Having Open Slot For Receiving Preformed Panel Circuit Arrangement Or Tape Cable Patents (Class 439/260)
  • Patent number: 11342714
    Abstract: A connector housing for an electrical connector includes a housing part and a shielding element disposed on the housing part. The shielding element has a contact spring contacting a shielding part of a mating connector housing. The contact spring is bent and pressed against the shielding part during a plugging operation between the connector housing and the mating connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Helm, Joachim Barth
  • Patent number: 11322874
    Abstract: A lock member has: a contact part that contacts one surface of an object to be connected; a locking part that has a shape allowing engagement with a part to be locked formed on the object to be connected; a connection part; and a pressure-receiving part that is pressed by a pressing member. The lock member includes at least one contact provided with a fixing function and used to enable electrification. The locking part projects in a direction that moves away from a board-mounting surface at a side near the board-mounting surface, at a position corresponding to the part to be locked of the object to be connected. The contact part is positioned on the side far from the board-mounting surface at the side facing the locking part, and at a position closer to an insertion side of the object to be connected than the locking part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventor: Norifumi Nagae
  • Patent number: 11308990
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a data storage magazine configured to hold a plurality of data storage devices, and a movable carriage disposed within the housing that is configured to selectively couple the data storage devices to a host device. The data storage magazine includes a set of magazine signal paths configured to provide signals to the plurality of data storage devices. The movable carriage includes a set of carriage signal paths configured to provide signals to the plurality of data storage devices. The apparatus includes a controller configured to power the plurality of data storage devices by selectively routing the signals via the set of magazine signal paths or the set of carriage signal paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Riyan Mendonsa, Brett Herdendorf, Krishnan Subramanian, Jon Trantham
  • Patent number: 11300921
    Abstract: A replaceable unit for an electrophotographic image forming device according to one example embodiment includes an electrical contact positioned on a first side of a housing of the replaceable unit for contacting an electrical contact in the image forming device. A guide on the first side of the housing is positioned closer to a front of the housing than the electrical contact and leads rearward toward the electrical contact. The guide includes an inside surface that faces inward sideways toward a second side of the housing. At least a portion of the inside surface is angled inward sideways from front to rear permitting contact between the inside surface and an electrical connector in the image forming device to draw the electrical connector in the image forming device inward sideways relative to the replaceable unit during insertion of the replaceable unit into the image forming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Keith Payne, Edward Lynn Triplett
  • Patent number: 11289841
    Abstract: A cable connector comprises: a first terminal; a second terminal; an insulator having an insertion groove into and from which a plate-shaped connection object is insertable and removable; and an actuator. The first terminal rotatably supports the actuator by an engaging portion that engages an engaged portion of the actuator. The second terminal includes: a first arm portion including a first contact portion configured to come into contact with one surface of the connection object by elastically deforming in a plate thickness direction of the connection object; and a second arm portion facing the first arm portion in the plate thickness direction, and including, at a tip thereof, a second contact portion configured to come into contact with an other surface of the connection object. The first contact portion is a part of an elastic piece that extends from an end of the first arm portion so as to be folded back, at the end, toward a side toward which the connection object is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumihito Ikegami
  • Patent number: 11271337
    Abstract: A connector includes an insulating body and a terminal assembly. Where the terminal assembly includes a plurality of conductive terminals that are disposed side by side in the insulating body; a front end of each of the plurality of conductive terminals protrudes to form a first contact point and a second contact point, which are along a docking direction of the connector spaced apart on a same side of the each of the plurality of conductive terminals in sequence; and after the connector is docked with a docking connector, both the first contact point and the corresponding second contact point abut on a same docking terminal of the docking connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: DONGGUAN LUXSHARE TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Bin Huang, Rongzhe Guo, Chenhui Zeng, Hongji Chen
  • Patent number: 11237345
    Abstract: This application discloses an optical backplane system, which includes a first upper-level optical interconnection module, a first lower-level optical interconnection module, and a second lower-level optical interconnection module. The first upper-level optical interconnection module includes M1 first interfaces and N1 second interfaces in connection relationships. The first lower-level optical interconnection module includes L1 third interfaces and K1 fourth interfaces in connection relationships. The second lower-level optical interconnection module includes L2 third interfaces and K2 fourth interfaces in connection relationships. The first upper-level optical interconnection module is connected to one of the L1 third interfaces of the first lower-level optical interconnection module by using one of the N1 second interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daochun Mo, Qingzhi Liu, Xiaofei Xu, Wenyang Lei, Chuang Wang, Linchun Wang
