Unit Includes Three Or More Diverse Types Of Coupling Parts Patents (Class 439/639)
  • Patent number: 10476219
    Abstract: The power adapter comprises an adapter plug, a first interconnect, a first outlet, a second interconnect, and one or more second outlets. The adapter plug and the first outlet are high amperage connectors such as NEMA TT-30 connectors. The one or more second outlets are standard lower amperage outlets such as NEMA 5-15R outlets. The power adapter allows a standard low amperage device to be plugged in without drawing current through the RV electrical system. The plug is first plugged into the RV outlet provided at a wired campsite then the RV power plug is plugged into the first outlet of the power adapter. The standard low amperage device may then be plugged into the one or more second outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: William Hazel
  • Patent number: 10333261
    Abstract: A USB signal switching circuit and method, and a storage medium, which are applicable to a USB data line with a first USB plug and a second USB plug. Both front and back surfaces of an insulation tongue piece in the first USB plug are provided with functional pins. The USB signal switching circuit comprises a signal switching module and two switching switch modules connected to the signal switching module. Two functional pins Vbus in the first USB plug are respectively connected to a functional pin Vbus on the second USB plug via the switching switch module. Functional pins D+ and D? in the first USB plug are connected to a functional pin D+ and a functional pin D? on the second USB plug via the signal switching module respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ONEPLUS TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liangcai Peng, Kewei Wu
  • Patent number: 9106217
    Abstract: Disclosed is a scalable input/output interface that has multiple bays and includes a housing surrounding a plurality of pairs of substrates. A first substrate of the pair of substrates may have a first contact surface and a second substrate of the pair of substrates may have a second contact surface that opposes the first contact surface, wherein each substrate has a connection edge. At least one integrated buffer can be coupled to either the first side or the second side of each substrate. A plurality of rows of contacts can be coupled to the opposing surfaces of each substrate of the pair of substrates, wherein each row of contacts can be stacked substantially parallel to the connection edge. Each connection edge can also be coupled to a separate integrated buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Jaussi, Bruce E. Pederson, Howard L. Heck, Stephen R. Mooney
  • Publication number: 20150132974
    Abstract: An adapter for using two one-way light bulbs in a three-way light socket comprises a lower body, a first female socket body, and a second female socket body. The lower body comprises a male metal threaded base for screwing into a three-way light socket. The first female socket body is connected to the lower body and comprises a first female threaded socket for receiving a first one-way light bulb. The second female socket body is connected to the lower body and comprises a second female threaded socket for receiving a second one-way light bulb. The first one-way light bulb is energized when the three-way light socket switch is in a low position, the second one-way light bulb is energized when the three-way light socket switch is in a medium position, and both one-way light bulbs are energized when the three-way light socket switch is in a high position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: DAVID W. KAPELLA
  • Publication number: 20150104980
    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: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Charles M. Gross, Max Richard Page
  • Patent number: 8941976
    Abstract: The embodiments provide a powerline network adapter that allows network communications over power lines while also being configurable to provide other features. In the embodiments, the network adapter can provide a first power outlet, a powerline network adapter, and a wireless access point. The first power outlet serves as a replacement for the outlet consumed by the powerline network adapter and is filtered to reduce or prevent interference with network communications being carried over the powerline. The network adapter is also configurable to provide, among other things, a powerline wired Ethernet interface and a wireless access point that is coupled to the powerline. Furthermore, the network adapter may be configured to provide a second power outlet for a device, such as an external drive. For example, the second power outlet may be an AC/DC 12-Volt power adapter. In some embodiments, this second power outlet is also filtered from the first power outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Maroney
  • Patent number: 8920185
    Abstract: An electronic device assembly structure comprises two electronic devices and at least one connection module. Each electronic device includes a body and at least one USB located on the body. The connection module connects to the two electronic devices and includes an electric connection unit and a fastening unit. The electric connection unit is electrically inserted into the USBs of the two electronic devices. The fastening unit fastens the bodies of the two electronic devices together in an integrated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Gemtek Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsung-Hsi Pai, Yuh-Sheng Chan, Chih-Hsu Yen
  • Patent number: 8923776
