US Pat. No. 9,711,901

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY INCLUDING POLARIZATION MEMBER

FCI Americas Technology L...

1. An electrical connector assembly comprising:
a first electrical connector including a connector housing and a plurality of electrical conductors supported by the connector
housing, the first electrical connector movable relative to a second electrical connector in a forward mating direction so
as to mate with the second electrical connector; and

an EMI shielding cage that includes a cage body that at least substantially surrounds the connector housing, the EMI shielding
cage including a polarization tab that extends from the cage body,

wherein the polarization tab:
comprises an upward fold of a flap partially cut from the cage body;
is aligned with the connector housing;
is positioned to be received by the second electrical connector when the second electrical connector is mated with the first
electrical connector when the second electrical connector is in a predetermined orientation with respect to the first electrical
connector,

is positioned to interfere with a housing of the second electrical connector so as to prevent the second electrical connector
from mating with the first electrical connector when the second electrical connector is in a second orientation with respect
to the first electrical connector, the second orientation being different than the predetermined orientation with respect
to the first electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,405,448

HIGH FREQUENCY BGA CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A connector having a housing with a surface, wherein the connector is configured for attachment to a circuit board with the surface facing the circuit board, the connector comprising:a plurality of pockets in the surface; and
a plurality of contacts held by the housing, each of the plurality of contacts comprising a mating end, a mounting end opposite the mating end and disposed within at least a respective one of the plurality of pockets, and an intermediate portion that extends between the mating end and the mounting end;
wherein:
the plurality of pockets are arranged in a plurality of rows;
within each row, a first portion of the pockets have a center-to-center spacing in a row direction of a first distance from at least one adjacent pocket of the first portion of the pockets, and a second portion of the pockets have a center-to-center spacing in the row direction of a second distance from at least one adjacent pocket of the second portion of the pockets; and
the second distance is less than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,249,974

ELECTRICAL POWER CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical power connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing that includes a plurality of beams and a plurality of shrouds that each terminate at a respective distal end, the plurality of beams and the plurality of shrouds defining a mating interface configured to mate with a complementary electrical power connector along a mating direction;
a first plurality of electrical contacts supported by the connector housing, wherein at least one electrical contact of the first plurality of electrical contacts is disposed between a beam from the plurality of beams and a shroud from the plurality of shrouds; and
a second plurality of electrical contacts supported by the connector housing, wherein each electrical contact of the second plurality of electrical contacts is disposed within a shroud from the plurality of shrouds, wherein the plurality of shrouds fully surround a mating portion of respective ones of the second plurality of electrical contacts, the mating portion including a distal end and configured to mate with a complementary electrical contact;
wherein the first and second plurality of electrical contacts are arranged in a first and second row that each extend along a row direction of the connector housing, wherein each row comprises at least one of the first plurality of electrical contacts and at least one of the second plurality of electrical contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,116,092

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR INCLUDING GUIDE MEMBER

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector configured to mate with a complementary electrical component, the electrical connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing; and
at least one electrical contact supported by the electrically insulative connector housing, the at least one electrical contact including a mating end,
wherein:
the electrically insulative connector housing includes at least one movable electrically insulative guide member that is disposed adjacent the mating end of the at least one electrical contact;
the electrically insulative connector housing comprises a receptacle configured to receive the complementary electrical component along a mating direction;
the at least one moveable electrically insulative guide member is movable with respect to the receptacle in a direction transverse to the mating direction;
the at least one movable electrically insulative guide member is configured to prevent the at least one electrical contact from stubbing on a corresponding mating portion of the complementary electrical component; and
the at least one electrical contact includes first and second contact beams that each define the mating end at least partially disposed in the receptacle, the first and second contact beams spaced from each other along a transverse direction that is substantially perpendicular to the mating direction, wherein the first and second contact beams are configured to deflect away from each other along the transverse direction as the complementary electrical component is mated with the electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,109,937

ELECTRICAL CABLE CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing; and
a leadframe supported by the connector housing, the leadframe including an electrically insulative leadframe housing and a plurality of electrical signal contacts supported by the leadframe housing, the electrical signal contacts comprising mounting ends; and
an electrically conductive ground plate positioned adjacent to the leadframe housing, the ground plate including an electrically conductive plate body comprising a first edge, a second edge opposite the first edge, and a drain wire connection location, wherein the first edge of the plate body is adjacent to the mounting ends of the signal contacts and the second edge of the plate body is adjacent to the drain wire connection location;
wherein the electrical connector is configured to receive at least one electrical cable such that at least one signal conductor of the electrical cable is attached to a corresponding mounting end of at least one of the signal contacts adjacent the first edge of the plate body, and a drain wire of the electrical cable is attached to the drain wire connection location adjacent to the second edge of the plate body, thereby placing the drain wire in electrical communication with the ground plate.

US Pat. No. 10,056,707

ELECTRICAL CONTACT INCLUDING CORROSION-RESISTANT COATING

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical contact having a mating end and a mounting end, the electrical contact comprising:an electrically conductive base; and
a multi-layered coating disposed on an outer surface of the base at the mating end, the multi-layered coating including:
a metallic layer comprising a silver layer and a gold layer disposed directly on the silver layer; and
a layer of lubricant disposed directly on the gold layer, wherein the layer of lubricant is effective to seal at least some wear regions created on the metallic layer due to micromotion of the mating end in use, wherein the layer of lubricant comprises a perfluorinated compound.

