Electrical connectors having contacts that may be selectively designated as either signal or ground contacts

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6994569
APP PUB NO 20040097112A1
SERIAL NO

10634547

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Abstract

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An electrical connector according to the invention includes a linear contact array of electrically conductive contacts and a lead frame into which the contacts at least partially extend. The contacts may be selectively designated as either ground or signal contacts such that, in a first designation, the contacts form at least one differential signal pair comprising a pair of signal contacts, and, in a second designation, the contacts form at least one single-ended signal conductor.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
FCI AMERICAS TECHNOLOGY LLCRENO, NV559

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hull, Gregory A York, PA 24 920
Minich, Steven E York, PA 108 2007
Shuey, Joseph B Camp Hill, PA 52 2131
Smith, Stephen Mechanicsburg, PA 83 1769

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NEC CORPORATION (1)
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THE WHITAKER CORPORATION (7)
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AMP Incorporated (2)
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TYCO ELECTRONICS LOGISTICS AG (1)
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TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (1)
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HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (4)
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HARTING ELECTRONICS GMBH (1)
6776649 Contact assembly for a plug connector, in particular for a PCB plug connector 109 2002
 
FCI AMERICAS TECHNOLOGY LLC (12)
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FCI AMERICAS TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
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WABCO GMBH (1)
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NEC TOKIN CORPORATION (1)
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PCD, INC. (1)
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MOLEX INCORPORATED (7)
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RAMBUS INC. (1)
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MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. (1)
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FUJITSU LIMITED (2)
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OHIO ASSOCIATED ENTERPRISES, INC. (1)
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Elco Corporation (1)
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AMPHENOL CORPORATION (7)
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6554647 Differential signal electrical connectors 188 2000
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* Cited By Examiner

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TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION (10)
8142236 Electrical connector having improved density and routing characteristics and related methods 3 2008
7753742 Electrical terminal having improved insertion characteristics and electrical connector for use therewith 4 2008
7670196 Electrical terminal having tactile feedback tip and electrical connector for use therewith 2 2008
7591655 Electrical connector having improved electrical characteristics 11 2008
7549897 Electrical connector having improved terminal configuration 58 2008
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* 2008/0182,460 ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING IMPROVED DENSITY AND ROUTING CHARACTERISTICS AND RELATED METHODS 10 2008
* 2008/0182,438 ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING IMPROVED ELECTRICAL CHARACTERISTICS 7 2008
* 2008/0176,452 ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING IMPROVED TERMINAL CONFIGURATION 4 2008
7789716 Electrical connector having improved terminal configuration 9 2009
 
ERNI PRODUCTION GMBH & CO. KG (2)
* 8641448 Plug-in connection having shielding 4 2010
* 2012/0202,380 PLUG-IN CONNECTION HAVING SHIELDING 5 2010
 
VIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
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* 2011/0070,751 LEAD ARRANGEMENT, ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AND ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY 4 2009
8740651 Lead arrangement, electric connector and electric assembly 0 2012
 
HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (1)
8961229 High speed high density connector assembly 7 2013
 
