Two Or More Plural-contact Coupling Parts Combined In One Integral Unit Patents (Class 439/638)
  • Patent number: 8442477
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing power and information to an electronic device housed in a first housing. The apparatus may generally comprise a coupling element, a receiver operable to wirelessly receive information, and a cable. The coupling element is housed within a second housing that is operable to be at least partially inserted into an automobile cigarette lighter socket to acquire power therefrom. The cable extends from the second housing and is operable to couple with the electronic device or a mount associated with the electronic device to provide power from the coupling element and information from the receiver to the electronic device. The cable may generally include a first portion for housing an antenna that is operable to electrically couple with the receiver and a second portion for housing one or more wires. The one or more wires are operable to provide the power and the information to the electronic device or the mount associated with the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventor: Larry G. Morse
  • Patent number: 8443234
    Abstract: A BIOS refresh device includes a first socket, a second socket, and a jumper. The first socket includes a first elastic contact, a first voltage contact, and a first ground contact. The second socket includes a second elastic contact, a second voltage contact, and a second ground contact. The jumper includes a first pin, a second pin, a third pin, and a fourth pin. The first pin is electronically connected with the second elastic contact. The second pin is electronically connected with the first voltage contact or the second voltage contact. The third pin is electronically connected with the first elastic contact. The fourth pin is electronically connected with the second ground contact or the second ground contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guo-Yi Chen, Hai-Qing Zhou, Jian-Chun Pan
  • Publication number: 20130115821
    Abstract: A dual orientation connector having a connector tab with first and second major opposing sides and a plurality of electrical contacts carried by the connector tab. The plurality of contacts includes a first set of external contacts formed at the first major side and a second set of external contacts formed at the second major side. Each individual contact in the first plurality of contacts is electrically connected within the tab or body to a corresponding contact in the second plurality of contacts. In some embodiments contacts in the first and second pluralities of contacts that are directly opposite each other are coupled together. In some other embodiments, contacts in the first and second pluralities of contacts that are in a cater cornered relationship with each other are coupled together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc
    Inventor: Apple Inc
  • Publication number: 20130115820
    Abstract: A contact adapter for making contact in a force-optimized manner between an electrical load and a printed circuit board includes an electrically conductive contact element and an electrically non-conductive support structure. The electrically conductive contact element is configured to make an electrical contact between the printed circuit board and the electrical load. The support structure has a first supporting surface, which is configured to bear against a carrier plate of the printed circuit board. In this case, the contact element is integrated into the support structure in such a way that a first force exerted on the contact element by the electrical load is transferable to the carrier plate of the printed circuit board via the first supporting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Publication number: 20130109241
    Abstract: An electrical power connector includes an electrically insulative housing defining multiple front mating portions, multiple rear partition plates, an accommodation chamber between each two adjacent partition plates corresponding to one respective mating portion, a mating chamber in each mating portion, stepped stop portions in top and bottom sides in each mating chamber and springy hooks suspending in top and bottom sides in each accommodation chamber, and pairs of conducting terminals mounted in the accommodation chambers and having respective front mating end portions suspending in the mating chambers with respective openings and stop rods thereof respectively forced into engagement with the springy hooks and stepped stop portions of the electrically insulative housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Hao-Jan TUAN
  • Patent number: 8433366
    Abstract: A system for wireless communication comprises a first communication device having a first interface for interfacing with a host device and a second interface; and a second communication device configured to be coupled to the second interface of the first communication device. The first communication device and the second communication device, when coupled, form a substantially integrated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Novatel Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hertlein, Slim Souissi, Rahul Chaturvedi, Clint Wilber
  • Publication number: 20130095699
    Abstract: A headphone set is provided having a pair of headphones, a female connector, a first set of wires, and an auxiliary cable. The first set of wires may electrically connect the pair of headphones with the female connector. The auxiliary cable may include first and second male connectors and a second set of wires electrically connecting the first and second male connectors. The first male connector may be configured to removably plug into the female connector and the second male connector may be configured to removably plug into music player devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Junior Brun, Mike Bruno Brun