US Pat. No. 10,218,108

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing including i) a first housing member, ii) a second housing member separate from the first housing member, opposite the first housing member, and attached to the first housing member, and iii) an inner housing member between the first housing member and the second housing member, wherein the first housing member defines a receptacle configured to receive a paddle card;
a plurality of leadframe assemblies supported by, at least, the inner housing member of the connector housing, each of the leadframe assemblies including an electrically insulated leadframe housing and a plurality of electrical contacts supported by the leadframe housing, each of the electrical contacts defining a mating portion at the receptacle so as to be configured to contact the received paddle card, and a mounting portion opposite the mating portion; and
a plurality of ground plates disposed between respective ones of the leadframe assemblies, the grounds each defining a ground mating portion at the receptacle so as to be configured to contact the received paddle card, and a ground mounting portion opposite the ground mating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,180,580

BEAM SPLITTING FOR LASER POWER MONITORING IN MOLDED OPTICAL COUPLING UNITS

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An optical module configured to direct light from a source to a receiver in an optical assembly, the optical module comprising:a beam steering portion;
a first side defining an inner surface that faces the beam steering portion;
a second side defining an inner surface adjacent to the inner surface of the first side, the inner surface of the second side facing the beam steering portion, wherein the optical module is configured to:
direct an initial light beam from the first side to the beam steering portion along a first direction;
divide the initial light beam into a signal light beam and a fractional light beam;
direct the signal light beam toward the second side; and
direct the fractional light beam toward the first side along the first direction such the fractional light beam at or near the first side is spaced from the initial light beam at or near the first side along a second direction that is substantially perpendicular to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,025,049

OPTOELECTRICAL CONNECTOR MODULE

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An optoelectrical connector module, comprising:a flexible circuit board having a first region and a second region,
a printed circuit board (PCB) that is attached to the first region of the flexible circuit board,
a photoelectric device that transforms electrical signals to light signals and/or transforms light signals into electrical signals, wherein the photoelectric device is attached to the second region of the flexible circuit board and
a rigid support structure having a first and a second surface, wherein the first surface is arranged parallel to the plane of the printed circuit board (PCB) and the second surface is connected to the flexible circuit board opposite the second region of the flexible circuit board, wherein the first and second surfaces of the rigid support structure enclose an angle that is between 5° and 85°.

US Pat. No. 10,404,014

STACKING ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH REDUCED CROSSTALK

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector, comprising:an insulating housing comprising a projecting member and first and second pluralities of channels formed on opposite sidewalls of the projecting member;
a first plurality of conductors comprising contact portions, each of the first plurality of contact portions having a mating end, a contact tail, and a body disposed between the mating end and the contact tail, the body being retained in a respective channel of the first plurality of channels;
a second plurality of conductors comprising contact portions, each of the second plurality of contact portions having a mating end, a contact tail, and a body disposed between the mating end and the contact tail, the body being retained in a respective channel of the second plurality of channels; and
at least one opening formed in the projecting member between the first plurality of channels and the second plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 10,375,823

DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL TRACES INCLUDING A SOLDER MASK DISPOSED THEREON

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

9. A printed circuit board comprising:a substrate;
a first electrically conductive trace on the substrate;
a second electrically conductive trace on the substrate proximate the first electrically conductive trace; and
a solder mask at the first and the second electrically conductive traces, wherein the solder mask covers a length of the second electrically conductive trace, and wherein the solder mask does not cover an adjacent length of the first electrically conductive trace, and wherein the solder mask covers a majority of the first and the second electrically conductive traces.

US Pat. No. 10,096,921

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING RIBBED GROUND PLATE

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a dielectric housing;
a plurality of electrical signal contacts that are carried by the dielectric housing, and that are arranged along a first plane that extends along both a first direction, and a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, wherein the electrical signal contacts define respective mating ends, respective mounting ends, and electrical signal pairs;
a ground plate carried by the dielectric housing, the ground plate including a ground plate body oriented in a second plane that is substantially parallel to the first plane and offset from the first plane, the ground plate body defining first and second opposed surfaces, and the ground plate including a plurality of ribs that are contained in the ground plate body and that define first and second opposed surfaces, wherein the first surfaces of the ribs project from the first surface of the ground plate body in a direction toward the first plane, the second surfaces of the plurality of ribs are recessed into the second surface of the ground plate body; and
a plurality of ground mounting ends disposed between mounting ends of adjacent electrical signal pairs, wherein the ground mounting ends are electrically coupled to the ground plate, wherein the plurality of ground mounting ends are disposed in the respective gaps in the first plane aligned with the mounting ends of the electrical signal contacts and offset from the ground plate body,
wherein the electrical signal pairs comprise differential pairs and the plurality of ribs are positioned between respective adjacent differential pairs.

US Pat. No. 10,050,382

CRIMP-TO-WIRE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first connector configured to be mated to a second connector, and a CPA configured to be movably positioned within the first connector, the first connector comprising a latch for connecting the first connector and the second connector, the latch being continuously biased into a position to lock the first connector to the second connector,
wherein the CPA is further configured to maintain the engagement between the first and second connectors when the CPA is moved into a first position, the CPA comprising a contact member having a center arm and two side arms extending from the contact member, each of the two side arms further comprising a peripheral arm extending outward from the side arm, each of the respective peripheral arms comprising a protrusion on a distal end thereof, each respective protrusion comprising an inward-facing dimple and an outward-facing hook opposite the inward-facing dimple, and each of the respective two side arms being connected to one another by a cross beam.

