US Pat. No. 9,835,811

TRANSCEIVER AND INTERFACE FOR IC PACKAGE

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A transceiver comprising:
a circuit board that is configured to connect to a two-piece connector system and that includes first, second, and third lands
located on the circuit board, wherein

the first lands are located on a top of the circuit board,
the second and third lands are located on a bottom of the circuit board,
the second lands are located opposite the first lands,
the third lands are located near a back end of the circuit board opposite to a front end of the circuit board with the first
and second lands,

the first and second lands are configured to connect with a front connector of the two-piece connector system, and
the third lands are configured to connect with a back connector of the two-piece connector system.

US Pat. No. 10,183,465

FABRIC PRODUCT HAVING FLAME RESISTANT PROPERTIES

Samtech, LLC, Los Angele...

1. A thermal protective garment comprising:a jacket or pants including an outer shell material shaped to cover a user's body, the outer shell material comprising a fabric laminate, the fabric laminate including a first outer layer, the first outer layer comprising non-inherently flame resistant synthetic fibers in an amount of at least about 70% by weight based on the weight of the first outer layer, the non-inherently flame resistant synthetic fibers comprising polyamide fibers, polyester fibers, polyolefin fibers, or mixtures thereof;
a film layer positioned adjacent to the first outer layer, the film layer being comprised of a polyester, a polyurethane, or a polytetrafluoroethylene polymer;
a second outer layer, the film layer being positioned inbetween the first outer layer and the second outer layer, the second outer layer comprising inherently flame resistant fibers;
wherein at least the first outer layer contains a flame retardant composition, the flame retardant composition containing at least one flame retardant, the flame retardant comprising a halogen-containing compound or a compound containing phosphorus; and
wherein the fabric laminate has an after flame of less than about 10 seconds when tested according to ASTM Test Method D6413-08.

US Pat. No. 9,915,797

TRANSCEIVER AND INTERFACE FOR IC PACKAGE

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A method of mating a transceiver to a two-piece connector system, the transceiver including a circuit board with at least
one notch and a U-clip, and the two-piece connector system including front and back connectors, the method comprising:
pressing the transceiver down into the back connector so that the at least one notch in the circuit board aligns with a post
in the back connector;

pushing the transceiver forward so that the front end of the circuit board is inserted into the front connector; and
pushing the U-clip down such that a leg of the U-clip engages a notch on the back connector.

US Pat. No. 9,374,165

TRANSCEIVER AND INTERFACE FOR IC PACKAGE

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. An interconnect system comprising:
a host circuit board;
an IC package connected to the host circuit board and including a first connector, an IC circuit board, and an IC die; and
a transceiver including an optical engine arranged to convert optical signals into electrical signals or arranged to convert
electrical signals into optical signals; wherein

the transceiver is arranged to mate and unmate with the first connector so that, when the transceiver is mated with the first
connector, at least some electrical signals transmitted to and from the IC die are transmitted only on or through the IC circuit
board.

US Pat. No. 9,144,253

SYSTEM FOR INTEGRATING A KNEE PAD INTO A GARMENT

Samtech, LLC, Los Angele...

1. A garment comprising:
two leg coverings, each leg covering being comprised of a material having a substantially tubular shape configured to accommodate
the leg of a wearer and defining a circumference, each leg covering including a front, a back, and two opposing sides, each
leg covering including a first vertical column of engaging devices spaced from a second vertical column of engaging devices,
each of the entire first and second vertical columns positioned less than 180 degrees from one another along the circumference,
the first and second vertical columns positioned on the back of the leg covering and forming corresponding pairs of engaging
devices positioned at different heights along the leg covering; and

a pair of knee pads, each knee pad for placement over the front of a corresponding leg covering, each knee pad including at
least one pair of opposing attachment devices that are configured to releasably attach to a corresponding pair of engaging
devices on the leg coverings, the pair of attachment devices on each knee pad for attaching to a pair of engaging devices
on one of the leg coverings at a desired vertical height for positioning each knee pad over a knee of a wearer, the attachment
devices having an adjustable length such that the attachment devices are configured to releasably gather the material of the
leg coverings such that a load put on the attachment devices is distributed along the back portion of the leg coverings.

US Pat. No. 9,130,313

CENTER CONDUCTOR WITH SURROUNDING SHIELD AND EDGE CARD CONNECTOR WITH SAME

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. An edge card connector comprising:
a connector housing;
first and second center conductors disposed in the connector housing, spaced apart from one another, and arranged to make
contact with a surface of an edge card when the edge card is inserted into the edge card connector; and

first and second shields disposed in the connector housing, surrounding three sides of either the first center conductor or
the second center conductor, and arranged to make contact with the surface of the edge card when the edge card is inserted
into the edge card connector; wherein

each of the first and second shields includes a fixed portion that is fixed with respect to the connector housing and a movable
portion that is movable with respect to the connector housing;

the movable portion of each of the first and second shields is arranged to rotate about two different perpendicular axes and
to be linearly displaced with respect to the surface of the edge card when the edge card is inserted into the edge card connector.

US Pat. No. 9,070,987

CONNECTOR WITH SECURE WAFER RETENTION

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. A connector comprising:
a connector body;
a plurality of wafers arranged within the connector body; and
a weld tab defined by a unitary member that includes a plurality of weld tab legs and a plurality of weld tab arms; wherein
the plurality of weld tab arms are arranged to engage with corresponding weld tab arm holes included in the connector body;
the plurality of weld tab legs are arranged to engage with a circuit board when the connector is mounted to the circuit board;
the weld tab prevents the plurality of wafers from withdrawing from the connector body when the plurality of weld tab arms
are engaged with the corresponding weld tab arm holes;

each of the plurality of wafers includes at least one wafer leg arranged to engage with a corresponding pad on the circuit
board when the connector is mounted to the circuit board;

each of the plurality of wafers includes at least one wafer arm arranged to engage with a corresponding wafer arm hole included
in the connector body; and

the at least one wafer arm passes through the connector body and is exposed at a contact section of the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,254,007

ENERGY TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND A COOKING VESSEL

Samtech Limited, Kowloon...