  • Patent number: 8419458
    Abstract: A tubular arrangement including a tubular form having an interconnection configuration on each end with one or more signal conductors disposed within the tubular form. One or more axially operative connector bodies disposed at each end of the tubular form. A coupling at one end of the tubular form capable of bridging the tubular form to another tubular and a method for building a string is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Anderson da Silva Amaral
  • Publication number: 20130090017
    Abstract: An electronic wiping torsional connector for use in connecting to mating contacts on an insulating base. The connector includes a plurality of contacts 1-10 each having a contact 13 and an anchor 14. Contacts 1-10 twist against anchor 14 when the insulating base is inserted into the connector to provide the wiping contact. In an alternative embodiment, the conductors are wires having two bends at different angles. One bend is elongated such that it engages a paddle before the other and rotates the other bend into contact with a ribbon contact located on the paddle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: INTERCONNECT PORTFOLIO LLC
    Inventor: Joseph C. Fjelstad
  • Patent number: 8408944
    Abstract: A high voltage connector system includes a first header for connection to a first electronic device, a first connector that connects to the first header, a second header that connects to a second electronic device, a second connector that connects to the second header, and a plurality of wires connecting the first connector and the second connector. The first header includes a first plurality of header terminals that are electrically connected together such that a high voltage electric current is divided into a plurality of sub-currents. The second header has a second plurality of header terminals that are electrically connected together such that the plurality of sub-currents are joined together to reform the first high voltage electric current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Slobodan Pavlovic, David Menzies, Reinhard Pusch, Michael Hardy
  • Publication number: 20130077270
    Abstract: Example embodiments are directed to circuit boards, connectors, cases, circuit board assemblies, case assemblies, devices and methods of manufacturing the same, which are common to at least two different form factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Hyo-Jae BANG, Dogeun KIM, Hongkyun KIM, Youngbok JEON
  • Patent number: 8406001
    Abstract: An electronic housing is provided comprising a first cover assembly combinable with a second cover assembly to house or enclose a printed circuit board therebetween. Each cover assembly includes a cover and a frame, the cover attachable to the frame by bending portions of the cover thereabout. The cover is preferably stamped metal and the frame is preferably injection molded plastic. Each cover may include recesses such that, when the cover is bent around the frame, the cover bends at the recesses and closely engages the frame on multiple mating surfaces. The cover assemblies may be welded together, such as by ultrasonic welding, to form a complete package or housing, and may include intermittingly spaced shear weld features to improve bond strength therebetween. Methods of manufacturing and/or assembling electronic housings and cover assemblies are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: DualSonic, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Chy Chao
  • Publication number: 20130072068
    Abstract: A SIM card adaptor for allowing use of a smaller format SIM card in an electronic device using a larger format SIM card is provided. The SIM card adaptor may include, an adaptor body having a cutout region defined by walls in the adaptor, the cutout region preferably shaped to receive the smaller format SIM card therein; and the adaptor body may be sized and shaped for use in the electronic device using the larger format SIM card, and wherein the adaptor body includes plastic and/or nylon, carbon fiber, aluminum, or similar material capable of withstanding heat levels up to at least about 200° Fahrenheit without degradation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SHARPE INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Sharpe Innovations, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8401670
    Abstract: A medical lead screening connector includes a first housing portion having a first lead receptor channel and a second housing portion having a second lead receptor channel and the second housing portion is pivotally connected to the first housing portion. The first lead receptor channel includes two first contact apertures and the second lead receptor channel comprising two second contact apertures. The first housing portion includes two second lead receptor contacts that mate with the second contact apertures and the second housing portion includes two first lead receptor contacts that mate with the first contact apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Mehdizadeh, Farooq M. Francis
  • Publication number: 20130065447
    Abstract: A compression connector for connecting two PCBs includes an insulative housing and a plurality of terminals received in the housing. Each terminal includes a retaining section and two spring contacting sections extending from opposite ends of the retaining section and exposing beyond mating surface of the housing. The insulative housing includes a base housing and a pair of matching housing sandwich the base housing from opposite directions to retain the retaining sections in said three housings such that the terminals can be well retained therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YU LUO, XING-LIANG LIU