    Abstract: A system and method for connecting an external RF connector on an electrical module housing to a PCB within an electronic module is presented. The electronic module is configured to operate within a Department of Defense Joint Tactical Radio System in altitudes up to 15000 feet, at operating temperatures between ?40 to +55 degrees Celsius, in driving rain and dust storms, in a corrosive salt-sea atmosphere and to withstand indirect shock. The electronic module comprises a module housing, a housing connector on an external wall of the housing, a PCB within the housing, a PCB connector for a coaxial cable mounted on the PCB and a coaxial cable with first and second ends that is looped 360 degrees between the housing connector and the PCB connector. The first end of the cable is connected to the housing connector and the second end is connected to the PCB connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Eric G. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8916774
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention provide cables configured for communicating electrical signals. In some embodiments, an electrical cable is provided comprising: a first connector portion; a second connector portion; and a cable portion coupling the first connector portion to the second connector portion, where the cable portion includes: a conduit portion comprising an electrical conductor configured to carry an electrical signal between the first connector portion and the second connector portion, a first wire portion coupling the first connector portion to the conduit portion and comprising the electrical conductor, and a second wire portion coupling the second connector portion to the conduit portion and comprising the electrical conductor, wherein the conduit portion is flexible, and at least one of the first wire portion and the second wire portions is flexible and posable such that a user can selectively bend the one wire portion to form and retain a first shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Christopher F. Richards, Bradley M. Strahle, Dany Nikolova Paragouteva
  • Patent number: 8882545
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for attaching a plurality of external connectors to an electronic device including a main body, a first plug on the main body positioned to interface with a first port on the electronic device, a slot in the main body for slidably receiving a second external connector and for positioning the second external connector to interface with a second port of the electronic device. The slot has a first opening on a first surface of the main body to receive the second external connector, a second opening on a second surface of the main body to allow a portion of the second external connector to protrude from the second opening of the main body, a first wall opposite the first surface, a rear wall opposite the second surface, a top wall, and a bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Henge Docks LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Leigh Vroom, Benjamin Edwards Maskell
  • Publication number: 20140145689
    Abstract: An adapter-converter assembly for use with an electrical outlet is disclosed including a main body having a first, second and third universal female outlets defining first, second and third outlet configurations, and a first male plug defining a first plug configuration. A second body has a fourth universal female outlet defining the second outlet configuration and a second male plug defining a second plug configuration. The second male plug is receivable in at least one of the female outlets and the fourth female outlet is configured to receive the first male plug. A third body has a fifth universal female outlet defining the third outlet configuration and a third male plug defining a third plug configuration. The third male plug receivable in at least one of the first, second and third female outlets and the fifth female outlet is configured to receive the first male plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vito Carlucci, Sergio Lopes Fernandes da Costa
  • Patent number: 8708750
    Abstract: A receptacle connector includes an insulative housing, at least three terminal groups and a metal shell. The insulative housing has a base and at least three tongue pieces which integrally extend from the base and are transversally spaced apart to each other and in which a tongue piece of the tongue pieces at a left side thereof belongs to a left tongue piece, a tongue piece of the tongue pieces at a right side thereof belongs to a right tongue piece, and the other of the tongue pieces between the left tongue piece and the right tongue piece belongs to a middle tongue piece. The metal shell surrounds the tongue pieces and defines a common mating space as well as a first and second mating space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Yi-Tse Ho
  • Patent number: 8657630
    Abstract: A system and method for connecting an advanced electronic module to a legacy chassis is presented. In one embodiment, a connector plate comprises a plate bracket, a module connector, at least two chassis connectors and route logic. The plate bracket has a front side, a back side and an opening. The module connector connects to an electronic module within the opening. The at least two chassis connectors are located on the back side of the bracket plate and are configured to be connected to a legacy chassis or and advanced chassis. The legacy chassis and the advanced chassis do not expect signals from the same number chassis conductors. The routing logic routes signals from the module connector to each of the at least two chassis connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Eric G. Nelson, Boris Radovcic, Jeffrey B. Canter, George M. Horihan
  • Publication number: 20140004748
    Abstract: An adapter includes a PCB, a first connector electrically connecting with the PCB, a second connector electrically connecting with the PCB, a third connector electrically connecting with the PCB, and an insulative cover enclosing the first connector, the second connector, and the third connector. The first connector electrically connects with the PCB via a first direction. The second connector electrically connects with the PCB via a second direction. The third connector electrically connects with the PCB via a third direction. The first direction, the second direction and the third direction are different from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: ALLTOP ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) LTD.
