Plural, Electrically Distinct Contacts Patents (Class 439/291)
  • Patent number: 11374348
    Abstract: A modular system for plug connector modules for producing plug connector units, and to at least one first housing frame for receiving a plurality of plug connector modules within the housing frame. Each housing frame has two parallel longitudinal side walls, which define the frame width of the housing frame, and perpendicularly thereto two parallel narrow side walls, which define the frame height of the housing frame. According to the invention: i) the frame width is an integer multiple of the frame height, optionally plus joint play; ii) the longitudinal side walls and the narrow side walls have connection elements for form-fitting connection, wherein in each case a connection element of a longitudinal side wall corresponds to a connection element of a narrow side wall; and iii) on each longitudinal side wall a plurality of connection elements are arranged at a grid distance which corresponds to the frame height, optionally plus joint play, along the frame width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: IGUS GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Stremlau, Till Brinkman, Sebastian Griepenstroh, Romano Deimel
  • Patent number: 11362453
    Abstract: A first housing of a first connector has a first end wall which is located downward of a first accommodation portion in an up-down direction. When viewed from beneath along the up-down direction, the first end wall hides, in part, a first contact located in the first accommodation portion. A second housing has a second end wall which is located upward of a second accommodation portion in the up-down direction. When viewed from above along the up-down direction, the second end wall hides a second contact located in the second accommodation portion. The first end wall prevents a finger of an operator from coming into contact with the first contact, and the second end wall prevents the finger of the operator from coming into contact with the second contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED, PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Nakazawa, Shoichi Toya
  • Patent number: 11282717
    Abstract: A substrate protrusion is described. The substrate protrusion includes a top portion that extends in a first direction toward a gap between the first die and the second die and in a second direction parallel to the gap between the first die and the second die. The substrate protrusion also includes a base portion that is coupled to a substrate that extends underneath the first die and the second die. The substrate protrusion can enable void-free underfill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ziyin Lin, Vipul Mehta, Edvin Cetegen, Yuying Wei, Sushrutha Gujjula, Nisha Ananthakrishnan, Shan Zhong
  • Patent number: 11276971
    Abstract: A cable connector includes a first portion, a second portion, a first electrical prong, and a second electrical prong. The first portion defines a cavity. The second portion is adjacent to the first portion. The second portion includes a mounting structure defining a first cross-sectional void region within the cable connector and a second-cross-sectional void region within the cable connector opposite the first cross-sectional void region. The first electrical prong is disposed, in part, in the first cross-sectional void region and extends from the second portion. The second electrical prong is disposed, in part, in the second cross-sectional void region and extends from the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Guido Woeste, Christian Schäfer, Ulrich Rudack
  • Patent number: 10938125
    Abstract: A connection terminal includes: a base portion; a folded portion folded back from a rear end of the base portion and extending toward a front side in the terminal fitting direction; a rise portion that is provided at the folded portion and rises in a direction away from the base portion; and a terminal contact portion extending from the rise portion toward the front side and being elastically deformable in a direction away from the base portion. The connection terminal is configured to receive a base portion of a counterpart connection terminal having a same configuration as that of the connection terminal such that the base portion of the counterpart connection terminal is inserted and elastically sandwiched between the base portion and the terminal contact portion of the connection terminal while the counterpart connection terminal is vertically inverted with respect to the connection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Go Yamada, Takahiko Sato
  • Patent number: 10615537
    Abstract: An housing of an electrical connector has at least one accommodation passage passing therethrough. At least one wire is inserted into at least one connection terminal accommodated within the accommodation passage in an insertion direction. The housing has a first surface with a first engagement portion and a second surface, opposite to the first surface, with a second engagement portion matched with the first engagement portion. The first engagement portion or the second engagement portion of the housing is configured to be detachably engaged with a second engagement portion or a first engagement portion of another housing, so as to stack the housing and the another housing together. Thus, it is possible to reduce the space occupied by a plurality of electrical connectors, thereby facilitating management of the wires and the electrical connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming Shi, Hongtao Jiang, Xiaozhi Fu, Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10597909