  • Patent number: 11212936
    Abstract: A power connector includes an outer casing couplable to a chassis such that the outer casing is positioned between sides of the chassis. The power connector also includes a body movably coupled to the outer casing. The body is movable between a first position and a second position. The body extends beyond the outer casing when in the first position. The body positioned entirely within the outer casing when in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Power Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Allen Johnson, Edward Clark Fontana, Charles Edward Higby
  • Patent number: 11201631
    Abstract: An electronic device having antennas according to one implementation is provided. The electronic device may include a display configured to display a screen, a supporting frame coupled to the display to support the display, and having a metal rim disposed on at least one side surface thereof, and a main frame rotatably coupled to the supporting frame and having a metal rim disposed on a side surface thereof, wherein the metal rim of the main frame may have a first antenna and a second antenna operating in different bands. The supporting frame may be provided with a first slot and a second slot formed in regions thereof adjacent to regions where the first antenna and the second antenna are disposed, in a swivel state of the supporting frame with respect to the main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seokjun Lee, Yunhoon Cho, Yunmo Kang, Youngbae Kwon, Byungwoon Jung
  • Patent number: 11201425
    Abstract: A movable member is provided at a flat conductor insertion location on one side in the connector thickness direction; at least either restricting portions or restricted protrusions have oblique surfaces rearwardly sloped toward the other side in the connector thickness direction; upon complete insertion of the flat conductor, engaging portions are positioned to be engageable with engaged portions in the direction of disengagement of the flat conductor at locations rearward of said engaged portions of the flat conductor; and, when a rearward disengagement force acts on the flat conductor upon complete insertion of said flat conductor, the engaged portions of the flat conductor engage the engaging portions and the restricted protrusions abut the restricting portions, as a result of which at least a reaction force directed toward the other side in the connector thickness direction is received from the restricting portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: HIROSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Mizusawa, Hiroyuki Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 11151208
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an interface and a processor. The interface sends and receives data over a network. The processor uses the interface to transmit a first media file to a device of a user. The first media file presents a first choice between at least two options. The processor uses the interface to receive from the user a first selection in response to the first choice. In response to receiving the first selection, the processor transmits a second media file to the device. The second media file presents a second choice between at least two options. The processor uses the interface to receive from the user a second selection in response to the second choice. The processor identifies, based in part on the first selection and the second selection, a second user as potentially compatible with the user and transmits to the user a profile of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: MATCH GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Miller, Lawrence A. Sequino, Joshua D. Gafni
  • Patent number: 11139619
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes first and second adjacent electrical contacts that each define respective first and second mating ends, the first mating end of a first one of the first and second adjacent electrical contacts defines a first contact surface, the second mating end of a second one of the first and second adjacent electrical contacts defines a second contact surface electrically isolated from the first contact surface; and a dielectric material positioned between the first and second adjacent electrical contacts. When a mating connector applies a force to the first contact surface and the second contact surface, the first and second mating ends and the dielectric material all move in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: SAMTEC, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Mongold, Jonathan E. Buck
  • Patent number: 11056834
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing, a plurality of contacts located in each wall of the housing and having grounding contacts and differential-pair contacts, and a grounding bar. The grounding bar includes a pair of lower spring fingers respectively contacting lower regions of the ground contacts in a transverse direction, and a pair of upper spring fingers respectively contacting upper regions of the ground contacts in the transverse direction, an upper transverse bar linked between the pair of upper spring fingers along a longitudinal direction, a lower transverse bar linked between the pair of lower spring fingers along the longitudinal direction, the pair of upper spring fingers extend upwardly from the lower transverse bar and a transverse base having retaining device attached to a lower portion of the housing. The pair of lower spring fingers upwardly extend from the transverse base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: FOXCONN (KUNSHAN) COMPUTER CONNECTOR CO., LTD., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Patrick R. Casher, Terrance F. Little