    Inventors: Wang-I YU, Hung-Chi TAI, Yung-Chih HUNG
  • Patent number: 8585443
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adapter piece for retaining an external connector and to be used with a docking station for an electronic device, the adapter piece comprising a main body, a cavity in the main body forming an inner portion sized to match the dimensions of the external connector, a first opening to the cavity on the main body for receiving the external connector, a second opening to the cavity on the main body allowing a portion of the external connector to protrude therefrom, and an outer portion sized to match the dimensions of a slot on the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Henge Docks, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Leigh Vroom, Benjamin Edwards Maskell
  • Patent number: 8550858
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods for expanding a memory card-compatible receptacle for use with a multitude of other connections are provided. In an embodiment, a memory card-compatible receptacle having two sets of contact points communicates with a port expansion device to provide an interface with more commonly used ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Gavin Reid
  • Publication number: 20130217265
    Abstract: A socket with a socket body which has at least one upwardly-directed side is described. The socket includes a mains-voltage jack arranged in the socket body and one or more low-voltage plugs. The low-voltage plug(s) is/are arranged or is/are capable of being arranged on the upwardly-directed side of the socket body, standing upright.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: ECOBILITY GMBH
    Inventor: ECOBILITY GMBH
  • Patent number: 8512079
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for attaching a plurality of external connectors to an electronic device having a first port and second ports on a main body for accepting a first and second external connectors, a first and second plugs on the main body positioned to interface with a first and second ports on the electronic device, a slot in the main body for slidably receiving a third external connector and for positioning the third external connector to interface with a third port of the electronic device, and a retention mechanism in the main body for retaining the third external connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Henge Docks LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Leigh Vroom, Benjamin Edwards Maskell
  • Patent number: 8512080
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for attaching a plurality of external connectors to an electronic device having a first and second ports for attaching a first and second external connectors, a first and second plugs positioned to interface with a first and second ports of the electronic device, and a first and second pins positioned to interface with a first and second electrical contact of a third port on the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Henge Docks LLC
    Inventors: Matthew L. Vroom, Benjamin E. Maskell
  • Publication number: 20130130552
    Abstract: A battery adapter can include a plurality of machine-side-connecting sections capable of being connected to a plurality of battery-connecting ports provided on an electric machine, and a battery-side-connecting section(s) to which a battery or batteries can be connected. The number of the machine-side-connecting sections is preferably configured to be larger than the number of the battery-side-connecting section(s). Further, the electric machine is preferably connected to the machine-side-connecting sections of the battery adapter through its battery-connecting ports. The electric machine can be driven by the battery or batteries connected to the battery-side-connecting section(s) of the battery adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Tomoyuki OTA, Hitoshi SUZUKI, Yukio KOBAYASHI, Shingo UMEMURA
  • 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: 8419479
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for attaching a plurality of external connectors to an electronic device having a first and second ports for attaching a first and second external connectors, a first and second plugs positioned to interface with a first and second ports of the electronic device, and a first and second pins positioned to interface with a first and second electrical contact of a third port on the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Leigh Vroom, Benjamin Edwards Maskell
  • Publication number: 20130059479
    Abstract: A receptacle connector includes an insulative housing, at least three terminal groups and a metal shell. The insulative housing has a base and at least three tongue pieces which integrally extend from the base and are transversally spaced apart to each other and in which a tongue piece of the tongue pieces at a left side thereof belongs to a left tongue piece, a tongue piece of the tongue pieces at a right side thereof belongs to a right tongue piece, and the other of the tongue pieces between the left tongue piece and the right tongue piece belongs to a middle tongue piece. The metal shell surrounds the tongue pieces and defines a common mating space as well as a first and second mating space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Yi-Tse HO
