Alternatively Connected Patents (Class 439/217)
  • Patent number: 10813439
    Abstract: A clip of spring plate type includes a first pressing plate, a second pressing plate and a restoring elastic member. The first pressing plate includes two first lateral plates. Each of the first lateral plates has a first axial hole. The second pressing plate is assembled with the first pressing plate. The second pressing plate includes two second lateral plates. Each of the second lateral plates has a second axial hole corresponding to the first axial hole. The restoring elastic member is disposed between the first pressing plate and the second pressing plate. The restoring elastic member has a positioning portion from which two restoring arms extend. A curved portion is formed between the restoring arm and the positioning portion. The curved portion obstructs the transmission of stress so that a larger elastic force is accumulated in the restoring arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Yuh-Lin Huang
  • Patent number: 10604027
    Abstract: A structure is provided. The structure may include an alignment mechanism used to align an electric vehicle in a parking lane of an electric vehicle charging station, and a coupler assembly including an arm and a charging coupler located in the parking lane and positioned beneath the electric vehicle, the charging coupler is positioned at one end of the arm, and is moveable in a vertical direction relative to the parking lane, and another end of the arm is pivotally mounted in the parking lane, where the charging coupler includes one or more electrical contacts in a shape of a right conical frustum extending from the charging coupler in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, James P. Gilchrist, Brendan C. Lewis, Khaalid P. McMillan, Christopher J. Nycz
  • Patent number: 10229770
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may reduce the number of connector receptacles that are needed on an electronic device. One example may provide a unified connector and circuitry that may be capable of communicating with more than one interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: William P. Cornelius, Paul A. Baker, William O. Ferry, Min Chul Kim, Nathan N. Ng
  • Patent number: 10211565
    Abstract: The invention initially relates to a plastic sealing internal sheath (13) for a conductor connection between a first conductor (1) and a second conductor (11), wherein, in the connected state, the first conductor (1) is joined with the second conductor (11) by means of a mandrel (12) that yields a conductive connection, wherein the mandrel (12) passes through a push-through area (8) of the first conductor (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jens Trimborn
  • Patent number: 10211554
    Abstract: An electrical connector is mounted to a printed circuit board and includes an insulative housing and a number of upper and lower terminals affixed to the insulative housing. The insulative housing includes a base portion having a mounting portion extending rearward from the base portion, and a mating tongue extending forwardly from the base portion. The mounting portion includes a mounting surface mounted to the printed circuit board and an rear surface. Each terminal has a contacting portion exposed to two exposed surfaces of the mating tongue, a fixed portion and a tail extending rearward from the fixed portion. The tails of the upper terminals parallel to the mounting surface are a number of horizontal rear tails located in a rear end of the tails of the lower terminals. The horizontal rear tails extend rearward and are located in front of the rear surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Shao-Cong Zhou, Jun Zhao
  • Patent number: 10199784
    Abstract: A unidirectional cable connector that can be operatively connected between a host device and accessory device in the ecosystem of products. The cable includes first and second plug connectors at opposite ends of a wire where the two plug connectors share a common pinout but the insertion plug of the second connector is shortened in length as compared to the insertion plug of the first connector. The shortened plug prevents the second connector from being fully inserted into the host device that includes a standard depth receptacle connector, and thus prevents the second connector from being operatively coupled to the host device. The shortened plug can, however, be operatively connected with an electronic device having a shortened receptacle connector according to embodiments of the disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric T. SooHoo, Robert A. Boyd, Daniel C. Wagman
  • Patent number: 10044020
    Abstract: A cell connector for connecting lithium-ion battery cells of a lithium ion battery includes a body and a fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jochen Schweinbenz, Klaus Wipfler, Markus Kohlberger
  • Patent number: 9966702
    Abstract: A 4.3/10 coaxial connector configured to receive a mating 4.3/10 connector includes: an inner contact; a dielectric spacer; and an outer contact, the dielectric spacer separating the inner contact and the outer contact. The outer contact includes an outer wall and a plurality of spring fingers, the spring fingers configured to deflect radially inwardly when the mating 4.3/10 connector is mated. The connector further comprises blocking structure that prevents mating of a Mini-Din connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Kendrick Van Swearingen, David J. Smentek, Ronald A. Vaccaro
