Flexible Panel Patents (Class 439/77)
  • Patent number: 10286211
    Abstract: In a device, system and method for electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve to treat or prevent disorders in a patient, the device comprises a handheld device having one or more electrode interfaces for contacting the outer skin surface of a patient, and a power source and a signal generator coupled to the electrode/interfaces for applying one or more electrical impulses to a deep nerve within the patient, such as the vagus nerve. In certain embodiments, the device further comprises a filter situated in series between the signal generator and the electrode/interfaces for filtering out undesired high frequency components of the electrical impulses to create a cleaner, smoother signal. The filter may comprise an electrically conductive medium and/or a low-pass filter between the signal generator and the electrode/interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Electrocore, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 10211579
    Abstract: A power plug is provided. The power plug may include a plug insert having a handle, and a plug body including a plurality of insulation layers and a plurality of conducting strips sandwiched between the pluralities of insulation layers. Each of the plurality of conducting strips may have an end extending into the handle and the other end forming or electrically connected to a conducting contact point exposed on a surface of the plug body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHANUTEC (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenting Zhu, Guoxin Wu, Nan Luo, Quangang Zhang, Bowei Lu, Yan Chen, Juan Cheng, Shiwen Liu, Furong Qiu, Jiajie Shen, Enhua Geng
  • Patent number: 10182737
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a first layer including first and second measurement electrodes disposed at a distance from one another, wherein the first and second measurement electrodes are skin electrodes that measure an electric physiological property from a skin; and a second layer disposed on top of the first layer including first and a second shielding elements that are electrically conductive and arranged to cover at least partially both the first and second measurement electrodes to protect the first and second measurement electrode against electromagnetic interference. Each of the shielding elements are connected to a skin electrode. The first shielding element and the second shielding element extend adjacent with respect to one another between the first and second measurement electrodes on a plane defined by the second layer. The second shielding element is electrically isolated from the first shielding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Seppo Korkala, Kaisa Lämsä, Elias Pekonen
  • Patent number: 10165390
    Abstract: According to one system, the system includes a chassis defining an enclosure and containing one or more slots. The system further includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader module comprising at least one processor and one or more RFID readers located within the enclosure, wherein the one or more RFID readers are configured to read data stored in RFID tags associated with one or more unpowered network taps. The RFID reader module is configured to receive, from a first RFID reader associated with a first slot of the chassis, information regarding a first unpowered network tap in the first slot, to determine, using a known location of the first RFID reader, a slot identifier associated with the first unpowered network tap, wherein the slot identifier indicates that the first unpowered network tap is in the first slot, and to provide the information and the slot identifier to a management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES SINGAPORE (HOLDLNGS) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Marcel Felix Desdier, Larry Allan Campbell, Siuman Hui
  • Patent number: 10033253
    Abstract: A drive device includes a motor, having a stator on which a winding wire group is wound, a rotor disposed relative to the stator, and a shaft rotating in one body with the rotor are included, a controller disposed on one axial end of the motor and having a substrate on which electronic components for controlling a power supply to the winding wire group are implemented, a frame member facing the substrate and having a substrate supporter that supports the substrate in a contacting manner, a boss protruding from the frame member toward the substrate, and an engager fixedly disposed on the substrate and having elastically-deformable multiple claws that engagingly hold the boss in a binding manner. This arrangement reduces the volume of the drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Yamasaki, Hideki Kabune
  • Patent number: 10020606
    Abstract: An integrated electrical connector is integrally formed of a sheet and includes a main body. The middle of the main body is formed with an H-shaped cutout portion to divide the main body into a square frame and two elastic pieces. Two first opposing sides of the square frame are disconnected from the elastic pieces and erected upwardly. Inner edges of two second opposing sides of the square frame are connected with lower ends of the two elastic pieces, respectively. Upper ends of the two elastic pieces are inclined upwardly to form an elastic clip having an included angle for insertion of a male terminal. Outer ends of the main body are formed with pins for connection of a PCB board. The structure is simple to provide convenient electrical connection and better reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN GHGM INDUSTRIAL TRADE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bingshui Chen
  • Patent number: 9905955
