US Pat. No. 9,750,170

AUTOMATIC ASSEMBLING SYSTEM

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1. An automatic assembling system, comprising:
a robot for inserting a chip into a housing;
a cutting and bending mechanism for cutting and bending legs of the chip before inserting the chip into the housing;
a force sensor positioned to detect an insertion force emanating from the robot and exerted by the robot while inserting the
chip into the housing; and

a controller preset with a predetermined insertion force and responsive to the force sensor for (a) measuring the difference
between the predetermined insertion force and the insertion force emanating from the robot and detected by the force sensor
while the chip is being inserted in the housing, and (b) controlling the insertion force emanating from the robot in the insertion
of the chip into the housing to be less than the preset predetermined insertion force to protect the chip and/or the housing
from damage due to an overlarge insertion force.

US Pat. No. 9,608,380

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING A GROUND SHIELD

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1. A contact module for an electrical connector, the contact module comprising:
a carrier;
a leadframe held by the carrier, the leadframe comprising signal contacts that extend outward from the carrier for mating
with corresponding mating signal contacts; and

a ground shield mounted to the carrier, the ground shield comprising a body configured to extend over at least a portion of
the leadframe, the ground shield comprising ground contacts configured to mate with corresponding mating ground shields, the
ground contacts comprising groups of spring beams, wherein each group of spring beams includes at least first and second spring
beams that extend from the body of the ground shield in respective different directions, the first and second spring beams
being vertically staggered such that the first spring beam is vertically offset from the second spring beam.

US Pat. No. 9,577,374

TEXTILE CONNECTOR FOR AN ELECTRONIC TEXTILE HAVING A SNAP FASTENER WITH CONTACTS

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1. A textile connector comprising:
a snap fastener having first and second snap segments configured to be snap fastened together such that an electronic textile
is mechanically secured therebetween with the first snap segment on one side of the electronic textile and the second snap
segment on an opposite side of the electronic textile;

a first contact held by the snap fastener, the first contact configured to be electrically connected to a first conductor
of the electronic textile to define a first signal line; and

a second contact held by the snap fastener, the second contact configured to be electrically connected to a second conductor
of the electronic textile to define a second signal line;

wherein the first and second signal lines transmit different data signals from the electronic textile to an electronic component
mounted to the electronic textile.

US Pat. No. 9,609,773

ISOLATOR FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

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1. An electronic device assembly comprising:
an electronic device having a mount that includes a mounting opening defined by an interior surface of the mount, the mounting
opening being configured to receive mounting hardware therein for mounting the electronic device to a structure, the mount
including a flange that extends radially inward from the interior surface into the mounting opening; and

an isolator coupled to the mount, the isolator comprising an elastomeric bushing configured to attenuate at least one of shock
or vibration exerted on the electronic device, the elastomeric bushing being composed of a fluoro rubber designated as FKM
under the ASTM D1418 standard, the elastomeric bushing having an exterior side that defines an outer periphery of the elastomeric
bushing, the elastomeric bushing defining a groove that extends radially inward from the exterior side around the outer periphery
of the elastomeric bushing, wherein the isolator is incorporated within the mount such that the elastomeric bushing is received
into the mounting opening of the mount, the flange of the mount being received within the groove of the elastomeric bushing,
the elastomeric bushing within the mounting opening of the mount having a natural frequency of approximately 100 Hz

wherein the isolator further comprises a bobbin having a central shaft that extends a distance along a central axis between
two bobbin flanges, the elastomeric bushing extending around the central shaft of the bobbin axially between the two bobbin
flanges, the elastomeric bushing engaging an elastomer side of each of the bobbin flanges and being compressed between the
bobbin flanges, the elastomer side of one of the bobbin flanges extending at an acute angle relative to the central axis,
the elastomer side of the other bobbin flange extending at an obtuse angle relative to the central axis,

wherein the bobbin is defined by a first bobbin member and a second bobbin member, the first and second bobbin members each
including a different one of the bobbin flanges and a corresponding portion of the central shaft, the first and second bobbin
members coupled together using at least one of a press-fit, a bonding agent, or threads.

US Pat. No. 9,583,860

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH RECORDABLE POSITION ASSURANCE

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1. An electrical connector having recordable position assurance, the electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a mating interface configured to engage a complementary mating connector during a mating operation;
at least one electrical conductor held in the housing;
an indicating feature carried by the housing, the indicating feature having a visual identifier disposed thereon, the visual
identifier comprising at least one of a one-dimensional barcode, a two-dimensional barcode, or a three-dimensional barcode;
and

a concealing feature carried by the housing, wherein the indicating feature and the concealing feature are movable relative
to each other between a concealed position and an exposed position, the concealing feature concealing at least a portion of
the visual identifier in the concealed position, the visual identifier being at least one of exposed or exposable in the exposed
position;

wherein the indicating feature is in the concealed position relative to the concealing feature when the housing is not fully
mated relative to the mating connector, and the indicating feature is in the exposed position relative to the concealing feature
responsive to the housing being fully mated to the mating connector.

US Pat. No. 9,581,270

WIRE TRAY FOR A WIRE HARNESS ASSEMBLY

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1. A wire tray configured to support and route wires of a wire bundle between electrical components, the wire tray comprising:
tray walls defining a tray channel configured to receive corresponding wires of the wire bundle;
a wire cradle extending from a corresponding tray wall along a wire cradle axis, the wire cradle having a cradle channel open
to the tray channel, the cradle channel having a wire exit at a front of the wire cradle, the wire cradle receiving a corresponding
wire of the wire bundle and routing the wire to the wire exit, the wire cradle having a pocket extending outward away from
the wire cradle axis and a protrusion aligned with the pocket along the wire cradle axis on an opposite side of the cradle
channel extending inward into the wire cradle forcing the wire into the pocket, the wire being routed in the cradle channel
around the protrusion into the pocket to form at least two bends in the wire between the tray channel and the wire exit.

US Pat. No. 9,583,886

RECEPTACLE ASSEMBLY WITH GUIDE FRAME

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1. A receptacle assembly comprising:
a guide assembly having a guide frame extending from a connector housing along a mating axis, the connector housing having
electrically conductive walls including a front wall, the guide frame including a front panel and multiple frame members extending
between the front panel and the front wall of the connector housing, the frame members defining a top channel and a bottom
channel that are stacked with respect to one another along an elevation axis and extend generally parallel to the mating axis,
the top channel and the bottom channel each configured to receive a corresponding pluggable module through a port opening
at the front panel and guide the corresponding pluggable module toward the connector housing, the frame members including
upper frame members, lower frame members, and mid frame members that are disposed between the upper frame members and the
lower frame members, wherein the upper frame members and the mid frame members define the top channel, and the lower frame
members and the mid frame members define the bottom channel, the mid frame members being spatially separated by gaps from
the upper frame members and the lower frame members such that air can flow through the gaps into and out of the top channel
and the bottom channel; and

at least one communication connector disposed within the connector housing, the at least one communication connector having
a first mating interface and a second mating interface that extend through respective first and second apertures in the front
wall of the connector housing into the top and bottom channels, respectively, to mate with the corresponding pluggable module
within each of the top and bottom channels.

US Pat. No. 9,608,377

CAGED ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES HAVING INDICATOR LIGHTS

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1. An electrical connector assembly comprising:
a cage member having a plurality of walls defining a port configured to receive a pluggable module therein through a front
end of the cage member, the port extending to a rear end of the cage member, the walls being manufactured from a conductive
material and providing electrical shielding;

a communication connector disposed within the cage member and positioned at the rear end of the cage member to mate with the
pluggable module when the pluggable module is inserted into the port, the communication connector having a mating face being
forward facing; and

a communication connector light pipe mounted to the communication connector and provided at the mating face, the communication
connector light pipe having an emitting face emitting light into the pluggable module.

US Pat. No. 9,608,382

HEADER TRANSITION CONNECTOR FOR AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR SYSTEM

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21. An electrical connector system comprising:
a receptacle connector comprising receptacle signal contacts arranged in pairs carrying differential signals, the receptacle
connector comprising a ground shield having ground contacts extending therefrom; and

a header transition connector coupled to the receptacle connector, the header transition connector comprising a header housing
holding header signal contacts and header ground shields, the header housing having a separating wall separating a first cavity
from a second cavity, the receptacle connector configured to be received in the first cavity, the header signal contacts arranged
in pairs carrying differential signals, the header signal contacts having first mating ends that extend in the first cavity
and are configured to be mated with the receptacle signal contacts of the receptacle connector, the header signal contacts
having second mating ends that extend in the second cavity for mating with a second receptacle connector, the header ground
shields having first mating ends in the first cavity for mating with the ground contacts of the receptacle connector, the
header ground shields having second mating ends in the second cavity for mating with the second receptacle connector, the
header ground shield comprising an engagement feature integral with the corresponding header ground shield, the engagement
feature having an engagement surface, wherein the engagement feature of a first header ground shield is engaged in physical
contact at the engagement surface with a second header ground shield such that the first and second header ground shields
are electrically connected together.