  • Patent number: 11038296
    Abstract: The electrical connector includes a main body comprising an insertion opening into which a connection target is inserted and an accommodation space to accommodate the connection target inserted into the insertion opening, a conductive contact held in the main body so as to be connected to the connection target in the accommodation space, and a cover member rotatably mounted on the main body to be rotatable around a rotation axis passing through the main body. An insertion opening which extends along the rotation shaft and into which the connection target is inserted is provided in the housing. The cover member includes a release operation portion configured to receive an external force to rotate the cover member around the rotation axis, and a restricting member to switch, in response to the rotation of the cover member, between a first state in which removal of the connection target from the accommodation space is restricted and a second state in which the connection target is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Shimada, Masataka Muro, Hirotake Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10993323
    Abstract: A first stackable printed circuit board with at least a two sets of set of male and female connectors each arranged inline with each other, and each configured in a mirrored pin configuration is arranged along opposing sides of an equilateral geometric shape on both the top and bottom face of the first board in order to attach, by the connectors, to a second stackable printed circuit board with the same male and female connector configuration and arrangement as the first board on at least one face regardless of the axial rotation of first stackable printed circuit board about the X or Y axis by 180 degrees and/or by axial rotation about the Z axis by n/360 degrees where n is the amount of sides of the geometric shape which contain a connector set, thereby allowing for up to n*2 different connection configurations between the first and second printed circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Cody Elsing, Matthew Moseman
  • Patent number: 10928353
    Abstract: In a gas sensor, a powder compact seals a void space between an inner peripheral surface of metal-made main hardware and a sensor element, and the inner peripheral surface has arithmetic average roughness of 0.5 to 5 ?m. The gas sensor includes supporters, which are arranged in a penetration hole of the main hardware, which allow the sensor element to penetrate therethrough, and which press the powder compact in sandwiching relation from both sides in an axial direction. A surface of at least one of the supporters has the arithmetic average roughness of not more than 0.5 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Adachi, Miyoshi Makino, Koichi Masuda
  • Patent number: 10923842
    Abstract: As cable assembly may include a cable comprising a plurality of electrically-conductive wires and a hybrid connector that terminates an end of the cable. The hybrid connector may include a receptacle comprising a plurality of receptacle pins and configured to mechanically couple to a printed circuit board and receive an electronic device in order to mechanically couple the electronic device to the receptacle and the printed circuit board and electrically couple each of a plurality of electronic device pins of the electronic device to respective ones of the plurality of receptacle pins. The hybrid connector may also include a first section that electrically couples each of the plurality of electrically-conductive wires to respective ones of the plurality of receptacle pins and a second section that electrically couples each of a plurality of electrical conduits integral to the printed circuit board to respective ones of the plurality of receptacle pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: William E. Lynn, Kevin W. Mundt
  • Patent number: 10923844
    Abstract: A printed circuit board assembly includes a circuit board substrate and a circuit board trace having a circuit board contact region configured to be in intimate contact with a cable contact region of a cable circuit trace contained in flat cable. The circuit board contact region defines a plurality of ridges protruding from a circuit board substrate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Campbell, Wesley W. Weber, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10868381
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device that includes a cable. A first cable pin and a second cable pin are spaced apart from one another in a first pin region on a first face of the film. A third cable pin and a fourth cable pin are spaced apart from one another in a second pin region on a second face of the film that is opposite the first face. A first cable signal line on the first face of the film is connected to the first cable pin, and a second cable signal line on the first face of the film is connected to the second cable pin. A third cable signal line on the second face of the film is connected to the third cable pin, and a fourth cable signal line on the second face of the film is connected to the fourth cable pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Geunyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 10868374