  • Patent number: 9748066
    Abstract: A fuse unit attachment structure includes a fuse bracket to be mounted on a fuse unit directly attachable to a battery and a bracket connecting member for connecting the fuse bracket to the battery. The fuse bracket has a unit supporting portion to support the fuse unit so as to be movable in a direction perpendicular to a lateral surface of the battery and a connecting member engaging portion to be engaged with the bracket connecting member so as to be movable in a direction along the lateral surface of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Matsumoto, Tatsuya Aoki
  • Patent number: 9698513
    Abstract: A force biased spring probe pin assembly includes a barrel member having a barrel wall defining an elongate internal cavity with a lower end and an upper end. The assembly also includes a first plunger member reciprocally mounted in the internal cavity proximate the lower end of the internal cavity. A spring member is positioned in the internal cavity between the plunger member and the second end of the internal cavity. Three or more conductive bearings are positioned in the internal cavity in contact with the first plunger member and the spring member. A force biased spring probe pin assembly includes a barrel member having a barrel wall defining an elongate internal cavity with a lower end and an upper end. The assembly also includes a first plunger member reciprocally mounted in the internal cavity proximate the lower end of the internal cavity and a second plunger member reciprocally mounted in the internal cavity proximate the upper end of the internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kay Chan Tong, Hisashi Ata, Thiha Shwe, Phillip Marcus Blitz
  • Patent number: 9466917
    Abstract: A system includes a first connector end and an electrical device having a second connector end. The first connector end has a number of electrical coupling features, where the electrical coupling features have a first subset of electrical coupling features and a second subset of electrical coupling features. The first electrical device has a second connector end detachably coupled to the first connector end, where the second connector end has a number of complementary electrical coupling features coupled to the electrical coupling features of the first connector end. The first subset of electrical coupling features can provide a first power signal to a first subset of complementary electrical coupling features of the second connector end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Adam Douglas Ledgerwood, Kevin James Wolf
  • Patent number: 9337701
    Abstract: A generator motor connected to an output shaft of an engine mounted in a work machine includes a terminal box that houses a plurality of connectors for connecting an exterior electric-power-supplying cable to the generator motor. While the terminal box is provided to the generator motor, the plurality of connectors are juxtaposed in a direction intersecting an orthogonal plane that is orthogonal to a rotation shaft of the generator motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Murata, Kouichi Watanabe, Takao Nagano
  • Patent number: 9006987
    Abstract: A wall-mountable luminaire may include interchangeable adapter plugs having first and second male connectors, the first of which connects electrically and mechanically to an external electrical socket, and the second of which connects electrically and mechanically to an on-board multi-standard socket. A power supply may detect a plurality of electrical power types received from the multi-standard socket, and may condition that input power to drive LEDs. Remote computing devices may transmit control data wirelessly to direct a controller to selectively operate the LEDs to form a modified distribution pattern. A housing assembly may support wall mounting of the luminaire, and trim assembly may define a cavity that provides aesthetic and protective cover for the components carried by the housing assembly. A method aspect of the invention details steps for operating the luminaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Lighting Science Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, David E. Bartine, Mark Andrew Oostdyk, Matthew Regan, Addy S. Widjaja
  • Publication number: 20150044892
    Abstract: An electrical connector adapter includes an electrical insulating terminal holder including a holder body defining a plurality of elongated openings and an abutment surface, a front extension and a front tongue, a conducting terminal set including conducting terminals suspending in the elongated openings, transmission terminals supported on the abutment surface, signal terminals formed integral with the transmission terminals and suspending in the front extension and mating terminals formed integral with the conducting terminals and suspending in the front tongue, and an EMI shielding shell including a main shell part surrounding the holder body, a first sub shell part surrounding the front extension and a second sub shell part surrounding the front tongue. Thus, the electrical connector adapter saves much installation space, facilitates convenient use without causing interference, and provides a wide range of applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Ting-Chi CHEN