US Pat. No. 9,666,966

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING ELECTRICAL CONTACTS THAT ENGAGE MATING CONTACTS

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a connector housing configured to engage a mating connector during a mating operation; and
a contact array including electrical contacts that are coupled to the connector housing, each of the electrical contacts including
a proximal base coupled to the connector housing and an elongated body that extends from the proximal base to a distal end,
wherein the elongated body has a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal base and the distal end and a lateral axis
that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the elongated body including a body side that extends along the longitudinal
and lateral axes and is shaped to form a wipe track and a contact zone that is adjacent to an end of the wipe track, the wipe
track configured to engage a contact finger of the mating connector as the contact finger moves linearly along the longitudinal
axis toward the contact zone, the contact zone being configured to directly engage the contact finger during operation of
the electrical connector, wherein the body side includes first and second recessed portions that are separated by the wipe
track, the wipe track having a non-linear path such that the wipe track turns at least partially in a lateral direction along
the lateral axis as the wipe track moves toward the contact zone along the longitudinal axis, the wipe track and the contact
zone being portions of a common exterior surface of the elongated body;

wherein the body side is a first body side, the elongated body further comprising a second body side that extends along the
longitudinal axis, the first and second body sides facing in generally perpendicular directions, the first recessed portion
being defined by a planar surface that extends between and joins the wipe track and the second body side;

wherein the wipe track is a planar surface that is laterally defined between and includes first and second track edges, wherein
the elongated body further comprises a third body side, the first body side extending along the lateral axis between the second
and third body sides, the first and second track edges extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis along the
first body side, wherein the elongated body has a body width that extends along the lateral axis between the second and third
body sides and the wipe track has a track width that extends along the lateral axis between the two track edges, the track
width being less than the body width for a majority of the wipe track.

US Pat. No. 9,608,590

CABLE ASSEMBLY HAVING A SIGNAL-CONTROL COMPONENT

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1. A cable assembly comprising:
a communication cable including first and second insulated wires, each of the first and second insulated wires having a signal
conductor and an insulation layer that surrounds the signal conductor; and

a circuit carrier coupled to the communication cable and including separate first and second signal pathways, each of the
first and second signal pathways including a leading conductive surface and a trailing conductive surface that are separated
from each other, the signal conductors of the first and second insulated wires being coupled to the trailing conductive surfaces
of the first and second signal pathways, respectively, the first signal pathway including a corresponding signal-control component
that electrically couples the separated leading and trailing conductive surfaces of the first signal pathway, the second signal
pathway including a different corresponding signal-control component that electrically couples the separated leading and trailing
conductive surfaces of the second signal pathway.

US Pat. No. 9,608,427

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING A CONDUCTIVE WIRE ASSEMBLY

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1. A shuttle assembly configured to connect an insulated wire to a contact terminal, the shuttle assembly comprising:
a connecting insert defining an exposed wire-crimping chamber, wherein the connecting insert is configured to receive an exposed
end of a conductive wire, and wherein the connecting insert is configured to be crimped to the exposed end of the conductive
wire, wherein the connecting insert comprises: (a) an exterior wall connected to an end cap, wherein the exposed wire-crimping
chamber is defined between the exterior wall and the end cap, and wherein one or both of a plurality of openings are formed
through or a plurality of protrusions extend from one or both of the exterior wall or the end cap, (b) a connection window
formed through a portion of the exterior wall, wherein an exposed end of the conductive wire is visible through the connection
window when the insulated wire is properly connected to the connecting insert, (c) a wire-connection confirmation lever that
is positioned within a channel formed through a portion of a main body of the connecting insert, wherein the wire-connection
confirmation lever comprises: (i) a flexible root that flexibly connects to the main body; (ii) an inwardly-canted beam that
connects to the flexible root, wherein the inwardly-canted beam extends into the exposed wire-crimping chamber toward a longitudinal
axis; and (iii) a linear extension beam that connects to the inwardly-canted beam, wherein the linear extension beam outwardly
angles away from the longitudinal axis; and

a seal member connected to the connecting insert, wherein the seal member is configured to be crimped to an insulating cover
of the insulated wire.

US Pat. No. 9,595,795

HEADER ASSEMBLY

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1. A header assembly comprising:
a center contact;
a dielectric body surrounding the center contact;
an outer housing holding the center contact and the dielectric body, the outer housing having a rear shell and an outer contact
extending forward from the rear shell, the outer contact receiving the center contact and the dielectric body, the outer contact
having multiple locking tabs extending from an exterior thereof, the locking tabs spaced apart at different angular positions
around a perimeter of the outer contact, the locking tabs each including two sides and a back surface extending between the
two sides, the back surface facing towards the rear shell; and

a nose cone coupled to and surrounding the outer contact, the nose cone defining a cavity that receives the outer contact
therein, the nose cone having one or more keying ribs along an exterior thereof, the nose cone having multiple latches spaced
apart at different angular positions around a perimeter of the nose cone, the latches engaging the back surfaces of the corresponding
locking tabs to secure the nose cone to the outer housing in one of at least two distinct rotational orientations, the nose
cone further including multiple alignment lugs that extend into the cavity and are received in spaces defined between adjacent
locking tabs of the outer contact, the alignment lugs configured to engage the sides of the locking tabs to block rotation
of the nose cone relative to the outer contact.

US Pat. No. 9,583,865

PLUGGABLE MODULE FOR A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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1. A pluggable module comprising:
a pluggable body extending lengthwise between a mating end and a cable end, the pluggable body having a first end and an opposite
second end with sides extending therebetween along a length of the pluggable body, the first end, second end and sides defining
a cavity; and

an internal circuit board held in the cavity, the internal circuit board being provided at an end of a cable communicatively
coupled to the internal circuit board, wherein the pluggable body is configured to be plugged into a receptacle assembly such
that the internal circuit board is communicatively coupled to a communication connector of the receptacle assembly;

wherein the pluggable body is defined by a first shell and a second shell, the first shell comprising the first end and the
sides, the second shell comprising the second end, the first shell including an extruded body having a fixed cross-sectional
profile from the mating end to the cable end.

US Pat. No. 9,661,776

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY AND BACKPLANE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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1. A mounting assembly for a backplane communication system, the mounting assembly comprising:
a retention collet extending between a trailing end and a leading end, the retention collet including a collet base that has
the trailing end and a coupling arm that extends from the collet base to the leading end, the collet base having a passage
therethrough, wherein a collet axis extends through a center of the passage and wherein the collet base is configured to be
mounted to a backplane such that the passage extends through the backplane and the coupling arm extends away from the backplane,
the coupling arm extending generally parallel to the collect axis and having an inner surface that faces the collet axis and
defines an inner space, the passage being a void that extends entirely through the collet base and is aligned with the inner
space, the collet base defining an opening to the passage at the trailing end of the retention collet, the passage configured
to permit a guide pin to be inserted through the opening at the trailing end and advance freely through the center of the
passage and into the inner space, the inner surface shaped to slidably engage the guide pin as the guide pin advance through
the inner space; and

a spacer member having a member cavity that receives the coupling arm when the spacer member is mounted to the backplane,
the coupling arm being held in a locked position when engaged by the guide pin that has been inserted through the passage
of the collet base and into the member cavity, the retention collet and the spacer member being interlocked when the coupling
arm is in the locked position.

US Pat. No. 9,595,788

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING A FLEXIBLE LATCH ACTUATED BY A RAMP ON A RELEASE COLLAR

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a circular housing having a cavity configured to receiving a mating connector, the housing holding power terminals in the
cavity, the housing having a mating end having a generally circular cross-section, the housing having a flexible latch at
the mating end configured to engage a latch of the mating connector, the flexible latch having a pull hook extending therefrom;
and

a release collar slidably coupled to the housing at the mating end in an axial direction between a forward position and a
rearward position, the release collar having an actuator ramp facing the pull hook, the actuator ramp engaging the pull hook
to actuate the flexible latch to release the flexible latch from the latch of the mating connector as the release collar is
moved to the rearward position;

wherein the housing includes a locking finger engaging the release collar to lock the release collar in the forward position,
the release collar being unlocked from the locking finger to move to the rearward position.

US Pat. No. 9,653,194

LOW RESISTANCE INSERT

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1. A conductive insert which provides a low resistance bond between low conductive materials, the insert comprising:
a first surface and an oppositely facing second surface;
a plurality of openings extending between the first surface and the second surface;
multiple first triangular projections extending proximate each of respective first openings, the multiple first triangular
projections extend at an angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the insert, the multiple first triangular projections of
each of the respective first openings extending from the first surface in a direction away from the second surface, each of
the multiple first triangular projections having a first fixed end and a first free end formed by two sides of the first triangular
projection, the first free ends having first sharp edges or first points to provide first piercing surfaces which are moveable
in a direction which is essentially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the insert to provide a wiping action on a first surface
of the conductive material;

multiple second triangular projections extending proximate each of respective second openings, the multiple second triangular
projections extend at an angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the insert, the multiple second triangular projections of
each of the respective second openings extending from the second surface in a direction away from the first surface, each
of the multiple second triangular projections having a second fixed end and a second free end formed by two sides of the second
triangular projection, the second free ends having second sharp edges or second points to provide second piercing surfaces
which are moveable in a direction which is essentially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the insert to provide a wiping action
on a second surface of the conductive material;

wherein the insert provides a stable, low resistance electrically conductive path between the conductive materials.

US Pat. No. 9,608,351

SELF-SECURED ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing stack comprising a front housing and a rear housing, the front housing defining a mating end of the housing stack,
the rear housing defining a mounting end of the housing stack, the rear housing disposed rearward of the front housing, the
housing stack defining plural cavities that extend continuously through the front housing and the rear housing between the
mating end and the mounting end, the front housing including a forward-facing shoulder within at least some of the cavities,
the rear housing including a rear-facing shoulder associated with the cavities that include the forward-facing shoulder; and

plural conductors disposed in the cavities of the housing stack, at least some of the conductors having a first projecting
feature that engages the forward-facing shoulder in the corresponding cavity and a second projecting feature that engages
the rear-facing shoulder to secure the front housing to the rear housing.