    Abstract: An electric connector for a circuit board includes a housing including a reception part, a plurality of metal members, and a movable member that is movable relative to the housing. The movable member includes a movement restricted part. The metal members include a rolled surface that is parallel to a connector width direction and an exposed part that is exposed from the housing. The rolled surface of the exposed part faces the movement restricted part and the exposed part includes a movement restricting part that restricts movement of the movement restricted part. The connector includes a housing part for housing the movement restricted part and the movement restricting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: HIROSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Mizusawa, Haruhiko Murakami
  • Patent number: 10847934
    Abstract: In one example an electrical connector is disclosed, which may include a housing and a plurality of electrical contacts disposed in the housing for engaging with corresponding connecting terminals provided on a flat circuit. The housing may include a front portion defining an elongated opening and a rear portion opposite the front portion. The rear portion may define a visible area. The flat circuit may be inserted in the housing from the elongated opening and extended into the visible area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Jian-Fei Gan
  • Patent number: 10749282
    Abstract: Even when a connection board has a large thickness tolerance, a stable connection is achieved by absorbing the tolerance so as to stabilize a contact pressure between the connection board and contacts. In a unit in which electrode groups of a connection board are in pressure contact with elastic contacts formed integrally with an inner housing to connect thereto, the inner housing is provided inside an outer case of a card edge connector through an elastic member to be freely movable forward and backward in a thickness direction of the connection board. The positions of the elastic contacts are adjusted by forward or backward moving the inner housing in accordance with the thickness of the connection board inserted into board insertion slots, so a pressure contact force with the elastic contacts is substantially equalized, irrespective of the size of the thickness of the connection board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Suzuki, Mitsuhiro Yoshida, Shogo Uehara, Shinya Okumura
  • Patent number: 10715178
    Abstract: Technology is described herein for a generalized low-density parity-check (GLDPC) decoder. A GLDPC decoder comprises an LDPC decoder and a syndrome decoder. The LDPC decoder is configured to generate a codeword for encoded data. The syndrome decoder is configured to decode a syndrome of punctured check nodes based on a linear block code having more than one information bit. The GLDPC decoder is configured to control the LDPC decoder to compute an initial value of the syndrome of the punctured check nodes based on an initial estimate of the codeword from the LDPC decoder. The GLDPC decoder is configured to alternate between controlling the syndrome decoder to correct the syndrome and controlling the LDPC decoder to update the codeword based on the corrected syndrome. The GLDPC decoder is configured to provide a decoded version of the encoded data based on a final estimate of the codeword.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eran Sharon, Ran Zamir, David Avraham
  • Patent number: 10655959
    Abstract: A high density slider clamp fixture is disclosed for accurately positioning a large number of head sliders for metrology testing. The slider clamp fixture may include a single piece, monolithic structure comprising a large number of slider nests, aligned in rows and columns in the slider fixture. Each slider nest includes a reference datum surface machined to precisely align with all other reference datum surfaces in a row of the monolithic structure. Each slider nest further includes a flexure clamp for independent clamping of each slider in the row against the reference datum surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SanDisk Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Darrick T. Smith, Glenn P. Gee, Anthony M. Bagus, Teodosio B. Quilapquilap, Jr., Sharon C. Agtina
  • Patent number: 10625611
    Abstract: An electric vehicle charging interface device is provided. The device includes a chassis having a top, a bottom, a front side, and a back side opposite the front side, the chassis configured to move between an uncompressed position and a compressed position relative to a longitudinal axis. The device further includes two electrodes extending from the front side of the chassis, and, a biasing portion configured to bias the chassis towards the uncompressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: CLEARPATH ROBOTICS INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Lord, Michael Irvine, Philip Dimitri Perivolaris, Anthony Robert Shaw, Arsalan Khan, Catalin Radu Gradinaru
  • Patent number: 10622763
    Abstract: Provided is a connector having reduced height and area that facilitates the retention and removal of a connection object while preventing damages to itself during operation. According to the present disclosure, a connector (10) includes an insulator (20) having an accommodation section (22) for allowing insertion of a connection object (an FPC 60), an actuator (40) attached to the insulator (20), and a locking member (50) that supports the connection object (the FPC 60) accommodated in the accommodation section (22) in an insertion-removal direction. When the actuator (40) is pushed in along a direction substantially orthogonal to the insertion-removal direction, the locking member (50) is elastically deformed and releases the connection object (the FPC 60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Nakajima, Yuusuke Shiroyama, Fumihito Ikegami
  • Patent number: 10594084