  • Patent number: 8254146
    Abstract: A capacitor seat and two conductors are utilized to install a capacitor seat on a PCB by soldering the two conductors on electrical contacts of the PCB. The capacitor is installed on the capacitor seat in a fastening way such as by pressing downward, rotating the capacitor or in other feasible fastening ways to be electrically connected with the electrical contacts on the PCB. If the detachable capacitor device has errors or is damaged in use, or a user wants to replace it with a different type of the capacitors to test or adjust the characteristic of the circuit, it is easy to replace the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-Wei Kuo, Chien-Jung Wu, Ming-Chuan Lee
  • Patent number: 8210880
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a first connector having a plurality of first terminals; a main element for coupling to the first connector, and formed with a terminal recess for reception of the first terminals therein; and an adapter element for coupling to the main element, and including a plurality of adapter terminals. Each adapter terminal has a connecting section that is received in the terminal recess and that is electrically connected to a respective one of the first terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Concraft Holding Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Chi Lee, Chin-Huang Lin
  • Patent number: 8105114
    Abstract: An intermediate electrical connector for connecting two electrical connectors includes a blade assembly formed of a plurality of blades and a ground plate attached to the blades; a plurality of terminals disposed on each of the blades and extending in parallel to each other; and a holding member for holding the blade assembly. The intermediate electrical connector may further include an intermediate portion disposed between the holding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hirose Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koichi Kagotani
  • Patent number: 8043122
    Abstract: A portable dock and power adapter system includes a dock member having a power adapter member coupling, a plurality of IHS component connectors, and a dock plug that is electrically coupled to the plurality of IHS component connectors and extends from the dock member. The portable dock and power adapter system also includes power adapter member including a dock member coupling and a power adapter plug that is electrically coupled to the dock plug and that extends from the power adapter member. A connecting member extends between the power adapter member and the dock member. The connecting member is operable to orient the power adapter member and the dock member such that the dock member coupling is spaced apart from the power adapter member coupling. The connecting member is also operable to orient the power adapter member and the dock member such that the dock member coupling engages the power adapter member coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Sudong Cho, Antonio Latto, Kenneth C. Musgrave, Paul Doczy
  • Patent number: 7963006
    Abstract: A device configured to maintain an electric circuit in a fixed position during an overmolding process comprises a wire retainer configured to hold the electric circuit taut and in a fixed position while being molded within a molded item. The retainer has a first end and an opposite second end, and includes a first bushing defining a mounting hole for the molded item extending along a width axis. The built-in bushing includes front and back surfaces configured to be aligned and substantially co-planar with the front and back surfaces of the molded item. The device also includes a first securing member configured to secure a portion of the electric circuit to the retainer within the molded item, to hold the electric circuit in a fixed position within the molded item during the overmolding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren L. Harmon, Thomas J. Schulz, William E. Marvell
  • Patent number: 7833065
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes: an insulative housing defining a front mating cavity; a mating tongue extending into the front mating cavity and defining thereon first and second mating faces opposite to each other, said mating tongue dividing said mating cavity into a first mating space confronting the first mating face for mating with a first complementary connector, and a second mating space confronting the second mating face for mutually exclusively mating with second and third complementary connector; a plurality of first type contacts disposed on the first mating face for connecting with the first complementary connector, a plurality of second type contacts disposed on the second mating face for connecting with the second complementary connector, and a plurality of third type contacts located between the first type contacts and the second type contacts with front ends of the third type contacts exposed to the second mating space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Chung Lin, Chih-Nan Lin, Jui-Kuang Chung, Wei-Te Chung
  • Publication number: 20100285695