US Pat. No. 9,711,889

CABLE CONNECTOR GRID FRAME FOR A CABLE BACKPLANE SYSTEM

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1. A cable backplane system comprising:
a backplane having connector openings receiving corresponding cable connectors therein;
a cable tray coupled to the backplane, the cable tray having side walls surrounding a cavity defining a raceway for cables
interconnecting corresponding cable connectors; and

a cable connector grid frame supporting the cable connectors, the cable connector grid frame comprising side rails and center
rails, the center rails being separate and discrete pieces from the side rails and being individually secured thereto to form
the cable connector grid frame, the center rails being held between the side rails and forming a grid of cable connector openings
between the side rails and the center rails, the cable connector openings receiving corresponding headers of the cable connectors
and holding positions of the headers relative to one another, wherein the cable connector grid frame and the cable connectors
are assembled to form a cable connector grid frame and cable connector assembly that is loaded into the cable tray to position
the cable connectors and corresponding cables in the cable tray as a unit to form a cable tray assembly, wherein the cable
tray assembly, including the cable tray, the cable connector grid frame and the cable connectors with the corresponding cables,
is then coupled to the backplane as a unit with the cable connector grid frame holding the cable connectors in the cable tray
and positioning each of the cable connectors relative to the backplane for alignment and receipt in the corresponding connector
openings.

US Pat. No. 9,668,380

CONFORMABLE THERMAL BRIDGE

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1. A thermal bridge comprising:
a frame defining a bridge opening that extends through the frame; and
an array of multiple plates held in the bridge opening of the frame, the plates having front planar faces and opposite rear
planar faces, the plates stacked side-by-side along a stack axis, the front and rear planar faces of the plates oriented perpendicular
to the stack axis, the array extending between a top end defined by top edges of the plates and a bottom end defined by bottom
edges of the plates, each plate being independently vertically compressible between the respective top and bottom edges of
the plate relative to other plates in the array, the top end of the array being configured to engage and conform to a contour
of a first external surface, the bottom end of the array being configured to engage and conform to a contour of a second external
surface, the plates being thermally conductive to transfer heat between the first and second external surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,601,852

EDGE-MOUNTED COAXIAL CONNECTOR

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1. A coaxial connector comprising:
a housing configured to be mounted to an edge of a circuit board; and
coaxial contacts held by the housing, the coaxial contacts comprising coaxial contact pairs that each include a signal contact
and a ground contact that is arranged coaxially with the signal contact of the same coaxial contact pair, the signal contacts
being held by the housing such that signal mounting segments of the signal contacts are configured to extend over and be engaged
in electrical contact with corresponding electrical signal traces of the circuit board when the housing is mounted to the
edge of the circuit board, the ground contacts being held by the housing such that ground mounting segments of the ground
contacts are configured to extend over and be engaged in electrical contact with corresponding electrical ground traces of
the circuit board when the housing is mounted to the edge of the circuit board, wherein two of the ground contacts are configured
to extend over and be engaged in electrical contact with the same electrical ground trace.

US Pat. No. 9,590,337

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING WAFERS

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a cavity;
a wafer stack received in the cavity, the wafer stack comprising a plurality of electrical wafers, the electrical wafers being
discrete from each other and stacked such that the electrical wafers are arranged parallel to each other within the cavity
with spaces between the stacked electrical wafers, each wafer including a first edge and a second edge, each wafer including
at least one trace between the first and second edges; and

a flex harness comprising a plurality of flexible printed circuit boards (FPCBs), the FPCBs being discrete from each other
and electrically connected to corresponding wafers.

US Pat. No. 9,666,961

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing stack comprising a front housing and a rear housing, the front housing defining a mating end of the housing stack
configured for mating with a mating connector, the rear housing defining a mounting end of the housing stack configured for
mounting to a circuit board, the mounting end being opposite the mating end, the rear housing disposed rearward of the front
housing and being coupled to the front housing at a seam, the housing stack defining plural contact cavities that extend continuously
through the front housing and the rear housing between the mating end and the mounting end;

a lossy spacer disposed at the seam between the front and rear housings, the lossy spacer having plural contact cavities aligned
with corresponding contact cavities of the housing stack;

signal contacts disposed in corresponding contact cavities of the housing stack and being provided at or near the mating and
mounting ends for electrical connection to the mating connector and the circuit board, respectively; and

ground contacts disposed in corresponding contact cavities of the housing stack and being provided at or near the mating and
mounting ends for electrical connection to the mating connector and the circuit board, respectively;

wherein the signal contacts extend through the lossy spacer such that the signal contacts do not directly engage the lossy
spacer, and wherein the ground contacts extend through the contact cavities in the lossy spacer such that the ground contacts
are coupled by the lossy spacer.

US Pat. No. 9,608,369

CONNECTOR SYSTEM WITH CONNECTOR POSITION ASSURANCE

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a front end and defining a cavity at the front end that is configured to receive a mating connector therein,
the housing further defining a socket adjacent to the cavity and at least partially open to the cavity, the housing including
at least a first protrusion proximate to the socket that defines a hard stop surface;

a rounded member held in the socket of the housing and movable relative to the housing between a seated position and a lifted
position, the rounded member biased towards the seated position and configured to be moved from the seated position to the
lifted position by the mating connector as the mating connector is loaded into the cavity, the rounded member attaining the
lifted position as the mating connector reaches a fully mated position in the cavity; and

a connector position assurance (CPA) lever mounted on the housing and slidable relative to the housing between an extended
position and a retracted position, the CPA lever including a base and a deflectable tab extending from the base,

wherein, when the rounded member is in the seated position, movement of the CPA lever from the extended position to the retracted
position is mechanically blocked by the hard stop surface of the first protrusion that abuts the deflectable tab, and

wherein, when the rounded member is in the lifted position, the rounded member engages and deflects the deflectable tab to
a clearance position that clears the first protrusion allowing the CPA lever to be moved from the extended position to the
retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,595,782

PIN WITH ANGLED RETENTION MEMBER

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1. A contact pin for insertion into an opening of a deformable component, the contact pin comprising:
a longitudinal body having a first section and a second section;
a retention section located between the first and second sections, the retention section comprising:
at least one retention member extending radially outward from the longitudinal body, the at least one retention member having
a first portion proximate the first section and a second portion proximate the second section, the first portion being angularly
offset in the linear direction of the longitudinal axis of the longitudinal body from the second portion;

the at least one retention member having a surface which extends outwardly, beyond an outer diameter of the first end section
to displace material from a wall of the opening; and

wherein as the at least one retention member is angled linearly, the displacement of material around the opening of the deformable
component causes forces to be applied to the at least one retention member in at least two directions thereby increasing the
retention force of the pin in the deformable component.

US Pat. No. 9,583,862

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY AND RETENTION MECHANISM CONFIGURED TO MAINTAIN A MATED RELATIONSHIP

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1. A connector assembly comprising:
a communication connector configured to be at least one of electrically or optically coupled to a plug, the communication
connector having a connector housing that includes a mating face configured to engage the plug;

a retention mechanism including a connector hinge and a retention clip, the connector hinge being a portion of the connector
housing or being coupled to the connector housing, the retention clip having a panel, a hinge arm, and a plug arm, wherein
the panel extends between and couples to the hinge and plug arms, the hinge arm and the plug arm being positioned along a
common side of the panel, the hinge arm gripping the connector hinge such that the retention clip is rotatable about the connector
hinge between open and locked positions, the plug arm configured to be deflected by the plug as the retention clip is rotated
to the locked position, the plug arm having a flex segment that is directly coupled to the panel and is dimensioned to permit
the plug arm to be deflected away from the panel to a biased position, the plug arm pressing the plug toward the mating face
when in the biased position.

US Pat. No. 9,735,481

DAUGHTER CARD ASSEMBLY AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

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1. A daughter card assembly comprising:
a circuit board having body edges that coincide with a board plane, the body edges including a leading edge and a trailing
edge;

leading and trailing connectors mounted to the circuit board and communicatively coupled to each other through the circuit
board, the leading and trailing connectors being proximate to the leading and trailing edges, respectively, and having mating
ends that face in different directions along the board plane;

a support wall coupled to the circuit board and extending along the trailing edge orthogonal to the board plane, the support
wall having opposite interior and exterior surfaces and a wall opening therethrough, the trailing connector being positioned
on the circuit board such that the mating end of the trailing connector substantially aligns with the wall opening; and

a retention shroud coupled to the support wall and projecting from the exterior surface, the retention shroud defining a shroud
passage that aligns with the wall opening of the support wall, wherein the shroud passage at least one of receives the trailing
connector or is configured to receive a cable connector that mates with the trailing connector, wherein the retention shroud
is indirectly coupled to the trailing connector through the support wall and the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,706,660

SOLAR JUNCTION BOX

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1. A solar junction box for a solar panel having at least one photovoltaic cell and a conductive foil electrically connected
to the at least one cell, the solar junction box comprising:
a housing having a base and walls defining a cavity, the base having an opening configured to receive the conductive foil;
a power cable held in the housing, the power cable having a power terminal terminated to an end of the power cable, the power
terminal being positioned within the housing; and

an electronic module removably received in the cavity, the electronic module having a circuit board including electronic components
mounted to the circuit board, the electronic module having a foil contact configured to be removably coupled to the foil,
the electronic module having a power contact configured to be removably coupled to the power terminal, the circuit board having
a power circuit electrically connecting the foil contact and the power contact.