    Abstract: A connector that, when changing an actuator from an open state to a closed state provides a sound that indicates the actuator has changed to a fully closed state. In one embodiment, the actuator has an open surface, a closed surface, a sloped connection surface, and a tip load transmission portion. The open surface enables insertion of a connection object into an insertion portion in an open state. The closed surface is approximately parallel to the connection object in a closed state. The sloped connection surface connects the open surface and the closed surface. The tip load transmission portion is located at an intersection of the closed surface and the sloped connection surface, and elastically contacts the connection object at a time at which a pressing load imparted by an elastic pressing portion is at a peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumihito Ikegami, Masafumi Seki, Ryoichi Manabe
  • Patent number: 10566721
    Abstract: A cable connector includes: a contact (45A, 45B) supported by an insulator (20) having a cable insertion groove (21); a lock member (65) rotatable about a rotation shaft (74), between a lock position where a lock portion (68) of the lock member faces a locked portion (98) of a sheet-like cable (93) inserted in the insulator and an unlock position where the lock portion does not face the locked portion; and a bias portion (80) for biasing the lock member to the lock position, wherein an inner surface of the cable insertion groove includes a reference surface (21a) which is an end surface in a movement direction of the lock portion from the lock position to the unlock position, and a rotation center G of the rotation shaft is located on a side opposite to the movement direction, with respect to the reference surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Nakajima, Yoshiharu Fujii, Naoki Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10566724
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing configured to have an object component be inserted therein, and a terminal accommodated in the housing and configured to be conductively connected to the object component. The terminal includes a first base part, a second base part disposed apart from the first base part, and a joint part joining the first base part to the second base part. The joint part elastically deforms so as to move the second base part relative to the first base part. The first base part includes a base body and a mount portion connected to the base body at a first connection point. The mount portion is mountable onto an object device with a mount agent. The joint part includes a root portion joined to the base body and a displaceable portion connected to the root portion at a second connection point. The displaceable portion is displaceable relative to the root portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Hayashi, Yuichi Shida
  • Patent number: 10559920
    Abstract: A card edge connector includes a contact assembly received in a cavity of a housing having a card slot in a shroud configured to receive a card edge of a module circuit board of a pluggable module. The contact assembly has upper and lower contacts having mating ends. The card edge connector includes upper biasing members at a top wall of the shroud associated with corresponding upper contacts each having an outer biasing surface engaging the pluggable module when mated with the card edge connector and having an inner biasing surface engaging the contact assembly proximate to the corresponding upper contact. The upper biasing member is movable from a released position to a compressed position. The upper biasing member moves the upper contact from an unmated position to a mated position as the upper biasing member is moved from the released position to the compressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce Allen Champion, Eric David Briant
  • Patent number: 10553968
    Abstract: An electrical connector for a circuit card assembly includes a receptacle housing and a mating housing movable relative to the receptacle housing in a connector mating direction. The electrical connector includes contact modules each having a leadframe having signal contacts with a mating conductor, a mounting conductor and a flexible conductor between the mating conductor and the mounting conductor. Each contact module includes an inner dielectric body and an outer dielectric body separate and discrete from the inner dielectric body. The flexible conductors extend between the inner and outer dielectric bodies to allow relative movement of the inner dielectric body in the connector mating direction relative to the outer dielectric body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Joseph Consoli, Chad William Morgan
  • Patent number: 10530082
    Abstract: A circuit board connector comprises a housing, at least one signal contact disposed in the housing, and a pair of locking arms attached to the housing. The housing has a slot formed therein, for receiving a circuit board. Each locking arm has a latch movably disposed in the slot. The pair of locking arms are resiliently deformable relative to the housing between a lock position at which the latch is positioned to block the slot, to lock a circuit board to the connect, and an unlock position at which the latch is positioned to form a clearance in the slot, to allow disconnection of the circuit board from the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Amphenol FCI Asia Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Motoyama, Yasutoshi Kameda
  • Patent number: 10439330
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes first and second adjacent electrical contacts that each define respective first and second mating ends, the first mating end of a first one of the first and second adjacent electrical contacts defines a first contact surface, the second mating end of a second one of the first and second adjacent electrical contacts defines a second contact surface electrically isolated from the first contact surface; and a dielectric material positioned between the first and second adjacent electrical contacts. When a mating connector applies a force to the first contact surface and the second contact surface, the first and second mating ends and the dielectric material all move in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAMTEC, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Mongold, Jonathan E. Buck