  • Publication number: 20150044893
    Abstract: A multi-application connector includes a mating connection module including an electrical insulating terminal holder, a conducting terminal set and a metal shield and configured subject to a first predetermined electrical connector standard, and an adapter module configured subject to a second predetermined standard and including an electrical insulating terminal holder detachably insertable into the mating connection module, a signal terminal set electrically connectable to the conducting terminal set of the mating connection module and a metal shield surrounding a front tongue block of the electrical insulating terminal holder and signal terminal set of the adapter module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Ting-Chi Chen
  • Publication number: 20150044894
    Abstract: A USB/Mini USB convertible connector includes a mating connector including an electrical insulating terminal holder, a conducting terminal set mounted in the electrical insulating terminal holder and an EMI shielding shell surrounding the electrical insulating terminal holder and the conducting terminal set and configured to fit USB3.0 or USB2.0 standard, and an adapter connector including an electrical insulating terminal block detachably insertable into the mating connector, a signal terminal set mounted in the electrical insulating terminal block for conduction with the conducting terminal set of the mating connector and an EMI shielding cover surrounding the electrical insulating terminal block and the signal terminal set and configured to fit Micro USB2.0/Micro USB3.0 or Mini USB2.0/Mini USB3.0 standard. Therefore, the USB/Mini USB convertible connector of the invention saves much installation space and provides a wide range of applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Ting-Chi Chen
  • Publication number: 20150037992
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in wiring a multi-configurable electrical device during installation thereof at point of operation includes a substrate defining a plurality of tabs separated by at least one gap. The tabs and the gap or gaps are arranged such that when the substrate is positioned proximate the electrical device, the tabs cover a first group of one or more wiring terminals of the electrical device and the gap or gaps provides access to a second group of one or more wiring terminals of the electrical device in accordance with a first wiring configuration of a plurality of possible wiring configurations. According to one exemplary embodiment, the substrate is generally rectangular and non-conductive. Visible indicia may be optionally disposed on the substrate (e.g., by adhering a label containing the indicia to the substrate) to provide information relating to wiring the electrical device according to the first wiring configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Consert Inc.
    Inventor: Erasmo Perez, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140322943
    Abstract: An electrical connector adapted for mating with a first kind or a second kind of mating connector including an insulative housing and a number of conductive terminals received in the insulative housing and arranged in a horizontal row. Each conductive terminal comprises a tail portion, a mating portion, and a middle portion between the tail portion and the mating portion, the mating portion including a first upper contact surface and a first lower contact surface opposite to the first upper contact surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: QING-MAN ZHU, CHIEN-CHIUNG WANG
  • Publication number: 20140315406
    Abstract: A combination connector includes a number of walls defining a housing and a female RJ connector and a female flash card connector inside the housing. Contact pins extend from contacts of the female RJ connector and contacts of the female flash card connector through at least one wall of the housing for connection to a PCB. The walls include electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Alan L. Pocrass
  • Patent number: 8822063
    Abstract: A battery, in particular a lead-acid rechargeable battery, having at least one battery cell connecting element, which has a connector, which has at least one side surface, for connection to at least one plate on a lower face of the connector, and a welding lug, which is electrically conductively connected to the connector and has a recess which is bounded by a boundary, wherein, in a section which is adjacent to the side surface of the connector, the boundary has a profile which corresponds to a contour of the side surface of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Autobatterie GmbH & Co. KGAA
    Inventors: Dirk Oldenburg, Peter Streuer
  • Patent number: 8801308