  • Publication number: 20130057066
    Abstract: An external module, an electronic device and a method for driving an electronic module are provided. The electronic device includes a host and multiple external modules. The external module adapted to be removably connected to the electronic device includes a body, a first connector, a moving assembly and a second connector. The body has multiple connecting ports. The first connector is fixed on one of the connecting ports. The electronic device is adapted to be electrically connected to the first connector for providing power to the external module to drive the moving assembly. The second connector is assembled to the moving assembly disposed in the body and electrically connected to the first connector. The moving assembly drives the second connector to switch between the connecting ports, and the connecting port where the second connector is located is different from the connecting port where the first connector is located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Sip Kim Yeung
  • Patent number: 8388352
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a duck head connector comprised of a connector for connecting to a power adapter and an electric plug that swivels about the face of the side of the plug, where flexible insulated wires connect the prongs of the electric plug with the contacts of the connector. The flexible insulated wires rotate together with the plug, with the length and shape of the wires enabling the wires to wrap around each other without becoming tangled. In an alternative embodiment, a pair of spring contacts connects the prongs of the electric plug with a pair of stationary half-ring contacts. The spring contacts swivel along the inner surface of the half-ring contacts when the plug rotates. Flexible insulated wires connect the stationary half-ring contacts to the contacts of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Volex plc
    Inventors: Gong ChongYu, Liu GengYang, Mui Lian Jessica Toh
  • Patent number: 8388384
    Abstract: A percutaneous cable includes a cable body having a first end and second end, the cable body including a sheath adapted to traverse a patient's skin. The cable includes a plurality of conductors disposed within the cable body configured to transmit power and control data between a system controller and two implantable pumps. The cable includes a first connector disposed at the first end of the cable body and coupled to the plurality of conductors, the first connector configured to connect the cable body to the system controller. The cable includes a second connector disposed at the second end of the cable body, the second connector comprising a first set of contacts and a second set of contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Thoratec Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher James Cotter
  • Patent number: 8379900
    Abstract: A connecting device includes an audio signal plug to which an audio signal transmission cable including at least three lines can be connected, the audio signal plug including at least three plug terminals. The three plug terminals of the audio signal plug include first, second, and third plug terminals. The first plug terminal functions as a signal line in which a high-frequency signal is superimposed on an audio signal. The second plug terminal different from the first plug terminal functions as a ground for low-frequency and high-frequency. The third plug terminal different from the first and second plug terminals functions as a ground by capacitive coupling for the high-frequency, and has a function for transmitting a signal different from a signal of the first plug terminal for the low-frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Yoshino
  • Publication number: 20130029533
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to connect wireless adapters and field devices for process control systems, such systems and methods include a process control system having a field device, a wireless adapter, a first wire and a second wire. The field device includes a first terminal, a second terminal, a first conduit and a second conduit. The wireless adapter includes a first terminal, a second terminal, a first port and a second port. The first conduit of the field device couples to the second port of the wireless adapter. The first wire passes between the field device and the wireless adapter connecting the first terminal of the field device to the first terminal of the wireless adapter. The second wire passes between the field device and the wireless adapter connecting the second terminal of the field device to the second terminal of the wireless adapter. Other systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: MACTEK CORPORATION
    Inventor: MACTEK CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130029532
    Abstract: An apparatus, in accordance with particular embodiments, includes a shell comprising two substantially parallel surfaces. The apparatus further includes a plurality of connector housings mounted between the two substantially parallel surfaces. The apparatus also includes a plurality of connectors coupled to the plurality of connector housings. Each connector is configured to move along at least one axis within its respective connector housing. The apparatus further includes a plurality of cables. Each cable is configured to couple together at least two connectors. The plurality of cables are arranged between the two substantially parallel surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Myers, Kamran Esmaily, Upendranadh Reddy kareti, Phillip S. Ting
  • Patent number: 8360806
