu, Takashi Yuba, Daiei Iwamoto, Akio Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8573994
    Abstract: A connector handle for an electric vehicle battery charger is provided. The connector handle includes a latch that is operable to a locked position and an unlocked position. The connector handle also includes an electric circuit configured to provide an enable indication and a disable indication. The connector handle also includes an actuator button moveable to a first position where the latch is in the locked position and the electric circuit provides the enable indication, a second position where the latch is in the locked position and the electric circuit provides the disable indication, and a third position where the latch is in the unlocked position and the electric circuit provides the disable indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Kiko, Joseph Matthew Senk, Brian D. Pasha, Steven William Marzo
  • Patent number: 8573992
    Abstract: An electrical connector for connecting to ground and first and second signal lines includes a ground contact, a first signal contact, a second signal contact, and a switch connected to the first signal contact and the ground contact. The switch is biased “on” until after the first signal contact is connected to the first signal line, the ground contact is connected to the ground, and the second signal contact is connected to the second signal line. The switch, during connection of the connector to ground and first and second signal lines, is thereby automatically triggered to “off” during connection of the connector. If the first and second signal lines are differential signals, the switch, instead, electrically connects and disconnects the first signal contact to the second signal contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Howard H. Roberts, Jr., James Allen Andrews, Chris D. Eckhoff P. E., Randal A. Lee
  • Publication number: 20130288497
    Abstract: A coaxial connector and a method for providing a normal force in an electrical connector. The coaxial connector includes a first terminal having a first contact portion and a second terminal having a second contact portion. Before an external device is inserted into the coaxial connector for the first time, the first contact portion and the second contact portion form a first relative positional relationship. After the external device is disengaged from the coaxial connector, the second contact portion urges against the first contact portion upwards to form a third relative positional relationship. The third relative positional relationship is different from the first relative positional relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: LOTES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhudong Huo, Yongbo Deng, Defang Hu, Wen Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 8545262
    Abstract: Shorting clip for an ignition system adapted to be mounted in a retainer insert, including two contact members adapted to each contact a pin of a squib to short-circuit the pins and a first grounding contact adapted to contact a ground contact of a squib connector and at least one second grounding contact adapted to contact an electroconductive part of a squib. The clip further includes a support structure connecting the contact members and the first and second grounding contact with each other, which support structure is adapted to be arranged essentially parallel to the plug-in direction of the retainer insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Delphi International Operations Luxembourg, S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Thomas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8535074
    Abstract: Occurrence of defective electrical connection caused by dust that has entered the interior through a corresponding insertion hole can be prevented well by a simple configuration. A through hole facing a corresponding insertion hole is formed to penetrate through a movable contact attached to an insulating housing, and two corresponding connector contact pieces are disposed respectively in both sides sandwiching the through hole. Thus, the dust that has entered the interior through the corresponding insertion hole opened when a corresponding connector is not mated is configured to be discharged through the through hole without accumulating the dust on the movable contact to reduce the risk that the electrical conductivity between the movable contact and the fixed contact may be disturbed by the dust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Dai-Ichi Seiko Co.
    Inventors: Takeshi Hirakawa, Kenichi Yotsutani
  • Patent number: 8517748
    Abstract: A communication connector with analog coupling circuit and a mechanical coupling circuit used for providing security to electronic devices. The analog circuit includes a male plug with an outer shell and tongue shell. Between the outer shell and tongue is a thin layer of non-conductive material to prevent the closure of a circuit. Two separate conductors are wired through the USB body; one attaching to the outer shell and the other attaching to the tongue. A closed circuit is created when the male USB is placed into a female receptor. The mechanical circuit creates a closed circuit when the plunger switch becomes compressed. There is a security monitor system connected to an end of the two conductors, which sound an alarm when circuit is opened. The alarm will sound if a thief attempts to steal the article either by cutting the wire or removal of the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Vanguard Products Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Kelsch, Chung-Ping Lee, John N. Figh, Jr., Lucas P. Swartwood, Bruno M. L. Telles
  • Publication number: 20130217249
    Abstract: A patch cord for an intelligent patching system is provided. The patch cord is a ten-wire patch cord having a patch panel plug and a switch plug. The patch panel plug contains ninth and tenth wire contacts that interface with ninth and tenth wire contacts of an intelligent patch panel port. The switch plug is provided with a plunger-style switch that enables the intelligent patch panel to determine when the switch plug is plugged into a switch port. The switch plug is also provided with LED's and circuitry that controls the LED's.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Panduit Corp.
