Connector for making electrical contact at semiconductor scales

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7244125
APP PUB NO 20050124181A1
SERIAL NO

10731669

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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 15 549
Radza, Eric M San Jose, CA 3 153
Williams, John D Campbell, CA 63 810

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YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION (1)
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ADVANTEST CORPORATION (15)
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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 2008/0303,159 Thin Silicon based substrate 1 2008
 
TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION (10)
* 7867032 Connector assembly having signal and coaxial contacts 1 2008
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* 7736183 Connector assembly with variable stack heights having power and signal contacts 2 2008
* 2010/0093,189 CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY HAVING SIGNAL AND COAXIAL CONTACTS 1 2008
* 2010/0093,193 CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY HAVING A COMPRESSIVE COUPLING MEMBER 4 2008
7637777 Connector assembly having a noise-reducing contact pattern 3 2008
* 7896698 Connector assembly having multiple contact arrangements 3 2009
7918683 Connector assemblies and daughter card assemblies configured to engage each other along a side interface 1 2010
8215966 Interposer connector assembly 2 2010
* 8070514 Connector assembly having multiple contact arrangements 2 2010
 
MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, INC. (4)
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ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (1)
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INTEL CORPORATION (4)
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Neoconix, Inc. (17)
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* 2005/0204,538 Contact and method for making same 0 2004
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7645147 Electrical connector having a flexible sheet and one or more conductive connectors 8 2006
8584353 Method for fabricating a contact grid array 1 2006
7354276 Interposer with compliant pins 12 2006
7587817 Method of making electrical connector on a flexible carrier 4 2006
7628617 Structure and process for a contact grid array formed in a circuitized substrate 33 2006
7371073 Contact grid array system 26 2007
* 7989945 Spring connector for making electrical contact at semiconductor scales 10 2007
7758351 Method and system for batch manufacturing of spring elements 41 2007
7621756 Contact and method for making same 10 2007
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8641428 Electrical connector and method of making it 2 2011
9680273 Electrical connector with electrical contacts protected by a layer of compressible material and method of making it 0 2013
 
SILICON VALLEY BANK (1)
7625220 System for connecting a camera module, or like device, using flat flex cables 4 2006
 
ADVANTEST CORPORATION (2)
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TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (2)
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WISPRY, INC. (2)
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