    Abstract: A door latch device which allows shared use of a connector for use in door latch devices equipped with standard electric components and a connector for use in door latch devices equipped with special electric components in addition to the standard electric components, thereby achieving an increase in the efficiency of the work of connecting to an external connector and a reduction in costs. A connector (32) of a standard switch plate (26) has a coupling hole (51) which penetrates, in the connecting direction of the external connector, a portion having no standard connecting terminals (304). The coupling hole (51) can be fitted with another switch plate (46) that allows the passage of electric current through electric components different than the standard electric components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: GECOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Ishiguro, Cristian Damboiu, Bryan Farris, Brian Kepler, Aaron Martin
  • Patent number: 10581193
    Abstract: A cable bushing is disclosed for placement into a control housing surrounding a printed circuit board that is provided with a bushing housing, comprising a locating surface, fasteners for fastening the bushing housing to the control housing, and retainers for at least two cables that are to be electrically connected to the printed circuit board. To facilitate the assembly of the cable bushing, a shielding plate is provided which embodies a shielding surface for contacting a shielding on the control housing side. The shielding surface is connected to a contact surface in an electrically conductive manner, and is exposed at a back of the bushing housing facing away from the locating surface to be connected to a shielding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Eberspächer catem GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Tobias Inclán Garcia, Nils Deuschel, Thomas Gschwind, Timo Wambsganss
  • Patent number: 10381775
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a power connector which comprises an insulative housing and a terminal. The insulative housing defines a terminal receiving groove therein and comprises a stopping wall. The terminal is positioned in the terminal receiving groove and comprises a mating portion, a stopping portion and a wire connecting portion. The stopping portion abuts against the stopping wall and comprises a first horizontal portion and a second horizontal portion. The first horizontal portion comprises a first front end edge. The second horizontal portion comprises a second front end edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: You-Xiang Zheng, Hao Yin
  • Patent number: 10302872
    Abstract: A fiber optic adapter includes a first side wall (110), a second side wall (112) opposite the first side wall, a top wall (114), and a bottom wall (116) opposite the top wall. A cavity (10) is defined by the top wall, the bottom wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall, and an optical fiber alignment device (20) is situated in the cavity. The top wall (114) has an opening (117) therein, and a cover (118) is configured to selectively close the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Commscope Connectivity Belgium BVBA, CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Danny Willy August Verheyden, Erwin Junius, Detlev Thalemann, Bernardus Johannes Nicolas Geling, Robert Charles Flaig
  • Patent number: 10249975
    Abstract: A numbering scheme for the cavities of a hermaphroditic connector includes indicia on the rear wall of the connector having one or more horizontal rows (n), each row having the same number of cavities (m). A first indicium on the rear face of the rear wall near the cavity at the upper left in a first orientation of the rear wall has an inverted numeral corresponding to the value of ((m)×(n?1)+1)) adjacent to the upright numeral “1.” A second indicium on the rear face of said rear wall near the cavity at the upper right in the first orientation of the rear wall has an upright numeral corresponding to the value of m adjacent to the inverted numeral corresponding to the total number of cavities, which has value m×n. The other cavities may also have indicia following this. The indicia may also contain non-numerical symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: J.S.T. Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Dombrowski, Franklin A. Holub
  • Patent number: 9991617
    Abstract: Embodiments related to electrical connectors including superelastic components are described. The high elastic limit of superelastic materials compared to conventional connector materials may allow for designs which provide reliable connections and high frequency operation. Superelastic components also may enable connector designs with higher densities of connections. In some embodiments, a connector includes one or more superelastic elongated members forming the mating contacts of the connector. The superelastic elongated members deform within one or more conductive receptacles to generate a suitable contact force. The conductive receptacles may include a plurality of protrusions arranged to deflect the superelastic elongated members during mating. A superelastic component may also be provided in a receiving portion of a connector, and may form a portion of a conductive receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Pitten, Mark W. Gailus, Marc B. Cartier, Jr., David Levine, Donald A. Girard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9912098
    Abstract: A connector (10) includes a housing (20) having a wire pull-out surface (27), and wires (500) are pulled out from the wire pull-out surface (27). The housing (20) also has an outer peripheral surface (28) arranged to intersect with the wire pull-out surface (27). A wire cover (60), including a cover main body (61), is mounted on the housing (20) and is arranged to cover the wire pull-out surface (27) of the housing (20) while having the wires (500) arranged inside. A fitting tube (63) is connected integrally to the cover main body (61). The fitting tube (63) covers the outer peripheral surface (28) of the housing (20) and is held in a state where rotation about an axis extending in a fitting direction of the fitting tube (63) is regulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9876323