US Pat. No. 9,620,907

RECEPTACLE ASSEMBLY HAVING A GASKET ASSEMBLY FOR EMI SHIELDING

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1. A receptacle assembly comprising:
a receptacle housing having a plurality of panels defining a module cavity configured to receive a pluggable module therein,
the receptacle housing extending between a front end and a back end and being configured to receive the pluggable module through
the front end, at least one of the panels defining a top of the receptacle housing, the panels being conductive to provide
electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding for the module cavity, the receptacle housing configured to be mounted to a circuit
board at a bottom of the receptacle housing;

a gasket assembly provided at the bottom of the receptacle housing, the gasket assembly having a bottom plate, a hinge plate
rearward of the bottom plate, and a rear plate extending from a rear of the hinge plate, the bottom plate, the hinge plate
and the rear plate being conductive to provide EMI shielding for the module cavity, the bottom plate being coupled to corresponding
panels of the receptacle housing at the bottom of the receptacle housing to provide EMI shielding at the bottom of the receptacle
housing, the rear plate being coupled to corresponding panels of the receptacle housing at the back end of the receptacle
housing to provide EMI shielding at the back end of the receptacle housing, the hinge plate is hingedly coupled between the
bottom plate and the rear plate to change relative positions of the bottom plate and the rear plate during assembly to the
circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,588,302

EXPANDED-BEAM CONNECTOR WITH MOLDED LENS

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1. An expanded-beam connector comprising:
a compliant sleeve for holding at least one ferrule and one lens body, the sleeve having an interior surface having a certain
geometry;

a fiber having a fiber end face;
the ferrule having at least one bore hole for receiving the fiber and an end face for presenting the fiber end face, the ferrule
having an outer periphery at least a portion of which has the certain geometry such that said interior surface of said sleeve
and said at least a portion of said outer periphery of said ferrule contact, thereby holding the ferrule in a precise radial
position relative to the sleeve when disposed in the sleeve; and

the lens body, the lens body being formed with a first face and a second face, the first and second faces being substantially
planar, the first face configured for abutting the end face of the ferrule and configured to axially position the end face
of the ferrule to optically couple the fiber end face with an interface point of the lens body, the second face having a convex
surface, the interface point and the convex surface being optically coupled through the lens body, the lens body having an
outer periphery at least a portion of which has the certain geometry such that said interior surface of said sleeve and said
at least a portion of said outer periphery of said lens body contact, thereby holding the lens body in a precise radial position
relative to the sleeve when disposed in the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,640,895

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING A TPA

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a mating end at a front of the housing and a base at a rear of the housing, the housing having a plurality
of terminal towers extending forward of the base toward the mating end, each terminal tower having a terminal channel therein
configured to receive a corresponding terminal therein, the terminal towers being spaced apart from each other and surrounded
by gaps, the gaps defining a central cavity between the plurality of terminal towers; and

a terminal position assurance (TPA) device received in the central cavity, the TPA device being front loaded into the central
cavity through the mating end in a loading direction toward the base, the TPA device including a plurality of latches received
in corresponding terminal towers, the latches having latching fingers positionable in the corresponding terminal channels
in blocking positions to block removal of the terminals from the terminal channels, the TPA device including a locking block
received in the central cavity to lock the TPA device in the central cavity, the locking block being positioned relative to
the latches to hold the latches in the blocking positions.

US Pat. No. 9,735,519

COAXIAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF COAXIAL CONTACTS

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1. A coaxial connector assembly comprising:
a connector module having a connector body that includes a front side and a plurality of coaxial contacts that are coupled
to the connector body and presented along the front side for engaging corresponding mating contacts of a mating connector,
the front side facing in a mating direction along a mating axis;

a mounting frame having a mating side and a mounting side that face in opposite directions, the mounting side facing in a
mounting direction along the mating axis and configured to interface with a support wall, the mounting frame defining a passage
that extends through the mating and mounting sides, the passage including a connector-receiving recess that opens to the mounting
side and is defined by blocking surfaces, the blocking surfaces including a first blocking surface that faces in a lateral
direction that is perpendicular to the mating axis and a second blocking surface that faces in the mounting direction, the
first and second blocking surfaces being sized and shaped relative to the connector module to permit the connector module
to float relative to the mounting frame within a confined space that is defined by the first and second blocking surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,669,432

COMPONENT FEEDING SYSTEM

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1. A component feeding system comprising:
a platform;
a tray supported by the platform, the tray having a component support surface for supporting a plurality of components thereon;
an agitation unit supported by the platform and operatively coupled to the tray, the agitation unit agitating the tray to
cause the components to move on the tray;

a guidance system supported by the platform, the guidance system having a camera viewing the tray;
a positioning system supported by the platform;
a component gripper supported by the positioning system and moved by the positioning system relative to the tray, the component
gripper being configured to pick and place components on the tray; and

a controller communicating with the agitation unit, the positioning system, the component gripper and the guidance system,
the controller operating the agitation unit, the positioning system and the component gripper based on an image obtained by
the camera;

wherein the controller develops a motion profile for the agitation unit based on an image obtained by the camera, the motion
profile controlling at least one of a frequency, direction and amplitude of agitation of the tray to manipulate the orientation
of the components relative to the tray, and

wherein the controller develops a motion profile for the positioning system based on an image obtained by the camera to move
the component gripper.

US Pat. No. 9,666,962

POWER TERMINAL WITH COMPLIANT PIN FOR ELECTRICAL POWER CONNECTOR

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1. An electrical power connector comprising:
a power terminal having a first contact and a second contact arranged back-to-back;
the first contact having a first thickness, the first contact having a first mating segment having a mating interface at which
the first contact is configured to mate with a first mating contact, the first contact having a first mounting segment comprising
a first compliant pin;

the second contact having a second thickness approximately equal to the first thickness, the second contact having a second
mating segment having a mating interface at which the second contact is configured to mate with a second mating contact, the
second contact having a second mounting segment comprising a second compliant pin;

wherein the first compliant pin is aligned with the second compliant pin and arranged back-to-back such that both the first
and second compliant pins are received in a common plated via of a circuit board; and

wherein the first compliant pin has a first opening having a first width at a widest part of the first opening, the first
contact having a first width-to-thickness (W/T) stamping ratio, the second compliant pin has a second opening having a second
width at a widest part of the second opening, the second contact having a second W/T stamping ratio equal to or greater than
the first W/T stamping ratio, and the first and second compliant pins are aligned back-to-back to form a terminal compliant
pin of the power terminal having at least one terminal compliant pin opening defined by the first and second openings, the
terminal compliant pin opening having a third width at a widest part thereof equal to the wider of the first and second openings,
the terminal compliant pin having a third thickness equal to a sum of the first and second thicknesses, the terminal compliant
pin having a third W/T stamping ratio less than the first and second W/T stamping ratios.

US Pat. No. 9,666,998

GROUND CONTACT MODULE FOR A CONTACT MODULE STACK

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1. A ground contact module comprising:
a ground leadframe having at least one ground contact extending between a corresponding mating end and terminating end with
a transition portion between the mating and terminating ends, the transition portion being generally planar and having a first
side and a second side opposite the first side, the ground leadframe including only the at least one ground contact and being
devoid of signal contacts;

a ground dielectric body holding the ground leadframe, the ground dielectric body having at least one low loss layer overmolded
over the ground leadframe and generally encasing the transition portion of the at least one ground contact, the ground dielectric
body having a lossy band being electrically coupled to at least one of the at least one ground contact, the lossy band being
separate and discrete from the at least one low loss layer and being attached to the at least one low loss layer in proximity
to the at least one ground contact, the lossy band being manufactured from lossy material having conductive particles in a
dielectric binder material, the lossy band absorbing electrical resonance propagating through the ground contact module.

US Pat. No. 9,590,338

RIGID-FLEX CIRCUIT CONNECTOR

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1. A rigid-flex circuit connector comprising:
a layered circuit board having a rigid board stacked above a flex board, the rigid board including at least one rigid substrate
and a rigid board circuit, the rigid board circuit including a plurality of conductive vias extending into the rigid board
from a top surface of the rigid board, the flex board including at least one flexible substrate and a flex board circuit,
the flex board circuit electrically connected to the conductive vias of the rigid board circuit; and

an array of electrical contacts loaded in the conductive vias, the electrical contacts having mating ends protruding from
the top surface of the rigid board to mechanically engage and electrically connect to mating contacts of a mating electronic
component.

US Pat. No. 9,692,163

CRUSH RIB HOUSING FOR POSTIVE LOCK RECEPTACLE

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1. A receptacle connector, comprising:
(a) a positive lock receptacle, wherein the positive lock receptacle includes:
(i) a wire receiving portion; and
(ii) a housing insertion portion, wherein the housing insertion portion further includes a first electrical contact roll and
a second electrical contact roll; and

(b) a housing adapted to receive the positive lock receptacle, wherein the housing includes:
(i) an insulating housing body; and
(ii) a first crush rib positioned within the insulating housing body and a second crush rib positioned within the insulating
housing body,

(iii) wherein the first and second crush ribs engage and secure the first and second electrical contact rolls respectively
upon insertion of the housing insertion portion of the positive lock receptacle into the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,666,972

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing including a front housing and a rear housing separately provided from and mateable to the front housing to define
the housing;

the front housing having front terminal channels configured to receive terminals, the front housing having front keying features
for aligning the front housing with the rear housing for mating thereto;

the rear housing having rear terminal channels aligned with the front terminal channels when the rear housing is mated with
the front housing, the rear housing having rear keying features that interact with the front keying features to align the
front housing with the rear housing during mating; and

an independent secondary lock (ISL) device coupled to the housing, the ISL device having a front plate positioned in front
of the front housing with front plate channels therethrough configured to be aligned with the front terminal channels, the
ISL device having a lock plate positioned between the front housing and the rear housing with lock plate channels therethrough,
the front plate being formed integral with the lock plate and being movable with the lock plate, the ISL device having a staged
mating sequence with the housing, wherein in a first stage, the lock plate channels are aligned with the front and rear terminal
channels to allow the terminals to at least partially pass therethrough from the rear terminal channels into the front terminal
channels during loading of the terminals into the housing, and wherein in a second stage, the lock plate is moved relative
to the housing to a blocking position where the lock plate blocks the terminals from removal from the front terminal channels,
the front plate being moved relative to the housing with the lock plate from the first stage to the second stage, the front
plate channels being aligned with the front terminal channels in the second stage.

