By Key Or Guideway Patents (Class 439/680)
  • Patent number: 8241063
    Abstract: The invention provides a connector including: a shield case having first and second slots; first and second bodies, inserted into the case and combined in an insertion direction; first and second contacts embedded in the first body at spaced intervals in a width direction; and third and fourth contacts embedded in the second body at spaced intervals in the width direction and at a different height from that of the first and second contacts. The first and third contacts are partly received in the first slot. The second and fourth contacts are partly received in the second slot. The case has a partition to partition an internal space thereof into the first and second slots, and a lock piece provided at a rear portion of the case. The first and second bodies are sandwiched between the partition and the lock piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Nagata, Takahisa Ohtsuji
  • Patent number: 8241064
    Abstract: The invention provide a connector including a body having an insulating property, a contact provided in the body, a tuboid shield case adapted to receive the body, and a reinforcing member. The shield case includes a bent portion being a portion of the shield case bent inward and extending in an insertion direction of the body, and a depression being provided on a backside of the bent portion and extending in the insertion direction. The reinforcing member is configured to fit in at least a part of the depression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventors: Takahisa Ohtsuji, Takayuki Nagata
  • Publication number: 20120178309
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a connector, having a rear side and a mating side and including a housing having at least one contact receiving space and at least one non-contact receiving space, the spaces extending in a direction from the mating side towards the rear side. The non-contact receiving space is adapted for receiving a portion of a mating connector housing and has a substantially rounded cross sectional shape substantially perpendicular to the direction from the mating side towards the rear side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Roland Tristan De Blieck, Gert Droesbeke, Thierry Goossens, Peter Poorter
  • Patent number: 8210877
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes at least two parts: a housing having a mating side (MS) and a rear side (RS) and a terminal module having a mating side and a rear side. One part includes a mounting structure and the other part includes a corresponding receiving structure for receiving the mounting structure of the other part. The mounting structure extends in a direction from the mating side to the rear side of the part and includes a cross-section perpendicular to that direction, which cross-section has an asymmetric profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: FCI
    Inventor: Gert Droesbeke
  • Patent number: 8197265
    Abstract: The electrical adaptor contains a casing having a receiving indentation. Two corresponding positioning notches are provided, respectively, along two opposing lateral side walls of the receiving indentation. Inside the receiving indentation, there are two prong holes, each having an electrical contact inside. A first ground piece is tightly embedded into a front notch along a front wall of the receiving indentation. An additional second ground piece is provided along a back wall of the receiving indentation, opposing the first ground piece. When a German- or French-style plug is plugged, its two positioning ribs on the lateral sides are received by the positioning notches, respectively, and its ground pieces in the front and back are received by the ground notches. In the mean time, its prongs are received by the prong holes and contacted by the electrical contacts, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: XYZ Science Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiu-San Lee, Su-Chen Shen
  • Patent number: 8192216
    Abstract: A jumper cable plug for electrically connecting and physically engaging with a socket of the type used in the trucking industry is provided. The plug comprises a hollow cylindrical housing having a front end, a rear end, and a key extending from the front end toward the rear end. An annular grove is provided around the perimeter of the cylindrical housing, and a resilient seal is disposed in the annular grove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: R.A. Phillips Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Oscar A. Puluc, Zhimin Guo, Thomas D. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8184443
    Abstract: A retention assembly for a SIM card incorporated in a portable electronic device having a main body, includes a receiving portion, a limiting sheet and a resilient pressing member. The receiving portion is defined in the main body to receive the SIM card. The receiving portion defines an entrance end. The limiting sheet extends from a side of the receiving portion to an opposite side of the receiving portion to resist the SIM card. The resilient pressing member includes a fixing portion fixed to the main body, a limiting portion resisting an end of the SIM card adjacent to the entrance end of the receiving portion, and a resilient portion interconnecting with the fixing portion and the limiting portion to press against the SIM card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Cheng-Lung Chang
  • Patent number: 8182296
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a connector, having a rear side and a mating side and including a housing having at least one contact receiving space and at least one non-contact receiving space, the spaces extending in a direction from the mating side towards the rear side. The non-contact receiving space is adapted for receiving a portion of a mating connector housing and has a substantially rounded cross sectional shape substantially perpendicular to the direction from the mating side towards the rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: FCI
    Inventors: Roland Tristan De Blieck, Gert Droesbeke, Thierry Goossens, Peter Poorter
  • Patent number: 8177586
    Abstract: A connector system (1) includes a plurality of connectors (39 to 45) which each have a plug and a counter plug. Each plug has a plurality of receptacles (29, 30) for contacts and each counter plug has a plurality of receptacles (29, 30) for counter contacts. In at least one receptacle (29, 30) of each plug, a contact is arranged and in at least one allocated receptacle (29, 30) of each counter plug, an allocated counter contact is arranged. In at least one of the connectors (39 to 45), at least one receptacle of a plug does not have a contact. In the allocated receptacle (29, 30) of the counter plug, a coding element is arranged which prevents the insertion of a contact into this receptacle (29, 30) of the counter plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heiko Däschner, Rolf Walter, Michael Schneider
  • Patent number: 8172583
    Abstract: A distributor arrangement for electrical lines, having a housing and a multiplicity of sockets, situated on the housing and each having a contact carrier that has two or more electrical contact elements and an angle encoding feature for inserting plugs in an orientation determined by the angular position of the encoding elements. The distributor arrangement also has a motherboard arranged in the housing and having printed conductors to which the electrical contact elements are connected in an electrically conductive manner by an electrical connecting element. An electrical connecting member, in the form of a connecting board, is associated with the motherboard in one of a multiplicity of preselectable angular positions by the electrical connecting elements located at different radial distances from a center, each connecting element being connected in an electrically conductive manner to one of a plurality of contact sites situated on a circular arc about the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Escha Bauelemente GmbH
    Inventor: Jürgen Friedrich
  • Patent number: 8167663
    Abstract: The power connector includes a plug assembly and a casing with a plug seat. The plug seat is formed with a room. There is a pair of rails in the room. Two electrode pins are separately mounted in the rails with exposed flexible contact portions. The plug assembly is provided with two plug pins and a pair of troughs corresponding to the two rails. Each of the plug pins has a conduction portion protruding from the troughs for making an electric connection with the flexible contact portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Chicony Power Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chyi-Lang Lai, Yen-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 8152570
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may provide protection from exposed wires or terminals when a power plug is damaged or destroyed. One example may provide a plug having an inner cover that shields power carrying wires or terminals when an outer shell is damaged or destroyed. The inner cover may include openings to receive conductors, where the openings may lead to terminals or wires that connect to plug prongs. The received conductors may attach directly or indirectly to an outer shell, and further to a power cord, circuitry, or other electronic components. When the outer shell is damaged or destroyed, the conductors may pull out of the openings in the inner cover, thus disconnecting from the wires or terminals. The wires or terminals may thus remain protected by the inner shell, avoiding exposure to contact by users or inadvertent conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Min Chul Kim, Paul Yuan
  • Publication number: 20120083170
    Abstract: Battery connectors that have a small size, are easily connected and disconnected during manufacturing and repair, are resistant to misconnection, and during connection, form electrical contact for one or both power pins before a signal pin. In one example, size may be reduced by providing a lid having a flat surface. Another example may provide a lid that extends beyond an edge of the socket in one or more directions to allow the lid to be pried with a finger during removal. Another example may provide a socket that is keyed using a negative space, which may mate with an open space in the lid. This mating may prevent the lid from being misconnected with the socket during manufacturing or repair. Another example may provide signal pins having a lower height than power and ground pins, such that power and ground connections are formed first when a battery is connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Euan Abraham
  • Publication number: 20120077369
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to systems, methods, and apparatus for providing a branch wiring connector. connector. In one embodiment, a branch wiring connector system can be provided. The branch wiring connector can include a first housing and a second housing, which can include a plurality of hole projections with a key shape, and at least one conductor pin retaining device operable to maintain the position of a least one conductor pin and associated wire when the at least one conductor pin is inserted into at least one of the plurality of first housing hole projections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: ALCAN PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryan Andersen
