Cross talk reduction and impedance-matching for high speed electrical connectors

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6976886
APP PUB NO 20030171010A1
SERIAL NO

10294966

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Lightweight, low cost, high density electrical connectors are disclosed that provide impedance controlled, high-speed, low interference communications, even in the absence of shields between the contacts, and that provide for a variety of other benefits not found in prior art connectors, such as low insertion loss. Signal contacts and ground contacts within the connectors can be scaled and positioned relative to one another such that a differential signal in a first differential signal pair produces a high field in the gap between the contacts that form the signal pair and a low field near an adjacent signal pair. Consequently, cross talk between adjacent signal contacts can be limited to acceptable levels for the particular application. In such connectors, the level of cross talk between adjacent signal contacts can be limited to the point that the need for (and cost of) shields between adjacent contacts is unnecessary, even in high speed, high signal integrity applications.

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FCI AMERICAS TECHNOLOGY LLCRENO, NV559

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Houtz, Timothy W Etters, PA 55 1559
Hull, Gregory A York, PA 24 920
Lemke, Timothy A Dillsburg, PA 63 1927
Sercu, Stefaan Hendrik Josef Velddriel, NL 9 457
Shuey, Joseph B Camp Hill, PA 52 2131
Smith, Stephen B Mechanicsburg, PA 129 2945
Winings, Clifford L Etters, PA 23 1074

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