1. An energy transmission system for exchanging thermal energy between a first medium in a sealed loop and a second medium outside of the sealed loop, the energy transmission system comprising:a compressor having a first end and a second end;
a control valve having a first end and a second end for controlling flow of the first medium in the sealed loop of the energy transmission system;
a first passageway extending from the first end of the compressor to the first end of the control valve, at least one portion of the first passageway configured to form a first heat exchanger such that the first medium flowing therein absorbs thermal energy;
a second passageway extending from the second end of the compressor to the second end of the control valve, at least one portion of the second passageway configured to form a second heat exchanger for releasing thermal energy of the first medium when flowing therein;
a first chamber for accommodating the second medium therein and configured such that, in use, at least one portion of the second medium is in thermal communication with the first medium in the second heat exchanger;
wherein the system is configured, in use, to vaporize the second medium in the first chamber and such that the first medium condenses as the first medium flows through the second heat exchanger and transfers thermal energy to the second medium,
wherein the system is further configured, in use, to convey the vaporized second medium to pass through the first heat exchanger for transfer of thermal energy from the vaporized second medium to the first medium flowing through the first heat exchanger such that the second medium is condensed and the first medium is vaporized, and
wherein the compressor is configured for changing pressure of at least one portion of the first medium in the first and second passageways such that pressure in at least one portion of the first passageway is different from pressure in at least one portion of the second passageway.

US Pat. No. 9,419,354

ELECTRICAL CONTACTS, FUSIBLE MEMBERS, AND METHODS OF ATTACHING ELECTRICAL CONTACTS TO SUBSTRATES

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A contact comprising:
a body section;
a tail section arranged at a lower portion of the body section;
a peg extending from the tail section such that the peg projects from a front surface of the contact; and
a fusible member attached to the contact such that the peg protrudes into the fusible member; wherein
a lower portion of the fusible member is offset from a main portion of the fusible member; and
a lowermost surface of the lower portion of the fusible member is located below a lowermost surface of the contact.

US Pat. No. 9,300,068

EDGECARD CONNECTOR WITH COMMON-END DATUM TO REDUCE MISALIGNMENT TOLERANCES

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. A connector comprising:
a body;
a slot within the body configured to receive a substrate and including a first end and a second end;
contacts arranged along the slot between the first end and the second end; and
a biasing mechanism arranged at the first end to align the substrate as the substrate is inserted into the slot so that substrate
is in contact with the second end when the substrate is fully inserted into the slot; wherein

the biasing mechanism includes a through-hole solder tail.

US Pat. No. 9,191,109

TRANSPORTING DATA AND AUXILIARY SIGNALS OVER AN OPTICAL LINK

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A device comprising:
an optical link including optical channels;
a transmitter coupled to the optical link;
a receiver coupled to the optical link; and
a controller coupled to the transmitter and the receiver; wherein
a first auxiliary signal configuration is defined by values of one or more first auxiliary signals and of one or more second
auxiliary signals;

a second auxiliary signal configuration is defined by other values of the one or more first auxiliary signals and of the one
or more second auxiliary signals; and

when the device is on, the controller controls:
when the controller detects the first auxiliary signal configuration, the transmitter and the receiver in a first state in
which the transmitter is controlled to be capable of transmitting one or more first data signals and in which the receiver
is controlled to be capable of receiving one or more second data signals;

when the controller detects the second auxiliary signal configuration, the transmitter and the receiver in a second state
in which data transmission and data reception are disabled;

the transmitter to continuously transmit the one or more first auxiliary signals over the optical link in the first and the
second states; and

the receiver to continuously receive the one or more second auxiliary signals over the optical link in the first and the second
states.

US Pat. No. 9,915,796

TRANSCEIVER AND INTERFACE FOR IC PACKAGE

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A two-piece connector system comprising:
a socket and a connector, wherein
the two-piece connector system accommodates a transceiver,
the socket transmits only high-speed signals to and/or from the transceiver, and
the connector transmits only low-speed signals and/or power to and/or from the transceiver.

US Pat. No. 9,645,172

CABLE ASSEMBLY

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A connector comprising:
a connector body including a hole;
a contact disposed in the hole and arranged such that, when the connector is connected to a substrate, the contact is connected
to a corresponding electrical pad on the substrate;

a conductive elastomeric interface arranged such that, when the connector is connected to the substrate, the conductive elastomeric
interface is between the connector body and the substrate; and

a cable connected to the contact; wherein
the contact includes a ground ferrule and a locking ferrule arranged to mate with the hole;
the hole of the connector body is at least partially threaded;
the locking ferrule is at least partially threaded; and
when the connector is connected to the substrate and when the locking ferrule is threaded with the hole, the ground ferrule
contacts at least one of the conductive elastomeric interface and the upper surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,198,280