    Abstract: The terminal comprises a conductive contact plate, a conductive body, an extended part, and a lance. The conductive contact plate is elastic and makes contact with a counterpart terminal. The conductive body supports the conductive contact plate and comprises a side plate. The extended part comprises a folded part extending from the +Z-side end of the side plate and folded outward from the conductive body and an overlapped part extending from the leading end of the folded part and overlapping with the side plate. The lance is a member protruding from the overlapped part and having the shape of a cantilever beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Endo, Sakai Yagi, Hiroyuki Kurita, Shuji Touno
  • Patent number: 9774120
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly comprises an electrical connector and a circuit board assembly mating with the electrical connector. The electrical connector comprises an insulative housing and a plurality of terminals retained in the insulative housing. The insulative housing defines a mating surface and a mounting surface. Each of the terminal comprises a contacting portion extending out of the mating surface and a connecting portion extending out of the mounting surface. The circuit board assembly comprises a hard circuit board and a flexible printed circuit board fixing on the hard circuit board. The hard circuit board comprises a plurality of conductive portions. When the circuit board assembly mating with the electrical connector, the conductive portions connect with the contacting portion. The electrical connector assembly can not only facilitate the disassembly and assembly of the circuit board assembly, but also prevent the circuit board assembly from being damaged in welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Fang-Jwu Liao
  • Patent number: 9674597
    Abstract: An electrical circuit board assembly that can be used in a headphone includes acoustic elements incorporated into a rigid or flexible circuit board. The electrical circuit board assembly permits the convenient routing of electrical circuitry and acoustic elements, such as an acoustic port, between acoustic chambers in the headphone. The acoustic port includes a channel embedded in in the circuit board. Control of the dimensions of the channel is achieved using conventional circuit board assembly techniques. Advantageously, the circuit board assembly enables convenient and repeatable assembly into headphones, such as earbuds, and results in more consistent acoustic performance from the headphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9520664
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical connector having a connecting sleeve with at least one opening, and at least one fastening element, wherein the connecting sleeve is capable of receiving at least one flexible PCB, and wherein the flexible PCB is secured to the electrical connector when the at least one fastening element is connected to the at least one opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Schrader
  • Patent number: 9391378
    Abstract: Methods and systems to support input output (IO) communications may include an IO connector having a housing with surfaces defining a paddle card region, and a set of compressible contacts extending vertically through the housing into the paddle card region. In addition, an IO interconnect can include a cable portion and at least one end portion coupled to the cable portion. The end portion may include a paddle card having a circuit board with a set of contacts disposed on a bottom surface of the circuit board. The end portion can also include an asymmetric metal shell having a configuration that encloses at least a portion of the paddle card and exposes the set of contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Leddige, Yun Ling, Kuan-Yu Chen, Kai Wang, Xiang Li, Howard Heck
  • Patent number: 9320446
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a bioelectric sensor device for sensing bioelectric data from a human body are disclosed. The device can include a flexible substrate, a plurality of sensors arranged in a sensor array on a sensor array portion of the substrate, an electrically conductive network located on the substrate, and a plurality of lines of weakness formed in the sensor array portion of the substrate. In one or more embodiments, each line of weakness is configured to enhance separation of the sensor array portion of the substrate along a separation line that extends between at least two sensors of the plurality of sensors. The device can also include a left reference electrode proximate a distal end of a left reference electrode arm of the substrate and a right reference electrode proximate a distal end of a right reference electrode arm of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gillberg, Subham Ghosh
  • Patent number: 9312631
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical connector for electrical cable sections with a connecting sleeve (103) for receiving a first cable section and a fastening element (101) with a first fastening mandrel (105) for the form-fitting fastening of a first cable section in the connecting sleeve (103), wherein the fastening element (101) can be placed on the connecting sleeve (103) in order to fasten the first cable section in the connecting sleeve with a form fit by means of the first fastening mandrel (105).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Schrader
  • Patent number: 9306325