    Abstract: An electrical connector for use with wires is disclosed that includes an electrical contact and an insulated housing. The electrical contact includes a wire contact portion and a connector contact portion. The wire contact portion connects the electrical connector to a wire. The connector contact portion includes a male contact prong and a female contact socket. The electrical contact may be positioned within an insulated housing that is designed to connect both the male contact prong and the female contact socket when mated with another electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: AVX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brent Lybrand
  • Patent number: 9853386
    Abstract: A module connection mechanism for coupling adjacent modules, has a connector for connecting the modules. The connector has a substrate having a plurality of terminals for transmitting power and signals, installed between the modules, a fixing body disposed to surround the substrate and having a fixing wing with a wing thread formed at an outer surface thereof, and a fixing ring disposed to surround the fixing body and having a ring thread formed at an inner surface thereof, so that the ring thread moves to cover an outer surface of the fixing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Woosub Lee, Seonghun Hong, Sung Chul Kang, Kang Gyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9748674
    Abstract: A connection terminal for releaseably connecting a cable is disclosed having a terminal body, a contact arm, a cable fastening member, and a cable releasing member. The terminal body has a mating end and an opposite terminating end. The contact arm extends continuously from the mating end of the terminal body. The cable fastening member is positioned on the terminating end of the terminal body. The cable releasing member is positioned on the cable fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiang Xu, Ming Shi
  • Patent number: 9728872
    Abstract: In the connector, a plurality of parallel flanges and groove pins between every two of the parallel flanges are additionally provided to the middle of the connector plug. A plurality of parallel grooves and flange pins between every two of the parallel grooves are additionally provided to the middle of the connector socket. The plurality of flanges of the connector plug are inserted into the plurality of grooves of the connector socket. The mating face of the connector plug is in contact with the mating face of the connector socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc
    Inventors: Wei Sun, Xinming Shi, Hao Di
  • Patent number: 9716335
    Abstract: A connector assembly is provided and includes a first connector and a second connector. The first connector includes a first insulation body and a first terminal with a first cantilever secured in the first insulation body. The second connector connects with the first connector and includes a second insulation body, a second terminal secured in the second insulation body, and a second cantilever positioned between the first insulation body and the first terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming Shi, Hongjun Yin, Xiang Xu
  • Patent number: 9710406
    Abstract: Techniques for transmitted data through a USB port using a PCIe protocol are described herein. In one example, a method includes detecting a coupling of an apparatus and a PCIe compatible device via a Type-C connector and sending at least one vendor defined message to the PCIe compatible device. The method can also include receiving an alternate mode indicator corresponding to a data transfer via a PCIe protocol and sending an enter mode command to the PCIe compatible device to enable the data transfer between the apparatus and the PCIe compatible device via the PCIe protocol. Furthermore, the method can include transferring data between the apparatus and the PCIe compatible device via the Type-C connector with the PCIe protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Akshay G. Pethe, David J. Harriman, Mahesh Wagh, Abdul Hawk Ismail
  • Patent number: 9680267
    Abstract: A connector comprises first contacts, second contacts and a housing. The first contacts have first contact portions which come into contact with first mating contacts. The second contacts have second contact portions which come into contact with second mating contacts. The housing has at least two long wall portions and at least one supporting portion. The long wall portions extend in an X-direction and are disposed apart from each other in a Y-direction to form a slot between the two of the long wall portions. The supporting portion protrudes in a Z-direction from one of the long wall portions and has a plate-like shape extending in the X-direction. The first contact portions are supported by the supporting portion. The second contact portions are located in the slot at least in part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Osamu Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 9627791
    Abstract: A connector apparatus which can keep an electrical connection between signal pins in good condition; when a male member and female member are coupled together, first bumps of a first contact portion and second bumps of a second contact portion are brought into contact with each other, electrically connecting the first signal pins and second signal pins with each other. Measures are taken to bring tops and ridge lines of the second bumps into contact with lateral faces of the first bumps. Also, the first signal pins and second signal pins are configured to be pivotable. During connection, contact area is increased by contact between the lateral faces of the first bumps and the tops and ridge lines of the second bumps, causing rubbing between the lateral faces and the tops and ridge lines, and thereby pushing aside and rubbing off sticking spatter, oxide films, contamination, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nitta Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Kikuchi, Kenji Tsurimoto, Hideki Nishio, Ryosuke Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9437950