US Pat. No. 10,033,136

STRAIN RELIEF ASSEMBLY FOR CONDUCTIVE CABLES

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector module comprising:a casing comprising a front end and a rear end;
an electrical component having a mating end and a mounting end, and a bundle of conductive cables that extend out from the mounting end along a length, wherein the electrical component is mounted within the casing with the mating end at the front end of the casing;
a strain relief assembly, mounted to the casing separated from the electrical component along the length, the strain relief assembly comprising:
an electrically conductive sleeve;
a ferrule disposed between the bundle and the electrically conductive sleeve, such that the bundle extends through the ferrule, wherein the electrically conductive sleeve surrounds the bundle along at least a portion of the length, and overlaps at least a portion of the ferrule at a region of overlap, and does not overlap itself; and
at least one retention member that is positioned at the region of overlap, such that the electrically conductive sleeve extends to a location between the ferrule and the at least one retention member at the region of overlap, wherein the at least one retention member is compressed toward the ferrule so as to apply a compressive retention force to the electrically conductive sleeve between the ferrule and the at least one retention member.

US Pat. No. 9,905,952

ELECTRICAL POWER CONTACT

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical contact comprising:
a mounting portion configured to electrically connect to an electrical cable; and
a mating portion spaced from the mounting portion in a forward direction, the mating portion including first and second contact
blades spaced from each other a second direction that is substantially perpendicular to the forward direction, each of the
first and second contact blades defining a respective first surface and a respective second surface spaced from the respective
first surface along a third direction that is substantially perpendicular to both the forward direction and the second direction,

wherein one of the first and second contact blades defines a seam elongate along the forward direction, the seam closer to
one of the first and second surfaces as compared to the other of the first and second surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,396,481

MEZZANINE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical contact comprising:a lead portion;
a mounting end that extends from the lead portion in a first transverse direction along a transverse direction; and
a mating end that extends from the lead portion in a second transverse direction that is opposite the first transverse direction, wherein the mating end includes first and second arms that are spaced from each other along a lateral direction that is perpendicular to the transverse direction,
wherein the mating end defines a first projection that extends from the first arm in a first lateral direction along the lateral direction, and a second projection that extends from the second arm in a second lateral direction that is opposite the first lateral direction, and the first and second projections are sized and configured to receive an insertion force that drives the electrical contact into a dielectric connector housing so as to secure the electrical contact in the connector housing,
wherein at least a portion of the electrical contact defines a pair of opposed outer edges and a pair of opposed broadsides that are longer than the opposed edges;
wherein the first projection extends out from an inner edge of the first arm opposite one of the outer edges of the electrical contact at the first arm;
wherein the second projection extends out from an inner edge of the second arm opposite the other of the outer edges of the electrical contact at the second arm; and
wherein the first and second projections are disposed closer to a first point at which the first and second arms meet, along the transverse direction, than to a second point at which at least one of the first and second arms terminates.

US Pat. No. 10,249,988

PADDLE CARD HAVING SHORTENED SIGNAL CONTACT PADS

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A substrate configured to be received by an electrical connector, the substrate comprising:a trailing end and a leading end spaced from the trailing end in a direction of insertion of the substrate into the electrical connector;
at least one surface;
at least one electrical signal contact pad carried by the at least one surface and defining a trailing edge and a leading edge spaced from the trailing edge in the direction of insertion, the electrical signal contact pad having a signal contact pad length from the leading edge to the trailing edge that is less than another signal contact pad length of a signal contact pad of another substrate that is configured to be received by the electrical connector by an offset distance of approximately 0.2 mm; and
a lead-in contact pad disposed between the at least one electrical signal contact pad and the leading end, wherein the lead-in contact pad has a contact pad length greater than a lead-in contact pad length of the another substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,038,293

METHOD OF MAKING ELECTRICAL CONTACT WITH CONTACT AREA GEOMETRY ENLARGEMENT

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A method comprising:providing a contact lead frame comprising a first plurality contacts and a second plurality of contacts, wherein the first plurality of contacts have a male termination end with an effective thickness equal to a first thickness and the second plurality of contacts have male termination ends comprised of metal with the first thickness, and
stamping the male termination ends of the second plurality of contacts, located at a same side of the lead frame as the male termination end of the first plurality of contacts, to form dual beam structures having a second effective thickness which is larger than the first thickness, where two beams of the dual beam structures are generally parallel to each other along a majority of length of the male termination end of the second ground contact.

US Pat. No. 10,050,395

CABLE FOR ELECTRICAL POWER CONNECTION

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical cable assembly comprising:a plurality of stranded electrically conductive fibers of wire extending from a first end to a second end;
an electrical insulator surrounding the plurality of strands of wire, such that each of the first and second ends extends out from the electrical insulator, wherein the fibers of wire of at least the first end are fused to each other so as to define a solidified shape having at least one keyed surface;
a first electrically conductive contact member comprising at least one contact surface in surface contact with the at least one keyed surface of the solidified shape;
a first electrically conductive arm in electrical contact with the first electrically conductive contact member; and
a second electrically conductive arm that cooperates with the first electrically conductive arm to define a receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,008,810

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING A SHIELDING MEMBER WITH TWO HALVES EACH WITH INWARDLY AND OUTWARDLY PROJECTING HOOKS

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a housing;
electrical contacts connected to the housing;
a shield cover connected to the housing, where the shield cover comprises a first cover member and a second cover member, where the shield cover surrounds the housing, where the first cover member comprises a first cover member latching section comprising a first lateral side with inward projecting hooks and an opposite second lateral side with outward projecting hooks, where the second cover member comprises a second cover member latching section comprising a first lateral side with inward projecting hooks and an opposite second lateral side with outward projecting hooks,
where the inward projecting hooks of the first cover member latching section is latched to the outward projecting hooks of the second cover member latching section, and where the inward projecting hooks of the second cover member latching section is latched to the outward projecting hooks of the first cover member latching section.