  • Patent number: 10381763
    Abstract: Provided is a connector that is capable of preventing breakage or dislocation of an actuator when an excessive force is applied to the actuator in an opening direction of the actuator, and also enables easy and reliable closing of the actuator during assembly of the actuator by an automatic assembling machine. An actuator (40) includes a pair of arms (40B) that are arranged on either side of an accommodation section (20A) and extending from either end of a pressing portion (40A) in an insertion direction of a connection object (12). The pair of arms (40B) and an insulator (20) include first open state restriction unit (40F, 23E) configured to restrict an opening angle of the actuator (40) from a closed state to an opened state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumihito Ikegami
  • Patent number: 10367285
    Abstract: A flexible circuit board connector includes an insulating housing, a plurality of conductive terminals assembled to the insulating housing, an elastic module and a locking board. A front surface of the insulating housing is recessed rearward to form an inserting groove. The insulating housing opens an opening. The locking board accommodated in the opening has a base board. Two opposite sides of the base board extend downward to form two side boards. Bottom edges of the two side boards protrude downward to form two locking hooks. A flexible printed circuit board is inserted rearward into the inserting groove and pushes rearward against front surfaces of the two locking hooks, after the flexible printed circuit board slips away from the two locking hooks, the two locking hooks project into two gaps of the flexible printed circuit board, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bin Wang, Kun Du
  • Patent number: 10355385
    Abstract: This invention is a means for interconnecting a Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) or Flat Flexible Cable (FFC) with a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) using a Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) style interconnection system. It features a high reliability contact structure providing a Normally Closed (NC) contact configuration which is always engaged unless deactivated by means of a movable actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Miraco, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Bulmer, Jonathan Roberts
  • Patent number: 10355383
    Abstract: A communication system includes a first circuit card assembly having a first PCB including a first slot and a first electrical connector mounted to the first PCB along the first slot and having a first mating end. The communication system includes a second circuit card assembly having a second PCB and a second electrical connector mounted to the second PCB and having a second mating end. The first and second circuit card assemblies are mated along a board mating axis parallel to the first slot with the first PCB oriented perpendicular to the second PCB. The first and second mating ends are oriented parallel to the board mating axis. The second PCB is received in the first slot to align the second mating end with the first mating end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Joseph Consoli, Chad William Morgan
  • Patent number: 10290963
    Abstract: The connector includes an insulative housing having a frame configuration, and a plurality of contacts disposed in the housing. The electronic package includes an upper part and a lower part extending downwardly from the upper part. The upper part includes on a peripheral region a flange extending beyond the lower part laterally. The housing include a bar unit with an opening, and a receiving space defined in the bar unit. The bar unit forms opposite upper surface and lower surface thereof. The contacts includes a first contacting section extending upwardly above the upper surface and a second contacting section extending downwardly below the lower surface. The lower part is restrained in the receiving space while he flange is seated upon the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Fang-Jwu Liao
  • Patent number: 10230199
    Abstract: A contact substrate is moved to cause a connection terminal and a connection terminal to slide on the contact substrate to change the contact state of the connection terminal and the connection terminal to a first slide contact and to a second slide contact. This switches the electrical connection/disconnection between the connection terminal and the connection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Yohei Tsukanaka, Hiroyasu Masago
  • Patent number: 10224654
    Abstract: A connection device with floatable self-adjusting contacts includes a first main body, a plurality of first and second contact point groups, a second main body, and a plurality of conducting boards (pin boards). The first and second contact groups are respectively disposed on the first and second bodies. The floating board is disposed on the second main body in a floating manner. The conducting board has an insulated main body and a plurality of conducting pins which are disposed on the insulated main body in a floating manner. The conducting pin has a first conducting portion contacting the first contact point, and a second conduct portion contacting the second contact point. The first and second conduct portions respectively have an arc-shaped periphery and an elastic arm. The conducting pins can respectively self-adjust to achieve an optimal downward contacting pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NEXTRONICS ENGINEERING CORP.