VIA STRUCTURE FOR TRANSMITTING DIFFERENTIAL SIGNALS

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
first and second signal pads located on a top surface of the printed circuit board and arranged to transmit a first differential
signal;

first and second signal vias extending through the printed circuit board and arranged to transmit the first differential signal;
a first signal trace located on the top surface of the printed circuit board and connecting the first signal pad and the first
signal via;

a second signal trace located on the top surface of the printed circuit board and connecting the second signal pad and the
second signal via;

first, second, third, and fourth ground pads located on the top surface of the printed circuit board and arranged to provide
ground;

first and second ground vias extending through the printed circuit board and arranged to provide ground;
a first ground trace located on top surface of the printed circuit board and connecting the first and second ground pads;
and

a second ground trace located on the top surface of the printed circuit board and connecting the third and fourth ground pads;
wherein

the first and second signal vias are located on opposite sides of a line connecting the first and second signal pads; and
the first differential signal includes first and second signal that are complementary to each other;
the first signal pad, the first signal via, and the first signal trace transmit the signal;
the second signal pad, the second signal via, and the second signal trace transmit the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,114,182

RACK-MOUNTABLE EQUIPMENT WITH A HIGH-HEAT-DISSIPATION MODULE, AND TRANSCEIVER RECEPTACLE WITH INCREASED COOLING

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a heat dissipation module with a first end and a second end opposed to the first end; and
two receptacle connectors that are located at the second end and that are vertically stacked in relation to a base substrate; wherein
the first and second ends define a transceiver-mating direction such that, when a transceiver is inserted into the first end of the heat dissipation module in the transceiver-mating direction, the transceiver mates with one of the two receptacle connectors;
the heat dissipation module includes a passage that extends between the first and second ends and that is located between the two receptacle connectors; and
in the passage, air flows unblocked parallel to the transceiver-mating direction between the first and second ends and flows unblocked between the two receptacle connectors.

US Pat. No. 10,116,386

METHODS FOR DETERMINING RECEIVER COUPLING EFFICIENCY, LINK MARGIN, AND LINK TOPOLOGY IN ACTIVE OPTICAL CABLES

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A method of determining link topology of a communication system including channels connecting corresponding transmitters and receivers, each of the channels including a light source, a photodetector optically connected to the light source, and a transimpedance amplifier connected to an output of the photodetector, wherein the transimpedance amplifier squelches its output when optical power detected by the photodetector is below a threshold optical power, the method comprising:selecting a pattern of optical powers of the light sources in a test transmitter to be either above the threshold optical power or below the threshold optical power; and
determining which receiver is connected to the test transmitter by matching a pattern of squelched and non-squelched transimpedance amplifier outputs in the receiver with the pattern of optical powers of the light sources in the test transmitter.

US Pat. No. 9,137,887

VIA STRUCTURE FOR TRANSMITTING DIFFERENTIAL SIGNALS

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
first and second signal pads located on a top surface of the printed circuit board and arranged to transmit a first differential
signal;

first and second signal vias extending through the printed circuit board and arranged to transmit the first differential signal;
and

a first ground plane located on a layer below the top surface of the printed circuit board and including an antipad that encompasses
the first and second signal pads and the first and second signal vias when viewed in plan; wherein

the first signal via is spaced away from the first and second signal pads when viewed in plan; and
the second signal via is spaced away from the first and second signal pads when viewed in plan.

US Pat. No. 9,052,473

PIVOTING LATCH FOR CABLE HOUSING

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. A plug housing comprising:
an upper housing and a lower housing defining a cavity; and
a latch portion arranged to be pivotable about the plug housing and including:
a pair of actuator beams;
a forward plate; and
an actuating mechanism connected to the forward plate only by the pair of actuator beams; wherein
respective edges of the pair of actuator beams are connected to respective edges of the forward plate and the actuating mechanism
such that the pair of actuator beams extend perpendicularly or substantially perpendicularly downward from the forward plate
and the actuating mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,705,273

DIRECT-ATTACH CONNECTOR

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A cable assembly comprising:
a contact ribbon made of a single stamping including:
a plurality of pairs of first and second signal contacts;
a ground plane; and
a plurality of ground contacts extending from the ground plane in a row along a side of the ground plane such that a line
extending through the plurality of ground contacts in the row does not intersect with any signal contacts of the plurality
of pairs of first and second signal contacts;

a cable including:
a plurality of pairs of first and second center conductors, each pair of the plurality of pairs of first and second center
conductors is connected to a corresponding pair of the plurality of pairs of first and second signal contacts;

a plurality of insulators each surrounding a corresponding pair of the plurality of pairs of first and second center conductors;
and

a shield that surrounds the plurality of insulators and that is connected to the ground plane; wherein
the plurality of pairs of first and second signal contacts are solderable contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,638,874

METHODS FOR DETERMINING RECEIVER COUPLING EFFICIENCY, LINK MARGIN, AND LINK TOPOLOGY IN ACTIVE OPTICAL CABLES

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A method of determining link loss in a channel of a full active optical cable, the method comprising:
assembling the full active optical cable with a channel that includes a light source, a photodetector optically connected
to the light source, and a transimpedance amplifier connected to an output of the photodetector, wherein the transimpedance
amplifier squelches its output when optical power incident on the photodetector is below a threshold optical power;

during the assembling of the full active optical cable, determining optical power of the light source as a function of bias
current, wherein the bias current is applied to the light source;

after the assembling of the full active optical cable, varying optical power of the light source to determine a maximum optical
power of the light source at which the transimpedance amplifier squelches its output; and

determining link loss in the channel by subtracting the maximum optical power of the light source at which the transimpedance
amplifier squelches its output from the threshold optical power.

US Pat. No. 9,134,489

OPTICAL ENGINE FOR ACTIVE OPTICAL CABLE

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. A device comprising:
a substrate comprising a first side and a second side;
a plurality of electro-optical (EO) components connected to the first side; and
a molded optical structure (MOS) connected to the first side and including a lens system and a first cavity; and
an attenuator located in the first cavity; wherein
the lens system focuses light from the EO components into a plurality of optical fibers and focuses light from the plurality
of optical fibers onto the EO components and includes:

a first lens;
a second lens; and
a reflector; and
the lens system defines a plurality of optical paths;
each optical path of the plurality of optical paths is a single optical path that is separate from other optical paths of
the plurality of optical paths; and

the attenuator is positioned in at least one of the plurality of optical paths but not all of the plurality of optical paths.