  • Publication number: 20120052745
    Abstract: A connector interface system for a communication device is disclosed. The interface includes a docking connector. The docking connector includes first make/last break contacts that minimize internal damage to the internal electronics. The docking connector also includes specific keying arrangement to prevent noncompliant connectors from being plugged in, and thereby minimizes potential damage to the multi-communication device. The connector interface system also includes a remote connector which provides for the ability to output audio, input audio, provides I/O serial protocol, and to provide an output video. Embodiments of the present invention allow for a standard headphone cable to be plugged in but also for special remote control cables, microphone cables, video cables could be utilized in such a system. The connector interface system also includes a serial protocol to control device features. These controls help a user sort and search for data more efficiently within the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Novotney, John Benjamin Filson, David Tupman
  • Patent number: 8123571
    Abstract: A wiring system for use in an air conditioning system comprising a printed circuit board having a perimeter and wiring receptacles located proximate the perimeter and wiring connectors. In one aspect, at least some of the wiring receptacles comprise two or more wiring sub-receptacles, and each of the wiring sub-receptacles includes a slotted sub-receptacle connection pattern. Furthermore, the slotted sub-receptacle connection pattern of each of the wiring sub-receptacles is different from every other sub-receptacle connection pattern. Each of the wiring connectors includes a ridged connection pattern that is different from every other ridged connection pattern of the wiring connectors, such that a given wiring connector is receivable within only one of the wiring sub-receptacles. An air conditioning system and a method of manufacturing is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Brown, Carlos O. Chamorro, Merlin K. Chapin, Robert W. Gilkison, Aylan A. Him, Randall L. Lisbona, Richard A. Mauk, Michael Renker
  • Publication number: 20120045945
    Abstract: A power connector includes an insulative housing, a power contact retained in the insulative housing, a locking member formed on the insulative housing and a key member. The key member includes a retaining portion fixed in the insulative housing and a protrusion extending along a lengthwise direction of the insulative housing. The locking member locks the key member in a mounting hole of the insulative housing. The locking member includes a locking arm. The locking arm is accessible from outside of the insulative housing to thereby release the key member from the insulative housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: ALLTOP ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hung-Chi TAI, Zhi-Qiang RONG
  • Patent number: 8092261
    Abstract: A keyed power source connector and keyed device connector that are backwards compatible, ensuring that the power rated device connectors can only mate with power source connectors power rated at or above the device connector power rating. One connector is formed as a plug, and the other connector is formed as a socket. The connectors have are shaped having a profile that is a function of the respective connector power rating. A keyed portion of the power source connector plug will physically interfere with and not be receivable within a device connector socket when the device connector power rating exceeds the power source connector power rating. This connector system ensures target portable electronic devices coupled to the device connector can not draw power exceeding the rating of the power source connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: iGo, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Lord
  • Patent number: 8079881
    Abstract: A connector shell includes a frame, a dividing wall and a plurality of connector inserts. The frame surrounds a periphery of the shell. The dividing wall is homogeneously formed with the frame and separates a plurality of recesses. The connector inserts are homogeneously formed with the frame and the dividing wall. The inserts are disposed with one or more of the recesses. Each insert includes a body and a plurality of cavities. Each body is configured to hold a plurality of contacts that protrude from each of a mating and a loading side. The contacts are configured to be mounted to a circuit board in a location proximate to the loading side and to mate with a plurality of other electrical connectors in a location proximate to the mating side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Coporation
    Inventors: Kevin Matthew Hogan, Kevin Michael Thackston
  • Patent number: 8075350
    Abstract: A plug connector and a method of coding of same is characterized by first and second coding elements that are pre-mountable as a unit on at least one of a pair of plug connector components. The other plug connector component is configured so that when the connector components are initially connected together in an axial direction, one of the coding elements is connected with one of the components and the other coding element is connected with the other component. When the components are separated axially, the respective coding elements are separated so that each are retained on the component with which it was originally connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Weidmueller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Heggemann, Jens Oesterhaus, Matthias Boensch, Matthias Niggemann, Michael Lenschen, Stephan Fehling, Torsten Diekmann