    Abstract: A kind of electrical connector is disclosed in the present invention, with the electrical connector consisting of: a socket, comprising the first insulator and several first terminals with the first insulator set with the holding space; a plug, comprising the second insulator adaptive to the holding space and several second terminals; a first protrusion is formed on the two sides of the rear end of the holding space in the first insulator respectively with the rear end and front end of the first protrusion formed with the first snap groove and a pivot joint groove respectively; a second protrusion is formed on the two sides of the middle section of the holding space in the first insulator; the second protrusion is formed with a second snap groove at its rear end and provided with the holding groove adaptive to the first protrusion respectively on its both side of the front end, with the front end of the holding groove formed with a first snapping point; the second insulator is provided with steps on its both
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Cho-Yao Cheng
  • Patent number: 9281597
    Abstract: A connector comprises a plurality of contacts which are formed using a plurality of conductive contact points provided on a first plate surface of an FPC as a connection object, a frame member which has an opening size and a height capable of receiving a mating connector and is attached to the first plate surface of the FPC so as to surround the contacts, and a plate-like member which is provided on a second plate surface of the FPC so as to extend over a region corresponding to the contacts. The frame member has locking holes which respectively engage with mating locking claws of the mating connector when the connector is fitted to the mating connector, thereby maintaining the fitting state of the connector and the mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Osamu Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 9247635
    Abstract: A flexible substrate includes a base layer, a metallic layer, a solder mask layer and an identifying code, the metallic layer is disposed at a first surface of the base layer, the metallic layer comprises a plurality of traces and at least one bottom block used for defining marked position, wherein the traces and the at least one bottom block are covered with the solder mask layer, wherein above the perpendicular direction of the at least one bottom block of the metallic layer, a pre-marked area is defined on an exposing surface of the solder mask layer and by an outlined edge of the at least one bottom block, and the identifying code is formed within the pre-marked area of the solder mask layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: CHIPBOND TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi-Wen Chen, Yin-Chen Lin, Ming-Hsiao Ke, Yu-Chen Ma
  • Patent number: 9032617
    Abstract: A cable assembly for interconnecting a plurality of circuit boards together by using a connector assembly connected to each of the circuit boards. The cable assembly includes a first cable having a first end part and a second cable having a second end part. A first periphery of the first end part has a plurality of first half vias that collectively form a column along a width direction of the connector assembly. A second periphery of the second end part has a plurality of second half vias that collectively form a column along the width direction of the connector assembly. The first and second end parts are coupled together to form a connecting unit, such that the first half vias and the second half vias are joined together to form full vias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Braun, Mark G. Clark, John R. Dangler, Matthew S. Doyle, Thomas D. Kidd, Jason T. Stoll
  • Patent number: 8977329
    Abstract: A cover panel is disposed on a surface of an electronic apparatus and is made of sapphire. A flexible printed wiring board extends in a state of being curved in the electronic apparatus. A gap reduction member is in contact with at least a curved portion of the flexible printed wiring board from the cover panel side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Katsumi Arao, Akito Iwai
  • Patent number: 8974251
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly comprises: a metallic housing having a receiving space extending along a longitudinal and two openings respectively formed on top and bottom surfaces thereof and communicated with the receiving space; a pair of flexible printed circuit boards (FPCs) received into the receiving space and arranged in a back-to-back manner. Each of the FPC defines a protuberant portion extending into the corresponding opening. And each of the protuberant portion has a plurality of contacts formed on one side thereof and communicated with an exterior. A pair of supporting pieces are received into the receiving space and attached to another side of the protuberant portion. And a spacer is received into the receiving space and sandwiched between the pair of flexible printed circuit boards and supporting pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Zong, Chi-Ming Chen
  • Publication number: 20150031222
    Abstract: An attachment card for Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards and a method for manufacturing the same are revealed. The attachment card includes a flexible printed circuit board (FPC) and a chip. The chip is disposed on one surface of the FPC with a plurality of bumps, located at a central area among preset positions for formation of the bumps. The bumps are arranged according to the established specification. The method includes several steps. First arrange a chip at a central area of a FPC by surface mount technology. Then form a plurality of bumps on one surface of the FPC. Thereby the requirement of compact size is achieved. The manufacturing processes are also simplified. Thus the cost is reduced and the attachment card has more application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Ta-Lun SUNG
  • Publication number: 20150024613