    Abstract: A plurality of upper plug contacts are each brought into contact with a master elastic piece and a slave elastic piece of a corresponding lower receptacle contact in accordance with elastic deformation of the master elastic piece and the slave elastic piece. A plurality of lower plug contacts are each brought into contact with a master elastic piece and a slave elastic piece of a corresponding upper receptacle contact in accordance with elastic deformation of the master elastic piece and the slave elastic piece. For example, as shown in FIG. 7, in a state where an upper connector and a lower connector are mated, a direction of the elastic deformation of the master elastic piece and the slave elastic piece of each upper receptacle contact is different from a direction of the elastic deformation of the master elastic piece and the slave elastic piece of each lower receptacle contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Koguchi, Yu Tatebe
  • Patent number: 9437961
    Abstract: An electrical power connector assembly includes a body having a housing portion and a connection portion; a coupling ring rotatably disposed on the body; and a power connector disposed within the housing portion of the body. The power connector is configured to form a mating engagement with another power connector having the same configuration. The coupling ring is configured to engage a connection portion of another electrical power connector assembly having the same configuration and the connection portion of the body is configured to be engaged by a coupling ring of the other electrical power connector assembly. The coupling ring and the connection portion of the body are configured to engage the connection portion and the coupling ring of the other electrical power connector assembly, respectively, to bring the power connectors together to complete the mating engagement between the power connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Smajda
  • Patent number: 9401550
    Abstract: Socket terminals include flat bar-like connection pieces that are in conductive contact with plug terminals, and the plug terminals include fork-shaped terminal portions that are in conductive contact with the socket terminals through the flat bar-like connection pieces. Plate surfaces of the plug terminals extend in a height direction and are fixed to a plug housing. Furthermore, fork-shaped terminal portions include contact recesses having openings in plate edges on a socket terminal insertion side. Contact projections of the contact recesses hold the flat bar-like connection pieces of the socket terminals that have been inserted through the openings in between in a direction (an up-down direction) that extends along the plate surfaces of the plug terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Iriso Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuma Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9368906
    Abstract: A terminal to be inserted into a storage space formed in a housing includes a hollow sheath portion, and a first engagement portion to be engaged with the storage space, the first engagement portion including a first inclining portion, and a first abutment portion extending from an upper end of the first inclining portion towards the sheath portion and making abutment at a lower end thereof with a ceiling of the sheath portion, the terminal being formed of a single metal sheet, the first engagement portion being formed by bending a projecting part around a direction intersecting with the axis of the sheath portion, the projecting part being a part of the metal sheet defining the sheath portion and extending in parallel with a direction in which the terminal is inserted into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Endo, Kenya Ando
  • Patent number: 8668511
    Abstract: A hermaphroditic electrical connector assembly comprises a first connector (10a) and an identical second connector (10) to mate with each other, each connector comprising: an insulating housing (20) having a base portion (21), a pair of fixing arms (24) molded two side of the base portion and locating two ends of the diagonal of the base portion separately. and several terminal slots (22) on the base portion; and a number of terminals (5) retained in the terminal slots of the insulating housing; the fixing arms of the first connector engaging with same side fixing arms of the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jing-Jie Guo
  • Patent number: 8297997
    Abstract: A connector (10, 30, 40) is provided for coupling an electronic circuit (11) of an electronic device to sensor and/or actuation elements (12) of the electronic device. The connector (10, 30, 40) comprises at least one connection surface (21) with i connection points (13), the i connection points (13) comprise j primary connection points (13) for coupling the electronic circuit (11) to j corresponding ones of the elements (12), and k redundant connection points (13) for redundantly coupling the electronic circuit (11) to at least one of the elements (12). The primary and the redundant connection points (13) for the at least one of the elements (12) are distributed over the connection surface (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Hubert Cecile Francois Martens
  • Patent number: 8152548
    Abstract: A connector apparatus includes first and second connectors that can be engaged with each other. The first connector includes a first contact and a first main body that supports the first contact. The first connector is conductive. The first main body is insulative. The second connector includes a second contact and a second main body that supports the second contact. The second contact is conductive. The second main body is insulative. The first contact includes a first connection part that can contact the second contact. The second contact includes a second connection part that can contact the first connection part at plural portions of the first connection part. The first and second connection parts substantially have the same shape and size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Component Limited