  • Publication number: 20110294361
    Abstract: An electric plug-in connecting system having at least one contact device and an electric plug-in connector for electrically connecting the electric plug-in connector with the contact device, and having a coding system to avoid unintentional contacts, wherein the coding system includes at least three coding devices independent of one another for coding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Andreas Schrader
  • Patent number: 8062053
    Abstract: A receptacle connector is configured to mate with a plug connector having a latch member. The receptacle connector includes a housing having a mating end, an opening extending into the housing through the mating end, and a latch wall. The opening is configured to receive the plug connector therein through the mating end of the housing. The opening is at least partially defined by the latch wall. The latch wall extends a length into the housing along a central longitudinal latch wall axis. The latch wall includes a latch element extending a length along a central longitudinal latch element axis. The central longitudinal latch element axis is offset along the latch wall from the central longitudinal latch wall axis. The latch element is exposed within the opening and cooperates with the latch member of the plug connector to latch the plug connector to the housing when the plug connector is received within the opening of the housing. A contact is held within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Christine Anne Dooley, Paul John Pepe
  • Patent number: 8052484
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an electrically insulating body having a base mating surface and a stepped mating surface offset from the base mating surface. The electrical connector either has first and second electrically conducting pins extending from the base and stepped mating surfaces, respectively, or has first and second electrically conducting sockets extending from an interior portion of the electrically insulating body to the base and stepped mating surfaces, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: George Alan Salisbury, Royce E. Tatton
  • Patent number: 8047880
    Abstract: Connectors having a smaller profile. These connectors are useful as a reduced form factor DisplayPort connector. Keys on a receptacle are used to indicate when an insert is fully engaged. Edges of the receptacle and insert are chamfered in such a way as to prevent the pins of the connector from being damaged when an improper insertion is attempted. User experience is also enhanced by the use of one or more latches. As the connector is inserted, the latch provides resistance that builds until the connector is inserted a certain distance, after which the latch enters a cutout portion of the insert thus releasing the pressure and letting the user know the connection has been made. Fingers are employed to provide mechanical stability and electrical connection between receptacle and insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stewart Shannon Fields, Matthew K. Herndon, Min Chul Kim, Ron Larson, Richard J. Middlehurst, Anilkumar R. Pannikkat, Glenn Wheelock, Colin Whitby-Strevens
  • Patent number: 8029310
    Abstract: In an electrical connector, a female housing is made to mate with a male housing. The female housing has guide ways each formed perpendicularly to a direction of mating of the male housing with the female housing. In the guide ways, a latch metal is disposed. The guide ways of the female housing respectively have opening portions from each of which the corresponding latch part of the latch metal is capable of projecting toward the male housing. When the male housing is inserted into the female housing, the latch parts are respectively projected from the opening portions of the female housing toward the male housing. The latch parts are respectively locked at predetermined inclined planes a formed on the male housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignees: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Shindo, Yuji Miyazaki, Hiroshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8011975
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may provide protection from exposed wires or terminals when a power plug is damaged or destroyed. One example may provide a plug having an inner cover that shields power carrying wires or terminals when an outer shell is damaged or destroyed. The inner cover may include openings to receive conductors, where the openings may lead to terminals or wires that connect to plug prongs. The received conductors may attach directly or indirectly to an outer shell, and further to a power cord, circuitry, or other electronic components. When the outer shell is damaged or destroyed, the conductors may pull out of the openings in the inner cover, thus disconnecting from the wires or terminals. The wires or terminals may thus remain protected by the inner shell, avoiding exposure to contact by users or inadvertent conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Min Chul Kim, Paul Yuan
  • Patent number: 7997941
    Abstract: A plug connector comprising a first contact support, in which contacts are disposed, which enter an electrical connection with mating contacts of a second contact support, when the contact supports are joined. The first contact support comprises first coding device, which interacts with a second coding device of the second contact support and assures a defined joining of the contact supports in order to connect the contacts and the mating contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Lumberg Connect GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Pfaffenbach, Dirk Pellizari, Sandra Wiegen, Frank Rentrop