    Abstract: An RF module configured to be coupled to a backplane module includes a front housing that has walls that define connector cavities. The walls include a rear wall that has a plurality of openings therethrough. The connector cavities are open opposite the rear wall to receive electrical connectors. The RF module also includes RF cable assemblies having front end connectors and rear end connectors that are connected by corresponding cables. The front and rear end connectors are coaxial connectors. The front end connectors are received in corresponding connector cavities through corresponding openings. The RF module includes a connector holder extending from the front housing rearward of the rear wall. The connector holder holds the rear end connectors such that the rear end connectors are simultaneously pluggable into corresponding board connectors of the backplane module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Chong Hun Yi, Matthew R. McAlonis, Stephen T. Morley
  • Patent number: 8360810
    Abstract: In conjunction with a wiring in a house carrying data network signal, a modular outlet (100) includes a base module (100a) and interface module (100b). The base module connects to the wiring and is attached to the surface of a building. The interface module provides a data unit connection. The interface module is mechanically attached to the base module and electrically connected thereto. The wiring may also carry basic service signal such as telephone, electrical power and cable television (CATV). In such a case, the outlet provides the relevant connectivity either as part of the base module or as part of the interface module. Both proprietary and industry standard interfaces can be used to interconnect the module. Furthermore, a standard computer expansion card (such as PCI, PCMCIA and alike) may be used as interface module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Mosaid Technologies Incorporated
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 8362930
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable electronic device and an external keyboard thereof. The portable electronic device comprises a first port comprising a circular earphone plug and a keyboard plug. The external keyboard comprises a main body, a keyboard array and a second port. The keyboard array is disposed on the main body and comprises a plurality of scan signal lines. The second port is electrically coupled to the scan signal lines of the keyboard array, and is capable of inserting into the first port of the portable electronic device so as to electrically couple to the keyboard plug. Therefore, the external keyboard can be connected to an earphone jack in a plug-and-play fashion without necessarity to add a new port such that the external keyboard is convenient to use and carry and can be freely rotated in any angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignees: Inventec Appliances (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Inventec Appliances Corp., Inventec Appliances Corp., Shanghai
    Inventors: Hua-Qiao Ma, Tian-You Wang
  • Publication number: 20130023147
    Abstract: A power strip for conducting electrical power between an electrical power outlet having at least a live receptacle and a neutral receptacle, and at least two electrical device power plugs, each plug having at least a live prong and a neutral prong. The power strip includes a first housing segment having a first receptacle configured to receive at least an electrically conductive portion of a first device plug and a second housing segment having a second receptacle configured to receive at least an electrically conductive portion of a second device plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Quirky Incorporated
    Inventors: Jacob Daniel Zien, Jordan Diatlo, Kate Sarah Vallon, Steven Richard Remy
  • Publication number: 20130023161
    Abstract: There is provided an electrical charger including a base unit and an adaptor unit. The base unit is configured for being coupled to an electronic device, and includes an electrical connector plug which includes a plurality of electrical connector plug contacts. The adaptor unit is configured for being coupled to a power supply, and includes a plurality of adaptor unit contacts and a receiving aperture defining an opening for an electrical connector plug receiving receptacle configured for receiving the electrical connector plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Kasra YOUSSEFI-SHAMS, Felipe Oliveira SIMOES, Leonardo ALDANA
  • Patent number: 8337242
    Abstract: A data cable includes a first connector, two bolts, a number of wires extending from the first connector, and at least one connector electrically connected to the wires. The first connector includes an insulated main body. The main body includes an elongated installing portion and a short connection portion extending from a rear side of the installing portion. Opposite ends of the installing portion each define a through hole, and opposite ends of the connection portion each define a receiving hole. The bolts are configured to be detachably received in the receiving holes, and operable to mount the first connector to an object via the through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Publication number: 20120302101
    Abstract: An electrical combination including a power tool, charger and an adapter separate from and connectable between the battery and the tool housing or battery charger to support the battery on the tool housing or the battery charger, the adapter having adapter leads for electrically coupling the battery to the power tool or the battery charger, the adapter having a mechanical lockout for allowing an electrical coupling between the adapter and the power tool while preventing an electrical coupling between the adapter and the battery charger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Daniele C. Brotto, Bhanuprasad V. Gorti, Daniel J. White, Shelby K. Starks, Geoffrey S. Howard, Allen K. Brelsford, Jeffrey Francis, Jeffrey Norris, Andrew E. Seman, JR., David A. Carrier, Danh T. Trinh