    Inventors: Yasushi Masuda, Manabu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8152549
    Abstract: A plurality of connecting elements projects from a body's surface. A plurality of indents is defined in the body's surface. Each stem element includes first and second stalks projecting orthogonally from the surface. The first stub includes a pyramidical cap section and at least one generally planar wall. The second stalk is generally parallel to the first stub and spaced apart from the at least one wall, defining a gap therebetween. The second stalk includes a stem projecting from the surface. A lip section extends from a distal end of the stem and protrudes outwardly relative to the stem. An engagement section extends from the lip section. A free end of the engagement section defines a distal end of the second stalk. An outer surface of the engagement section defines a first gradient tapering from the lip section to the distal end of the second stalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Walter V. Werner, Earl W. Stromberg, Wit Cezary Bushko, George Hanna Ghanime
  • Patent number: 7942687
    Abstract: An article includes a plurality of stems projecting from a surface thereof. Each stem includes a hollow stalk projecting orthogonally from the surface and a hollow head defined on a distal end of the hollow stalk. The head includes a flange section extending from the distal end of the hollow stalk and having an outer diameter greater than an outer diameter of the hollow stalk at the distal end. A cap section extends from the flange section, defines a distal end of the stem and has a generally convex contour. The cap section has a first wall thickness at the distal end of the stem, a second wall thickness at a junction of the cap section and the flange section and a third wall thickness at a circumferential section intermediate the distal end and the flange section. The third wall thickness is less than the first and second wall thicknesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Walter V. Werner, Earl W. Stromberg, Wit Cezary Bushko, George Hanna Ghanime
  • Publication number: 20110097918
    Abstract: Electrical connectors and contacts for transmitting power are provided. One power contact embodiment includes a first plate that defines a first non-deflecting beam and a first deflectable beam, and a second plate that defines a second non-deflecting beam and a second deflectable beam. The first and second plates are positioned beside one another to form the power contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher G. Daily, Wilfred J. Swain, Stuart C. Stoner, Christopher J. Kolivoski, Douglas M. Johnescu
  • Patent number: 7852617
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a main circuit terminal assembly for a vacuum circuit breaker, which can prevent temperature increase by increasing a surface area of a main circuit conductive unit, the main circuit terminal assembly for a vacuum circuit breaker which is electrically connected to a vacuum interrupter, including: a clamp electrically connected to a movable unit of the vacuum interrupter, and configured as a pair of conductors so as to support the movable unit by clamping; a heat sink fixed to the clamp that increase a surface area of the clamp; a flexible shunt having one end thereof electrically and mechanically connected to the clamp, and configured as a flexible conductor to allow the movable unit to move; a terminal block electrically and mechanically connected to another end of the flexible shunt, and configured as an electrical conductor; and a contactor unit electrically connected to the terminal block and having a plurality of clip-shaped contactors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: LS Industrial Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 7798836
    Abstract: An electric plug connector with hermaphrodite contact elements (100) having the following features: an electric contact element (100) of a first plug connector opens toward a second electric contact element (100) like a fork, the inner surfaces of the forks, which comprise two legs (110, 120) each, embrace at least in part one leg (120, 110) of the matching other contact element, and is characterized by the following features: one of the two legs (110) comprises a projection of convex shape (111); the other one of the two legs (120) comprises a concave recess (121); and the shape of the concave recess (121) is adapted to the convex projection (111) so that in the engaged condition of two plug connectors the convex projection (111) of the first plug connector is in positive contact, at least in part, with the concave recess (121) of the second plug connector, or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: ERNI Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Juergen Lappoehn
  • Patent number: 7777162
    Abstract: A connector closing a heating pipe and a heating apparatus having the connector are disclosed. The connector of the present invention includes a plug unit (110), which conductive members (112) and a plug body part (111), and a socket unit (120), which includes a socket body part (121), having through holes (121a) therein, and second conductive members (122) provided in the socket body part (121). The connector further includes a coupling nut (130) and a coupling screw (140), which connect the plug unit and the socket unit to each other. In the connector having the above-mentioned construction and the heating apparatus having the connector, heating wires and electric wires are securely separated from each other, thus preventing shorts from occurring. Furthermore, a tapered part is formed on the circumferential inner surface of the coupling nut. Thus, when the coupling nut, a radiating pipe (11) and a socket unit are assembled together, the radiating pipe is reliably sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Cheol-Woo Park