US Pat. No. 9,791,648

TRANSCEIVER AND INTERFACE FOR IC PACKAGE

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A two-connector system for connecting a transceiver to a circuit board, the two-connector system comprising:
first and second connectors each configured to be connected to the circuit board; wherein
the first and second connectors simultaneously mate and unmate with the transceiver; and
when connected to the transceiver, the first connector transmits and/or receives high-speed signals, and the second connector
transmits and/or receives low-speed signals with a speed lower than the high-speed signals.

US Pat. No. 9,819,413

METHODS FOR DETERMINING RECEIVER COUPLING EFFICIENCY, LINK MARGIN, AND LINK TOPOLOGY IN ACTIVE OPTICAL CABLES

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A method of determining link loss in a channel that includes a light source, a photodetector optically connected to the
light source, and a transimpedance amplifier connected to an output of the photodetector, wherein the transimpedance amplifier
squelches its output when optical power incident on the photodetector is below a threshold optical power, the method comprising:
varying optical power of the light source to determine a maximum optical power of the light source at which the transimpedance
amplifier squelches its output; and

determining link loss in the channel by subtracting the maximum optical power of the light source at which the transimpedance
amplifier squelches its output from the threshold optical power.

US Pat. No. 9,651,752

TRANSCEIVER AND INTERFACE FOR IC PACKAGE

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. An optical transceiver comprising:
a substrate including:
a top surface including a front top edge;
a bottom surface opposite to the top surface and including a front bottom edge beneath the front top edge;
first lands arranged along the front bottom edge to mate with corresponding contacts of an edge card connector; and
second lands arranged on the bottom surface to mate with corresponding contacts of a back connector;
an optical engine mounted to the top surface; and
an optical cable attached to the optical engine.

US Pat. No. 9,374,900

TWO-PIECE UNMATE-ASSIST STANDOFF

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. A connector system comprising:
a first substrate;
a second substrate; and
a standoff arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate, the standoff including:
a first part with an external threading; and
a second part with an internal threading configured to engage with the external threading of the first part; wherein
the first part is configured to engage with the first substrate;
the second part is configured to engage with the second substrate; and
the external threading of the first part and the internal threading of the second part are configured such that the first
part and the second part are configured to be unscrewed from each other to engage the first and second substrates to cause
the distance between the first and second substrates to increase.

US Pat. No. 10,164,394

DIRECT-ATTACH CONNECTOR

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A cable assembly comprising:a single stamped sheet of metal including:
a plurality of pairs of first and second signal contacts;
a ground plane; and
a plurality of ground contacts connected to the ground plane along a side of the ground plane such that a line extending through the plurality of ground contacts does not intersect with any signal contacts of the plurality of pairs of first and second signal contacts;
a twinaxial cable including a plurality of pairs of first and second center conductors, each pair of the plurality of pairs of first and second center conductors is connected to a corresponding pair of the plurality of pairs of first and second signal contacts; wherein
the plurality of pairs of first and second signal contacts are solderable contacts such that, when the cable assembly is connected to a substrate, the plurality of pairs of first and second signal contacts are soldered to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,833,256

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH TRANSDUCER SLIP JOINT

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:
(a) an instrument body;
(b) an ultrasonic transducer assembly rotatably mounted along a longitudinal axis within the instrument body such that the
ultrasonic transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate about the longitudinal axis, wherein the ultrasonic transducer
assembly defines a first outer profile that is transverse to the longitudinal axis;

(c) a power cord projecting from the instrument body and configured to provide electrical power to the ultrasonic transducer
assembly for operating an acoustic waveguide; and

(d) a transducer slip joint positioned between the power cord and the ultrasonic transducer assembly and defining a second
outer profile that is transverse to the longitudinal axis, wherein the transducer slip joint is configured to electrically
connect the power cord to the ultrasonic transducer assembly and mechanically connect the power cord to the ultrasonic transducer
assembly such that the ultrasonic transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate relative to the power cord for inhibiting
the power cord from winding upon rotation of the ultrasonic transducer assembly relative to the instrument body, wherein the
second outer profile fits within the first outer profile of the ultrasonic transducer assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,270,373

TRANSPORTING DATA AND AUXILIARY SIGNALS OVER AN OPTICAL LINK

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A device comprising:
a transmitter coupled to a first end of an optical link, wherein the optical link includes optical channels and wherein each
of the optical channels is capable of being enabled such that modulated signals are transported or disabled such that no modulated
signals are transported;

a receiver coupled to the first end of the optical link, wherein a data transport system comprises the transmitter, the receiver,
and the optical link; and

a controller coupled to the transmitter and the receiver; wherein
the controller controls the transmitter and the receiver to operate in:
a first state in which data are transmitted and received via modulated signals by enabling one or more of the optical channels;
and

a second state in which one or more auxiliary signals are transmitted by selectively enabling and disabling two or more of
the optical channels and in which one or more auxiliary signals are received by determining which ones of the optical channels
have been enabled and which ones of the optical channels have been disabled; and

which auxiliary signal is being transmitted or received is determined by which of the two or more of the optical channels
are enabled or disabled.