  • Patent number: 7993154
    Abstract: An electrical terminal includes a body having a first end, a second end, and a channel having an axis. The channel extends at least through the first end toward the second end, the channel configured and disposed to receive an electrical conductor. A contact gripping element intermediate the first and second ends extends into the channel at an angle from the axis. The contact gripping element is associated with the body. The contact gripping element terminates at an end having a reduced thickness. The contact gripping element is configured to exert a contact gripping contact force on the electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Donald M. Baughn, Timothy L. Kocher, David James Fabian, John Michael Landis, John Steven Wilson, Donald Alan Diemer
  • Patent number: 7985089
    Abstract: A card edge connector includes an elongated housing with a pair of latches disposed at opposite ends thereof and defining a mating groove in the housing and between said pair of latches. A first wall and a second wall are formed at opposite sides of the mating groove, on which a plurality of conductive terminals are mounted. A key protrudes into the mating groove from the first wall with a distal end sinking into the second such that the second wall can be molded in an uninterrupted manner without the joint of the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian-Kuang Zhu, Feng Xiao
  • Patent number: 7976346
    Abstract: An interface comprising a docking site having a first electrical connector adapted to interconnect a bus, and having at least one first retainer portion; and an adapter comprising: at least one second retainer portion, wherein the at least one second retainer portion and the at least one first retainer portion are adapted to releasably engage; a second electrical connector, wherein the second electrical connector and the first electrical connector are adapted to engage and interconnect; at least one port adapted to accept at least one modular connector having at least one electrical contact; and at least one electrical interconnect adapted to interconnect the at least one electrical contact with the second electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Guy, Aamer Akhter, Sunil Cherukuri, Haseeb Niazi, Robert Payment
  • Patent number: 7972161
    Abstract: A connector includes a plug housing configured to engage with a socket. A free spinning nut of the connector is disposed between the plug housing and an angled housing. The free spinning nut includes a first end portion configured to engage with the angled housing and a second end portion configured to engage with the plug housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel F. Rohde
  • Patent number: 7963809
    Abstract: A small form-factor, high performance connector is disclosed. This connector is intended for use with high bandwidth digital video, implementing differential digital signaling, as well as for high bandwidth analog video. The described connector system performs the function of the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) connector, but in a significantly smaller package. Signal integrity is maintained in the smaller form factor by the expedient assignment of signals to pins so that the pin above or below any signal is not used on that interface, thus reducing the chances for signal crosstalk. The pin shape and spacing are created to match pin lengths and minimize inductance while maintaining the proper impedance up to 2.5 GHz. This connector system also implements a tactile feedback mechanism to aid with cable plug insertion, and incorporates a keying mechanism to prevent reverse-plugging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Hardell, Glenn E. Wheelock, Chris Ligtenberg, Steve Sfarzo, William Cornelius, Bartley K. Andre
  • Patent number: 7945329
    Abstract: An implantable connector used with a neurological device and a lead extension includes a male connector having a plurality of electrical contacts axially arranged along the connector, insulated from each other. The connector also includes a female connector having one or more channels axially disposed therein and a plurality of conductors axially arranged on the female connector. The plurality of conductors are electrically insulated from each other, and at least one indexing element is disposed adjacent one or more of the channels. The indexing element allows the male connector to be received into the one or more channels in a defined orientation relative to the channel, thereby forming at least two electrical connections along two or more axial positions. Often the neurological device is a brain stimulating and recording lead. The male and female connectors are often fastened together with a screw or by twist-locking the two members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Cranial Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Purvis Bedenbaugh
  • Patent number: 7938689
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a rugged, polarized connector or adaptor with interlocking end tabs and notches for polarizing a jack to a specific plug, and in one specific embodiment, a QMA-type RF connector where a rugged spanner nut and a rugged jack casing are used to reinforce the mating connector ends. The connector also includes tabs and mating notches on the spanner nut and the jack casing to polarize the connectors without creating a weakness in the rugged connection. A series of tab orientations is illustrated, a method for grounding the spanner nut to the connector, and a method of using the rugged and polarized interface on any type of connector or as part of a connector adaptor or add-on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: The Morey Corporation