    Abstract: The output receptacle includes a first blade reception member adapted to be supplied with a zero voltage and at least two second blade reception members adapted to be supplied with different voltages. The at least two second blade reception members are arranged to be shaped or located differently from each other. Two-pole blades of each of at least two plugs include a first blade configured to be connected to the first blade reception member, and a second blade. The second blades of at least two plugs are shaped or located differently from each other for connection respectively to the second blade reception members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Satoru Ueno, Yukihiko Okamura
  • Publication number: 20100136842
    Abstract: A connector which can be made small is provided. The connector 1 includes: a connector housing 2 receiving terminal fittings 13 arranged in rows, the terminal fitting 13 attaching an electric wire 17 thereto; and a holding part 3 including a plurality of molded members 20 molded integrally with an outer periphery of the electric wires 17; and a packing 4 attached to an outer periphery of the holding part 3 and sealing up a space between the holding part 3 and the connector housing 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Sakamoto, Keiko Ishida, Kazuki Zaitsu, Yusaku Oki
  • Patent number: 7697278
    Abstract: An exemplary fixing apparatus is for mounting a hard disk drive (HDD) having a plurality of holes defined in sidewalls and includes a bracket, a pair of shock absorbing members, and a plurality of fixing pins. The bracket includes an end plate, and a pair of side plates extending from two ends of the end plate. The side plates include a pair of latches extending therefrom and detachably locking with each other. The shock absorbing members are attached to insides of the side plates. The fixing pins are attached to the shock absorbing members and engage in the holes of the HDD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Tang Peng, Guang-Yi Zhang, Zhe Zhang
  • Publication number: 20100081334
    Abstract: An intermediate electrical connector for connecting two electrical connectors includes a blade assembly formed of a plurality of blades and a ground plate attached to the blades; a plurality of terminals disposed on each of the blades and extending in parallel to each other; and a holding member for holding the blade assembly. The intermediate electrical connector may further include an intermediate portion disposed between the holding members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Koichi KAGOTANI
  • Patent number: 7644250
    Abstract: An orientation detector within a device package is used to establish the device orientation. A host controller coupled to the device supplies a control signal to at least one of the pins on the device during a setup phase. The pin that receives the control signal is used for active signaling during normal operations of the device. Based on the control signal, the orientation detector generates an orientation signal within the device. An analog or digital selector circuit connects the pins to correct internal circuit components according to the device orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Zimmerman, Jun Shi, Aaron Martin
  • Patent number: 7588469
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting two or more members is provided wherein the apparatus includes a first leg having an opening, a conductive portion and an insulated portion extending between the conductive portion and the opening. A connecting member can electrically connect to the conductive portion and engage a cable assembly and an apparatus received in alternate legs of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Richards Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Glenn J. Luzzi
  • Patent number: 7585176
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a group of first electrical terminals and at least one second electrical terminal. The group of first electrical terminals is arranged in three rows, and the first electrical terminals in one of the three rows are separate from each other in a first pitch. The second electrical terminal is separate from an outmost first electrical terminal in the group of first electrical terminals in a second pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: ATEN International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun-Chung Chen, Chang-Yu Chung
  • Publication number: 20090170369
    Abstract: An electrical connector adapted for mounting on a printed circuit board (PCB) includes a first, a second and third mating port. The first and second mating ports are of horizontal types relative to the PCB and the third mating port is of vertical type. The first and second mating ports are stacked one over another and the third mating port is located at one side of the first mating port and the second mating port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Hung-Chi Yu, Gang Li
  • Patent number: 7544099