US Pat. No. 9,419,403

TRANSCEIVER SYSTEM

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A transceiver for a two-connector system including a front connector and a back connector connected to a substrate, the
transceiver comprising:
a circuit board;
at least one cable attached to the circuit board; and
a housing arranged to contain the circuit board; wherein
when the transceiver is connected to the two-connector system, at least one front pad arranged along a front edge of the circuit
board is arranged to engage with at least one corresponding contact of the front connector and at least one intermediate pad
arranged along an intermediate portion of the circuit board is arranged to engage with at least one corresponding contact
of the back connector; and

the transceiver is structured to simultaneously mate and unmate with the front connector and the back connector.

US Pat. No. 10,306,806

CAGE WITH AN ATTACHED HEATSINK

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A cage comprising:a first wall that includes a first edge and a second edge opposed to the first edge;
a second wall that is spaced apart from the first wall and that includes a third edge and a fourth edge opposed to the third edge; and
a third wall that spans the first and second walls and that includes:
an opening;
a fifth edge connected to the first edge of the first wall;
a sixth edge opposed to the fifth edge and connected to the third edge of the second wall;
a seventh edge that extends in a direction perpendicular to a transceiver-insertion direction; and
two spring arms that each extend from the seventh edge into the opening and that have deflection ranges in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the third wall; wherein
the second edge of the first wall and the fourth edge of the second wall are configured to be positioned adjacent to a mounting substrate when the cage is mounted to the mounting substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,660,361

CONNECTOR WITH SECURE WAFER RETENTION

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A connector comprising:
a connector body;
a plurality of wafers arranged within the connector body; and
a weld tab defined by a unitary member that includes a plurality of weld tab legs and a plurality of weld tab arms; wherein
the plurality of weld tab arms are engaged with corresponding weld tab arm holes included in the connector body such that
the weld tab is permanently connected to the connector body such that the weld tab cannot be disconnected from the connector
body without changing a structure of the connector body;

the plurality of weld tab legs are arranged to engage with a circuit board when the connector is mounted to the circuit board;
and

the weld tab prevents the plurality of wafers from withdrawing from the connector body.

US Pat. No. 10,170,882

DIRECT-ATTACH CONNECTOR

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A cable comprising:a center conductor;
a ground shield surrounding the center conductor; and
a contact ribbon including:
a removable carrier;
a first signal contact connected to the removable carrier; and
a first ground contact connected to the removable carrier; wherein
the removable carrier electrically connects the first signal contact and the first ground contact;
the first signal contact is electrically connected to the center conductor at a first end of the cable;
the first ground contact is electrically connected to the ground shield at the first end of the cable;
no housing covers any portion of the removable carrier, the first signal contact, or the first ground contact;
the first signal contact and the first ground contact are arranged in a length direction of the removable carrier; and
the length direction of the removable carrier is perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to a length direction of the cable.

US Pat. No. 10,001,609

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A cradle comprising:a body;
an opening located in the body; and
a spring located in the opening; wherein
the body and the opening are configured to accommodate connectors in the opening and in contact with a portion of the body;
the body, the opening, and the spring are configured to simultaneously or nearly simultaneously insert each of the connectors into a corresponding first receptacle on a substrate;
the spring is attached to the body in a position such that the spring pushes on each of the connectors with a force greater than an insertion force applied by the corresponding first receptacle to the corresponding connector when each of the connectors is simultaneously or nearly simultaneously inserted into the corresponding first receptacle.

US Pat. No. 9,843,135

CONFIGURABLE, HIGH-BANDWIDTH CONNECTOR

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A connector mountable to a main printed circuit board (PCB), the connector comprising:
at least one carrier;
at least one cable mounted to the at least one carrier;
an interposer that routes signals and ground connections between the at least one cable and the main PCB when the connector
is mounted to the main PCB; and

an intermediate PCB arranged between the at least one carrier and the interposer; wherein
the at least one cable is vertically mounted in the connector such that the at least one cable is perpendicular or substantially
perpendicular to a mounting surface of the main PCB.

US Pat. No. 9,215,795

VIA STRUCTURE FOR TRANSMITTING DIFFERENTIAL SIGNALS

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. An electrical system comprising:
a printed circuit board including:
first and second signal pads located on a top surface of the printed circuit board and arranged to transmit a first differential
signal;

first and second signal vias extending through the printed circuit board and arranged to transmit the first differential signal;
a first signal trace located on the top surface of the printed circuit board and connecting the first signal pad and the first
signal via; and

a second signal trace located on the top surface of the printed circuit board and connecting the second signal pad and the
second signal via; and

a connector including first and second signal contacts arranged to transmit the first differential signal; wherein
the first signal contact is connected to the first signal pad; the second signal contact is connected to the second signal
pad; when the first differential signal is transmitted through the first and second signal vias, a via central axis of the
first differential signal is located halfway between the first and second signal vias and extends in a transmission direction
of the first differential signal;

when the first differential signal is transmitted through the first and second signal contacts, a contact central axis of
the first differential signal is located halfway between the first and second signal contacts and extends in the transmission
direction of the first differential signal; and the printed circuit board and the connector are arranged such that the via
central axis and the contact central axis are aligned and wherein:

the printed circuit board further includes third and fourth signal vias extending through the printed circuit board and arranged
to transmit a second differential signal; and the connector further includes third and fourth signal contacts arranged to
transmit the second differential signal; wherein no ground vias are located between a first centerline between the first and
second signal pads and a second centerline between the third and fourth signal pads; the first and second centerlines do not
overlap; the third signal contact is connected to the third signal pad; and the fourth signal contact is connected to the
fourth signal pad.