  • Publication number: 20120282812
    Abstract: The electrical connector includes a first main body, a number of first contacts, a second main body assembled on the first main body and with a head portion and a extending board, and a number of second contacts received in the second main body. The first contact includes a extending arm fixed on the base portion, a first mating portion extending from one end of the extending arm to be received in the first receiving passage. The second contact comprises a fastening arm fixed on the head portion and a second mating arm extending from the fastening arm to be received in the second contact slots. The first contact has a connecting arm extending from the other end of the extending portion opposite to the first mating arm. The connecting arm and the fastening arm are connected to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: MIN-HAN LIN, KUO-CHUN HSU, TO-YING CHEN
  • Publication number: 20120282813
    Abstract: A device and assembly related to connecting cables, wires, and electrical devices are described herein. The device and assembly can comprise a panel connector removably coupled to a cable connector. The panel connector can include a panel connector retainer, a panel connector subretainer, and at least one contact pin. The cable connector can include a cable connector retainer, a cable connector subretainer, and at least one contact pin. Also described herein are connectors having a ground clamp and cable clamp useful in connecting cables, wires, and electrical devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth Ballard
  • Patent number: 8298003
    Abstract: A multi-functional adaptation winder is provided, which includes a wiring part, a transmission connector, a tapping part, at least one adapter and a connecting kit. The transmission connector is connected with an outlet wire at one end of the wiring part. The tapping part is provided with at least one connector which is connected with an outlet wire at the other end of the wiring part. The adapter is plugged into the connector of the tapping part and is provided with at least one attaching hole at an external portion thereof. The connecting kit is provided with at least one attaching segment and a spigot. The spigot is connected with the tapping part, and the attaching segment is matched with the attaching hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Sung-Chiang Wu
  • Patent number: 8292670
    Abstract: A cable interface device is provided for physically and electronically connecting two devices. The cable interface device comprises a first pin pickup assembly electrically connectable to a first multi-pin connector of a first electronic device having a first pin geometry. The device also includes a hardware specific signal routing adapter connected electronically and physically in series with the pin pickup assembly and a second pin pickup assembly electrically connectable to a second pin connector of a second electronic device having a second pin geometry, the second pin geometry being electronically and mechanically different from the first pin geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thom Kreider, Mitch Fletcher, Brian Cornelius, Larry Jackson
  • Patent number: 8284551
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an enclosure, a first interconnect card, a second interconnect card, and a connection circuit board. The enclosure receives a first data storage device and a second data storage device. The first interconnect card is connected to the first data storage device. The second interconnect card is connected to the second data storage device. The second interconnect card includes an external connector which is capable of connecting to a peripheral apparatus outside of the enclosure. The connection circuit board is connected to the first and the second interconnect cards. The first data storage device communicates with the external connector via the first interconnect card, the connection circuit board, and the second interconnect card. The second interconnect card communicates with the external connector via the second interconnect card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Tang Peng, Mo-Ming Yu, Lei Zheng
  • Patent number: 8282012
    Abstract: Method and system for expanding the memory capacity of devices that use flash memory cards. In one aspect, a memory card expander assembly includes an adaptor shaped to be connected to a memory card slot of a host device, and a receptacle assembly in communication with the adaptor and operative to be attached to the host device. The receptacle assembly includes an expanded memory card slot operative to connect to a memory card such that the host device can communicate with the connected memory card when the adaptor is connected to the memory card slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Kingston Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ben Wei Chen, David Sun, George Shiu
  • Publication number: 20120252277
    Abstract: The cable contains a cable member, a first connector electrically connected to an end of the cable member, a split member electrically connected to the other end of the cable member and having at least a second connector, at least an adaptors capable of electrically connecting to the second connector; and a joint member having a ring element for joining to the cable member and at least an extension element for joining to the adaptor. The cable, with the first connector and the other connectors on the adaptors, can be used to interface various appliances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: SUNG-CHIANG WU