  • Patent number: 7766671
    Abstract: An electronic component includes a substrate, an interconnection element, and a connector. The interconnection element has conductivity. The interconnection element is present over the substrate. The connector is present on the interconnection element. The connector may further include, but is not limited to, a base, at least one stopper, and at least one sloped guiding surface. The base projects from the interconnection element in a first direction that is vertical to the surface of the substrate. At least one stopper projects from the base in a second direction that is parallel to the surface of the substrate. The one stopper has a stopper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Atsuo Hattori
  • Patent number: 7699635
    Abstract: Apparatus and systems described herein provide for a randomly-accessible electrical busbar with a protective cover and an associated mating connector. Both the busbar and the associated mating connector have multiple, electrically conductive bristles protruding from a surface. The busbar is protected by a nonconductive fabric cover to reduce the risk of a person from accidentally contacting the electrically conductive bristles. A connection is made between the mating connector and the busbar by the bristles of the mating connector penetrating the protective fabric cover and interdigitating with the bristles of the busbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas L. Weaver, Edward R. Winkler
  • Patent number: 7673092
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a PCI Express interface compatible with USB interface comprising a power supply terminal and a ground terminal, in which four data terminals include two data transmitting terminals and two data receiving terminals, characterized in that the power supply terminal and the ground terminal of said interface coincide with the corresponding terminals of USB interface specification, two of said four data terminals are guaranteed to have their positions and widths overlaid with the position of terminal D+ in USB interface specification and not with the position of terminal D? in USB interface specification, and the other two data terminals are guaranteed to have their positions and widths overlaid with the position of terminal D? in USB interface specification and not with the position of terminal D+ in USB interface specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignees: Legend Holdings Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventors: Qian Zhao, Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 7653206
    Abstract: A digital audio device. According to one aspect of the invention, the device includes a memory and an analog input system configured to record analog audio signals to the memory as digital audio data. The device further includes a digital input configured to download digital audio data to the memory, as well as an analog output system configured to generate analog playback signals decoded from digital audio data stored in the memory. Furthermore, the device includes a digital output configured to upload digital audio data from the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Collins, Paul Nielsen, Kevin Harmon
  • Publication number: 20090311898
    Abstract: Electrical contact having a longitudinal axis along which a first central body and at least one first blade are produced, characterized in that this electrical contact is intended to be mated with a complementary electrical contact which itself has a second central body and at least one second blade extending generally in the longitudinal direction of the second contact, so that when the contact and the complementary contact are mated the first blade is in electrical contact with the second central body and the second blade is in electrical contact with the first central body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Dominique Rozet, Claude Casses, Gerard Mulot
  • Publication number: 20090156041
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electrical connector for connection to multiple conductors. The connector comprises a connector housing and at least two spring clamps in the housing. Each spring clamp has an open position to permit insertion of a conductor and a closed position in which the spring clamp engages the conductor to establish an electrical connection therewith. The connector further comprises a cam shaft having at least two axially spaced cam positions thereon. One of the cam positions is aligned with each spring clamp to open the spring clamps when the cam shaft is turned to an open position and to allow the spring clamps to close when the cam shaft is turned to a closed position. The connector further comprises a lever on said cam shaft for turning the cam shaft between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Patrick J. Radle
  • Patent number: 7547222
    Abstract: An electrical connection element for connecting supply lines, in particular in an aircraft. The connection element comprises a connector socket and a connector that can be inserted into the connector socket, wherein the connector is axially rotatable in the connector socket, as a result of which a non-positive connection between the connector and the connector socket is established. An independent solution provides for the connection element to be made in a single piece and to comprise two clamping receptacles for the ends of the supply lines to be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Jürgen Otten
  • Publication number: 20090047816