US Pat. No. 9,690,056

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A system comprising:
a substrate including a first row of first receptacles;
a cradle including an opening and a spring member;
connectors located within the opening; and
cables connected to the connectors; wherein
the cradle is configured to connect each of the connectors simultaneously or nearly simultaneously to a corresponding first
receptacle; and

the spring member pushes on each of the connectors with a force greater than an insertion force of the corresponding first
receptacle.

US Pat. No. 9,054,806

TRANSPORTING DATA AND AUXILIARY SIGNALS OVER AN OPTICAL LINK

Samtec, Inc., New Albany...

1. A device comprising:
a transmitter coupled to a first end of an optical link that includes a plurality of optical channels, the transmitter includes
a plurality of channels and a plurality of drivers corresponding to the plurality of channels;

a receiver coupled to the first end of the optical link, wherein a data transport system comprises the transmitter, the receiver,
and the optical link;

a controller to control the transmitter and the receiver to operate:
when a first signal configuration is detected among a plurality of auxiliary signals and when data are detected at an input
of the transmitter, in a data state in which data are transported via the data transport system; and

when a second signal configuration is detected among the plurality of auxiliary signals, in an auxiliary state in which a
plurality of auxiliary signals including status and control signals are transported via the data transport system using a
same set of channels as the channels used for transport of the data; and

a detector coupled between an input of the transmitter and the controller, wherein the detector outputs a detector signal
representative of a parameter of a signal at the input, wherein the controller detects an idle state using the detector signal
and in response disables data transmission over the data transport system; wherein

the first signal configuration includes at least one first code that indicates the transmitter and the receiver are properly
configured to transport the data;

the at least one first code is represented by combined states of the plurality of auxiliary signals and is a member of a first
code set that includes a first plurality of binary codes;

the second signal configuration includes at least one second code that indicates the transmitter and the receiver are improperly
configured to transport data;

the at least one second code is represented by the combined states of the plurality of auxiliary signals and is different
than the at least one first code;

the controller selectively enables and disables the plurality of drivers to generate the at least one first code and the at
least one second code;

the data includes first data signals and second data signals;
the plurality of auxiliary signals includes first auxiliary signals and second auxiliary signals;
the transmitter operates:
in the data state to transport the first data signals over the optical link, converting the first data signals to first optical
signals and outputting the first optical signals to the optical link; and

in the auxiliary state to transport the first auxiliary signals over the optical link; and
the receiver operates:
in the data state to receive the second data signals over the optical link; and
in the auxiliary state to receive the second auxiliary signals over the optical link.

US Pat. No. 10,164,708

METHODS FOR DETERMINING RECEIVER COUPLING EFFICIENCY, LINK MARGIN, AND LINK TOPOLOGY IN ACTIVE OPTICAL CABLES

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A method for determining receiver coupling efficiency of a channel that includes a photodetector and a transimpedance amplifier connected to an output of the photodetector, wherein the transimpedance amplifier squelches its output when optical power incident on the photodetector is below a threshold optical power, the method comprising:varying optical power inputted into the channel to determine a maximum optical power at which the transimpedance amplifier squelches its output; and
determining a receiver coupling efficiency by calculating a ratio of the threshold optical power to the maximum optical power at which the transimpedance amplifier squelches its output.

US Pat. No. 10,590,543

METHOD FOR SURFACE-FINISHING PLASTICALLY-DEFORMED METAL LINER AND METAL LINER SURFACE-FINISHED BY THE METHOD

Samtech International, In...

1. A method for surface-finishing one or more metal liners, each of which is formed by plastic deformation to be axially symmetric in shape, comprising a body section shaped to be a generally hollow cylinder with a predetermined wall thickness elongated in an axial direction; at least one dome section formed seamlessly contiguous to one end of the body section; and at least one neck section that is extruded seamlessly contiguous to the at least one dome section to form a generally narrow tube having a passage therein to channel a content, wherein the surface has wrinkled textures generated during the plastic deformation, the method comprising:chemical milling,wherein the method comprises:housing the one or more metal liners in a rack to hold and secure the one or more metal liners therein to have a unit of the rack and the one or more metal liners housed therein;
first immersing the unit in a bath of an etching solution for the chemical milling for a length of immersion time;
showering with water the one or more metal liners of the unit while the unit is being lifted from the bath;
first washing with water the one or more metal liners of the unit placed outside the bath of the etching solution;
measuring wall thicknesses at predetermined locations of the one or more metal liners;
repeating the first immersing through the measuring until a predetermined smoothness is obtained, wherein the length of immersion time is adjusted according to the measured thicknesses;
second immersing the unit in a bath of a deoxidizing solution;
second washing with water the one or more metal liners of the unit placed outside the bath of the deoxidizing solution;
rinsing with deionized water the one or more metal liners of the unit; and
taking out the one or more metal liners from the rack.

US Pat. No. 9,841,572

TRANSCEIVER AND INTERFACE FOR IC PACKAGE

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A two-connector system for connecting a transceiver to a circuit board, the two-connector system comprising:
first and second connectors each configured to be connected to the circuit board; wherein
the first and second connectors simultaneously mate and unmate with the transceiver; and
when connected to the transceiver, the first connector transmits and/or receives high-speed signals, and the second connector
transmits and/or receives low-speed signals with a speed lower than the high-speed signals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,994

COMPOSITE CONTAINER

SAMTECH CORPORATION, Osa...