    Inventors: Emad S. Isaac, Daniel A. Sanchez
  • Publication number: 20110097942
    Abstract: A receptacle connector is configured to mate with a plug connector having a latch member. The receptacle connector includes a housing having a mating end, an opening extending into the housing through the mating end, and a latch wall. The opening is configured to receive the plug connector therein through the mating end of the housing. The opening is at least partially defined by the latch wall. The latch wall extends a length into the housing along a central longitudinal latch wall axis. The latch wall includes a latch element extending a length along a central longitudinal latch element axis. The central longitudinal latch element axis is offset along the latch wall from the central longitudinal latch wall axis. The latch element is exposed within the opening and cooperates with the latch member of the plug connector to latch the plug connector to the housing when the plug connector is received within the opening of the housing. A contact is held within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Christine Anne Dooley, Paul John Pepe
  • Patent number: 7931505
    Abstract: A portable device interfacing system for use in a vehicle or other environments permits a portable device to be removably connected with another system, such as an audio system. The portable device interfacing system may include features that help to prevent liquid from damaging electronics of the system, align physical connections between the interfacing system and the portable device, safely secure the portable device in position, and/or permit the system to be expanded to support different portable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Damian Howard, Bruce Lee
  • Patent number: 7927108
    Abstract: A power socket (100) includes an insulative housing (1), a first contact (21) and a plurality of second contacts (22) attached to the insulative housing (1) and means (185); the insulative housing (1) defines an annular first groove (16) and a first cylinder (18) disposed within the first groove (16); the first groove (16) defines a first inner surface (161) and a first outer surface (162); the first cylinder (18) defines a first passageway (181) extending through a center portion thereof along the front to back direction; the first contact (21) has a first contact portion (211) extending into the first passageway (181); each second contact (22) has a second contact portion (221) extending into the first groove (16); the means (185) extending into the first groove (16) for preventing a familiar round power plug from being inserted into the first groove (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong-Bin Gong, Zhong-Hua Yao, Qi-Sheng Zheng
  • Publication number: 20110086551
    Abstract: A connector interface system for a communication device is disclosed. The interface includes a docking connector. The docking connector includes first make/last break contacts that minimize internal damage to the internal electronics. The docking connector also includes specific keying arrangement to prevent noncompliant connectors from being plugged in, and thereby minimizes potential damage to the multi-communication device. The connector interface system also includes a remote connector which provides for the ability to output audio, input audio, provides I/O serial protocol, and to provide an output video. Embodiments of the present invention allow for a standard headphone cable to be plugged in but also for special remote control cables, microphone cables, video cables could be utilized in such a system. The connector interface system also includes a serial protocol to control device features. These controls help a user sort and search for data more efficiently within the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Novotney, John Benjamin Filson, David Tupman
  • Patent number: 7922534
    Abstract: A receptacle connector is arranged on an interface of an electronic device for mating with a corresponding plug connector. An anti-incorrect-insertion block is arranged on and protruded from a mating portion of the plug connector. The receptacle connector comprises an insulating housing, conductive terminals assembled in the housing and a first shielding shell for covering on the outside of the insulating housing. A soldering portion welded to a circuit board is arranged on the lower edge of the first shielding shell. The receptacle connector is further provided with a second shielding shell for shielding the electromagnetic signals from the fool-proof opening of the interface. A receptacle connector of the invention shields the fool-proof opening by adding the second shielding shell, thereby preventing the electromagnetic leakage, improving the anti-electromagnetic interference capability of the connector and ensuring an electrical connection of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeng-De Lin, Qingwen Fang
  • Patent number: 7914347
    Abstract: An electrical connector has first and second connector bodies. The first connector body has an inclined surface and the second connector body has arms that correspond to the inclined surfaces. At the end of the inclined surfaces are generally flat portions forming a ledge that prevent the connector bodies from separating. To unmate the connector bodies, one connector body is rotated relative to the other, causing the arms to move from the generally flat portion to the outer surface of the second connector to allow them to be moved axially away from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Corning Gilbert Inc.