    Inventors: Hou-An Su, Hai-Wen Yang, Yong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10205259
    Abstract: A connector structure includes a first metal housing, a flexible flat transmission component and a second metal housing. The first metal housing includes an installation portion and two guiding portions disposed on two sides of the installation portion. Each guiding portion includes a bottom section, a top section opposite to the bottom section, and a bending section connected to the bottom section and the top section. A slot is formed on the bottom section, and an extending section extends from the top section and toward the bottom section to engage inside the slot. The flexible flat transmission component is disposed on the installation portion and includes a plurality of contacts. The second metal housing is assembled with the first metal housing and covers the flexible flat transmission component, and the plurality of contacts exposes out of the second metal housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: P-TWO INDUSTRIES INC.
    Inventors: Chien-Chun Wang, Wen-Lun Wang
  • Patent number: 10181661
    Abstract: A cable connector that can, when an external force in a curling-up direction acts on a cable inserted in an insulator in a state where an actuator is in a closed position, prevent the cable from disconnecting from the insulator in the curling-up direction without deformation or breakage of the connector. A cable connector includes: an insulator (20) into which a sheet-like cable (70) is removably insertable; a contact (30) supported by the insulator; a rotatable actuator (40); and a fixed metal fitting (55) fixed to the insulator. The fixed metal fitting includes a cable press piece (61) extending from a part of the fixed metal fitting and facing the cable. The cable press piece is plate-like. The insulator includes a facing portion (28a) facing a tip part of the cable press piece from a side opposite to the cable at least when the actuator is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Yousuke Manba
  • Patent number: 10141689
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing including a receiving portion for inserting a flat conductive member; a plurality of terminals arranged in a terminal arrangement direction; and a movable member. The movable member is supported on the housing so that the movable member is movable between an insertion allowing position and a pulling out preventing position relative to the housing. The movable member includes an operation portion and a display portion. The display portion is configured to be able to protrude and retract relative to an outer surface of the housing different from a surface where the operation portion is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HIROSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoichiro Tamaki
  • Patent number: 10122104
    Abstract: A lock part for locking an inserted state of a flexible printed circuit (FPC) is provided, in a housing of a connector, on both sides of an insertion portion in a width direction. Each lock part has an arm portion and a projected portion formed on an inner side portion of the arm portion in the width direction and is protruded into the insertion portion. The arm portion has a cantilever shape with a stationary end and a free end and extends, in a depth direction, to the free end from an insertion side portion on an FPC insertion side, and can be elastically deflected outward in the width direction. The projected portion has tilted portions tilted relative to the depth direction toward the free end and the insertion side portion, and is detachably engaged with a notch on a side of the inserted FPC in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Satoki Koike, Kiyoshi Asai, Tomohito Okamura
  • Patent number: 10114069
    Abstract: A method for electrical testing of a 3-D integrated circuit chip stack is described. The 3-D integrated circuit chip stack comprises at least a first integrated circuit chip and a second integrated circuit chip. The first integrated circuit chip and the second integrated circuit chip are not soldered together for performing electrical testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Martin Eckert, Eckhard Kunigkeit, Otto A. Torreiter, Quintino L. Trianni
  • Patent number: 10111323