US Pat. No. 9,668,378

RECEPTACLE ASSEMBLY WITH HEAT EXTRACTION FROM A PLUGGABLE MODULE

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1. A receptacle assembly comprising:
a cage comprising an interior cavity having a port, the cage comprising a rear end and a front end, the front end is open
to the port, the port being configured to receive a pluggable module therein through the front end of the cage, the cage comprising
a spring; and

a heat spreader comprising a body having a cage segment that is configured to be mounted to the cage such that the cage segment
extends over at least a portion of the cage with a module side of the cage segment facing the port, the body comprising an
extension segment that extends from the cage segment, the extension segment being positioned behind the rear end and extending
in a direction generally away from the cage, the extension segment having a first side that is engaged in thermal communication
with a heat exchanger behind the rear end, wherein the spring is configured to engage the pluggable module when the pluggable
module is received within the port such that the spring is configured to press the pluggable module in thermal communication
with the module side of the cage segment of the heat spreader.

US Pat. No. 9,620,876

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING ELECTRICAL CONTACTS THAT INCLUDE A PORE-BLOCKING SUBSTANCE

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a connector housing configured to engage a mating connector during a mating operation; and
a plurality of electrical contacts coupled to the connector housing, each of the electrical contacts including a proximal
base coupled to the connector housing and an elongated body that extends from the proximal base to a distal end, the elongated
body having a body side that extends between the proximal base and the distal end and is configured to engage a corresponding
mating contact of the mating connector, the body side having an exterior surface that includes a stamped indentation, wherein
each of the electrical contacts includes a pore-blocking substance within the corresponding stamped indentation and along
a surrounding portion of the exterior surface that is adjacent to the corresponding stamped indentation.

US Pat. No. 9,620,906

EMI SHIELDING FOR PLUGGABLE MODULES

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1. A connector assembly comprising:
a cage member having a plurality of walls defining a module cavity configured to receive a pluggable module therein through
a front end of the cage member, the walls being manufactured from a metal material and providing electrical shielding for
the module cavity, the walls extending rearward from the front end to a rear end of the cage member where the walls are configured
to surround a communication connector at or near the rear end having a mating interface configured to be mated with the pluggable
module, the module cavity having a pluggable module segment at or near the front end receiving the pluggable module and a
communication connector segment at or near the rear end receiving the communication connector, the pluggable module segment
meeting the communication connector segment at an intersection proximate to the mating interface of the communication connector;
and

an EMI skirt proximate to the intersection of the pluggable module segment and the communication connector segment of the
module cavity such that the EMI skirt is positioned proximate to the mating interface of the communication connector with
the pluggable module, the EMI skirt comprising plural spring beams configured to surround a mating perimeter of the pluggable
module proximate to and forward of a mating end of the pluggable module configured to be mated with the communication connector,
the spring beams being deflectable and being elastically deformed against the mating perimeter when the pluggable module is
mated with the communication connector, the spring beams having mating interfaces configured to engage and electrically connect
to the pluggable module, wherein the EMI skirt is positioned in the module cavity to engage at least two different sides of
the pluggable module.

US Pat. No. 9,620,265

SEALED HEADER ASSEMBLY

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1. A sealed header assembly comprising:
a housing having a cover shroud portion, a mounting portion and a wire holder portion, the mounting portion configured to
mount the housing to a case of an electrical device, the wire holder portion configured to extend through an opening in the
electrical device to an interior of the electrical device, the wire holder portion configured to receive wires passing through
the housing between the interior and an exterior of the electrical device, the wire holder portion including a chamber bounded
by chamber walls, the wire holder portion having one or more wire channels through one of the chamber walls being open to
the chamber and to the cover shroud portion on opposite sides of the chamber wall, an exterior of the wire holder portion
having a seal configured to be sealed to the case of the electrical device;

a wire cover removably mounted to the housing at the cover shroud portion to define a wire passageway for the wires;
a seal received in the chamber and being sealed to at least one of the chamber walls, the seal having one or more wire channels
and configured to seal against the wires received in the corresponding wire channels; and

a seal cap received in the chamber to hold the seal in the chamber, the seal cap including one or more wire channels receiving
corresponding wires, wherein the wire channels of the seal cap are aligned with the wire channels of the seal to direct the
wires along corresponding wire channel axes through the seal.

US Pat. No. 9,666,982

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING LATCH RELEASE COLLAR

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a circular housing having a cavity configured to receive a mating connector, the housing holding power terminals in the cavity,
the housing having a mating end having a generally circular cross-section, the housing having a flexible latch at the mating
end configured to engage a latch of the mating connector, the flexible latch having a pull hook extending therefrom; and

a release collar slidably coupled to the housing at the mating end in an axial direction between a forward position and a
rearward position, the release collar having an actuator ramp facing the pull hook, the actuator ramp engaging the pull hook
to actuate the flexible latch to release the flexible latch from a latch of the mating connector as the release collar is
moved in the axial direction to the rearward position.

US Pat. No. 9,667,002

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY WITH AN UNSHIELDED TWISTED PAIR CIRCUIT

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1. A connector assembly comprising,
a housing having housing cavities extending between a mating end and a loading end, the housing having module latches associated
with corresponding housing cavities; and

contact modules received in corresponding housing cavities, each contact module having first and second module cavities extending
between a front end and a rear end of the contact modules, the contact modules being held within the housing cavity by the
corresponding module latch, each contact module having an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) circuit, the UTP circuit includes
first and second signal wires and first and second terminals terminated to the first and second signal wires, the signal wires
being twisted along a length of the first and second signal wires;

wherein the contact module has a primary latch surface for securing the first and second terminals in the first and second
module cavities, and the contact module has a secondary latch for securing the first and second terminals in the first and
second module cavities;

wherein the first and second terminals comprise a latch configured to engage the primary latch surface of the contact module,
and a secondary recess configured to receive the secondary latch of the contact module.

US Pat. No. 9,716,378

COLD SHRINKABLE TERMINATION FOR AN ELECTRIC POWER CABLE

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A cold shrinkable termination comprising:
an electric power cable having
a conductor core,
an insulation layer covering the conductor core, and
a conductive shielding layer covering the insulation layer;
an insulation body having a first end portion and an opposite second end portion; and
a stress control tube molded to and integrally formed with the insulation body adjacent to the second end portion of the insulation
body, and having

a first tube portion directly overlapped on the insulation layer of the electric power cable, and
a second tube portion directly overlapped on the conductive shielding layer of the electric power cable and extending a predetermined
length thereon when the cold shrinkable termination is mounted on the electric power cable, an end surface of the second tube
portion protruding from an inner wall of the insulation body.

US Pat. No. 9,666,993

EMI CONTAINMENT FOR CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

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1. A connector assembly comprising:
a cage member having a plurality of walls defining a port configured to receive a pluggable module therein through a front
end of the cage member, the walls extending rearward from the front end to a rear end of the cage member, the walls being
manufactured from a metal material and providing electrical shielding for the port, the cage member being configured to be
mounted generally behind an interior surface of a bezel and being aligned with an opening in the bezel to receive the pluggable
module; and

an EMI skirt at the front end of the cage member, the EMI skirt comprising plural spring beams extending from the walls at
exit points, the spring beams and the cage member being integral and having a unibody design, each spring beam having a front
bend at the exit point from the corresponding wall at the front end of the cage member, each spring beam having a base extending
rearward from the front bend along the exterior of the cage member and spaced apart from the corresponding wall of the cage
member, the base being configured to pass through the opening in the bezel to a position rearward of the interior surface
of the bezel, each spring beam having an arm extending from the base outward in a direction generally away from the cage member,
the arm being configured to reside behind the bezel, the arms having bezel mating interfaces configured to engage and electrically
connect to the interior surface of the bezel.

US Pat. No. 9,730,357

CABLE CONNECTOR MOUNTS FOR CONNECTOR BRICKS OF A CABLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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1. A connector brick for a cable communication system comprising:
a header frame including end walls and side walls defining a header opening, the header frame being configured for mating
with at least one circuit card;

a plurality of cable connectors received in the header opening, each cable connector having cables extending therefrom, each
cable connector having a header holding signal contacts at a mating end of the header and configured for mating with a corresponding
card connector of the corresponding circuit card, each header having lugs extending therefrom; and

cable connector mounts coupled to the end walls and extending into the header opening, the cable connector mounts being interspersed
between successive cable connectors and engaging corresponding cable connectors to secure the cable connectors in the header
opening, each cable connector mount comprising a front spacer member at a front end of the header frame and a rear spacer
member discrete from the front spacer member and located at a rear end of the header frame, the lugs of corresponding headers
being captured between and engaging the front spacer members and the rear spacer members to secure the cable connectors in
the header opening.