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for crosstalk compensation in a jack of a modular communications connector includes a flexible printed circuit board connected to jack contacts and to connections to a network cable. The flexible printed circuit board includes conductive traces arranged as one or more couplings to provide crosstalk compensation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack E. Caveney, Masud Bolouri-Saransar, Scott M. Lesniak
  • Publication number: 20140371530
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical connection piece for a video endoscope having a hermetically closed video unit in a shaft of the endoscope, a video endoscope, and a method for producing an electrical connection in a video endoscope. The electrical connection piece according to the invention includes an at least partially flexible printed circuit board having conductive tracks, wherein the printed circuit board has a base surface with openings for contact pins of a hermetic feedthrough, and a flexible first arm and a flexible second arm that branch off in different, in particular opposite, directions from the base surface, wherein the first arm and the second arm each have a flat end surface at the respective ends facing away from the base surface, wherein the conductive tracks extend between the openings on the base surface and electrical contacting surfaces in the end surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Sebastian JUNGBAUER, Alrun THUEMAN, Nils TORKUHL, Enno EHLERS
  • Publication number: 20140370724
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a flexible circuit cable to transport an electrical signal. The apparatus includes a mechanically floating contact integrated into the flexible circuit cable to facilitate connection of the electrical signal between a circuit and the flexible circuit cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Kessler Rosenberg, Michael Renne Ty Tan, Sagi Varghese Mathai
  • Publication number: 20140357102
    Abstract: In an electrical circuit with at least one flexible sheet element with electrical conductor tracks, at least one terminal arrangement for connection to a power supply and/or for data transmission, provision is made for the terminal to be formed by a portion of the sheet element with exposed conductor tracks, against which counter-contacts are positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Martin KOEPSELL
  • Publication number: 20140268538
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a plurality of flexible electrical conductors configured as a cable wherein a plurality of signal pairs connect printed circuit boards in an array of data storage devices or just a bunch of disks (JBOD) enclosure. By controlling various specific dimensions relating to each signal pair of electrical conductors in a flexible cable, the performance of a JBOD box or a data storage server can be maximized. Furthermore, flexible cable designs can themselves replace bulkier circuit boards enabling greater air flow through the JBOD box or data storage server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Edmund G. Newbert, Michael J. Vega
  • Patent number: 8784119
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided with an FFC including a first insulating layer including a plurality of internal flat conductors each being elongated and having an exposed contact portion at one end and an exposed soldering portion at the other end; an electrical cable including a plurality of conductors each having a second insulating layer therearound, the conductors electrically connected to the soldering portions; and a connector housing covering a rear portion of the FFC and a front end of the electrical cable for fastening the FFC and the electrical cable. A front portion of the FFC is provided with a protective plastic plate for fastening and supporting the contact portions of the FFC and the first insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Bing Xu Precision Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Ting Chang Tseng, Wen Lung Lin
  • Publication number: 20140179128
    Abstract: A connection apparatus includes a back plate, a circuit board having two first connectors and two second connectors, and two connection lines. Each of the two connection lines includes a first signal transmission line and a second signal transmission line. A third connector is formed on the first signal transmission line. Two first bent portions extend from the first signal transmission line. A fourth connector is formed on each of the two first bent portions. A fifth connector is formed on the second signal transmission line. Two second bent portions extend from the second signal transmission line. A sixth connector is formed on each of the two second bent portions. The fourth connector is inserted into each of the two first connectors. The sixth connector is inserted into each of the two second connectors. Each of the third connector and the fifth connector is electrically connected to the back plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: XIU-QUAN HU, WEI-JIN FANG, YA-NI ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20140154899
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a flexible circuit substrate that includes a body portion and at least one connector portion formed monolithically with the body portion. The connector portion is shaped by at least one of one or more bends of the flexible circuit substrate or one or more folds of the flexible circuit substrate, and the connector portion is configured to be received in a receptacle of a connector device. The apparatus also includes at least one electrode formed on the connector portion and configured to make electrical contact with an electrical conductor of the receptacle of the connector device, at least one electronic component on the flexible circuit substrate, and interconnect to provide electrical continuity from the electrode to the electronic component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Shyuan Yang, Ioannis Kymissis
  • Publication number: 20140141629
