Combination heat sink and housing for flexible electrical connector used in an electrical or electronic assembly

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5353191
SERIAL NO

08027969

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A unitary heat sink and connector housing (10, 10', 10', 10'') is disposed between a pair of electrical members, such as printed circuit boards (11, 12, 31) and/or flexible etched circuits (32) in an overall assembly used in a variety of high-performance miniaturized electronic products. One or more flexible electrical connectors (21, 25, 26, 29, 30) are mounted within the unitary heat sink and connector housing (10, 10', 10', 10'') and provide a circuit interface between respective circuit elements or pads (13, 14) on the printed circuit boards (11, 12, 31) and/or flexible etched circuits (32), respectively. The unitary heat sink and connector housing (10, 10', 10', 10''), which preferably has heat-radiating fins (20), is made from a material which is thermally conductive but electrically non-conductive. Examples of such a material are anodized aluminum, silicon dioxide and beryllium oxide. Any suitable ceramic material could be used.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
THE WHITAKER CORPORATIONWILMINGTON, DE695

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bates, Warren A Winston-Salem, NC 20 468
Deak, Frederick R Kernersville, NC 31 861
Johnson, David C Winston-Salem, NC 123 3008
Renn, Robert M Pfafftown, NC 28 663
Volz, Keith L Jamestown, NC 29 732

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TVM GROUP, INC. (1)
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* Cited By Examiner

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