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Electrical connector component system

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Keith F. Tharp, Theodore J. Colburn

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A connector device that can reliably carry high data rates is described. The device disclosed offers multiple termination mediums and a variety of electrical packaging applications. The connector device ensures a high degree of wire position control through the use of wire retention combs and/or registration holes. The wire retention combs grip and secure portions of the discrete wires, and the registration block secures the ends of the exposed wires such that a stable connection between the wires and the electrical contact leads of the device can be maintained. In alternative embodiments, one surface of the contact leads are designed to connect with discrete wires and an opposite surface of the contact leads are designed to connect to an electronic device card. In some embodiments of the present invention, the connector device is formed of two substantially identical components that are attached to each other.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

The invention, together with further advantages thereof, may best be understood by reference to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates a perspective view of a connector device according to one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 1A illustrates a sectional view of the connector device of FIG. 1 along line

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FIG. 2 illustrates a side elevation, plan view of a pair of contact leads from the connector device of FIGS. 1 and 1A.

FIG. 3 illustrates a perspective view of the outside surface of an individual connector component used to form the connector device as shown in FIGS. 1 and 1A.

FIG. 4 illustrates a perspective view of the inside surface of the connector component as shown in FIG.

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FIG. 5 illustrates a perspective view of a connector device to which discrete wires have been attached.

FIG. 6 illustrates a close-up view of a single wire that has been attached to a connector component.

FIG. 7 illustrates a printed circuit board card before being inserted into a connector device according to one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 8 illustrates the connector device of FIG. 7 within which has been inserted the printed circuit board card.

FIG. 9 illustrates a connector device of the present invention to which has been terminated both discrete wires and a printed circuit board card.

FIG. 10 illustrates an exploded perspective view of a connector device to be installed within an external housing.

FIG. 11 illustrates an assembled connector device placed within an external housing.

FIG. 12 illustrates a fully assembled external housing that contains a connector device of the present invention.

Claims

1. A substantially symmetrical electrical connector comprising:

2. An electrical connector as recited in claim 1 wherein physical access to the second connection portion on both the inner and outer faces facilitates a process for attaching electrical wire to the second connection portions.

3. An electrical connector as recited in claim 1 wherein each of the connector components includes an opening that has a front edge and a rear edge, each of the contact leads being positioned within the opening and being connected to the front and rear edges of a respective opening.

4. An electrical connector as recited in claim 3 wherein the opening in each connector component is suitably sized so that welding devices can access the contact leads in both the inner and outer faces of a respective connector component so that the wires can be welded to the contact leads.

5. An electrical connector as recited in claim 1 wherein each of the plurality of contact leads further comprises a third connection portion suitable for making contact with traces on an electrical device.

6. An electrical connector as recited in claim 5 wherein the second connection portions and the third connection portions are located on opposing surfaces of the contact leads and wherein the plurality of contact leads within each of the electrical connector components form a slot into which a electrical device can be inserted.

7. An electrical connector as recited in claim 6 wherein the second connection portion of the contact leads have a longitudinal axis and the contact leads have a curved configuration such that the third connection portion of the contact leads are offset from the longitudinal axis of the second connection portions such that the distance between respective third connection portions in each of the electrical connector components is smaller than the distance between respective second connection portions in each of the electrical connector components, each of the second and third connection portions of the contact leads forming a leaf spring configuration.

8. An electrical connector as recited in claim 1 wherein the second connection portion of each contact lead is in the outer face of a respective connector component.

9. An electrical connector as recited in claim 8 wherein the second connection portions are elongated and have a substantially flat contact surface.

10. An electrical connector as recited in claim 9 wherein at least some of the second connection portions further comprise:

11. An electrical connector as recited in claim 1 wherein each of the connector components further comprise:

12. An electrical connector as recited in claim 11 wherein each of the registration recesses has a center and a distance between the centers of each pair of adjacent registration recesses on each of the electrical connector components is approximately 0.8 mm.

13. An electrical connector as recited in claim 11 wherein the registration recesses have substantially the same depth.

14. An electrical connector as recited in claim 11 wherein the registration recesses of each registration block have registration surfaces that are aligned along respective axes such that when wires are attached to the second connection portions of the contact leads with their respective wire ends engaging the registration surfaces, the ends of the wires are aligned along the respective axis.

15. An electrical connector as recited in claim 14 wherein the registration recesses position the end portion of the associated wires such that the longitudinal axes of the segment of the wires to be connected to the second connection portions of the contact leads are aligned with the longitudinal axes of the associated contact leads.

16. An electrical connector as recited in claim 11 wherein each of the connector components further comprise:

17. An electrical connector as recited in claim 16 wherein one of the pair of electrical connector components is a first connector component and the other is a second connector component, the electrical connector further comprising:

18. An electrical connector as recited in claim 17 further comprising:

19. An electrical connector comprising:

20. An electrical connector as recited in claim 19 wherein the second connection portion of the contact leads have a longitudinal axis and the contact leads have a curved configuration such that the third connection portion of the contact leads are offset from the longitudinal axis of the second connection portions such that the distance between respective third connection portions in each of the electrical connector components is smaller than the distance between respective second connection portions in each of the electrical connector components, each of the second and third connection portions of the contact leads forming a leaf spring configuration.

21. An electrical connector as recited in claim 19 wherein each of the connector components further comprise:

22. An electrical connector as recited in claim 21 wherein the distance between the centers of each pair of adjacent registration recesses on each of the electrical connector components is approximately 0.8 mm.

23. An electrical connector as recited in claim 21 wherein the registration recesses of each registration block have registration surfaces that are aligned along respective axes such that when wires are attached to the second connection portions of the contact leads with their respective wire ends engaging the registration surfaces, the ends of the wires are aligned along a respective axis.

24. An electrical connector as recited in claim 21 wherein the registration recesses position the end portion of the associated wires such that the longitudinal axes of the segment of the wires to be connected to the second connection portions of the contact leads are aligned with the longitudinal axes of the associated contact leads.

25. An electrical connector as recited in claim 21 wherein each of the connector components further comprise:

26. An electrical connector as recited in claim 19 wherein the second connection portions are elongated and have a substantially flat contact surface.

27. An electrical connector as recited in claim 26 wherein at least some of the second connection portions further comprise:

28. An electrical connector as recited in claim 21 wherein the registration recesses have substantially the same depth.

29. An electrical connector as recited in claim 28 wherein one of the pair of electrical connector components is a first connector component and the other is a second connector component, the electrical connector further comprising:

30. An electrical connector as recited in claim 29 further comprising:

31. An electrical connector comprising:

32. An electrical connector as recited in claim 31 wherein the distance between the centers of each pair of adjacent registration recesses on each of the electrical connector components is approximately 0.8 mm.

33. An electrical connector as recited in claim 31 wherein each of the electrical connector components further comprise:

34. An electrical connector as recited in claim 31 wherein each of the electrical connector components are substantially identical.

35. An electrical connector as recited in claim 31 wherein each of the connector components includes an opening that has a front edge and a rear edge, each of the contact leads being positioned within the opening and being connected to the front and rear edges of a respective opening.

36. An electrical connector as recited in claim 31 wherein the second connection portions are elongated and have a substantially flat contact surface.

37. An electrical connector as recited in claim 36 wherein at least some of the second connection portions further comprise: