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 7118391
APP PUB NO 20060063404A1
SERIAL NO

11274527

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An electrical connector having a leadframe housing, a first electrical contact fixed in the leadframe housing, a second electrical contact fixed adjacent to the first electrical contact in the leadframe housing, and a third electrical contact fixed adjacent to the second electrical contact in the leadframe housing is disclosed. Each of the first and second electrical contacts may be selectively designated, while fixed in the lead frame housing, as either a ground contact or a signal contact such that, in a first designation, the first and second contacts form a differential signal pair, and, in a second designation, the second contact is a single-ended signal conductor. The third electrical contact may be a ground contact having a terminal end that extends beyond terminal ends of the first and second contacts.

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FCI AMERICAS TECHNOLOGY LLCRENO, NV559

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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 1767

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D746236 Electrical connector housing 3 2014
D750030 Electrical cable connector 2 2014
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D750025 Vertical electrical connector 3 2015
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D750026 Vertical electrical connector 1 2015
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D766832 Electrical connector 0 2015
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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
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FCI (1)
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