  • Publication number: 20120244754
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug connector system for a plug connection between electrical conductors, wherein the plug connector system accommodates plug modules with electrical contacts contained therein, wherein said plug modules are first inserted laterally into a region of a holding frame, wherein a plug insert is arranged in the same and locked in place, and then subsequently slid 90° sideways in the holding frame and held in place. The housing frame is designed as a self-supporting part of the plug connector system, for the purpose of accommodating the plug modules, and can provide protection from external influences by means of a surrounding housing. In addition, in contrast to conventional arrangements used to date in plug connectors, the plug modules can be inserted into the holding frames from both sides, meaning in the direction in which the connection is made, or also in the opposite direction, and can be removed again.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Dieter Riepe, Martin Schmidt, Nicole Spilker
  • Patent number: 8274786
    Abstract: An I/O housing holds an I/O port and is pivotable between a housed position, wherein the I/O housing is held snugly flat in a chassis of the computer, and an extended position, wherein the port end of the housing is distanced from the chassis. The I/O housing can mechanically engage an I/O device with the port establishing communication between the I/O device and the computer processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Sapper, Peter Geoffrey Gaucher, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Michael Terrell Vanover, Shigeki Mori, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Hidenori Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8272900
    Abstract: An electrical connector, such as a circuit board connector, includes a first group or subassembly of electrical contacts physically separate from an adjacent and second group or subassembly of contacts. The first group of electrical contacts and second group of electrical contacts each include a row of lower contacts and upper contacts. The second group of electrical contacts has an identical but mirrored configuration as the first group of electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
    Inventor: James Hunkins
  • Patent number: 8272899
    Abstract: There is provided an electrical charger including a base unit and an adaptor unit. The base unit is configured for being coupled to an electronic device, and includes an electrical connector plug which includes a plurality of electrical connector plug contacts. The adaptor unit is configured for being coupled to a power supply, and includes a plurality of adaptor unit contacts and a receiving aperture defining an opening for an electrical connector plug receiving receptacle configured for receiving the electrical connector plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Kasra Youssefi-Shams, Felipe Oliveira Simoes, Leonardo Aldana
  • Patent number: 8270151
    Abstract: A hard disk assembly includes a first and a second hard disk, and a hard disk connecting mechanism for holding the first and the second hard disks. The first and second hard disks both each have a composite receptacle. The hard disk connecting mechanism includes a frame for mounting the first and the second hard disks and a composite connector detachably positioned in the frame. The composite connector includes a base, a first composite plug engaged with the composite receptacle of the first hard disk and a second composite plug engaged with the composite receptacle of the second hard disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Publication number: 20120227262
    Abstract: A method is provided for mounting a plurality of cable connectors onto a panel that defines a plurality of target mounting locations. At least two of the plurality of cable connectors defines at least a pair of cable retaining apertures. The pairs of cable retaining apertures of a first one of the two cable connectors are spaced apart in a first direction, and the pair of cable retaining apertures of a second one of the two cable connectors are spaced apart in a second direction that is different than the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Charles M. Gross, Max Richard Page
  • Patent number: 8264832
    Abstract: A hard disk assembly includes a first and a second hard disk, and a hard disk connecting mechanism for holding the first and the second hard disks. The first and second hard disks both each have a composite receptacle. The hard disk connecting mechanism includes a frame for mounting the first and the second hard disks and a composite connector detachably positioned in the frame. The composite connector includes a base, a first composite plug engaged with the composite receptacle of the first hard disk and a second composite plug engaged with the composite receptacle of the second hard disk. The frame defines a sliding slot. The base form a sliding protrusion slidably received in the sliding slot to slidably position the composite connector in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zheng-Heng Sun, An-Gang Liang
  • Publication number: 20120220167
