US Patent No: 7,244,125

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Connector for making electrical contact at semiconductor scales

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A connector for electrically connecting to pads formed on a semiconductor device includes a substrate and an array of contact elements of conductive material formed on the substrate. Each contact element includes a base portion attached to the top surface of the substrate and a curved spring portion extending from the base portion and having a distal end projecting above the substrate. The curved spring portion is formed to curve away from a plane of contact and has a curvature disposed to provide a controlled wiping action when engaging a respective pad of the semiconductor device.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
EPIC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.SUNNYVALE, CA19
NEOCONIX, INC.SUNNYVALE, CA30

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Brown, Dirk D Mountain View, CA 24 377
Radza, Eric M San Jose, CA 5 91
Williams, John D Albuquerque, NM 66 558

Cited Art Landscape

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5,812,378 Microelectronic connector for engaging bump leads 139 1995
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6,205,660 Method of making an electronic contact 65 1997
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6,200,143 Low insertion force connector for microelectronic elements 64 1999
6,420,661 Connector element for connecting microelectronic elements 38 1999
6,306,752 Connection component and method of making same 24 1999
6,221,750 Fabrication of deformable leads of microelectronic elements 40 1999
6,492,251 Microelectronic joining processes with bonding material application 38 2000
6,374,487 Method of making a connection to a microelectronic element 38 2000
6,461,892 Methods of making a connection component using a removable layer 31 2001
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6,700,072 Electrical connection with inwardly deformable contacts 24 2001
6,428,328 Method of making a connection to a microelectronic element 66 2001
6,847,101 Microelectronic package having a compliant layer with bumped protrusions 56 2002
 
ADVANTEST CORPORATION (15)
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6,297,164 Method for producing contact structures 30 1998
5,989,994 Method for producing contact structures 36 1998
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6,250,933 Contact structure and production method thereof 88 2000
6,436,802 Method of producing contact structure 35 2000
6,452,407 Probe contactor and production method thereof 42 2000
6,472,890 Method for producing a contact structure 23 2002
6,612,861 Contact structure and production method thereof 20 2002
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6,208,157 Method for testing semiconductor components 71 1999
6,263,566 Flexible semiconductor interconnect fabricated by backslide thinning 58 1999
6,397,460 Electrical connector 28 2000
6,420,789 Ball grid array chip packages having improved testing and stacking characteristics 45 2001
6,622,380 Methods for manufacturing microelectronic devices and methods for mounting microelectronic packages to circuit boards 56 2002
6,853,210 Test interconnect having suspended contacts for bumped semiconductor components 25 2002
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6,960,924 Electrical contact 18 2003
7,002,362 Test system for bumped semiconductor components 19 2004
 
FormFactor, Inc. (9)
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6,640,432 Method of fabricating shaped springs 103 2000
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6,335,210 Baseplate for chip burn-in and/of testing, and method thereof 29 1999
 
HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (7)
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6,146,151 Method for forming an electrical connector and an electrical connector obtained by the method 37 1999
6,298,552 Method for making socket connector 25 2000
6,293,806 Electrical connector with improved terminals for electrically connecting to a circuit board 28 2000
6,814,587 Electrical connector with contacts having cooperating contacting portions 23 2003
6,843,659 Electrical connector having terminals with reinforced interference portions 33 2003
6,848,929 Land grid array socket with reinforcing plate 21 2003
 
AMP Incorporated (4)
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5,152,695 Surface mount electrical connector 203 1991
5,135,403 Solderless spring socket for printed circuit board 40 1992
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NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (4)
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6,293,808 Contact sheet 36 1999
6,474,997 Contact sheet 40 2000
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INTEL CORPORATION (3)
5,751,556 Method and apparatus for reducing warpage of an assembly substrate 77 1996
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MOLEX INCORPORATED (3)
5,980,335 Electrical terminal 35 1998
6,814,584 Elastomeric electrical connector 55 2002
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XEROX CORPORATION (3)
6,184,699 Photolithographically patterned spring contact 73 1998
6,264,477 Photolithographically patterned spring contact 68 2000
6,392,524 Photolithographically-patterned out-of-plane coil structures and method of making 67 2000
 
ADVANTEST (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD (2)
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6,791,171 Systems for testing and packaging integrated circuits 68 2002
 
DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
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FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC. (2)
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5,860,585 Substrate for transferring bumps and method of use 29 1996
 
FUJITSU SEMICONDUCTOR LIMITED (2)
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INTERCONNECT DEVICES, INC. (2)
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R&D SOCKETS, INC. (2)
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WHITAKER CORPORATION, THE (2)
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5,358,411 Duplex plated epsilon compliant beam contact and interposer 43 1993
 
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (1)
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ADVANCED SYSTEMS JAPAN INC. (1)
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AMPHENOL CORPORATION (1)
6,730,134 Interposer assembly 27 2001
 
AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES GENERAL IP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. (1)
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FRAMATOME CONNECTORS INTERNATIONAL (1)
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FUJIKURA LTD. (1)
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FUJITSU LIMITED (1)
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GENERAL DATACOMM, INC. (1)
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GTE Products Corporation (1)
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HIGH CONNECTION DENSITY, INC. (1)
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HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY, LTD. (1)
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HITACHI, LTD. (1)
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QLOGIC CORPORATION (1)
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SPEED TECH CORP. (1)
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TELEDYNE INDUSTRIES, INC. (1)
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TELEDYNE TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED (1)
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TYCO ELECTRONICS JAPAN G.K. (1)
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W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
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YAZAKI CORPORATION (1)
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YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
5,532,612 Methods and apparatus for test and burn-in of integrated circuit devices 126 1994
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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
NEOCONIX, INC. (15)
7,347,698 Deep drawn electrical contacts and method for making 5 2004
7,597,561 Method and system for batch forming spring elements in three dimensions 6 2005
7,383,632 Method for fabricating a connector 4 2005
7,357,644 Connector having staggered contact architecture for enhanced working range 4 2005
7,645,147 Electrical connector having a flexible sheet and one or more conductive connectors 5 2006
8,584,353 Method for fabricating a contact grid array 0 2006
7,354,276 Interposer with compliant pins 10 2006
7,587,817 Method of making electrical connector on a flexible carrier 3 2006
7,628,617 Structure and process for a contact grid array formed in a circuitized substrate 4 2006
7,371,073 Contact grid array system 20 2007
7,989,945 Spring connector for making electrical contact at semiconductor scales 6 2007
7,758,351 Method and system for batch manufacturing of spring elements 11 2007
7,621,756 Contact and method for making same 7 2007
7,891,988 System and method for connecting flat flex cable with an integrated circuit, such as a camera module 3 2009
8,641,428 Electrical connector and method of making it 0 2011
 
TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (9)
7,867,032 Connector assembly having signal and coaxial contacts 1 2008
7,740,489 Connector assembly having a compressive coupling member 1 2008
7,736,183 Connector assembly with variable stack heights having power and signal contacts 0 2008
7,637,777 Connector assembly having a noise-reducing contact pattern 1 2008
7,896,698 Connector assembly having multiple contact arrangements 1 2009
7,918,683 Connector assemblies and daughter card assemblies configured to engage each other along a side interface 1 2010
8,215,966 Interposer connector assembly 0 2010
8,113,851 Connector assemblies and systems including flexible circuits 2 2010
8,070,514 Connector assembly having multiple contact arrangements 0 2010
 
INTEL CORPORATION (3)
7,750,487 Metal-metal bonding of compliant interconnect 10 2004
7,443,030 Thin silicon based substrate 2 2006
7,589,424 Thin silicon based substrate 1 2008
 
MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, INC. (3)
8,278,748 Wafer-level packaged device having self-assembled resilient leads 1 2010
8,686,560 Wafer-level chip-scale package device having bump assemblies configured to mitigate failures due to stress 0 2010
8,692,367 Wafer-level packaged device having self-assembled resilient leads 0 2012
 
ADVANTEST (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD (1)
7,452,214 Interconnect assemblies, and methods of forming interconnects, between conductive contact bumps and conductive contact pads 0 2006
 
MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
7,400,041 Compliant multi-composition interconnects 5 2004
 
ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (1)
8,407,888 Method of assembling a circuit board assembly 0 2010
 
SILICON VALLEY BANK (1)
7,625,220 System for connecting a camera module, or like device, using flat flex cables 3 2006

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