US Pat. No. 9,660,388

CONNECTOR MODULE WITH CABLE POSITIONING FEATURES

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1. A connector module comprising:
a housing extending along a longitudinal axis between a mating end and a cable end, the housing defined by a first shell and
a second shell that mate at a seam and define an interior chamber therebetween, the first shell and the second shell each
including a cable exit segment, the cable exit segments together defining a cable exit region of the housing that includes
the cable end, the cable exit segments of the first and second shells each including multiple cable positioning features extending
from an inner surface of the respective cable exit segment, each cable positioning feature including two posts and a slot
defined therebetween, the slot is defined by inner walls of the two posts and a curved base that extends between the inner
walls of the two posts,

wherein the cable positioning features of the cable exit segment of the first shell are interleaved along the longitudinal
axis with the cable positioning features of the cable exit segment of the second shell, the cable positioning features of
the first shell being offset from the cable positioning features of the second shell along the longitudinal axis such that
each cable positioning feature of the first shell is axially spaced relative to each cable positioning feature of the second
shell, and

wherein the slots of the cable positioning features of the first and second shells are configured to receive a cable between
the two posts of each corresponding cable positioning feature, the cable within the slots engaging the inner walls of the
posts and the curved bases of the cable positioning features of both the first and second shells, the cable extending from
the cable end of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,640,915

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH A PROGRAMMABLE GROUND TIE BAR

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1. An electrical connector configured to mate to a mating connector, the electrical connector comprising:
an array of conductors held at least partially within a housing, the conductors in the array arranged side-by-side along a
row, the array of conductors including signal conductors and configurable conductors, the configurable conductors each being
selectively configurable between a ground state and a signal state to define a ground conductor or a signal conductor, respectively;
and

a ground tie bar extending across the array of conductors, the ground tie bar including a stem, wherein the stem has first
and second edge sides; plural ground fingers extending from both the first and second edge sides along the length of the stem,
the ground fingers cantilevered to extend between a fixed end at the stem and an opposite free end; the ground tie bar being
programmable to selectively remove one or more of the ground fingers from the ground tie bar to decrease a number of ground
fingers of the ground tie bar, a respective configurable conductor being in the ground state when one of the ground fingers
extending from the first edge side and one the ground fingers extending from the second edge side engage the respective configurable
conductor in two different locations along the respective configurable conductor, the respective configurable conductor being
in the signal state when both of the ground fingers of the set are removed from the ground tie bar, and thus not present,
to increase a number of the signal conductors in the array of conductors to correspond with a desired signal-ground electrical
scheme;

wherein the ground fingers each define a break zone at least one of at or proximate to the fixed end, the ground finger at
the break zone having at least one of a reduced width relative to other portions of the ground finger, a reduced thickness
relative to other portions of the ground finger, or a perforation to facilitate the removal of the ground finger from the
ground tie bar.

US Pat. No. 9,666,990

PLUG CONNECTOR HAVING RESONANCE CONTROL

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1. A plug connector comprising:
a plug body having a terminating end configured to terminate to an electrical component and a mating end configured to mate
with a mating electrical connector, the plug body having a first outer side and a second outer side, the plug body having
pockets between the first and second outer sides;

a plug shroud extending from the plug body at the terminating end, the plug shroud being configured to be coupled to the electrical
component;

a contact array held by the plug body, the contact array having signal contacts and ground contacts interleaved between corresponding
signal contacts, the signal and ground contacts being exposed along the first and second outer sides, at least some of the
ground contacts being aligned with corresponding pockets; and

resonance-control lossy inserts provided in corresponding pockets adjacent corresponding ground contacts, the lossy inserts
being manufactured from lossy material capable of absorbing electrical resonance propagating through the plug body, wherein
each lossy insert ties a plurality of ground contacts together.

US Pat. No. 9,666,997

GASKET PLATE FOR A RECEPTACLE ASSEMBLY OF A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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1. A connector module assembly comprising:
a plurality of communication connectors arranged side-by-side and secured together as a communication module, each communication
connector having a contact array arranged within a shroud at a mating interface, the shroud and the contact array being configured
for mating with a corresponding pluggable module; and

a gasket plate coupled to the communication module, the gasket plate having at least one sheet including a front side facing
the pluggable modules and a rear side facing the communication module such that the gasket plate is generally positioned between
the communication module and the pluggable modules, the at least one sheet spanning across and between each of the communication
modules, the gasket plate having a plurality of openings receiving corresponding shrouds such that the shrouds pass through
the openings for mating with the corresponding pluggable modules, the gasket plate having pluggable module interfaces around
each of the openings for interfacing with mating ends of the pluggable modules associated with the corresponding openings,
the gasket plate being conductive to provide electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding at the pluggable module interfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,692,152

WALL PLATE CONNECTOR SYSTEM

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1. A wall plate connector system comprising:
a wall plate base configured to be mounted to a wall having electrical wires associated with the wall;
a wall plate terminal block extending from the wall plate base, the wall plate terminal block includes a terminal block body
having a front, a rear, a first end between the front and the rear and a second end between the front and the rear generally
opposite the first end, the terminal block body having contact channels and wire channels open to corresponding contact channels,
the wire channels being open at the front to receive a corresponding one of the electrical wires during a poke-in termination;

terminal contacts received in corresponding contact channels and held by a housing, each terminal contact comprising a poke-in
spring beam configured to engage the electrical wire when poked-in to the corresponding wire channel, each terminal contact
comprising a header beam remote from the poke-in spring beam, the header beam having a separable mating interface; and

a header assembly removably coupled to the wall plate terminal block, the header assembly configured to be mounted to a control
circuit board controlling the wall plate connector system, the header assembly having a header contacts configured to be terminated
to the control circuit board, each header contact having a mating beam, the mating beam having a separable mating interface
mated to the separable mating interface of the header beam of the corresponding terminal contact, wherein at least one of
the mating beam and the header beam is a resiliently deflected spring beam configured for repeated mating and unmating at
the separable mating interfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,620,890

THERMAL-TRANSFER ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING THE SAME

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1. A thermal-transfer assembly comprising:
a first transfer module having a plurality of first projections, the first projections being spaced apart from one another
to form corresponding gaps therebetween;

a second transfer module having a plurality of second projections, the second projections being spaced apart from one another
to form corresponding gaps therebetween, wherein the first and second transfer modules interface with each other in a mated
arrangement in which the first projections are positioned in the corresponding gaps formed by the second projections and the
second projections are positioned in the corresponding gaps formed by the first projections, the first and second projections
projecting in opposite directions along a Z-axis and intimately engaging one another to transfer thermal energy therebetween;
and

an assembly clip coupled to and configured to engage each of the first and second transfer modules, the assembly clip at least
one of preventing the first and second transfer modules from separating along the Z-axis or biasing the first and second transfer
modules away from each other along the Z-axis.

US Pat. No. 9,640,889

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING ELECTRICAL CONTACTS THAT INCLUDE A PRECIOUS METAL PLATING

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a connector housing configured to engage a mating connector during a mating operation; and
a plurality of electrical contacts coupled to the connector housing, each of the electrical contacts including a proximal
base coupled to the connector housing and an elongated body that extends from the proximal base to a distal end, the elongated
body including an outer plating that comprises a precious metal, the outer plating forming interstitial regions that define
an array of cavities, the interstitial regions forming an exterior surface of the corresponding electrical contact that engages
a corresponding contact of the mating connector during the mating operation, wherein the exterior surface for each of the
plurality of electrical contacts is shaped to permit the corresponding contact of the mating connector to wipe along the exterior
surface in a direction from the distal end toward the proximal base such that the corresponding contact slides over at least
some of the cavities during the mating operation.

US Pat. No. 9,673,542

POKE-IN ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING A CONTACT WITH A BASE EXTENDING THROUGH AN OPENING IN A BOTTOM OF A HOUSING

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1. A poke-in electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a cavity and a poke-in wire channel open to the cavity, the wire channel being configured to receive an electrical
wire during a poke-in termination, the housing having a bottom with an opening; and

a poke-in electrical contact received in the cavity and held by the housing, the poke-in electrical contact comprising a base
and an arm extending from the base, the base extending through the opening at the bottom for surface mounting to a circuit
board, the base having a generally planar solder pad exposed at the bottom for soldering to the circuit board, the arm having
a poke-in beam configured to engage the electrical wire when poked-in to the corresponding wire channel, the arm being movable
to a clearance position to release the poke-in beam from the electrical wire to allow the electrical wire to be removed from
the wire channel.