    Inventor: Panduit Corp.
  • Publication number: 20130210251
    Abstract: A receptacle connector includes an insulative housing defining a base with a mating tongue. A plurality of contacts are disposed in the housing with contacting sections exposed on the mating tongue. A metallic shell is assembled to the housing and defines a mating cavity into which the mating tongue extends. A plurality of spring tangs are formed on the shell and extend into the mating cavity for retainable abutment against the inserted plug. A dome switch is located outside of the shell and intimately confronts the corresponding spring tang so as to be activated when the corresponding spring tang is outwardly deflected by the inserted plug. An addition detect pin is electrically connected to the dome switch when the dome switch is activated to verify whether the plug is inserted in the mating cavity or to identify whether a high power is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: TERRANCE F. LITTLE, AN-JEN YANG, STEPHEN SEDIO
  • Publication number: 20130203275
    Abstract: A lamp system used in a light string system comprises a light assembly and a socket assembly. The light assembly comprises a light source, a base in communication with the light source, and a bypass activating system. The socket assembly comprises a socket adapted to receive the light assembly and a bypass mechanism having a first position and a second position. The bypass mechanism is in the first position when the light assembly is not seated in the socket assembly. When the bypass mechanism in the first position, current flows across the bypass mechanism. When the light assembly is inserted into the socket assembly, the bypass activating system of the light assembly moves the bypass mechanism into the second position, and current flows through the light source instead of the bypass mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventor: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
  • Patent number: 8500472
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing and a terminal. The housing has an insertion space into which a thin insertion object is inserted. The terminal member has a supported portion supported by the housing, an elastic portion configured to be elastically deformed according to an insertion of the thin insertion object into the insertion space, and a terminal portion to be soldered to a board. The terminal portion is extended from the supported portion in a direction different form an extending direction of the elastic portion. The terminal member is configured to detect an insertion state of the thin insertion object based on a change of conduction by the elastic deformation of the elastic portion A sectional area reducing part is provided in the terminal member between the supported portion and the terminal portion. The sectional area reducing part has a sectional area smaller than a sectional area at the terminal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Shimoyama, Kiyotaka Aoki
  • Patent number: 8497603
    Abstract: A portable electronic apparatus and a connection method therefore are disclosed. The portable electronic apparatus comprises a connector, a processing circuit, and a switch module. After a plug is plugged into the connector, the processing circuit reads a voltage value of the plug via the switch module. When determining that the voltage value of the plug is within a first voltage range, the processing circuit outputs switch signals to the switch module, so that an input signal of the plug is able to be transmitted to the processing circuit via the connector and the switch module. When determining that the voltage value of the plug is within a second voltage range, the processing circuit outputs other switch signals to the switch module, so that an output signal of the processing circuit is able to be transmitted to the plug via the switch module and the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Wei Hsu, Yu-Peng Lai, Chia-Hsing Liao, Ching-Chung Hung, Wei-Syuan Lin
  • Patent number: 8496491
    Abstract: A connector unit includes a male connector including a first plug terminal, a second plug terminal, a first switch terminal, and a second switch terminal; and a female connector including a first jack terminal, a second jack terminal, a first contact unit, and a second contact unit. The first jack terminal is connected to the first contact unit. The second jack terminal is connected to the second contact unit. The first switch terminal is configured to make the first contact unit electrically conductive and the second switch terminal is configured to make the second contact unit electrically conductive when the male connector is inserted into the female connector and rotated with respect to the female connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Component Limited
    Inventors: Seung Seok Baek, Koichi Kiryu
  • Patent number: 8491321