US Pat. No. 10,164,361

SEPARATOR FOR ELECTRICAL ASSEMBLY

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A separator configured to separate first and second electrical sub-assemblies that include first and second substrates, respectively, and respective pluralities of first and second electrical connectors that are mounted to the first and second substrates, respectively, and mated to each other, the separator comprising:a first separation member having at least one first separation post that is sized and configured extend through an aperture that extends through the first printed circuit board; and
a second separation member having at least one second separation post that is sized and configured to extend through a second aperture that extends through a second printed circuit board of the second electrical sub-assembly, such that the first separation post is in mechanical communication with the second substrate, and the second separation post is in mechanical communication with the first substrate,
wherein when the first separation post extends through the first aperture and is in mechanical communication with the second substrate, and the second separation post extends through the second aperture and is in mechanical communication with the first substrate, at least one of the first and second separation members is configured to receive a compressive force toward another one of the first and second separation members sufficient to cause the first and second substrates to separate from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,312,608

INSULATION DISPLACEMENT CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An insulation displacement contact configured to receive an electrical cable, the insulation displacement contact comprising:a base configured to be mounted onto a substrate so as to place the insulation displacement contact in electrical communication with the substrate; and
a first arm comprising a first segment that extends out with respect to the base, the first arm comprising a second segment including first and second opposed portions that face each other so as to define a first insulation displacement slot therebetween, wherein the second segment extends toward the base, and the first and second opposed portions are configured to move away from each other in response to insertion of the electrical cable in the first insulation displacement slot; and
at least one stop member spaced from the first arm, the at least one stop member configured to abut one of the first and second opposed portions when the first and second opposed portions move away from each other in response to insertion of the electrical cable in the first insulation displacement slot,
wherein the first insulation displacement slot is configured to receive the electrical cable such that first and second piercing members that at least partially define the first insulation displacement slot pierces an outer electrically insulative layer of the electrical cable and contacts an electrical conductor of the electrical cable that is disposed inside the electrically insulative layer.

US Pat. No. 10,535,959

SELECTIVELY PLATED PLASTIC PART

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a housing comprising a first member and a second member, where the first member is made of plastic and forms at least one first contact receiving channel therein, where the second member is attached around the first member, and where the first and second members form at least one second contact receiving channel therebetween; and
electrical conductor plating on the first member, where the electrical conductor plating comprises at least one first section along the at least one first contact receiving channel and at least one second section along an exterior side of the first member at the at least one second contact receiving channel, and where the first and second sections of the electrical conductor plating are electrically separate from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,069,223

ELECTRICAL CABLE CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical cable connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing;
a first electrical cable including a first electrical conductor;
a second electrical cable including a second electrical conductor, wherein the second electrical cable is an electrical power cable;
a first electrical terminal including a first terminal body attached to the first electrical conductor, and a first plurality of contact tails that extend out from the first terminal body and out of the connector housing in a first direction, wherein the first plurality of contact tails are configured to be mounted to a printed circuit board; and
a second electrical terminal including a second terminal body attached to the second electrical conductor, and a second plurality of contact tails that extend out from the second terminal body and out of the connector housing in the first direction, wherein the second plurality of contact tails are configured to be mounted to the printed circuit board;
wherein the first electrical cable is offset from the second electrical cable in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,263,351

ORTHOGONAL ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR SYSTEM

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector system comprising:a first printed circuit board defining a first surface and second surface opposite the first surface along a first direction;
a first electrical signal connector mounted to the first surface of the first printed circuit board;
a first electrical power connector mounted to the second surface of the first printed circuit board at a location offset from the first signal connector along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a second printed circuit board orthogonal to the first printed circuit board, the second printed circuit board defining a third surface and a fourth surface opposite the third surface;
a second electrical signal connector mounted to the third surface of the second printed circuit board; and
a second electrical power connector mounted to the fourth surface of the second printed circuit board at a location offset from the second electrical signal connector along a third direction perpendicular to the first direction; wherein:
the first electrical signal connector is mated with the second electrical signal connector so as to establish an electrical signal connection between the first and second printed circuit boards; and
the first electrical power connector is mated with the second electrical power connector so as to establish an electrical power connection between the first and second printed circuit boards.

US Pat. No. 10,312,647

CIRCULAR POWER CONNECTORS

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector, comprising:a housing; and
a plurality of terminals supported by the housing, at least two of said plurality of terminals comprise:
an electrically conductive base;
a contact beam that extends from said base and is monolithic with said base, said contact beam including a contact portion; and
a mounting portion that extends from said base and is monolithic with said base for mounting said terminal to a substrate, wherein at least a portion of the mounting portion extends from the housing to form an interface to the substrate;
wherein:
said plurality of terminals are arranged cylindrically around an insertion axis to form a receptacle for receiving a plug therein, wherein:
contact portions of said at least two terminals face said insertion axis and any two of said at least two terminals lie on a chord across said receptacle; and
the chord intersects the electrical connector only at the two terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,276,967

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR INCLUDING LATCH ASSEMBLY

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector assembly comprising:a first electrical connector including a dielectric first connector housing, and a first plurality of electrical contacts supported by the first connector housing, wherein the first electrical connector is configured to be mounted to a first surface of a substrate, wherein the substrate has a second surface offset from the first surface in along a first direction, and the first connector housing has a first housing surface perpendicular to the first surface;
a second electrical connector including a dielectric second connector housing with a second housing surface, and a second plurality of electrical contacts supported by the second connector housing, wherein the second electrical connector is configured to be moved relative to the first electrical connector along an engagement direction that is perpendicular to the first direction so as to attach the second electrical connector to the first electrical connector with the second housing surface facing the first housing surface after the first electrical connector has been mounted to the first surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,483,683

ORGANIZER FOR ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An organizer configured to maintain alignment of a plurality of leadframe assemblies of an electrical connector, the organizer comprising:an electrically insulative body comprising:
a stiffener wall comprising a front surface and a rear surface offset from the front surface in a longitudinal direction,
a projection that extends from a central portion of the front surface of the stiffener wall in the longitudinal direction, and
a plurality of grooves that extend into the projection and are spaced from each other in a lateral direction along a first row,
wherein the electrically insulative body is configured to couple with the leadframe assemblies such that a first retention wall of each of the leadframes is received in a respective one of the grooves;
wherein the grooves of the first row of grooves extend into the projection in a transverse direction, and
the electrically insulative body further comprises a second row of grooves that extend into the electrically insulative body in the transverse direction, wherein grooves of the second row of grooves are configured to couple with a respective second retention wall of each of the leadframes.

US Pat. No. 10,468,829

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING ELECTRICALLY COMMONED GROUNDS

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing;
a plurality of electrical signal contacts supported by the connector housing, each of the signal contacts having a mating end and a mounting end;
a plurality of ground contacts supported by the connector housing, each of the ground contacts having a mating end and a mounting end, wherein the electrical connector defines a plurality of columns that are spaced from each other along a lateral direction and each includes the mating ends of respective ones of the plurality of signal contacts and the mating ends of respective ones of the plurality of ground contacts;
an electrically conductive ground shield disposed between a first one of the columns and a second one of the columns with respect to the lateral direction, the ground shield having a shield body that defines a first side and a second side opposite the first side along the lateral direction,
wherein the ground shield includes a plurality of contact members that extend out from a first side of the shield body, are elongated in a longitudinal direction in which the plurality of signal contacts are elongated, and are in contact with a respective at least two of the ground contacts, respectively, of the first one of the columns, and the first side of the shield body faces at least one of the signal contacts of the first one of the columns and is spaced along the lateral direction from the at least one of the signal contacts of the first one of the columns so as to define a gap therebetween, with first and second contact members of the plurality of contact members forming first and second walls of the gap, the first and second contact members spaced from one another along a transverse direction perpendicular to the lateral direction;
a first leadframe assembly that includes a first leadframe housing and the mating ends of the plurality of signal contacts and the mating ends of the plurality of ground contacts of the first one of the columns; and
a second leadframe that includes a second leadframe housing and the mating ends of the plurality of signal contacts and the mating ends of the plurality of ground contacts of the second one of the columns.

US Pat. No. 10,439,317

HERMETICALLY SEALED ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An interposer comprising:a substrate that defines a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, electrical contact pads on each of the first and second surfaces, and vias that each extend through the substrate and electrically connect the electrical contact pads on the first surface with respective electrical contact pads on the second surface;
a seal member that at least partially surrounds the electrical contact pads on the first surface, and is configured to hermetically seal an interface between the first surface and a hard disk drive case of an electrical subassembly when the electrical subassembly is mated to the interposer; and
a surface mount connector mounted to the first surface via solder balls, wherein a portion of said solder balls has flowed into said vias.

US Pat. No. 10,355,386

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH CONTACT CONFIGURED FOR SURFACE MOUNT

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a housing; and
a plurality of electrical contacts connected to the housing, where each of the contacts comprises:
a first portion comprising a plurality of cantilevered contact arms configured to receive a male contact of a mating electrical connector therebetween, and a retention feature assisting in locating the contact in a contact receiving area of the housing, and
a first surface mount solder tail, wherein the first surface mount solder tail is attached to the first portion at a 180 degree bend.

US Pat. No. 10,553,973

ELECTRICAL POWER CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical power connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing that defines a mating interface, wherein the mating interface further defines a slot, the connector housing further defining a mounting interface;
a plurality of electrical power contacts supported by the connector housing and spaced along a longitudinal direction, each of the electrical power contacts defining a mating end disposed proximate to the mating interface, a mounting end that is opposite the mating end and disposed proximate to the mounting interface, and a contact body that extends from the mating end to the mounting end, the plurality of electrical power contacts being planar and disposed perpendicularly with respect to the longitudinal direction; and
wherein each of the mating ends includes a first beam that extends from the contact body and a second beam that extends from the contact body, the first beam and the second beam disposed at opposed sides of the slot with respect to a transverse direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, such that a first substrate is configured to be received between the first beams of the electrical power contacts and the second beams of the electrical power contacts along a lateral direction that is perpendicular to each of the transverse direction and the longitudinal direction,
wherein the electrical power contacts comprise a first group of electrical power contacts alternating, along the longitudinal direction, with a second group of electrical power contacts, and wherein the mounting ends of the first group of electrical power contacts are spatially offset, along the lateral direction, relative to the mounting ends of the second group of electrical power contacts,
wherein mounting ends of electrical power contacts of the first group are adjacent to mounting ends of electrical power contacts of the second group; and
wherein each electrical power contact of the first group has a first number of mounting ends and each electrical power contact of the second group has a second number of mounting ends, wherein the first number is different from the second number.

US Pat. No. 10,498,086

DIFFERENTIAL PAIR SIGNAL CONTACTS WITH SKEW CORRECTION

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing;
a first differential pair of signal contacts connected to the housing, where a first contact of the first differential pair of signal contacts has a shorter physical length than a second contact of the first differential pair of signal contacts, where a first air gap having a first physical length and a first physical width is provided in the housing at the second contact to thereby shorten an effective electrical length of the second contact and effectively reduce signal transmission in-pair skew between the first and second contacts; and
a second differential pair of signal contacts connected to the housing, where the first and second differential pair of signal contact are substantially aligned in a common plane, and where the second differential pair of signal contacts comprises:
a third contact and a fourth contact, wherein the third contact of the second differential pair of signal contacts having a shorter physical length than the fourth contact of the second differential pair of signal contacts, where a second air gap having a second physical length and a second physical width is provided in the housing at the fourth contact to thereby shorten an effective electrical length of the fourth contact and effectively reduce signal transmission in-pair skew between the third and fourth contacts;
wherein the first physical length is longer than the second physical length and the first physical width is narrower than the second physical width.

US Pat. No. 10,468,798

ELECTRICAL CONTACT PRE-LOAD STRUCTURE

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A connector comprising:a housing comprising an opening at an end and a member; and
at least one compliant, conductive element comprising a contact portion curving inwardly relative to the opening, a tip extending from the contact portion towards a mating end, a mounting end opposite the mating end, and an intermediate portion that extends between the mounting end and the contact portion,
wherein:
the at least one compliant, conductive element has a rest state;
the member contacts the at least one compliant, conductive element from a location farther from the end than the contact portion, and presses against an elongate surface of the intermediate portion of the at least one compliant, conductive element, the elongate surface facing the opening; and
the contact between the at least one compliant, conductive element and the member deflects the at least one compliant, conductive member from its rest state.

US Pat. No. 10,320,098

HIGH FREQUENCY BGA CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A connector comprising:a housing comprising a plurality of pockets at a surface, wherein the connector is configured for mounting to a circuit board with the surface facing the circuit board, and each of the plurality of pockets comprises a floor surrounded by a wall having a first height in a direction perpendicular to the surface; and
a plurality of contacts held by the housing, each of the plurality of contacts having a mating end, a mounting end opposite the mating end and disposed within at least a respective one of the plurality of pockets, and an intermediate portion that extends between the mating and the mounting end, wherein, for each of the plurality of contacts:
the mounting end comprises a space separating, in a direction parallel to the surface, first and second projections,
the space is separated from the floor of the respective pocket by a second distance in the direction perpendicular to the surface, wherein the second distance is less than the first height, and
at least one of the first and second projections extends beyond the wall of the respective pocket in the direction parallel to the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,559,914

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A connector assembly, comprising:a housing;
at least one cable received through a first end of the housing;
a mating interface at a second end of the housing;
a latch rotatably attached to the housing to releasably fix the connector assembly to a terminal; and
a slider slidably attached to the latch and configured to lock and unlock the latch.

US Pat. No. 10,461,467

COMPACT CARD EDGE CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A card edge connector, comprising:a housing comprising a slot shaped to receive an edge of a card;
an array of contacts disposed along walls of the slot, and
a latching member pivotally mounted to the housing between a first portion of the array of contacts and a second portion of the array of contacts such that the latching member pivots between an unlocked position and a locked position,
wherein
the latching member comprising a central portion having a first end and a second end;
the central portion is pivotally mounted to the housing between the first end and the second end;
the latching member comprises a first protrusion at the first end that extends into the slot when the latching member is in the locked position, the first protrusion extending from the central portion in a first direction when the latching member is in the locked position; and
the latching member further comprises a second protrusion at the second end, the second protrusion extending from the central portion in the first direction when the latching member is in the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,638,629

ON BOARD TRANSCEIVER ASSEMBLY HAVING HOLD DOWN MEMBER

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical assembly comprising:a substrate comprising an array of contact locations disposed on a surface of the substrate;
a hold down member having a substantially flat mounting surface that is configured to be mounted directly to the surface of the substrate, such that the hold down member extends out from the surface of the substrate;
an interposer mounted to the surface of the substrate and configured to be mated to an electronic component, wherein the interposer comprises electrical contacts comprising mounting ends and mating ends, the mounting ends being mounted to respective ones of the contact locations, the mating ends being configured to mate with complementary electrical contacts of the electronic component when the interposer is mated to the electronic component; and
wherein:
the interposer comprises a face, facing the surface of the substrate, and the face comprises apertures receiving mounting ends of the electrical contacts of the interposer and solder balls;
the hold down member is configured to attach to a fastener that couples the electronic component to the interposer; and
the hold down member is exposed in the face of the interposer such that the substantially flat mounting surface of the hold down member is positioned for surface mount soldering to the surface of the substrate when the solder balls are fused to the contact locations on the surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,714,850

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a dielectric connector housing that defines a first end and a second end;
a plurality of electrical contacts arranged in rows including a first row and a second row, the plurality of electrical contacts being supported by the connector housing, wherein each electrical contact of the plurality of electrical contacts defines a mounting end that extends out from the first end of the connector housing and is configured to be mounted to a substrate, each electrical contact of the plurality of electrical contacts further comprises mating ends, opposite the mounting ends, wherein the plurality of electrical contacts are arranged in pairs of differential signal contacts; and
a plurality of ground shields supported by the connector housing, each of the plurality of ground shields comprising a plurality of walls, each of the plurality of ground shields enclosing, at least partially, a respective pair of differential signal contacts,
wherein the mounting ends of the plurality of electrical contacts are disposed along a first surface of the housing so as to form a mounting interface and the mating ends of the plurality of electrical contacts in the first row are offset in a direction parallel to the mounting interface relative to the mating ends of the plurality of electrical contacts in the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,615,524

ELECTRICAL CABLE ASSEMBLY

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical cable assembly comprising:at least one electrical cable including at least one electrical conductor, at least one electrically conductive jacket that at least partially surrounds at least a length of the at least one electrical conductor, and at least one drain wire that extends out from the at least one electrically conductive jacket; and
at least one electrically conductive interposer having a first end that is mounted to a substrate, and a second end offset from the first end along a longitudinal direction, wherein a second surface at the second end is configured to be mounted to the electrical conductor,
wherein the interposer comprises a first surface that is mounted to the substrate at the first end, and a second surface opposite the first surface with respect to a transverse direction that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, and the at least one interposer defines an offset between the first and second ends along a direction defined from the second surface toward the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,673,182

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING ELECTRICALLY COMMONED GROUNDS

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing;
a plurality of electrical signal contacts supported by the connector housing, each of the signal contacts having a mating end and a mounting end;
a plurality of ground contacts supported by the connector housing, each of the ground contacts having a mating end and a mounting end, wherein the electrical connector defines a plurality of columns that are spaced from each other along a lateral direction and each includes the mating ends of respective ones of the plurality of the signal contacts and the mating ends of respective ones of the plurality of ground contacts; and
an electrically conductive ground shield disposed between a first one of the columns and a second one of the columns with respect to the lateral direction, the ground shield having a shield body that defines a first side and a second side opposite the first side along the lateral direction,
wherein the ground shield includes a plurality of contact members that extend out with respect to the shield body and are in contact with at least two of the ground contacts of the first one of the columns, and the shield body faces at least one of the signal contacts of the first one of the columns and is spaced along the lateral direction from the at least one of the signal contacts of the first one of the columns so as to define a gap therebetween,
wherein the contact members are respectively in contact with at least two of the ground contacts of the first one of the columns at contact locations that are all spaced from each other along a transverse direction, wherein at least one of the contact locations is offset with respect to at least one other of the contact locations along a longitudinal direction that is perpendicular to each of the transverse direction and the lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,741,945

REPLACEMENT ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical assembly including electrical connectors in an electrical connector family comprising a plurality of related electrical connectors, the electrical assembly comprising:a printed circuit board comprising at least one bussed power pad and at least one non bussed power pad, the bussed power pad comprising first and second parallel columns of through holes that are configured to receive a first and second column of mounting terminals, wherein the through holes in the first column are electrically connected to the second column, and the non bussed power pad comprising a third column of through holes;
a first electrical connector comprising:
a plurality of first electrically insulative connector housings attached to each other, each of the plurality of first electrically insulative connector housings including openings to support one or more contact bodies of a power contact, the plurality of electrically insulative connector housings including a first connector housing, the first connector housing including a first opening, a second opening, and a first power contact supported by the first connector housing, the first power contact including a first contact body and a second contact body, each of the first opening and second opening including a set of opposed sides,
wherein 1) the first and second contact bodies are, within the first connector housing, electrically isolated, 2) the first and second contact bodies are separated by a medial space, 3) the first and second contact bodies each include a mating portion, a mounting portion and an intermediate portion connected to the mating portion and the mounting portion, the mating portion extending forward from the intermediate portion along a longitudinal direction, wherein the mounting portion of the first contact body includes the first column of mounting terminals, and the mounting portion of the second contact body includes the second column of mounting terminals thereby defining first and second parallel columns of mounting terminals that are electrically connected to the bussed power pad of the printed circuit board, 4) the first contact body is disposed in the first opening positioned along a first side of the set of opposed sides of the first opening, and 5) the second contact body is disposed in the second opening positioned along a second side of the set of opposed sides of the second opening; and
a second electrical connector that is a drop-in replacement for the first electrical connector mounted to the printed circuit board, the second electrical connector including a plurality of second electrically insulative connector housings attached to each other, the plurality of second electrically insulative connector housings including a second connector housing comprising a location configured to receive the first contact body and a location configured to receive the second contact body, and a second power contact supported by the second connector housing, the second power contact comprising a third contact body shaped like the first contact body, wherein:
the third contact body defines a third column of mounting terminals and is disposed in the location configured to receive the first contact body, and
the location configured to receive the second contact body in the second electrical connector is devoid of a contact body and a parallel column of through holes receives the third column of mounting terminals of the third contact body.

US Pat. No. 10,770,814

ORTHOGONAL ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector assembly comprising:a first electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a front surface, a rear surface opposite the front surface, a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface; and
a first mating interface and a first mounting interface, wherein the first electrical connector comprises a first plurality of leadframe assemblies, each of the first plurality of leadframe assemblies comprising:
a dielectric portion, and
a plurality of electrical contacts held in a column by the dielectric portion, each of the electrical contacts comprising a mating end positioned at the first mating interface and a mounting end positioned at the first mounting interface and each of the electrical contacts in the column being configured such that the mating end is positioned a different distance from the mounting end,
wherein the first mating interface occupies a sub-portion of the front surface that is adjacent to the top surface, and the first mounting interface occupies a sub-portion of the bottom surface that is adjacent to the rear surface; and
a second electrical connector comprising:
a second mating interface and a second mounting interface, wherein the second electrical connector comprises a second plurality of leadframe assemblies, wherein the second mating interface is configured to mate with the first mating interface, and each of the second plurality of leadframe assemblies comprises:
a dielectric portion; and
a plurality of electrical contacts held in a row by the dielectric portion, each of the electrical contacts comprising a mating end positioned at the second mating interface and a mounting end positioned at the second mounting interface and each of the electrical contacts in the row being configured such that the mating end is positioned a same distance from the mounting end.