    Inventor: Eric James Paulus
  • Patent number: 7909611
    Abstract: A memory card connector, within a slot of a host device, for receiving a first memory card having a first row of contact fingers and a second row of contact fingers and a second memory card having only a single row of contact fingers. The memory card connector includes a first row of contact pins, a second row of contact pins and a protrusion. The first row of contact pins are configured to mate with the first row of contact fingers of the first memory card. The second row of contact pins are configured to mate with the second row of contact fingers of the first memory card. The protrusion is received within a contact finger in the second row of contact fingers of the first memory card to allow full insertion of the first memory card into the connector, and abuts against a distal end of one of the contact fingers of the second memory card to prevent full insertion of the second memory card into the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: SanDisk Corporation
    Inventor: Robert C. Miller
  • Patent number: 7909658
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug connector (1c) with a plug (11) which has a handle element (13) which has at least one snap-in unit (19) and one contact support (14) oriented in the plug-in direction (X), and with a bushing (12) whose handle element (40) forms a contact support holder (45) and an opposing snap-in means (44) corresponding to the snap-in means, said opposing snap-in means cooperates with the snap-in means to secure the plug and the bushing in the connected state, wherein the contact support (14) and the contact carrier holder (45) form mutually corresponding positioning means (23, 49) which allow insertion of the plug into the bushing only with the snap-in means facing the opposing snap-in means. The problem of the invention is to create a plug connector which improves in particular the blind insertion of plug and bushing and thus improves the ease of assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Lumberg Connect GmbH
    Inventor: Dirk Pfaffenbach
  • Patent number: 7909659
    Abstract: An electrical connector (100) includes an insulative housing (20), a plurality of conductive contacts retained in the insulative housing, a shielding member (3) covering the insulative housing and an insulative cover (50) molded outside of the shielding member. The insulative cover has a lever portion (53) extending inside the shielding member and being sandwiched between a portion of the shielding member and the insulative housing. The insulative cover defines a slit (510) on an outer surface (51) thereof for anti-mismating. The insulative cover has a floor piece (511) located below the slit. The lever portion is connected to the floor piece for preventing the floor piece from being cracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yung-Chang Cheng
  • Publication number: 20110065301
    Abstract: A multiple contact connector interfaces between an implanted medical device and an implanted cable or lead. A connector connects between multiple implanted leads, each of which has multiple independent conductors. The connection system is a planar array of male connector pins on one portion, and a matching array of female connector receptacles on a second portion. Alignment via alignment features and pressing together the portions allows pins to engage with the receptacles providing a secure electrical connection. Sealing features on the connector apparatus seal out external fluids and isolate fluid present in the connector apparatus prior to mating, which electrically isolates each pin and its corresponding receptacle from other pin and receptacle pairs. Latching features retains the relative position of the pins, receptacle, and the positioning of the fluid seals, and is reversible for removal of the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventors: Garth W. Boyd, Michael Poppy, Michael Grant
  • Patent number: 7896683
    Abstract: A connector assembly that includes a plug connector and a receptacle connector configured to mate with each other. The plug connector has a connector body including shroud with socket contacts received therein. The shroud also includes ribs and wing guides that extend in directions that are generally perpendicular to each other. The receptacle connector has walls that define a cavity that has a complementary shape for receiving the connector body. The walls are configured to direct the connector body into the cavity such that socket contacts within the plug connector engage pin contacts within the receptacle connector. The wing guide and the rib are configured to prevent damage to the pin contacts when the connector body is erroneously inserted into the receptacle connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ratzlaff, Inho Myong