US Pat. No. 9,666,995

EMI CONTAINMENT CAGE MEMBER

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1. A connector assembly comprising:
a cage member for EMI containment for a pluggable module, the cage member having a cage sleeve defining a chamber, a base
coupled to the cage sleeve and extending along a bottom of the cage member, and a cage liner received in the chamber, the
cage liner defining a module cavity configured to receive the pluggable module;

the cage sleeve extends between a front end and a rear end and includes a plurality of cage walls defining the chamber, the
cage walls being configured to surround a communication connector at or near the rear end;

the cage liner is electrically connected to the cage sleeve and is configured to surround a mating perimeter of the pluggable
module forward of a mating end of the pluggable module configured to be mated with the communication connector, the cage liner
extends a majority of a length of the pluggable module within the chamber to provide EMI shielding for the pluggable module,
the cage liner providing an electrical path between the pluggable module and the cage sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,698,538

RIBBON ASSEMBLY AND A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF RIBBON ASSEMBLIES

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1. A communication system comprising:
first and second support panels extending parallel to each other and having a cabling cavity therebetween;
a plurality of electrical connectors positioned between the first and second support panels within the cabling cavity, the
plurality of electrical connectors having front ends that face an exterior of the communication system for engaging respective
mating connectors, the plurality of electrical connectors forming at least one connector stack in which the plurality of electrical
connectors are aligned along a lateral axis and the front ends face in a common direction that is perpendicular to the lateral
axis, wherein the back ends of the at least one connector stack and the first and second support panels define the cabling
cavity therebetween; and

a plurality of ribbon assemblies interconnecting the plurality of electrical connectors of the at least one connector stack,
each of the ribbon assemblies including a plurality of cables that extend through the cabling cavity and interconnect a first
electrical connector and a second electrical connector of the plurality of electrical connectors, the cables of each ribbon
assembly extending parallel to one another and being coplanar at the first electrical connector and at the second electrical
connector, wherein each of a corresponding ribbon assembly of the plurality of ribbon assemblies includes a cable organizer
that couples to the cables of the corresponding ribbon assembly, the cables extending parallel to one another and being coplanar
as the cables extend through the cable organizer, wherein at least some of the ribbon assemblies overlap one another within
a region of the cabling cavity, the first and second support panels compressing the ribbon assemblies therebetween at the
region;

wherein each of the corresponding ribbon assembly has a ribbon length that is measured between the first and second electrical
connectors, at least some of the cable organizers being located within one-third of the ribbon length from the first electrical
connector such that the twist of the corresponding ribbon assembly is located between the cable organizer and the corresponding
first electrical connector;

wherein the cables of the ribbon assemblies overlap one another and, as a group, are compressed within the cabling cavity
by the first and second support panels, the cables engaging one another within the cabling cavity to facilitate holding the
cables at designated positions with respect to one another.

US Pat. No. 9,692,168

HEADER ASSEMBLY

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15. A header assembly comprising:
a housing composed of a dielectric material, the housing having a front panel including a front side and a rear side, the
front panel defining a contact opening therethrough between the front side and the rear side, the front panel defining at
least one aperture therethrough that is proximate to the contact opening, the housing also including a base panel extending
from the rear side of the front panel, the base panel configured to mount to a circuit board;

a nose cone coupled to the front panel and extending from the front side of the front panel along a mating axis, the nose
cone defining a cavity that aligns with and is open to the contact opening, the nose cone defining a mating interface for
receiving a mating connector within the cavity in a loading direction along the mating axis, the nose cone having at least
one keying rib along an exterior thereof, the nose cone having at least one lug extending from a back wall of the nose cone,
each lug being received in a corresponding aperture of the at least one aperture of the front panel to removably couple the
nose cone to the front panel; and

an outer contact formed of an electrically conductive material, the outer contact extending longitudinally from a mating segment
to a mounting segment, the mating segment being disposed within the cavity of the nose cone and extending through the contact
opening of the front panel, the mounting segment disposed rearward of the front panel and located between the base panel and
the circuit board, the mounting segment configured to mechanically couple and electrically terminate to the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,728,305

APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC STRESS GRADING WITH WILDLIFE GUARD FOR ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION EQUIPMENT

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1. An apparatus for mounting at a conductive terminal of a high voltage insulator, the apparatus comprising:
an electrical insulator including an electrically insulating material without a conductive material, the electrical insulator
comprising:

a first surface;
a second surface that is opposite the first surface;
a first edge that is between the first surface and the second surface, an intersection between the first edge and the first
and second surfaces defining outer edges of the first and second surfaces, respectively; and

a second edge that is opposite the first edge and that is between the first surface and the second surface, an intersection
between the second edge and the first and second surfaces defining interior edges of the first and second surfaces, respectively;

a connected electrical conductor that is arranged on the first surface of the electrical insulator and is spaced apart from
the second edge; and

an electrically conductive connector that is configured to electrically couple the connected electrical conductor to the conductive
terminal of the high voltage insulator.

US Pat. No. 9,642,398

WEARABLE CONNECTOR FOR AN ELECTRONIC TEXTILE

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1. A wearable connector for an electronic textile comprising:
a shell including an upper ring and a lower ring configured to capture the electronic textile therebetween, the shell providing
an interior channel at least partially defined by the upper and lower ring;

a terminal extending from and being electrically connected to the shell, the terminal having a mating end for mating with
an electrical component; and

a conductive interface member received in the interior channel of the shell and being electrically connected to the shell,
the conductive interface member having a compressible interface configured to be electrically connected to a conductor of
the electronic textile, the conductive interface member being compressed against the conductor by at least one of the upper
ring and the lower ring when the lower ring is coupled to the upper ring;

wherein the conductive interface member comprises a first conductive segment, a second conductive segment and an insulative
segment between the first and second conductive segments, the first conductive segment being electrically connected to the
conductor to define a first signal line, the second conductive segment being electrically connected to a second conductor
to define a second signal line transmitting different data signals than the first signal line.

US Pat. No. 9,647,378

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a connector body having a front and a rear, the connector body including an upper housing, a lower housing matable to the
upper housing at the rear and a front housing matable to the upper housing at the front, the upper housing having terminal
channels configured to receive terminals therein, the upper housing and front housing defining a front cavity configured to
receive at least a portion of a mating connector, the terminals extending from the terminal channels into the front cavity
for mating with the mating connector;

wherein the upper housing, the lower housing and the front housing are molded as a single piece with front sacrificial links
connecting the upper housing and the front housing and with rear sacrificial links connecting the upper housing and the lower
housing, the lower housing being press mated to the upper housing whereby the rear sacrificial links break as the lower housing
is moved from an open position to a closed position relative to the upper housing to mate the lower housing to the upper housing,
the front housing being press mated to the upper housing whereby the front sacrificial links break as the front housing is
moved from an open position to a closed position relative to the upper housing to mate the front housing to the upper housing.

US Pat. No. 9,673,578

CABLE-MOUNTED ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
an outer contact extending along a longitudinal axis between a front end and a rear end, the outer contact having a terminating
segment that extends to the rear end, the terminating segment configured to engage and be surrounded by a conductive layer
of a cable to electrically connect the outer contact to the cable, the terminating segment being cylindrical and defining
a chamber therethrough that is configured to receive one or more wires of the cable therein, the terminating segment having
a smooth inner surface that defines a contour of the chamber, the terminating segment having a crosshatch pattern along an
outer surface that is opposite to the smooth inner surface, the crosshatch pattern including multiple grooves extending parallel
to one another and multiple cross-grooves extending parallel to one another, the cross-grooves intersecting the grooves to
define multiple raised panels along the outer surface, the raised panels configured to be pressed into an inner surface of
the conductive layer of the cable to secure and electrically connect the outer contact to the cable.

US Pat. No. 9,721,703

WILDLIFE GUARD APPARATUS, MODULAR SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME

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1. A wildlife guard apparatus for an electrical insulator body, the wildlife guard apparatus comprising:
a plurality of guard assemblies, each of the guard assemblies including a guard member and a base wall member secured to the
guard member of said each of the guard assemblies;

wherein the plurality of guard assemblies is configured or configurable to form an enclosure defining a chamber, wherein in
the enclosure configuration the plurality of guard assemblies defines an end opening communicating with the chamber and the
base wall members extend across the end opening to close at least a portion thereof and define a base opening and a surrounding
seat;

wherein the enclosure is configured to receive the insulator body such that the insulator body includes a first portion and
a second portion, the first portion extending through the end opening, adjacent the base wall members and through the base
opening, and the second portion being disposed in the chamber; and

wherein the guard members are formed of a first material and the base wall members are formed of a second material that is
softer than the first material.

US Pat. No. 9,634,728

CONTACTLESS CONNECTOR

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1. A contactless connector comprising:
a housing extending between a mating end and a termination end, the housing having a mating interface at the mating end configured
to be coupled to a connector interface of an electronic device, the housing having a first side and a second side opposite
the first side, the housing being reversibly coupled to the connector interface in both of a first orientation or a second
orientation oriented 180 degrees relative to the first orientation, wherein the first side of said housing faces a first side
of the connector interface in the first orientation and the second side of said housing faces a second side of the connector
interface in the first orientation, and wherein the first side of said housing faces the second side of the connector interface
in the second orientation and the second side of said housing faces the first side of the connector interface in the second
orientation;

first and second coupling elements at the first and second sides of said housing, respectively, the first and second coupling
elements configured to be secured to corresponding coupling elements of the electronic device in both the first and second
orientations;

first and second power terminals at the first and second sides of said housing, respectively, the first and second power terminals
being electrically coupled to corresponding device power terminals of the electronic device to supply power to the electronic
device, wherein the first and second power terminals are configured to transfer power in both the first and second orientations;
and

a contactless data communication circuit board at least partially disposed within the housing, the contactless data communication
circuit board having at least one connector contactless data communication chip configured to define a wireless communication
channel with a device contactless data communication chip of the electronic device, wherein the at least one connector contactless
data communication chip is configured to communicate with the electronic device in both the first and second orientations.

US Pat. No. 9,692,136

MONOCONE ANTENNA

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1. A monocone antenna comprising:
a conical radiation element having a feed point at a vertex of the conical radiation element being connected to a feed transmission
line;

a capacitive ring radially outside of the conical radiation element and in proximity to the conical radiation element, the
capacitive ring being conductive and providing capacitance to the monocone antenna, the capacitive ring being connected to
a ground plane of the monocone antenna; and

a substrate having a base, a top and a side wall between the base and the top, the substrate having a conical cavity with
the conical radiation element positioned in the conical cavity, the capacitive ring being positioned on the base, the top
and the side wall,

wherein the substrate has a mounting flange at the top, the mounting flange having an upper surface, a lower surface and a
side surface between the upper surface and the lower surface, the capacitive ring extending along the upper surface, the side
surface and the lower surface.