    Abstract: An objective is to produce the plug-in-connector for DC-wiring with safety by preventing degradation of contact points by shortening of period when arc is caused due to detaching and attaching the plug. An electrical outlet comprises an inversion-spring electrically connected to the plug's blade inserted from the insertion-hole. Both the ends of the inversion-spring are fixed to the inversion-spring's body, whereby the inversion-spring's intermediate-portion is moved between the contact position of making an elastically contact with the blade and the non-contact position of making a space having a predetermined distance or more for cutting the arc. The blade pushes the intermediate-portion to move it to the non-contact position by twisting the plug having a contact condition between the intermediate-portion and the blade. The intermediate-portion is inverted to have an elastic contact to the blade by pushing the push button to move the intermediate-portion, with non-contact position, by the driving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Susumu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8485836
    Abstract: A connector has a first housing (10), a pair of first terminal fittings (50) accommodated in parallel with each other inside the first housing (10), a short-circuiting terminal (40) mounted inside the first housing (10) and short-circuiting a pair of the first terminal fittings (50), and a sub-housing (30) having insulating properties and holding the short-circuiting terminals (40). An accommodation chamber (17) formed inside the first housing (10) is open on an outer side surface of the first housing (10) as a mounting/removing opening (18). The sub-housing (30) is inserted into the accommodation chamber (17) in almost parallel with a direction in which a pair of the first terminal fittings (50) is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideto Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20130178083
    Abstract: A terminal box includes a box body having a bottom portion, a terminal portion fixed to the box body, a pressing portion, a holding portion and a slide mechanism The bottom portion has an opening portion capable of receiving a terminal inserted therein from the outside. The terminal portion is capable of establishing electric conduction between the terminal portion and the terminal upon contact therewith. The pressing portion is switchable between a contacting state in which the pressing portion clamps the terminal with the terminal portion for establishing electric conduction between the terminal portion and the terminal and a spaced state spaced apart from the terminal portion. The holding portion holds the pressing portion integrally and is slidable on the box body in the direction of movement of the pressing portion to/away from the terminal portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: HOSIDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro OHMORI, Toshiya TANAKA
  • Patent number: 8465308
    Abstract: Connectors that may be incorporated and used in electronic devices in a reliable manner. One example may provide a connector that may receive a memory card, such as a Secure Digital, SmartMedia, Compact Flash, or other type of memory card. One example may provide a connector that may connect to other electronic circuits and components in an electronic device in a reliable manner. Another may provide a connector that may reliably form a connection for electromagnetic interference protection during device assembly. Another may provide a connector that may be resistant to damage from debris or other particulate matter that may enter the connector. Another example may provide a connector that has a back that is reinforced to prevent damage caused by the insertion of a card with excessive force. Another may provide a connector having a raised portion arranged to fit in an opening in a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Appple Inc.
    Inventors: Zheng Gao, Greg Springer, William Long, John Raff, Laura DeForest
  • Patent number: 8465329
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus for improved audio connectors. One example provides an audio connector, that, for purposes of activating circuitry to receive signals from a microphone, does not detect the presence of an audio jack until the audio jack is inserted far enough into the audio connector that a microphone contact on the audio jack comes into contact with a microphone signal pin on the audio connector. To prevent the redirection of audio signals away from an audio jack when the audio jack is partially extracted from the audio connector, such partial extractions are not detected by audio signal pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stewart Shannon Fields, Joshua Funamura
  • Patent number: 8465309
    Abstract: A detection switch for detecting when a card is inserted in to a connector. The detection switch includes a housing, a shell, a card receiving passageway, and a detection switch. The shell is disposed on and covers the housing. The card receiving passageway is arranged between the housing and the shell. The detection switch detects when the card is inserted into the card receiving passageway and disposed along a side of the card connector. The detection switch includes a fixed contact secured to the housing, and a movable contact extending from the shell and configured to (1) contact the fixed contact when the card is not inserted in the card receiving passageway and (2) release from contact with the fixed contact when the card is inserted into the card receiving passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K., Tyco Electronics Netherland B.V.