FCI AMERICAS TECHNOLOGY LLC (129)
7429176 Modular mezzanine connector 40 2004
* 2004/0161,954 Modular mezzanine connector 16 2004
7517250 Impedance mating interface for electrical connectors 9 2004
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7524209 Impedance mating interface for electrical connectors 21 2005
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7476108 Electrical power connectors with cooling features 55 2005
* 2006/0228,948 Electrical power connector 29 2005
7458839 Electrical connectors having power contacts with alignment and/or restraining features 60 2006
* 2007/0197,063 ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS HAVING POWER CONTACTS WITH ALIGNMENT AND/OR RESTRAINING FEATURES 3 2006
7431616 Orthogonal electrical connectors 13 2006
7407413 Broadside-to-edge-coupling connector system 8 2006
* 2007/0205,774 Electrical connectors 29 2006
* 7425145 Connectors and contacts for transmitting electrical power 53 2006
* 2007/0275,586 Connectors and contacts for transmitting electrical power 4 2006
7335043 Electrical power contacts and connectors comprising same 51 2006
* 2006/0281,354 Electrical power contacts and connectors comprising same 23 2006
7452249 Electrical power contacts and connectors comprising same 47 2006
* 2006/0228,927 Electrical power contacts and connectors comprising same 2 2006
7467955 Impedance control in electrical connectors 35 2006
* 2008/0203,547 INSERT MOLDED LEADFRAME ASSEMBLY 3 2007
7422444 Orthogonal header 6 2007
7402064 Electrical power contacts and connectors comprising same 50 2007
* 2007/0202,748 ELECTRICAL POWER CONTACTS AND CONNECTORS COMPRISING SAME 3 2007
7726982 Electrical connectors with air-circulation features 32 2007
* 2007/0293,084 ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS WITH AIR-CIRCULATION FEATURES 58 2007
7905731 Electrical connector with stress-distribution features 13 2007
* 2008/0293,267 ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH STRESS-DISTRIBUTION FEATURES 0 2007
7500871 Electrical connector system with jogged contact tails 32 2007
7497735 High speed connectors that minimize signal skew and crosstalk 30 2007
7713088 Broadside-coupled signal pair configurations for electrical connectors 7 2007
* 2008/0085,618 Broadside-Coupled Signal Pair Configurations For Electrical Connectors 5 2007
7708569 Broadside-coupled signal pair configurations for electrical connectors 28 2007
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* 2008/0176,453 SHIELDLESS, HIGH-SPEED, LOW-CROSS-TALK ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR 37 2007
7637784 Disk drive interposer 2 2008
* 2008/0182,431 DISK DRIVE INTERPOSER 4 2008
8057267 Orthogonal header 8 2008
7641500 Power cable connector system 9 2008
* 2008/0248,680 POWER CABLE CONNECTOR 9 2008
7762857 Power connectors with contact-retention features 12 2008
7749009 Surface-mount connector 1 2008
7811100 Electrical connector system having a continuous ground at the mating interface thereof 7 2008
* 2009/0017,652 ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR SYSTEM HAVING A CONTINUOUS GROUND AT THE MATING INTERFACE THEREOF 7 2008
7690937 Electrical power contacts and connectors comprising same 23 2008
* 2008/0248,670 ELECTRICAL POWER CONTACTS AND CONNECTORS COMPRISING SAME 40 2008
* 2008/0248,693 SHIELDLESS, HIGH-SPEED ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS 7 2008
7837505 Electrical connector system with jogged contact tails 5 2009
D610548 Right-angle electrical connector 30 2009
D608293 Vertical electrical connector 29 2009
D606496 Right-angle electrical connector 30 2009
D619099 Electrical connector 2 2009
8764464 Cross talk reduction for high speed electrical connectors 16 2009
* 2009/0221,165 CROSS TALK REDUCTION FOR HIGH SPEED ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS 30 2009
7762843 Shieldless, high-speed, low-cross-talk electrical connector 36 2009
D618180 Asymmetrical electrical connector 20 2009
D618181 Asymmetrical electrical connector 22 2009
7837504 Impedance mating interface for electrical connectors 4 2009
8062051 Electrical communication system having latching and strain relief features 3 2009
7862359 Electrical power contacts and connectors comprising same 7 2009
* 2010/0048,056 Electrical Power Contacts and Connectors Comprising Same 5 2009
8323049 Electrical connector having power contacts 10 2010
D653621 Asymmetrical electrical connector 22 2010
D640637 Vertical electrical connector 2 2010
8608510 Dual impedance electrical connector 0 2010
8137119 Electrical connector system having a continuous ground at the mating interface thereof 8 2010
8096832 Shieldless, high-speed, low-cross-talk electrical connector 8 2010
8267721 Electrical connector having ground plates and ground coupling bar 20 2010
* 2011/0097,934 ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING GROUND PLATES AND GROUND COUPLING BAR 5 2010
8616919 Attachment system for electrical connector 8 2010
D641709 Vertical electrical connector 2 2010
7967647 Orthogonal header 0 2010
8062046 Electrical power contacts and connectors comprising same 21 2010
8715003 Electrical connector having impedance tuning ribs 22 2010
* 2011/0159,744 ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING IMPEDANCE TUNING RIBS 29 2010
D647058 Vertical electrical connector 1 2011
D651981 Vertical electrical connector 2 2011
9136634 Low-cross-talk electrical connector 2 2011
D660245 Vertical electrical connector 1 2011
8187017 Electrical power contacts and connectors comprising same 8 2011
8382521 Shieldless, high-speed, low-cross-talk electrical connector 2 2011
D664096 Vertical electrical connector 1 2011
D727852 Ground shield for a right angle electrical connector 2 2012
D727268 Vertical electrical connector 4 2012
D718253 Electrical cable connector 3 2012
D751507 Electrical connector 2 2012
D696199 Vertical electrical connector 0 2012
9277649 Cross talk reduction for high-speed electrical connectors 1 2012
D713346 Vertical electrical connector 16 2013
D712841 Right-angle electrical connector housing 11 2013
D713356 Vertical electrical connector 22 2013
D712842 Right-angle electrical connector housing 18 2013
D712843 Vertical electrical connector housing 27 2013
D712844 Right-angle electrical connector housing 15 2013
D745852 Electrical connector 2 2013
9048583 Electrical connector having ribbed ground plate 1 2013
8678860 Shieldless, high-speed, low-cross-talk electrical connector 12 2013
9257778 High speed electrical connector 2 2013
8944831 Electrical connector having ribbed ground plate with engagement members 15 2013
* D720698 Electrical cable connector 6 2013
9543703 Electrical connector with reduced stack height 0 2013
D731437 Vertical electrical connector housing 0 2014
D738314 Right-angle electrical connector 11 2014
9461410 Electrical connector having ribbed ground plate 0 2014
D733662 Connector housing for electrical connector 4 2014
D731435 Vertical electrical connector 1 2014
D731438 Vertical electrical connector housing 0 2014
D730840 Right-angle electrical connector 0 2014
D724032 Right-angle electrical connector 12 2014
D748063 Electrical ground shield 3 2014
D746236 Electrical connector housing 3 2014
D750030 Electrical cable connector 2 2014
D760168 Right-angle electrical connector 0 2015
D750025 Vertical electrical connector 3 2015
D752523 Vertical electrical connector housing 0 2015
D752522 Right-angle electrical connector 1 2015
D751992 Vertical electrical connector housing 1 2015
D751508 Right-angle electrical connector 0 2015
D750026 Vertical electrical connector 1 2015
D772168 Connector housing for electrical connector 0 2015
D766832 Electrical connector 0 2015
D751040 Right-angle electrical connector 2 2015
D751511 Right-angle electrical connector 0 2015
D790471 Vertical electrical connector 0 2015
D785571 Right-angle electrical connector 0 2016
D765034 Right-angle electrical connector 0 2016
D767505 Vertical electrical connector housing 0 2016
D765035 Vertical electrical connector 0 2016
 