1. A composite container comprisinga liner comprising:
a first dome section at a first end of the liner
a second dome section at a second end of the liner, the second end located opposite the first end;
a cylindrical section extending between the first dome section and the second dome section; and
Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) layers comprising:
a hoop layer in which winding of first FRP starts from a first boundary between the cylindrical section and the first dome section and ends at a second boundary between the cylindrical section and the second dome section such that the first FRP is wound around an entirety of the cylindrical section excluding the first dome section and the second dome section, the first FRP being wound using a hoop winding method; and
a first dome section reinforcing layer in which winding of second FRP starts from the first dome section and ends at the second dome section such that the second FRP is wound around the first dome section, the cylindrical section, and the second dome section in a helical form,
wherein, in the first dome section reinforcing layer, a winding angle of the second FRP with respect to an axis of the liner changes as the winding of the second FRP approaches from at least one of the first dome section and the second dome section toward a midpoint of the cylindrical section between the first boundary and the second boundary such that a spacing between adjacent windings of the second FRP wound in the helical form continuously changes in an axial direction of the liner as the second FRP approaches the midpoint of the cylindrical section from the at least one of the first dome section and the second dome section.

US Pat. No. 10,439,330

OVERMOLDED LEAD FRAME PROVIDING CONTACT SUPPORT AND IMPEDANCE MATCHING PROPERTIES

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a dielectric housing;
a first electrical contact carried by the dielectric housing, the first electrical contact defines a first contact surface;
a second electrical contact carried by the dielectric housing and positioned adjacent to the first electrical contact to define a differential signal pair with the first electrical contact, the second electrical contact defining a second contact surface electrically isolated from the first contact surface; and
a dielectric material other than air that extends only between the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact, the dielectric material other than air extends continuously from a point adjacent to the dielectric housing and terminates prior to the first contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,436,992

TRANSCEIVER AND INTERFACE FOR IC PACKAGE

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. An optical transceiver comprising:a substrate including:
first lands and second lands located on the substrate;
a first connection area that transmits and/or receives high-speed electrical signals through the first lands; and
a second connection area that is separate and spaced away from the first connection area and that transmits and/or receives low-speed electrical signals through the second lands;
an optical engine that converts optical signals into electrical signals and/or converts electrical signals into optical signals, that is mounted to the substrate, and that is separate and spaced away from the first connection area and the second connection area; and
an optical cable attached to the optical engine; wherein
the first and second lands are mateable and unmateable with external electrical connections.

US Pat. No. 10,784,608

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD HAVING COMMONED GROUND PLANE

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A substrate comprising:a body defining:
a leading end and a trailing end opposite the leading end along a longitudinal direction, the leading end configured to be inserted into a receptacle of a complementary electrical connector in a mating direction that is oriented along the longitudinal direction,
first and second sides spaced from each other along a lateral direction that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, and
first and second outer surfaces that are spaced from each other along a transverse direction that is substantially perpendicular to each of the longitudinal direction and the lateral direction;
at least one electrically conductive signal trace at the first outer surface and elongate along the longitudinal direction;
at least one electrically conductive ground trace at the first outer surface and elongate along the longitudinal direction, wherein 1) at least a portion of the at least one ground trace is aligned with at least a portion of the at least one signal trace along the lateral direction, and 2) the at least one signal trace and the at least one ground trace have respective mating ends that are configured to mate with complementary signal and ground contacts, respectively, of the complementary electrical connector;
an electrically conductive ground plate disposed between the first outer surface and the second outer surface, wherein the ground plate is aligned with the mating end of the at least one ground trace along the transverse direction, and no portion of the ground plate is aligned with the mating end of the at least one signal trace along the transverse direction.

US Pat. No. 10,466,433

OPTICAL MODULE INCLUDING SILICON PHOTONICS CHIP AND COUPLER CHIP

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. An optical module comprising:a Silicon Photonics chip that transports a light signal; and
a coupler chip that includes a waveguide, that is attached to the Silicon Photonics chip, and that is configured to connect to a waveguide interconnect so that the light signal is transported along a light path between the Silicon Photonics chip, the coupler chip, and the waveguide interconnect, when the waveguide interconnect is connected to the coupler chip; wherein
the light path in the coupler chip includes:
a guided section that includes the waveguide that guides the light signal; and
an unguided section that does not guide the light signal in any other waveguide structure; and
a cross-sectional size of a beam defined by the light signal is largest at an interface between the Silicon Photonics chip and the coupler chip.

US Pat. No. 10,363,058

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH TRANSDUCER SLIP JOINT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:(a) an ultrasonic transducer assembly rotatably mounted along a longitudinal axis such that the ultrasonic transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate about the longitudinal axis, wherein the ultrasonic transducer assembly defines a first outer profile; and
(b) a transducer slip joint positioned proximate to the ultrasonic transducer assembly and defining a second outer profile, wherein the transducer slip joint is configured to electrically connect a power cord to the ultrasonic transducer assembly and mechanically connect the power cord to the ultrasonic transducer assembly such that the ultrasonic transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate relative to the power cord for inhibiting the power cord from winding upon rotation of the ultrasonic transducer assembly about the longitudinal axis, wherein one of the first or second outer profiles fits within the other of the second or first outer profiles.

US Pat. No. 10,534,145

RACK-MOUNTABLE EQUIPMENT WITH A HIGH-HEAT-DISSIPATION MODULE, AND TRANSCEIVER RECEPTACLE WITH INCREASED COOLING

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. An electrical connector system comprising:a cage with a first end and a second end opposed to the first end and with a slot that extends between the first and second ends; and
an electrical connector located at the second end; wherein
the first and second ends define a transceiver-mating direction such that, when a transceiver is inserted into the slot in the transceiver-mating direction, the transceiver mates with the electrical connector; and
the electrical connector mechanically floats in a direction orthogonal or substantially orthogonal to the transceiver-mating direction and does not mechanically float in a direction parallel or substantially parallel to the transceiver-mating direction.