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a media path within a body of the printing apparatus. The media path moves sheets of media through the body of the printing apparatus. A marking engine is also within the body of the printing apparatus. The media path supplies the printing media to the marking engine. A processor is within the body of the printing apparatus. The processor is operatively connected to the marking engine, and the processor controls actions of the marking engine. Sensors are within the body of the printing apparatus. The sensors are operatively connected to the processor, and the sensors are positioned along the media path. The sensors detect locations and conditions of the sheets of media as the sheets of media travel along the media path. The sensors have a first clip shape. Further, clip connectors are located within the body of the printing apparatus. The clip connectors are connected to the sensors. Additionally, light structures are connected to the clip connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Cole, Richard G. Hubbard, David K. Halden, Kenneth G. Dixon, Anthony J. Peters
  • Patent number: 8758065
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to network connectors, and more particularly, to apparatuses, systems, and methods associated with network jacks having compatibility with more than one plug and corresponding plugs. In one embodiment, the present invention is a jack having multiple printed circuit boards, wherein each circuit board is used for connection to a particular style of a plug. In one embodiment, the jack according to the present invention is compatible with an RJ45 plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Robert E. Fransen, Michael K. Yuan, Satish I. Patel
  • Publication number: 20140134863
    Abstract: A connection interface with a female portion for interconnection with a conductive male portion or a capacitive coupling male portion interface provides conductive coupling when interconnected with the conductive male portion and capacitive coupling when coupled with the capacitive coupling male portion. The female portion may include a spring basket dimensioned to receive a pin of the conductive male portion and to seat within a socket of the conductive male portion, separated by an inner conductor dielectric spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Kendrick Van Swearingen, Ronald A. Vaccaro, Jeffrey David Paynter, Michael R. Guerin
  • Publication number: 20130217265
    Abstract: A socket with a socket body which has at least one upwardly-directed side is described. The socket includes a mains-voltage jack arranged in the socket body and one or more low-voltage plugs. The low-voltage plug(s) is/are arranged or is/are capable of being arranged on the upwardly-directed side of the socket body, standing upright.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: ECOBILITY GMBH
    Inventor: ECOBILITY GMBH
  • Patent number: 8514042
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8430680
    Abstract: A connector includes a connector body, a cover movably attached to the connector body, and a limiting mechanism retaining the cover to the connector body. The connector has a mating port for receiving a mating connector, a tongue with a number of contacts exposed to the mating port, and an optical module forwardly exposed to a rear side of the mating port. The cover has a base to cover a front end of the mating port, and an insertion portion extending into the mating port to cover the contacts along an up to down direction and the optical module along a front to back direction. The limiting mechanism can prevent the cover from detaching from the connector body when the cover is pulled out of the mating port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zheng-Guo Sun, Jia-Yong He, Zhong-Hua Yao, Qi-Sheng Zheng
  • Patent number: 8430681
    Abstract: A multi-function clamp for veterinarian, mainly includes upper clip and lower clip; the clamp body is composed by upper clip, lower clip, bolt and torsional spring, wherein the foresaid clamp body installed with connection assembly that has connecting lead wires, and the connection assembly has several installation sections coordinates with the lead wire plug. By adopting the compatibility design, the multi-function clamp for veterinarian could apply to wider areas, a pet clinic equipped with the multi-function clamp for veterinarian is applicable even using the probe-type lead wires, the banana plug lead wires, the snap-type lead wires and the clip-type lead wires simultaneously, which greatly decreases the procurement cost for equipment and accessories, and easier to be operated. Furthermore, by adopting the anti-slip design, the multi-function clamp for veterinarian will improve remarkably for the matter the clamp drops off from the operators or the animal skins, which saves time in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Edan Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Gonghua Wang, Gang Liu, Xicheng Xie
  • Patent number: 8242868
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8157596