FCI AMERICAS TECHNOLOGY, INC. (6)
* 2007/0207,632 Midplane with offset connectors 0 2006
* 2008/0026,637 BACKPLANE CONNECTOR 8 2007
7320609 Backplane connector 6 2007
* 2008/0214,029 Shieldless, High-Speed Electrical Connectors 9 2007
RE41283 Power connector with safety feature 4 2007
* 2009/0149,041 Orthogonal Backplane Connector 10 2009
 
YAMAICHI ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (6)
7780474 High speed transmission connector with surfaces of ground terminal sections and transmission paths in a common plane 7 2007
* 2009/0068,887 High speed transmission connector 6 2007
8047874 High-density connector for high-speed transmission 7 2008
* 2010/0330,844 HIGH DENSITY CONNECTOR FOR HIGH SPEED TRANSMISSION 2 2008
7850488 High-speed transmission connector with ground terminals between pair of transmission terminals on a common flat surface and a plurality of ground plates on another common flat surface 5 2009
* 2010/0068,933 HIGH-SPEED TRANSMISSION CONNECTOR, PLUG FOR HIGH-SPEED TRANSMISSION CONNECTOR, AND SOCKET FOR HIGH-SPEED TRANSMISSION CONNECTOR 1 2009
 
FCI (1)
8905651 Dismountable optical coupling device 0 2013
 
MEADWESTVACO CALMAR, INC. (1)
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AMPHENOL CORPORATION (2)
8216001 Connector assembly having adjacent differential signal pairs offset or of different polarity 1 2010
* 2011/0189,868 DIFFERENTIAL PAIR INVERSION FOR REDUCTION OF CROSSTALK IN A BACKPLANE SYSTEM 1 2010
 
MOLEX INCORPORATED (5)
8545240 Connector with terminals forming differential pairs 8 2009
* 8540525 Resonance modifying connector 7 2009
* 2011/0300,757 RESONANCE MODIFYING CONNECTOR 17 2009
8651881 Resonance modifying connector 2 2013
8992237 Resonance modifying connector 3 2014
 
FLEXTRONICS AUTOMOTIVE INC. (2)
* 2008/0007,191 System and method for controlling velocity and detecting obstructions of a vehicle lift gate 1 2006
* 7586280 System and method for establishing a reference angle for controlling a vehicle rotational closure system 5 2007
 
KABELSCHLEPP GMBH (1)
* 2010/0029,126 ELECTRICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM HAVING LATCHING AND STRAIN RELIEF FEATURES 0 2009
 
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. (1)
9444192 Communication connector and electronic device using communication connector 0 2014
 
C-M,AC INVOTRONICS INC. D/B/A SOLECTRON INVOTRONICS (2)
* 7592762 System and method for establishing a reference angle for controlling a vehicle rotational closure system 3 2007
* 2007/0299,588 System and method for establishing a reference angle for controlling a vehicle rotational closure system 3 2007
 
FRAMATOME CONNECTORS USA INC. (2)
7442054 Electrical connectors having differential signal pairs configured to reduce cross-talk on adjacent pairs 19 2005
* 2005/0287,850 Electrical connectors having differential signal pairs configured to reduce cross-talk on adjacent pairs 2 2005
* Cited By Examiner

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