    Abstract: A pressure sensing module for sensing a pressure applied to a circuit board is disclosed. The pressure sensing module includes a conductive pad, an elastic cover, a pushing part and a conductive unit. The conductive pad is connected to the circuit board. The elastic cover is connected to the circuit board and located on the conductive pad. The elastic cover includes a top end. The pushing part is connected to the top end. The conductive unit is located above the conductive pad. When the pushing part is not under pressure, the conductive unit does not move to touch the conductive pad. When the pushing part is under pressure, the pushing part causes the conductive unit to move toward the conductive pad such that the conductive unit touches the conductive pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tien-Chung Tseng, Chen-Chieh Lien
  • Patent number: 10109964
    Abstract: A jack device includes an insertion portion configured to receive a plug through an open end along a first axis. The insertion portion has an opening and a terminal. The opening has a predetermined depth from the open end to an inside of the insertion portion. The opening has a first inner surface that is increasingly away from the first axis from the inside to the open end, and a second inner surface whose distance from a certain point on the first axis is shorter than a distance between the first inner surface and the certain point. The terminal is located further inside than the opening in a direction of the first axis and is opposite to the second inner surface in a direction crossing the first axis. The terminal comes into pressure contact with the plug when the plug is inserted into the insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Goichi Matsuda, Kaname Tomita
  • Patent number: 10096925
    Abstract: A connector (10) includes a body (14), a spring terminal (20) having a spring property and including a holding portion (20A) held in the body (14), a cantilever portion (20B) cantilevered from the body (14) and a connecting portion (20E) configured to be pressed into contact with and connected to a mating terminal (40) in a direction intersecting an extending direction of the cantilever portion (20B) by being bent from the cantilever portion (20B). A metal member (16) is held in the body (14) and extends from the body (14) toward the cantilever portion (20B). An insulating member (50) is disposed on the metal member (16) so as to be between the cantilever portion (20B) and the metal member (16). The insulating member (50) includes a contact portion (50A) configured to contact the cantilever portion (20B) in the intersecting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Junichi Mukuno, Kensaku Takata, Kenichi Takata
  • Patent number: 10069229
    Abstract: For easy removal of a flat-plate-shaped signal transmission medium while reduction in height and size is achieved with a simple structure, a structure is adopted for an electric connector as follows. That is, a release operating part of a lock releasing member which causes a lock member in an engaged state to make a transition to a released state is arranged along an insertion opening. The release operating part and a release acting part are arranged in opposite regions in a radius direction of rotation of a support shaft part. The release operating part can make reciprocating rotations between an initial position away from the insertion opening and an acting position close to the insertion opening. Thus, when a flat-plate-shaped signal transmission medium is removed, the flat-plate-shaped signal transmission medium can be held while the engaged state of the lock member with respect to the flat-plate-shaped signal transmission medium is released by one hand of an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masataka Muro
  • Patent number: 10050379
    Abstract: The present invention provides a connector includes a housing having a fitting opening for the object to be connected, signal contacts retained in the housing in parallel disposition, a pressure member capable of pressing the signal contacts, and power source contacts. The power source contacts are retained besides the signal contacts, have a thickness dimension larger than that of the signal contacts and are to be pressed by the pressure member together with the signal contacts. The power source contacts include a power source contact with a fixation function, having not only the power source connection function but also a function of temporally fixing the object to be connected at a correct insertion position with respect to the signal contacts as well as a function of clamping and fixing the object to be connected in a state of being pressed by the pressure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: FUJIKURA LTD., DDK LTD.
    Inventors: Harunori Urai, Masayuki Suzuki, Hirokazu Takahashi, Yuuki Nakano