    Abstract: A card connector (100) includes an insulating housing (1) defining a card receiving space; a set of first contacts (21) supported by the insulative housing and adapted for mating with XD card, and the first contacts having at least one grounding contact (211G); a set of second contacts (22) supported by the insulative housing and adapted for mating with SD card, the second contacts having at least one grounding contact (221G); a set of third contacts (23) supported by the insulative housing and adapted for mating with MS card, the third contacts having at least one grounding contact (231G); and at least two of the grounding contacts commonly grounded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Terrance F. Little, Richard Scott Kline, Kuo-Chun Hsu, Hsueh-Lung Hsiao, Hung-Yang Yeh, Tod M. Harlan
  • Patent number: 8143983
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8138869
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 7896708
    Abstract: An electrical connector system provides both electrically conductive connection and infrared coupling, and includes at least one electrically conductive member adapted to provide electrically conductive connection to another electrically conductive member, an infrared member adapted to provide infrared member coupling with another infrared member, and wherein the at least one electrically conductive member and the infrared member being held in positional relation to each other to be positioned with respect to a further electrical connector for electrically conductive connection and infrared coupling with respect thereto. A method of connecting electrical signals uses a pair of electrical connectors, each having an electrically conductive connection portion and an infrared coupling portion to provide for both electrically conductive connection and infrared coupling between the electrical connectors. The invention may be used in portable electronic equipment, including mobile phones, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Markus Agevik
  • Patent number: 7703962
    Abstract: A lighting device usable in a vehicle, the lighting device comprising at least a reflector and a lamp, wherein the reflector further includes an orifice. The lamp may be mounted in a lamp holder, the lamp holder being coupled to the reflector and positioned at least partly in the office. In addition, the orifice located within the reflector may be configured to work with a variety of lamp holders, including at least a discharge bulb lamp holder and a halogen bulb lamp holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Jean-Fran├žois Delourme, Nicolas Simmet
  • Patent number: 7581971
    Abstract: A binding post includes a first conductive member, a second conductive member, an isolating module, a positioning module and a cap. The first conductive member includes a head and a rod coupling to the head. The second conductive member receives the rod of the first conductive member. The isolating module is sandwiched between the first and second conductive members for avoiding electrical connection between the first and second conductive members. The positioning module is for positioning the first and second conductive members relatively to the isolating module. The cap is mounted around the first conductive member and includes a body, a conductive tube between the body and the second conductive member and a hole passing through the body in an axial direction of the body. One end of the conductive tube extends into the hole, and the other end of the conductive tube forms a contacting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Wei-Tang Uen
  • Publication number: 20090197448
    Abstract: The present invention provides a combined-type connector that can enhance the ability to receive an end of each of terminal metal fittings and can prevent reduction in the contact margin between terminal metal fittings to thereby improve the performance of the combined-type connector. The combined type connector includes a base connector housing and a detachable connector housing. The base connector housing includes a first main body, a boss groove provided on a first outer surface of the first main body, a first guide part provided on the first outer surface; and a first stopping part provided on the first outer surface. The detachable connector housing includes a second main body, a boss provided on a second outer surface of the second main body, a second guide part provided on the second outer surface and a second stopping part provided on the second outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Toshiharu TAKAHASHI, Kazuto OHTAKA, Hideki OHSUMI
  • Patent number: 7563129
    Abstract: A video signal transmitting device having analog and digital video signal output functionality is adapted to transmit a video signal, and has a cable unit, a digital visual interface integrated input port disposed at one end of the cable unit and adapted to receive the video signal, and a digital visual interface output port and an analog video signal output port disposed at the other end of the cable unit. The digital visual interface integrated input port has a first pin set for digital video signals, and a second pin set for analog video signals. The digital visual interface output port is connected to the first pin set through the cable unit, and the analog video signal output port is connected to the second pin set through the cable unit so as to achieve an effect of respectively outputting digital video signals and analog video signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Aopen Inc.