    Abstract: An adapter for use in combination with an electric dryer to electrically connect the dryer to an outlet when the pattern of the prongs on the power cord plug do not correspond to the pattern of the prong-receiving receptacle openings at the outlet. In the preferred embodiment, the adapter comprises an adapter body having a plurality of prong-receiving openings on its outward face and a plurality of adapter prongs on its rearward face. The prong-receiving openings are in a first prong pattern that corresponds to the number and/or configuration of the prongs on the plug and the adapter prongs are in a second prong pattern that corresponds to the number and/or configuration of the receptacle openings on the outlet to electrically interconnect the plug and the outlet. In one embodiment, the adapter also includes a connecting wire inside the adapter body and a ground wire to ground the dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Ferdinand Walls, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120220168
    Abstract: A cable interface device is provided for physically and electronically connecting two devices. The cable interface device comprises a first pin pickup assembly electrically connectable to a first multi-pin connector of a first electronic device having a first pin geometry. The device also includes a hardware specific signal routing adapter connected electronically and physically in series with the pin pickup assembly and a second pin pickup assembly electrically connectable to a second pin connector of a second electronic device having a second pin geometry, the second pin geometry being electronically and mechanically different from the first pin geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Thom Kreider, Mitch Fletcher, Brian Cornelius, Larry Jackson
  • Patent number: 8251750
    Abstract: An adapter apparatus for connecting two connectors of the same type includes a receiving rack used to fasten two connectors, and a connection board attached to the receiving rack. A number of first gold fingers and a number of second gold fingers are formed on opposite ends of the connection board, to be electrically connected to the connectors, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Publication number: 20120214348
    Abstract: There is provided an electrical charger including a base unit and an adaptor unit. The base unit is configured for being coupled to an electronic device, and includes an electrical connector plug which includes a plurality of electrical connector plug contacts. The adaptor unit is configured for being coupled to a power supply, and includes a plurality of adaptor unit contacts and a receiving aperture defining an opening for an electrical connector plug receiving receptacle configured for receiving the electrical connector plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Kasra YOUSSEFI-SHAMS, Felipe Oliveira SIMOES, Leonardo ALDANA
  • Patent number: 8246387
    Abstract: An electronic wiping torsional connector for use in connecting to mating contacts on an insulating base. The connector includes a plurality of contacts 1-10, each having a contact area 93 adapted for wiping contact to a pad, an anchor area 92, and flattened, ribbon-like connector for receiving a wiping contact. Contacts 1-10 twist against an anchor 92 when the insulating base is inserted into the connector to provide the wiping contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Interconnect Portfolio LLC
    Inventor: Joseph C. Fjelstad
  • Patent number: 8247746
    Abstract: A connector for incorporation into a heater system for inlet struts includes a body having a tapered forward end and an opposite rear end. A plurality of forward electrical terminals are formed on the outer surface of the tapered end. A plurality of rearward electrical terminals are formed on the rear end of the body. The rearward electrical terminals are in electrical connection with the forward electrical terminals. The forward electrical terminals on the tapered end are in electrical contact with a plurality of electrical contacts connected to heating elements formed in a heating mat. The heating mat entirely envelops the connector. The heater mat is formed within a substantially rigid outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip Emerson Alexander, David R. Lyders, John Vontell, George Alan Salisbury
  • Patent number: 8235755
    Abstract: In conjunction with a wiring in a house carrying data network signal, a modular outlet (100) includes a base module (100a) and interface module (100b). The base module connects to the wiring and is attached to the surface of a building. The interface module provides a data unit connection. The interface module is mechanically attached to the base module and electrically connected thereto. The wiring may also carry basic service signal such as telephone, electrical power and cable television (CATV). In such a case, the outlet provides the relevant connectivity either as part of the base module or as part of the interface module. Both proprietary and industry standard interfaces can be used to interconnect the module. Furthermore, a standard computer expansion card (such as PCI, PCMCIA and alike) may be used as interface module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Mosaid Technologies Incorporated
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 8235746
    Abstract: A USB connector structure for connecting an electronic device to a computer includes a cable, a first plug group and a second plug group. The first plug group and the second plug group are connected to opposite ends of the cable. The first plug group includes a first standard USB plug and a first mini USB plug electrically connected to the first standard USB plug. The second plug group is connected to another end of the cable, and includes a second standard USB plug and a second mini USB plug electrically connected to the second standard USB plug. Any two of the first standard USB plugs, the first mini USB plug, the second standard USB plug and the second mini USB plug can be respectively electrically connected with the electronic device and the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Jin-Min He