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing, first and second terminals, and a third terminal. The housing accommodates an end portion of a circuit board, the first and second terminals respectively contact first and second contacts among a plurality of contacts arranged side by side on a first side of the end portion of the circuit board. The third terminal contacts a third contact on a second side of the end portion of the circuit board opposite to the first side, and the third contact is arranged at a position facing the first contact with the circuit board therebetween. A support body of dielectric material supports a position on the second side facing the second contact with the circuit board therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: TAKATOSHI YAGISAWA
  • Publication number: 20140113464
    Abstract: A flexible interposer for the attachment of a microelectronic package to a microelectronic socket, wherein a first portion of the flexible substrate may be positioned between the microelectronic package and the microelectronic socket, and a second portion of the flexible interposer may extend from between the microelectronic package and the microelectronic socket to electrically contact an external component. In one embodiment, the external component may be a microelectronic substrate and the microelectronic socket may be attached to the microelectronic substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Donald T. Tran, Zhichao Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140113463
    Abstract: Printed circuit substrates may be formed from rigid printed circuit material or flexible sheets of polymer. Printed circuit substrates may have conductive traces. Integrated circuits, touch sensor electrode structure, sensors, and other components may be mounted to the conductive traces. Connectors such as board-to-board connectors may be used to couple printed circuit substrates together. To hold the connectors together and to provide electromagnetic shielding, printed circuits and connectors may be surrounded by printed circuit connector securing structures. The printed circuit connector securing structures may have one or more strips of conductive fabric tape wrapped around the connectors. Metal stiffening members may be attached to opposing ends of the strip of conductive tape to facilitate removal of the tape for rework or repair. An additional strip of tape may be used to help secure the wrapped conductive tape. The additional strip of tapc may have a tab to facilitate removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Carl R. Peterson, Alex C. Yeung, Stephen R. McClure, Derek W. Wright
  • Publication number: 20140106581
    Abstract: A coaxial connector is adapted to hold a connection object having a ground conductor and a signal conductor and is adapted to be fitted to a mating connector. The coaxial connector has a shell for holding the connection object. The shell comprises a first shell portion having a barrel-shaped shell contact portion, a second shell portion having shell connecting portions, positioning portions for positioning the connection object so that a contact portion of the signal conductor of the connection object is located inside the barrel-shaped shell contact portion as seen in a fitting direction of the coaxial connector and the mating connector, and fixing portions for fixing the connection object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Osamu HASHIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20140065853
    Abstract: A first flexible printed wiring board (10) has a first wiring line (14) and includes a first opening (12) and second opening (13) that are positioned at a prescribed distance from each other. A portion of a second flexible printed wiring board (20) is inserted into the first opening (12) and second opening (13). The second flexible printed wiring board (20) has a second wiring line (22) on a narrow-width section (26), which is located at a tip part in an insertion direction (30) and has a smaller width than the first opening (12) and second opening (13) in a width direction (31) that is perpendicular to the insertion direction (30) towards the first flexible printed wiring board (10). The second flexible printed wiring board (20) contains a positioning section (24) that connects to the narrow-width section (26) and that has a width greater than either the first opening (12) or the second opening (13) in the width direction (31).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuya Murakami
  • Patent number: 8628339
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrical connector for connecting flexible printed circuit (FPC) boards. The connector has a housing and contact terminals disposed in the housing. An actuator is pivotally attached to the housing. The housing has a pair of retaining members between which a holding portion is defined. An FPC board is inserted into the holding portion and fixed to the housing by the actuator to establish electrical connection with the contact terminals. Each retaining member is supported by a metal bracket which is attached to the housing to increase the holding strength. The metal bracket has a main portion, a fixing portion and a support portion both expending perpendicularly from the main portion. A pair of lugs formed at side edges of the FPC board engage with the retaining members such that back movement of the FPC board from the housing is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: FCI
    Inventor: Masahiro Koga
  • Publication number: 20130323945
