Electrical connector having improved terminal configuration

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7549897
APP PUB NO 20080176452A1
SERIAL NO

12020278

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An electrical terminal of the type to be inserted into an aperture of an electrical panel member is provided. The electrical terminal may include a base, an insertion portion extending from the base to a first end, a slit formed through the insertion portion and defining a compliant portion having a first leg and a second leg. Midpoints of each or both legs may be offset from the midpoint of the slit to achieve improved mechanical and electrical performance within a connector. Also provided is an electrical terminal having a tip that facilitates alignment with a panel member aperture and provides tactile feedback to a user, as well as an electrical terminal having a mounting end that is substantially smaller than its mating end, and connectors containing such terminals. Methods of routing electrical traces between adjacent electrical terminals are also provided.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATIONBERWYN, PA1497

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fedder, James L Etters, US 30 848
Glover, Douglas W Dauphin, US 28 1123
Helster, David W Harrisburg, US 18 565
Morgan, Chad W Mechanicsburg, US 27 307
Rothermel, Brent Pottstown, US 5 105
Sharf, Alex M Harrisburg, US 9 201
Taylor, Attalee S Palmyra, US 61 1823
Trout, David A Lancaster, US 18 247

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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION (2)
* 7997908 Support member for supporting an electrical connector on a printed circuit 0 2009
9356367 Electrical connector having compliant contacts and a circuit board assembly including the same 0 2014
 
CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (1)
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FCI AMERICAS TECHNOLOGY LLC (45)
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D750026 Vertical electrical connector 1 2015
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D766832 Electrical connector 0 2015
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OMRON CORPORATION (2)
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FCI (1)
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* Cited By Examiner

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