    Abstract: A protective coupler for electrically coupling a cable terminal to a terminal of an electrical device. The protective coupler has a first portion that removably secures to a casing of the electrical device. The first portion comprises a first terminal that removably connects to the terminal of the electrical device, and a second terminal. A second portion comprises a third terminal that removably connects to the second terminal, and a fourth terminal that removably connects to the cable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Inventor: Mark Godovich
  • Publication number: 20090142965
    Abstract: A multi-port cabling system for use in installing cable to an equipment rack or enclosure or within an equipment room or data center includes a cabling assembly comprising at least one connector head having a plurality of ports and at least one cable operatively connected to the plurality of ports. The at least one cable terminates internally within the connector head to operatively couple the cable to the plurality of ports. The system further includes a mounting bracket. The mounting bracket and the connector head are each configured for tool-less attachment of one or more cabling assemblies to the bracket. The mounting bracket is further configured to removably mount to an equipment rack or enclosure, and/or to a wall, to thereby install one or more cables. The cabling assembly and the cabling system help to eliminate on-site cable termination and testing during installation of cables to rack-mounted equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION
    Inventors: James S. Spitaels, Daniel Bryan
  • Patent number: 7503808
    Abstract: A connector device is provided for coupling to connectors associated with a laptop computer. The connector device includes a generally L-shaped housing having a pair of side walls, a rear wall, and a pair of front walls wherein one of the front walls is recessed from the other front wall. The recessed front wall includes a plurality of input connectors for coupling to the connectors provided by the laptop computer. Further, at least one of the side walls includes a plurality of output connectors for transmitting and receiving electrical signals with the laptop computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Olympic Controls Corp.
    Inventor: James E. O'Shea
  • Patent number: 7462073
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a cable connects a computing device to both an external power source and one or more peripheral devices. The cable may include a docking module including an AC adaptor for connecting to an external AC power source, and a DC-DC charger, coupled to the AC adaptor, for transmitting power to the computing device over a segment of the cable. The docking module may also include one or more connectors adapted to connect to one or more peripheral devices. In another embodiment, a device connects a computing device to an external power source. The device includes a first cable segment and a DC-DC charger suitable for transmitting power to the computing device over the first cable segment. The device includes a second cable segment connecting the DC-DC charger to an AC adaptor suitable for connection to an external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: OQO Incorporated
    Inventors: Jory Bell, Jonathan Betts-LaCroix
  • Patent number: 7425157
    Abstract: A memory card adapter includes a cover, a base, a connecting apparatus and a flexible strip. An inserting groove is formed between the cover and the base. Two retaining walls are arranged in two sides of the base. An opening is opened in the retaining wall and connects the inserting groove. The connecting apparatus is fixed in the rear of the base. The flexible strip includes a main part showing a strip shape, an extending end formed in the front end of the main part and against the outside of the retaining wall, and a bending portion formed between the main part and the extending end and protruding into the inserting groove from the opening of the retaining wall. The flexible strip can fasten a Micro SD card in the memory card adapter firmly, while the Micro SD card is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pei-Chiau Hung
  • Publication number: 20080194149
    Abstract: A unified connecting device which includes: a memory card type connector inserted into a memory card socket provided in a portable electronic device; a plurality of sockets into which cables having different appearances and different functions can be inserted; and a connecting line to electrically connect the memory card type connector and the sockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyung-Suk Kim
  • Publication number: 20080020649
    Abstract: An electrical connector has a housing that includes a mating end defining a first connector relief segment opposite a second connector relief segment and a first connector projection segment opposite a second connector projection segment. At least one male contact extends from a face of the first connector relief segment and at least one male contact extends from a face of the second connector relief segment. At least one female contact is formed in a face of the first connector projection segment and at least one female contact is formed in a face of the second connector projection segment. In this regard, the mating end is configured to align and mate with a mating end of a second substantially identical electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: Richard J. Scherer, Jess A. Mann, Jerome P. Dattilo, Michael L. Black