US Pat. No. 10,763,605

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR INCLUDING HEAT DISSIPATION HOLES

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector assembly comprising:an electrical connector comprising:
a housing comprising
a housing body defining a first outer perimeter, and
a shroud defining a second outer perimeter and having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface in a mating direction;
a plurality of electrical conductors supported by the housing body, the electrical conductors defining respective mounting ends that extend through a mounting interface of the housing body and are configured to mount to a substrate, and mating ends that are configured to mate with respective ones of a plurality of complementary electrical conductors of a second electrical connector in the mating direction; and
at least one heat dissipation hole extending through the shroud and comprising a first end open at the first surface and a second end open at the second surface, wherein:
the second outer perimeter is disposed outboard with respect to the first outer perimeter along a direction perpendicular to the mating direction such that at least a portion of each of the mating ends is surrounded by the second outer perimeter and the at least one heat dissipation hole is unobstructed by the second electrical connector when the electrical connector is mated to the second electrical connector; and
at least a portion of the first end is disposed at a location outboard of the first outer perimeter and inboard of the second outer perimeter;
a substrate;
a first electrical trace carried by the substrate, wherein the substrate carries at least one first mounting location at the first electrical trace; and
a second electrical trace different than the first electrical trace and carried by the substrate, wherein the substrate defines at least one second mounting location at the second electrical trace,
wherein a portion of the first electrical trace is aligned with a portion of the second electrical trace along a direction perpendicular to the mating direction, and the at least one first mounting location is aligned with the at least one second mounting location along a common centerline that is oriented along the mating direction, and
wherein the at least one first mounting location is configured to physically and electrically connect to at least one mounting end of a first one of the electrical conductors, and the at least one second mounting location is configured to physically and electrically connect to at least one mounting end of a second one of the electrical conductors.

US Pat. No. 10,784,631

MULTI-PIECE POWER CONNECTOR WITH CABLE PASS THROUGH

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector, comprising:a first housing portion, comprising a first attachment feature and a first plurality of conductors;
a second housing portion, comprising a second attachment feature and a second plurality of conductors; and
a plurality of elongated pins;wherein:the first plurality of conductors comprise tails configured for attachment to a printed circuit board;
the second plurality of conductors comprise tails configured for attachment to wires configured to carry greater than 20 A, wherein the second plurality of conductors are each secured in the second housing portion by a pin of the plurality of elongated pins inserted into the second housing and engaging with a respective conductor of the second plurality of conductors; and
the second attachment feature is configured to engage with the first attachment feature after the first housing portion is attached to the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,879,647

DOUBLE POLE POWER CONNECTOR

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector, comprising:an insulative housing;
an insulative member pivotably mounted to the housing at a pivotable attachment; and
a first conductive element, the first conductive element comprising a body and a mating portion extending from the body, wherein:
the body is supported by the housing, and
the mating portion is coupled to the insulative member pivotably mounted to the housing such that the mating portion pivots with the insulative member.

US Pat. No. 10,910,770

HIGH FREQUENCY CONNECTOR WITH KICK-OUT

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A connector comprising:a mating interface adapted to mate with a second connector pressed toward the connector in a mating direction, the mating interface comprising a plurality of mating contacts;
an elastic member adjacent the mating interface and positioned with respect to the mating interface to be deformed in the mating direction by the second connector when mated with the connector; and
a latching member positioned to engage a complementary latching member of the second connector,
wherein the latching member is positioned with respect to the plurality of mating contacts such that the second connector is positioned with respect to the plurality of mating contacts by the elastic member and the latching member,
wherein the elastic member has a spring constant to generate a de-mate force of at least 10N.

US Pat. No. 10,958,001

CONNECTORS FOR LOW COST, HIGH SPEED PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising an edge, the printed circuit board comprising:a connector footprint comprising a plurality of signal vias adjacent the edge, wherein the plurality of vias are disposed in a plurality of columns extending in a first direction perpendicular to the edge from a first end adjacent the edge to a second end, each of the plurality of columns comprising a plurality of pairs of the plurality of signal vias;
wherein:
each of the plurality of columns comprises:
at least one portion in which the pairs of signal vias have a conductor-to-conductor spacing in the first direction of a first distance;
a gap, free of signal vias, at a location between the edge and the second end, the gap spanning a distance in the first direction greater than the first distance;
the gaps of the plurality of columns align to form a routing channel extending in a second direction parallel to the edge;
the printed circuit board further comprises at least one pair of signal traces routed in the routing channel, the at least one pair of signal traces being connected to a pair of vias in a column of the plurality of columns; and
the gap is between the edge and the first end of the column.

US Pat. No. 10,958,002

ELECTRICAL POWER CONNECTOR CONFIGURED FOR HIGH CURRENT DENSITY

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical interconnection system comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing; and
a plurality of electrical power contacts supported by the connector housing and spaced along a longitudinal direction, each of the electrical power contacts comprises a mating end,
wherein each of the mating ends comprises a first beam and an opposing second beam,
wherein the first beams and the second beams of the plurality of electrical power contacts are aligned with respect to a transverse direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction so as to define opposed sides of a slot, such that when a member is inserted in the slot along a lateral direction that is perpendicular to each of the transverse direction and the longitudinal direction, the first beam electrically contacts a first conductive surface of the member and the second beam electrically contacts a second conductive surface of the member, and
wherein at least six corresponding first beams are configured to electrically contact the first conductive surface in a continuous region and at least six corresponding second beams are configured to electrically contact the second conductive surface in a continuous region.

US Pat. No. 10,973,117

DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL TRACES INCLUDING A SOLDER MASK DISPOSED THEREON

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a substrate;
first and second conductive traces disposed on the substrate; and
a polymer layer disposed on a first portion of the first conductive trace and not disposed on a second portion of the second conductive trace, the second portion being located only at a bend in the first and second conductive traces.