    Inventor: Yuang-Chih Chen
  • Publication number: 20090156036
    Abstract: A multimedia cable includes a casing, a terminal pin, an audio signal unit, a video signal unit, and a control lever. The terminal pin is mounted to the casing so as to be rotated with respect to a rotary shaft, and is configured such that first and second four-conductor terminals are arranged on respective sides of the rotary shaft. A audio signal unit comprising three-conductor connection pins each one end of which is rotatably mounted in the casing and audio cables each of which is connected with said each one end of the three-conductor connection pins respectively. A video signal unit comprising four-conductor connection pins mounted opposite the three-conductor connection pins, each one end of which is rotatably mounted in the casing and video cables which are connected with said each one end of the four-conductor connection pins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Dae Kun Lee
  • Patent number: 7536483
    Abstract: A video signal transmitting device having analog and digital video signal output functionality is adapted to transmit a video signal, and has a cable unit, a digital visual interface integrated input port disposed at one end of the cable unit and adapted to receive the video signal, and a digital visual interface output port and an analog video signal output port disposed at the other end of the cable unit. The digital visual interface integrated input port has a first pin set for digital video signals, and a second pin set for analog video signals. The digital visual interface output port is connected to the first pin set through the cable unit, and the analog video signal output port is connected to the second pin set through the cable unit so as to achieve an effect of respectively outputting digital video signals and analog video signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Aopen Inc.
    Inventor: Yuang-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 7508103
    Abstract: A terminal board includes an attachment portion engageable with an end cap and defines an attachment plane that is substantially parallel to an end plane defined by the end cap, and a first terminal portion adapted to receive a first terminal wire. The first terminal portion defines a first terminal plane that intersects the end plane to define an included angle. The included angle is between about 40 degrees and 80 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: A.O. Smith Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Watkins, Chih M. Lin
  • Publication number: 20090047813
    Abstract: An electrical card connector includes: a plastic base having one row of first terminals and a first slot; and an upper cover, which has a top surface and covers over the plastic base. A partition baffle is disposed below the top surface of the upper cover. Each side of the partition baffle is formed with a side portion. A first inserting port is formed below the partition baffle. A second inserting port is defined and enclosed by the partition baffle, the two side portions and the top surface of the upper cover. When a first card is inserted into the first slot from the first inserting port, connection points of the first card are electrically connected to the first terminals. When a second card is slantingly inserted from the second inserting port, connection points of the second card are lowered and thus electrically connected to the first terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Chou Hsien Tsai
  • Patent number: 7491076
    Abstract: A memory card (100) includes a main body portion (1) and a rotatable portion (2) connected by a pair of hinges (3) to rotate around an axis extending across a width of the memory card. A conductive member (12) includes a base (121) retained in the main body portion (1) to form a SD card interface and an extension (122) extending beyond the main body portion to form a USB plug interface. The rotatable portion has a pair of slots (2117), a pair of coiled springs (24) and a slider (22) movably received in the slots. The slider (22) includes a locking projection (2215) mating with a distal end (123) of the extension at a closed position and abutting against the distal end to expose the second interface at an opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hao Gu, Qi-Sheng Zheng, Zhi-Quan Mou, Xiao-Hai Zhou
  • Patent number: 7491094
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electric disk brake which enables an operation for wiring the harness to be easily conducted without the risk of lowering production efficiency. A caliper body-side connector 26 which, together with a harness-side connector 24 of a harness 23, forms a connector 25, is provided in a caliper body 3. In the caliper body-side connector 26, first to fourth lead-out terminals 30a to 30d connected to an electric portion for an electric motor are arranged in this order from a first side portion 20a towards a third side portion 20c of a cover 20. In the harness-side connector 24, a first set of first to fourth harness-side terminals and a second set of first to fourth harness-side terminals independently connected to the first to fourth lead-out terminals 30a to 30d are arranged in reverse order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Hitachi, ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Usui, Toshio Takayama, Masaru Sakuma
  • Publication number: 20080299809
    Abstract: A multi-memory media adapter having a port, a surface, and a set of contact pins adapted to connect to different types of flash cards. Signals are mapped to the contact pins depending upon the type of flash card. In one embodiment, a controller has signal lines connected to an interconnection means which connects wires, cables or traces to the sets of contact pins. Signals are mapped on the signal lines depending upon the type of flash card inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: MCM PORTFOLIO LLC