    Abstract: A mechanical device for electrically connecting a first flexible assembly to a second flexible assembly comprises a wafer and a housing. The wafer has an insulator core and a plurality of wafer electrical connectors. The core has a first base side and an opposed second base side. The wafer electrical connectors include a first set of wafer electrical connector contacts exposed on the first base side and a second set of wafer electrical connector contacts exposed on the second base side. The wafer electrical connector contacts are adapted to electrically connect with each of the flexible assembly electrical contacts. The housing retains the wafer, the first flexible assembly terminal, and the second flexible assembly terminal in such a way that each of the first flexible assembly electrical contacts is removably secured and electrically connected to one of the wafer electrical connector contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: HI REL CONNECTORS, INC
    Inventors: Willis Williams, Derick Esquivel
  • Patent number: 8585433
    Abstract: For connecting a mating connector in a first direction, a connector has a base, a cover, and a plate-like or sheet-like flexible connection member sandwiched between the base and the cover. The connection member includes a first portion extending in the first direction, a second portion extending in a second direction crossing the first direction, a bent portion formed between the first portion and the second portion, and an ear portion provided on the first portion. The ear portion is near the bent portion and increases the size of the connection member in a third direction perpendicular to the first and the second directions. The cover has an actuator portion facing an edge of the ear portion in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Yosuke Honda
  • Patent number: 8562149
    Abstract: A digital micromirror device module includes a flexible connection device, a digital micromirror device and a connecting interface. The flexible connection device includes a plurality of conducting wires and an external insulation layer, wherein the conducting wires are discretely arranged and encapsulated by the external insulation layer. The digital micromirror device unit is disposed on the external insulation layer of the flexible connection device and electrically connected with the conducting wires of the flexible connection device. The connecting interface is arranged at a lateral end of the flexible connection device and connected with the conducting wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chia-Chen Hu, Yuan-Ming Hsu
  • Patent number: 8514559
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a screen storage device comprising at least an integrated circuit module and a carrier plate folded to be at least two folding sections in which the height of the integrated circuit module plus the heights of folding sections is not more than the height unit of a Universal Serial Bus (USB) male connector to embody the height of the integrated circuit module in the present invention effectively reduced and the present invention extensively employed, conveniently used, and properly accommodated with the folding section and the integrated circuit module oppositely stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Walton Advanced Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Hong-Chi Yu, Mao-Ting Chang
  • Patent number: 8460026
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to coupling and/or holding devices for electrically and/or mechanically contacting circuit elements, such as power sources, sensors, transducers and other devices. In one embodiment, a coupling device comprises a substrate having at least one printed conductive element and at least one fold, flap, slit, slot, perforation or other alteration configured to encourage contact between a circuit element, such as a battery, sensor, transducer or other element, and the at least one printed conductive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Soligic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Tate, David G. Sime
  • Publication number: 20130130518
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrical connector for connecting flexible printed circuit (FPC) boards. The connector has a housing and contact terminals disposed in the housing. An actuator is pivotally attached to the housing. The housing has a pair of retaining members between which a holding portion is defined. An FPC board is inserted into the holding portion and fixed to the housing by the actuator to establish electrical connection with the contact terminals. Each retaining member is supported by a metal bracket which is attached to the housing to increase the holding strength. The metal bracket has a main portion, a fixing portion and a support portion both expending perpendicularly from the main portion. A pair of lugs formed at side edges of the FPC board engage with the retaining members such that back movement of the FPC board from the housing is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Masahiro Koga
  • Publication number: 20130089990
    Abstract: A modular interconnection system in the form of a releasable modular interconnect is provided. The releasable modular interconnect may include a substrate with a plurality of releasable contact regions, where each releasable contact region may be positioned to overlay a respective terminal of a power cell. The releasable modular interconnect may also include at least one conductive interconnect member affixed to the substrate, where the conductive interconnect member includes at least a one conductive releasable contact disposed within a releasable contact region of the substrate. The conductive releasable contact may be positioned to form a releasable electrical connection with a terminal of a power cell when a force is applied to the first releasable contact region in a direction toward the terminal of the power cell. Additional and related methods and apparatuses are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: ELECTRONVAULT, INC.
    Inventor: ELECTRONVAULT, INC.