    Inventors: Junya Tsuji, Tatsuki Watanabe, Martijn Riemeijer
  • Patent number: 8461856
    Abstract: A monitored test block for use in medium and high voltage electrical monitoring circuits such as found in substation facilities that signals via a communication protocol the operational status of potential, current and signal secondary circuits when connected to protection and monitoring devices (or test devices) such as protective relays, fault recorders or any other monitoring and controlling device. The monitored test block includes various safety features to prevent damage to the equipment or harm to a technician. The monitoring circuits may be located in the front for ease of access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Hubert Ostmeier
  • Patent number: 8459831
    Abstract: A linear light-emitting diode (LED)-based solid-state lamp having an electrically insulating heat sink that comprises a honeycomb structure is used to replace a conventional metallic one for efficiently dissipating the heat generated by operating the lamp. The lamp further built with a pair of shock protection switches can operate free of electric shock hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Lightel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chungho Hsia, Pai-Sheng Shen, Ching-Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 8444422
    Abstract: A coaxial connector includes a lower insulating seat, having a housing cavity recessed from an upper surface thereof, and a receiving slot is located on one side of the housing cavity; a movable terminal, having a retained portion retained in the receiving slot, a pressed portion extended from the retained portion, a first soldering portion bent downwards and extended from the retained portion, and a first strip-connecting portion extended outwards from the retained portion and coplanar with the retained portion; and a fixed terminal, having a fixed portion embedded in the lower insulating seat and coplanar with the retained portion, a pressing portion extended from the fixed portion and urging against the pressed portion, a second soldering portion extended from the fixed portion, and coplanar with the first soldering portion, a second strip-connecting portion extends from the second soldering portion, and in different planes with the first strip-connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Lotes Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 8439696
    Abstract: A card connector (100) includes an insulative housing (2), a metal cover (1) attached to the insulative housing to jointly define a receiving space (10), a number of contacts (3) fixed in the insulative housing, and a tray member (4) slidably received in the receiving space. The metal cover includes a first locking arm (13) extending into the receiving space. Each contact includes a contacting section (32) protruding into the receiving space. The tray member includes a frame (41) and a metal piece (42) cooperative with the frame to define a card-receiving cavity (40). The metal piece includes a first tab (421) to make contact with the first locking arm (13) when the tray member is inserted into the receiving space (10) along a tray-insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian-Bo Zhou, Shi-Jie Tan
  • Patent number: 8443234
    Abstract: A BIOS refresh device includes a first socket, a second socket, and a jumper. The first socket includes a first elastic contact, a first voltage contact, and a first ground contact. The second socket includes a second elastic contact, a second voltage contact, and a second ground contact. The jumper includes a first pin, a second pin, a third pin, and a fourth pin. The first pin is electronically connected with the second elastic contact. The second pin is electronically connected with the first voltage contact or the second voltage contact. The third pin is electronically connected with the first elastic contact. The fourth pin is electronically connected with the second ground contact or the second ground contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guo-Yi Chen, Hai-Qing Zhou, Jian-Chun Pan
  • Publication number: 20130102173
    Abstract: With a simple configuration, increase in size can be avoided, usage durability is improved, and occurrence of insufficient electrical connection caused by dust can be prevented well. A crank part is provided in at least one of both contacts including elastic beam-like members. Both of the contacts are provided with cut-away parts, which substantially increase the span lengths of the elastic beam-like members, and gaps between the contacts and an insulating housing which ensure flexibility of the elastic beam-like members to ensure flexibility and prevent permanent deformation of the contacts while enhancing elasticity of the contacts. Dust which has entered the interior thereof is moved along the crank part to ensure electrical conductivity well, which is an employed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8419455
    Abstract: A lamp system used in a light string system comprises a light assembly and a socket assembly. The light assembly comprises a light source, a base in communication with the light source, and a bypass activating system. The socket assembly comprises a socket adapted to receive the light assembly and a bypass mechanism having a first position and a second position. The bypass mechanism is in the first position when the light assembly is not seated in the socket assembly. When the bypass mechanism in the first position, current flows across the bypass mechanism. When the light assembly is inserted into the socket assembly, the bypass activating system of the light assembly moves the bypass mechanism into the second position, and current flows through the light source instead of the bypass mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventors: Chung Wai (Paul) Cheng, Yong Fu, Chi Yin (Alan) Leung, Hou-You Han