    Abstract: An electric plug connector with hermaphrodite contact elements (100) having the following features: the electric contact element (100) of a first plug connector opens toward a second electric contact element (100) like a fork, the inner surfaces of the forks, which comprise two legs (110, 120) each, embrace—at least in part—one leg (120, 110) of the matching other contact element, is characterized by the following features: one of the two legs (110) comprises a projection of convex shape (111); the other one of the two legs (120) comprises a concave recess (121); the shape of the concave recess (121) is adapted to the convex projection (111) so that in the engaged condition of two plug connectors the convex projection (111) of the first plug connector is in positive contact, at least in part, with the concave recess (121) of the second plug connector, or vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Juergen Lappoehn
  • Patent number: 7458839
    Abstract: Preferred embodiments of power contacts have alignment features that can maintain conductors of the power contacts in a state of alignment during and after insertion of the power contacts into a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Viet Ngo, Wilfred James Swain, Christopher G. Daily
  • Patent number: 7097486
    Abstract: An assembly for providing a weatherproof feedthrough for data communications cables into a structure. The assembly includes a unique housing having a cavity for removably receiving a connector attached to a terminal end of a cable in a fixed orientation. The cable attached to the connector in the cavity exits the assembly into a protected side of the structure. A cable from the unprotected side of the structure enters the assembly such that a connector disposed on its terminal end may be connected to the connector in the cavity. The assembly is particularly suited to allow off the shelf connectors to be used within the housing. The assembly may include strain relief devices for protecting the cables attached to the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Cushcraft Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Parsons
  • Patent number: 7064431
    Abstract: An electronic assembly is described, having a substrate and contacts on the substrate which are spaced and arranged in a manner that allows for a more dense arrangement of contacts but still allows for routing of traces between the contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kuljeet Singh, Kevin E. Wells, Julius Delino
  • Patent number: 7033194
    Abstract: A first electrical wire terminal is designed to mate with a second, identical electrical wire terminal rotated ninety degrees about a longitudinal axis and turned to face the first terminal. In one embodiment, the first and second terminals each have an insertion member and a semi-rectangular receiving member forming a slot. The slot has a bowed side providing a resilient contact surface biased against the insertion member. The insertion member and the receiving member are arranged in a pattern such that they have adjacent edges with the insertion member extending perpendicular to the receiving member. The receiving member includes an aperture for accepting a projection on the insertion member to help maintain the electrical contact. In another embodiment, each terminal has a pair of insertion members and a pair of receiving members. The pairs are arranged in a box-like pattern with the insertion members having adjacent edges and the receiving members having adjacent edges as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard Stephen Le Beau
  • Patent number: 6994578
    Abstract: MICRO-CONNECTOR STRUCTURE AND method of making the same are disclosed. The micro-connector is microminiaturized and improved its degree of compaction by using semiconductor process. The process is etching silicon substrates into V-shaped channels and then a layer of nanometer structure is grown on them to increase stability of conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Solidlite Corporation
    Inventor: Hsing Chen
  • Patent number: 6776652
    Abstract: An optical coupling connector portion, including ferrule portions, is provided at a widthwise central portion of a connector housing having a shape flattened in a direction of the width thereof. Female connection terminal portions, serving as electrical connection terminals, are provided in a distributed manner at widthwise opposite side portions of the connector housings disposed outwardly respectively of opposite sides of the optical coupling connector portion. An optical coupling connector portion, including ferrule receiving portions for respectively receiving the ferrule portions, is provided at a widthwise central portion of a second connector housing. Male connection terminal portions, serving as electrical connection terminal portions, are provided in a distributed manner at widthwise opposite side portions of the connector housing in corresponding relation to the female connection terminal portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Nakura, Hitoshi Imazu, Kazuhiro Asada
  • Patent number: 6457988
    Abstract: An electrical connector for securely maintaining the connector members in mated relation to allow for a continuous electrical connection. The electrical connector includes a male connector member or plug having a series of prongs and a female connector member or wall outlet box having a series of sockets that extend vertically for accepting the prongs. Each of the connector members is connected to an electric cable and may have a pair of wedges having serrated opposed sides to retain the cable within the connector member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Svend Andersen
  • Patent number: 6379170
    Abstract: The invention relates to auxiliary mounting means for electrical plug-in connections for placing plug-in strips on a mounting surface, preferably by means of a manipulator, wherein during mounting of a further component via the mounting movement of this further component at least partial areas of the auxiliary mounting means are bent or buckled so that the further component can be placed with minimal spacing to the other component, wherein at the same time the mounting time is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: ERNI Elektroapparate GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Czeschka, Jürgen Lappöhn