  • Patent number: 8408921
    Abstract: A printed circuit board (PCB) assembly includes a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB), a connector, a rigid PCB, and a fastening device. The rigid PCB includes a loading surface, a bottom surface opposite to the loading surface, and two pins protruding from the bottom surface. The loading surface contacts the FPCB. The FPCB is electrically connected to the rigid PCB through the connector. The fastening device includes a pressing plate, two fastening bars and two connecting arms. The pressing plate includes a pressing surface contacting the FPCB. The fastening bars are parallel to the pressing surface. Each fastening bar includes a hook grappling with a corresponding pin. Each hook includes a resisting surface resisting on the bottom surface. Each connecting arm connects the pressing plate and a corresponding fastening bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Publication number: 20130065408
    Abstract: An exemplary flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) includes a flexible printed circuit (FPC) body and a connector. The FPC body includes two ground layers and a signal layer sandwiched between and shielded by the two ground layers. The connector includes two layers of ground pins and a layer of data pins sandwiched between the two layers of ground pins. The layer of data pins are electrically connected to the signal layer, and the two layers of ground pins are electrically connected to the two ground layers, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHUAN-CHIEH LEE, YAN-LI GUO
  • Patent number: 8387242
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a fixing member having a support seat; a plurality of terminals, each having an embed section embedded within the fixing member along an extension direction via an insert-molding process and a contact section exposing from the support seat of the fixing member; and an insulated body for seating on the support seat of the fixing member. The insulated body has an insert face formed with a plurality of terminal holes. The insert face is dented inwardly so as to form a plug reception chamber in spatial communication with the terminal holes. When the insulated body is seated on the support seat of the fixing member, the contact sections of the terminals pass through the terminal holes in the insulated body and are retained within the plug reception chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Concraft Holding Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Chi Lee, Chin-Huang Lin
  • Publication number: 20120315776
    Abstract: A connector assembly adapted to be used in a wrist watch which has data transmission and storage functions, includes a connector including an insulating body and a plurality of terminals each having a soldering tail, and a FPC board acted as a watchstrap of the wrist watch or attached on an initial watchstrap of the wrist watch to electrically connect the connector and a circuit of the wrist watch. Wherein the soldering tails of the terminals are embedded in one end of the FPC board at regular intervals by means of solder press welding, then the one end of the FPC board together with the soldering tails of the terminals are molded in the insulating body as an integral, and the other end of the FPC board is electrically connected with the circuit of the wrist watch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Wei-Jia Liang, Yu-Hung Su
  • Publication number: 20120276760
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a two-way plug which can be inserted into a connection port regardless of the orientation of the plug. The two-way plug includes a rectangular frame, a hard substrate and four connection terminals. The rectangular frame is inserted into a connection port such that the rectangular frame is supported by the connection port. The substrate is disposed in a central portion of the rectangular frame. The four connection terminals are formed on each of the two surfaces of the substrate to form a symmetrical structure. Regardless of the orientation of the rectangular frame inserted into the connection port, the four connection terminals formed on one surface of the substrate are each connected to one of four connection pins provided in the connection port, and the four connection terminals formed on the other surface of the substrate are prevented from coming into contact with a tension pin provided in the connection port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: CLEAR ELECTRONICS, INC
    Inventor: Seong Bean Cho
  • Publication number: 20120231638
    Abstract: A wiring member is provided that can suppress an influence due to deviation of a position of connection as much as possible so as to maintain a good wiring state. The wiring member 11 is formed of a flexible printed circuit board to be connected to terminals of a plurality of batteries. The wiring member 11 includes a straight section 21 which is disposed along arrangement of aligned terminals, and a plurality of branch sections 22 which extend toward positions of connection to the respective terminals from the straight section 21 so as to be connected thereto. The branch sections 22 have deflection portions 32 which can be deformed in response to displacement of the straight section 21 in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ikeda, Katsunori Sato, Hiroyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 8242374
    Abstract: Provided is a flexible-circuit-board cable having a positioning structure. A connection zone is defined in a free end of the flexible-circuit-board cable and is provided with a plurality of conductive contacts. The connection zone has a first surface on which at least one projection section is formed and a second surface. A shielding layer overlaps the projection section and a portion of the first surface. The second surface of the connection zone is also bonded to a shielding layer. When the connection zone of the flexible-circuit-board cable is inserted into an insertion space defined in a connector, the first and second local zones of the connection zone formed by the shielding layers and the projection section are put into engagement with and thus positioned and retained by walls on opposite sides of the insertion space of the connector to thereby fix within the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Flexible Circuits Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Heng Chuo, Kuo-Fu Su
  • Publication number: 20120200506
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing modular connection means to electrodes in a touch-sensitive device. The modular connections may include electronics allowing controlling electronics to individually address electrodes associated with driving electrodes and sensing signals occurring on electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Gordon F. TAYLOR, Thomas J. Rebeschi
  • Patent number: 8238109
    Abstract: A flex-rigid wiring board including a flexible printed wiring board, a rigid printed wiring board, a first connection terminal formed over the rigid printed wiring board and positioned to be mounted onto a motherboard, and a second connection terminal formed over the rigid printed wiring board and positioned to mount an electronic component. The flexible printed wiring board has a first conductive layer, the rigid printed wiring board has a rigid base material, an insulation layer over the rigid base material and a second conductive layer formed over the insulation layer. The insulation layer covers at least a portion of the flexible printed wiring board and at least a portion of the rigid base material while exposing at least a portion of the flexible printed wiring board, and the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer are connected through a plated metallic layer penetrating through the insulation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: IBIDEN Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsumi Sagisaka