US Pat. No. 10,751,079

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH TRANSDUCER SLIP JOINT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:(a) an ultrasonic transducer assembly rotatably mounted along a longitudinal axis such that the ultrasonic transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate about the longitudinal axis; and
(b) a transducer slip joint configured to electrically connect a power cord to the ultrasonic transducer assembly such that the ultrasonic transducer is configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis relative to the power cord while the power cord provides power to the ultrasonic transducer assembly, wherein the transducer slip joint is configured to inhibit the power cord from winding up about the longitudinal axis in response to rotation of the ultrasonic transducer about the longitudinal axis,
wherein the transducer slip joint comprises a dynamic body and a static body, wherein the dynamic body is coupled with the ultrasonic transducer assembly, wherein the static body is coupled with the power cord, and
wherein the static body is at least partially longitudinally constrained relative to the dynamic body.

US Pat. No. 10,593,562

METHOD FOR CREATING THROUGH-CONNECTED VIAS AND CONDUCTORS ON A SUBSTRATE

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. A method for creating electrically or thermally conductive vias in a glass substrate, the method comprising the steps of:depositing a powder of metallic particles on a first side of the glass substrate having holes, such that the depositing step defines a deposited powder of metallic particles in the holes, wherein the powder is comprised of micron sized metallic particles;
drying the deposited powder of metallic particles after the powder has been exposed to a non-polar solvent, wherein the drying step comprises applying a vacuum to the powder; and
depositing the powder on a reverse side of the glass substrate and into the holes.

US Pat. No. 10,892,585

INTERCONNECT MODULE FOR BOTH PANEL AND MID BOARD MOUNTING

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. An interconnect module configured to mate with a host module having a host substrate and first and second pluralities of electrical contacts supported by the host module, the interconnect module comprising:an interconnect substrate that defines a top and bottom surfaces opposite each other along a transverse direction, and front and rear ends opposite each other along a longitudinal direction that is oriented substantially perpendicular to the transverse direction;
a plurality of first electrical lands carried by the bottom surface;
a plurality of second electrical lands carried by the bottom surface disposed such that the first electrical lands are spaced from the second electrical lands in a forward direction that is oriented along the longitudinal direction; and
a first guide member configured to engage a complementary second guide member so as to guide the interconnect module to mate with a host module in the forward direction such that 1) the first lands pass by the second electrical contacts while spaced from the second electrical contacts along the transverse direction, 2) the first lands mate with the first electrical contacts, and 3) the second lands mate with the second electrical contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,884,198

OPTICAL BLOCK WITH TEXTURED SURFACE

SAMTEC, INC, New Albany,...

1. An optical block comprising:a first surface that receives light entering the optical block;
a second surface through which the light exits the optical block; and
a reflector that reflects light from the first surface towards the second surface; wherein
the reflector includes a textured surface that scatters or absorbs some of the light received from the first surface to attenuate the light exiting the optical block through the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,985,479

COMPRESSION-MOUNTED ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...

1. An electrical connector configured to be mounted to a substrate, the electrical connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing body that defines:
a front end and a rear end opposite the front end along a longitudinal direction;
first and second sides that are spaced from each other along a lateral direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, wherein each of the first and second sides extends from the front end to the rear end; and
upper and lower ends spaced from each other along a transverse direction that is perpendicular to each of the lateral direction and the longitudinal direction, wherein the lower end is configured to face the substrate when the electrical connector is mounted to the substrate; and
at least one electrical contact supported by the connector housing body, wherein each electrical contact of one or more of at least one electrical contact defines:
a resilient and flexible mating end that extends out from the housing body a first distance along a first direction that includes at least one of the lateral direction and the longitudinal direction, and a second distance along the transverse direction that is less than the first distance; and
a mounting end opposite the mating end and configured to be mounted to an electrical cable,
wherein the electrical connector is configured to be mounted to the substrate such that the resilient and flexible mating end is configured to flex from a relaxed position when placed in surface contact with a respective electrical contact pad that is carried by a surface of the substrate, such that the mating end applies a pressure against the contact pad along the transverse direction so as to define a separable interface therewith, and
wherein the at least one electrical contact is configured to transmit data at frequencies between 5 GHz and 30 GHz while producing no more than ?18 dB worst-case multi-active asynchronous cross talk.

US Pat. No. 11,071,201

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TERMINATING AN ELECTRICAL CABLE TO AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...


1. An electrical component comprising:a substrate having an uppermost layer and a second layer disposed below the uppermost layer; and
an integrated circuit mounted to an uppermost surface of the uppermost layer, such that an electrical signal trace of the substrate is in electrical communication with the integrated circuit,
wherein an electrical signal conductor of an electrical cable is configured to be mounted to the uppermost surface of the uppermost layer so as to be placed in electrical communication with the integrated circuit along the electrical signal trace of the substrate, and an electrical ground of the electrical cable that is electrically insulated from the electrical signal conductor by an insulator and wherein the electrical ground is configured to be mounted to the second layer, and wherein the electrical signal conductor extends out from the insulator.

US Pat. No. 11,056,838

TRANSCEIVER RECEPTACLE WITH EMI CAGE AND BEZEL CLIPS THAT PROVIDE HIGH SHIELDING EFFECTIVENESS

SAMTEC, INC., New Albany...


1. A receptacle comprising:a cage;
a bezel opening in the cage; and
at least one bezel clip mounted adjacent to the bezel opening; wherein
the at least one bezel clip includes first bezel fingers and second bezel fingers;
the first bezel fingers are located along an inner surface of the cage;
the second bezel fingers include outer fingers located along an outer surface of the cage and inner fingers located along the inner surface of the cage; and
the inner and outer fingers of the second bezel fingers are defined by the second bezel fingers passing through a through hole in the cage.