  • Patent number: 7896709
    Abstract: An electric connecting device of the present invention includes: a first connector having a first housing 22; a second connector having a second housing 42; and a metal latch 5. The first housing 22 has a cylindrical fitting 23, and the second housing 42 has a fitting receiver. On an exterior surface 23s of the fitting 23 are formed four ribs 24 each projecting in a radial direction of a center portion 23c of the fitting 23. An interior surface of the fitting receiver on the other hand has four recesses for respectively fitting therein the four ribs 24, during the connected state. The four ribs 24 includes two ribs 24 which are disposed across from each other over the center portion 23c, along a single line extending through the center portion 23c, when viewed from the connecting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Nagamine
  • Patent number: 7892042
    Abstract: A connector is provided for terminating an end portion of a cable that includes a conductor. The connector includes a housing and a contact held by the housing. The contact is configured to be connected to the conductor of the cable. A keying member is rotatably held by the housing. The keying member is configured to cooperate with a keying element of a mating connector that mates with the connector. The keying member is movable about the housing such that the keying member is rotatably positioned to align with the keying element of the mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael John Spicer, Daniel Eugene Stahl, Stephen Daniel Gherardini, Keith Edwin Miller, John Kevin Knoll
  • Patent number: 7892041
    Abstract: A constraint mechanism for receiving an audio plug in an electronic device is provided. The constraint mechanism may include a conductive tube operative to receive the audio plug. In addition, the constraint mechanism may include several features operative to engage corresponding features of the electronic device to prevent the constraint mechanism from moving in any direction (e.g., which could cause damage in the electronic device if the audio jack was forced to move by an impact on the audio plug). For example, the constraint mechanism may include a center wall to prevent yawing, and rear tabs to prevent pitching. As another example, the constraint mechanism may include a side plate operative to be coupled to the electronic device to prevent rolling. In some embodiments, the constraint mechanism may include an asymmetrical tube entrance for ensuring the proper alignment of the constraint mechanism with an electronic device opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Myers, Bradley Hamel, Erik Wang, Jason Sloey, Richard Howarth
  • Publication number: 20110039454
    Abstract: A card edge connector includes an elongated housing with a pair of latches disposed at opposite ends thereof and defining a mating groove in the housing and between said pair of latches. A first wall and a second wall are formed at opposite sides of the mating groove, on which a plurality of conductive terminals are mounted. A key protrudes into the mating groove from the first wall with a distal end sinking into the second such that the second wall can be molded in an uninterrupted manner without the joint of the key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: JIAN-KUANG ZHU, FENG XIAO
  • Patent number: 7878865
    Abstract: A locking connector for engaging a Universal Serial Bus (“USB”) receptacle, including: a connector housing having a locking cam opening on one side of the connector housing, the connector housing split along a longitudinal axis of the locking connector forming a connector housing gap on the same side of the connector housing as the locking cam opening; a locking cam surface positioned within the locking cam opening in contact with the connector housing; and a pivotable locking cam actuating lever connected to a top of the locking cam surface, the locking cam actuating lever having a locked position and an unlocked position, the locking cam surface in a rotated position expanding the connector housing when the cam actuating lever is in the locked position, the locking cam surface in a relaxed position with the connector housing not expanded when the cam actuating lever is in the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Norman B. Desrosiers, Dean F. Herring, Paul D. Kangas, Jeff D. Thomas