  • Patent number: 7318752
    Abstract: There is provided a connector which can downsize the peripheral device. A receptacle 1 is capable of receiving both a mini-A plug based on a USB OTG standard and a mini-B plug based on a USB 2.0 standard. Further, the receptacle 1 includes first posts 41 compliant with the USB standard and second posts 42 disposed at an opposite side to the first posts 41 with a connecting part 32 inserted into a connecting recess 20 of a plug 2 therebetween. Furthermore, the plug 2 includes second contacts 72 corresponding to the second posts 42 in addition to first contacts 71 corresponding to the first posts 41. Accordingly, it is possible to transmit data other than the data which are transmitted through the known USB connector by using the second posts 42 and the second contacts 72. In addition, it is possible to down size the peripheral device compared to the case where the size increases when a connector for transmitting the other data is installed in addition to the USB connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Fujimoto, Hisahiro Ono
  • Patent number: 7201610
    Abstract: A network device including a power receiving socket, a power supply, a network controller, plural connection ports and a power outputting socket is provided. The power receiving socket is for receiving an external power and outputting a supply power. The power supply is electrically connected with the power receiving socket for receiving the supply power, wherein the power supply has the received supply power rectified and voltage-reduced, then outputs a direct current power. The network controller operates according to direct current power. The plural connection ports respectively are respectively electrically connected with the network controller. The power outputting sockets is electrically connected with the power receiving socket for receiving and outputting the supply power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Accton Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Li-Chun Chao, Hsin-Nan Kuo, Yu-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 7136950
    Abstract: The present invention enables the use of a single passive adaptor (1500, 1800) for multiple types of flash media cards. The present invention provides this by implementing form factors with a detection scheme (1410, 1610) that notifies a host controller of the type of media card that has been inserted. The form factors and detection scheme can be designed to meet PCMCIA CardBus Plus standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Keith Mowery, Daniel Jensen, Takeshi Sakai, Cheng-Kun Huang
  • Patent number: 7134908
    Abstract: A cable assembly (100) includes a first connector (1), a number of second connectors (2) each having a serial advanced technology attachment interface, and cable means (3) connecting the first and the second connectors. The first connector includes a unitary first longitudinal insulative housing (10) having an upper and a lower elongated side walls (1040, 1041) opposite to each other in a lateral direction and respectively defining a plurality of first and second passageways therein, a number of signal contacts disposed in corresponding first passageways, and a number of power contacts disposed in corresponding second passageways. The cable means includes a plurality of sets of wires, each set electrically connecting with the first connector and a corresponding second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 7066767
    Abstract: A rotatable adapter device with multiple connectors includes a main body, a first electrical connector, a plurality of second electrical connectors and a conducting unit. The first electrical connector is disposed rotatably on the main body, the plurality of second electrical connectors are disposed fixedly on the main body and the conducting unit is electrically connected to the first electrical connector and at least one of the second electrical connectors. Therefore, it has a transforming function and is more convenient for a user. Moreover, its design avoids the signal lines becoming intertwined with each other when they are inserted into the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Sheng-Hsin Liao
  • Patent number: 7062585
    Abstract: A memory card integrating functions of the USB interface includes a memory chip inside a main body. A SD or MS control interface, a USB control interface, a controller, and a storage memory are built in the memory chip. Conductive bars are electrically connected to the memory chip and stick out from one end of the main body. An adaptor for the memory card includes an insertion socket to receive a SD memory card or a MS memory card. Conductive pins are positioned inside the insertion socket to be electrically connected to the memory card. A USB connecting head is provided at the front end of the insertion socket and electrically connected to the conductive pins inside the insertion socket. The SD memory card and the MS memory card can be inserted into the USB slot through the adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Ju Chen