    Inventors: Sreenath Mambakkam, Arockiyaswamy Venkidu, Larry Lawson Jones
  • Publication number: 20080227319
    Abstract: This new connector was originally designed for coaxial cables. All connectors are identical. None of them has gender. Any connector will fit any other connector. There are a male sub-connector and a female sub-connector in a universal connector for connection of a wire. There is also a lock to keep two conjunct connectors together. The connection of connectors is shielded as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Guixian Lu
  • Patent number: 7406344
    Abstract: A wireless network card includes an adaptable antenna connection structure that includes connections for one or more internal antennas and for one or more Radio Frequency (RF) connectors that may be coupled to one or more external antennas. A Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and electronic components located thereon form the wireless network card. The PCB includes a removable portion that, when removed, leaves an opening that receives an RF antenna connector. When the PCB is used to create a client wireless network card, one or more surface mount antennas are mounted on the PCB and coupled to surface mount antenna conductive pads formed thereon. The wireless network card may include (1) the surface mount antenna; (2) the RF connector; or (3) both the surface mount antenna and the RF connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: David Fifield
  • Patent number: 7363947
    Abstract: A reversible receptacle for receiving a USB plug, including a first set of four electrical contact regions and a second set of four electrical contact regions, the contact regions configured such that in a first coupling orientation of the plug with the reversible receptacle, only the first set of electrical contact regions is mechanically connected with the contacts of the plug and in a second coupling orientation of the plug with the reversible receptacle, only the second set of electrical contact regions is mechanically connected with the contacts of the plug. Also provided are corresponding reversible USB appliances based upon the aforementioned reversible receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Sandisk IL Ltd.
    Inventor: Mordechai Teicher
  • Patent number: 7320614
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed including a female and a male connector wherein the female connector has a resin first connector body to which a first set of contact pins are attached and a tubular metallic shell that ensheathes the outer surfaces of the first connector body. In front of the first tubular body, two pairs of opposing overhangs are formed projecting a certain distance from the forward surface of the first connector body, whereby one pair of overhangs is bent mid-way in a direction such that their forward edges approach each other but a certain gap is provided between them forming first and second guide latching portions. One of the other pair of opposing overhangs has an insertion opening formed in it, into which the male connector is inserted and passes through the aforementioned gap in order to affect connection while being guided by the first and second guide latching portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignees: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd., MEA Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Toda, Hong Fan Shin
  • Publication number: 20070243423
    Abstract: A non-directional connection module is described for connecting with a battery. The non-directional connection module uses a first conductive element to connect the positive pole of the battery, and a second conductive element to connect the negative pole of the battery. An insulation element is positioned between the first conductive element and the second conductive element. Both the second conductive element and the insulation element have respective holes. The positive pole of the battery can pass through the holes, but the negative pole of the battery cannot pass through the holes. In this light, the present invention uses the non-directional connection module to connect the battery so that there is no consideration of the positive or negative poles of the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventor: Chin-Hsin Ho
  • Patent number: 7268697
    Abstract: A data transmission apparatus having first and second electrical conductors is disclosed. The first and second electrical conductors are disposed within recesses of a first and second complementary surfaces that are magnetically conducting and electrically insulating. The first and second surfaces are in close proximity to each other. The first surface is translatable along the length of the second surface. The first and second electrical conductors are in electromagnetic communication and provide for the transmission of data or power from the first electrical conductor to the second electrical conductor as the first surface overlaps the second surface. The data transmission apparatus may be located in one or more downhole tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: IntelliServ, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Hall, H. Tracy Hall, Jr., Tyson J. Wilde, Paul M. Schramm
  • Patent number: 7198499
    Abstract: The low voltage electricity distribution circuit of the present invention is an electrical outlet that includes a receptacle mounted to a recess including either a plurality of wires or a bus bar system. The receptacle has at least one continuously live power socket and at least one switched power socket disposed on it. Each of the power sockets is capable of receiving an appliance plug. The receptacle is movable along the recess to a different location to allow for appliances, for example lamps or computers, to be located at many different points along the wall. In other forms of the distribution circuit a stand-along unit that is fixed in place may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventors: Kyung Tae Kim, Kyung Hoon Kim