US Pat. No. 9,923,309

PCB CONNECTOR FOOTPRINT

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1. A printed circuit board (PCB) for an electrical connector having signal contacts and ground contacts extending from a mounting
end of the electrical connector, the PCB comprising:
a substrate having a plurality of layers, the substrate having a connector surface configured to face the electrical connector
and a PCB connector footprint on the connector surface defined below a footprint of the electrical connector, the PCB connector
footprint being an area defined along a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the PCB
connector footprint being subdivided into PCB column grouping footprints generally arranged in columns parallel to the longitudinal
axis;

signal vias at least partially through the substrate, the signal vias being arranged in pairs arranged along a signal pair
axis with a plurality of pairs of signal vias in each PCB column grouping footprint, the pairs of signal vias being aligned
in the corresponding columns parallel to the longitudinal axis, the pairs of signal vias being aligned in corresponding rows
parallel to the lateral axis, the signal pair axis being non-parallel to the longitudinal axis, the signal pair axis being
non-parallel to the lateral axis, the signal pair axis intersecting the longitudinal axis at a lesser angle than the signal
pair axis intersects the lateral axis; and

ground vias at least partially through the substrate, the ground vias being arranged around each of the pairs of signal vias
to provide electrical shielding around each of the pairs of signal vias wherein at least one ground via is arranged between
adjacent pairs of signal vias within the PCB column grouping footprints and wherein at least one ground via is arranged between
adjacent pairs of signal vias in adjacent PCB column grouping footprints.

US Pat. No. 9,800,009

CRIMPING DEVICE WITH SEAL DEPRESSOR

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1. A terminal crimping device that crimps a terminal to a wire assembly, the wire assembly including a wire and a compression
seal on the wire, the terminal crimping device comprising:
crimp tooling on a movable ram, the crimp tooling moving with the movable ram along a crimp stroke towards and away from a
base that receives the wire assembly thereon, the crimp tooling crimping the terminal to both the wire and the compression
seal of the wire assembly during the crimp stroke; and

a seal depressor adjustably fixed to the crimp tooling by a releasable locking fastener that is selectively operable between
a locked state and an adjustable state, the locking fastener in the locked state fixing the seal depressor in place relative
to the crimp tooling such that the seal depressor moves with the crimp tooling along the crimp stroke and does not move relative
to the crimp tooling, the seal depressor having a contact tab that engages and at least partially depresses the compression
seal of the wire assembly during the crimp stroke when the locking fastener is in the locked state to hold the compression
seal in place as the crimp tooling crimps the terminal to the wire assembly,

wherein the locking fastener in the adjustable state allows the seal depressor to move from a first operative position relative
to the crimp tooling to a second operative position relative to the crimp tooling to adjust a bottom dead center position
of the seal depressor, according to the size of the wire assembly, including the compression seal on the wire, as the crimp
tooling moves along the crimp stroke.

US Pat. No. 9,974,143

LIGHT SENSOR ASSEMBLY HAVING WIRELESS DATA TRANSFER

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1. A light sensor assembly comprising:a photocontrol receptacle connector configured to be mounted to a housing of a light fixture, the receptacle connector includes a receptacle connector housing, the receptacle connector having a mating interface for mating with a photocontrol sensor connector, the receptacle connector holding contacts at the mating interface for electrical connection with corresponding contacts of the photocontrol sensor connector for controlling the light fixture, the contacts configured to be electrically connected to power wires of the light fixture;
the receptacle connector including a receptacle connector communication device for wireless communication with the photocontrol sensor connector, the receptacle connector communication device in the receptacle connector housing.

US Pat. No. 9,780,549

COVER ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS FOR COVERING ELECTRICAL CABLES AND CONNECTIONS

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1. A pre-expanded cover assembly for protecting a cable splice connection including a cable, the cable including an electrical
conductor surrounded by a cable insulation layer, the pre-expanded cover assembly comprising:
a splice body assembly including:
a tubular, cold-shrinkable, electrically insulative, elastomeric splice body having an interior surface defining an interior
passage; and

a tubular layer of a conformable medium pre-mounted on the interior surface of the splice body, wherein the conformable medium
is a flowable material having a high electrical permittivity; and

a removable holdout, wherein the splice body assembly is mounted on the holdout such that the holdout maintains the splice
body in an elastically radially expanded state, and the holdout is selectively removable from the splice body to permit the
splice body to elastically radially contract;

wherein the layer of the conformable medium is positioned and configured such that, when the pre-expanded cover assembly is
positioned adjacent the cable splice connection, the holdout is removed from the splice body, and the splice body elastically
radially contracts onto the cable splice connection, the layer of the conformable medium will be radially interposed between
and engage each of the interior surface of the splice body and an opposing interface surface of the cable insulation.

US Pat. No. 9,930,772

PRINTED CIRCUIT AND CIRCUIT BOARD ASSEMBLY CONFIGURED FOR QUAD SIGNALING

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1. A printed circuit comprising:a planar substrate having opposite sides and a thickness extending therebetween, the sides extending parallel to a lateral plane;
a plurality of conductive vias extending through the planar substrate in a direction that is perpendicular to the lateral plane, the conductive vias including ground vias and signal vias, the signal vias being arranged to form a plurality of quad groups in which each quad group includes a two-by-two arrangement of the signal vias, the ground vias being positioned between adjacent quad groups; and
a plurality of signal traces coupled to the planar substrate and extending parallel to the lateral plane;
wherein the signal traces are electrically coupled to respective signal vias of the quad groups to form a plurality of quad lines, each of the quad lines including the signal vias of a corresponding quad group and four of the signal traces, the four signal traces of each quad line extending parallel to one another and being in a two-by-two formation in which two of the signal traces are at a first depth in the planar substrate and the other two signal traces are at a second depth in the planar substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,924,615

RECEPTACLE ASSEMBLY HAVING A HEAT EXCHANGER

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1. A receptacle assembly comprising:
a receptacle housing comprising a module cavity defined by a top wall and opposed side walls extending to a bottom opposite
the top wall, the top wall having a plurality of apertures therethrough defined by aperture edges, the top wall includes webbing
between the apertures including slats and cross-slats between the apertures in rows and columns, respectively, the module
cavity having a port at a front end of the receptacle housing configured to receive a pluggable module;

a communication connector positioned in the receptacle housing having a mating interface for mating with the pluggable module;
and

a heat exchanger received in the module cavity, the heat exchanger having a heat spreader positioned interior of the module
cavity below the top wall, the heat spreader configured to be in thermal communication with the pluggable module, the heat
exchanger having a plurality of fin segments extending from the heat spreader, the fin segments received in corresponding
apertures in the top wall to pass through the top wall to an exterior of the module cavity for heat dissipation.

US Pat. No. 9,825,450

CONDUCTOR ARRANGEMENT WITH CONDUCTOR AND CONTACT ELEMENT

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1. A method for attaching a contact element, comprising the following steps:
providing an electrical conductor with a conductive core and an insulating sheath;
detaching a sheath section of the sheath in an end region of the conductor;
displacing the sheath section against the core in such a way that the sheath section protrudes beyond a longitudinal end of
the core;

providing a contact element having a front crimp portion and a core contact region;
crimping the contact element to the end region of the conductor in such a way that the detached sheath section is encompassed
by the front crimp portion to define a front side sealing region and the core is crimped to the contact element in the core
contact region, and the front crimp portion extends continuously to the core contact region to fully enclose the detached
sheath section.

US Pat. No. 9,868,559

LABEL STICKING DEVICE AND APPARATUS

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1. A label sticking device, comprising:
a shaft having
a rotational axis, and
a cable receiving passageway extending along a longitudinal axis aligned with the rotational axis;
a cable holder positioned along the longitudinal axis and the rotational axis;
a drive that rotates the shaft about the rotational axis;
a press having
a body rotatably connected to the shaft, and
a foot positioned on the body, the foot being movable between
a pressing position proximate to the rotational axis, and
a non-pressing position distal to the rotational axis; and
an actuator that moves the press between the pressing position and the non-pressing position.

US Pat. No. 9,753,203

LIGHT ASSEMBLY WITH LIGHT PIPE HOLDER

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1. A light assembly comprising:
a holder extending along a longitudinal axis between a first end and a second end, the holder including multiple ridges that
spiral around the longitudinal axis, the holder including multiple channels, each channel defined between two of the ridges;

multiple light pipes that each include a light transmissive interior region, each of the light pipes disposed in one of the
channels of the holder, the light pipes each having an attachment end that is configured to receive light from a light source,
each light pipe further configured to transmit the light through the interior region for at least a length of the light pipe
before the light is emitted from the light pipe; and

a lens extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the holder and configured to receive at least some of the light emitted
from the light pipe, the lens formed of a light transmissive material such that the light from the light pipes that impinges
upon the lens is transmitted through the lens and illuminates a surrounding environment.

US Pat. No. 10,008,797

FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT CONNECTOR AND CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY INCLUDING THE SAME

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1. A flexible printed circuit (FPC) connector comprising:a flex circuit having first and second side surfaces and a thickness extending between the first and second side surfaces, the flex circuit comprising a plurality of stacked printed-circuit substrate layers, the printed-circuit substrate layers including a base layer and multiple protrusion layers that are stacked along a Z-axis and that are bonded to one another along respective interfaces, the base layer extending along the second side surface, wherein a substrate protrusion is coupled to the base layer and projects a distance away from the second side surface, the substrate protrusion including the protrusion layers, wherein the interfaces between the base layer and the substrate protrusion and between the protrusion layers of the substrate protrusion extend parallel to one another and a XY-plane for an entirety of the substrate protrusion, the XY-plane being perpendicular to the Z-axis;
a conductive pathway extending through the flex circuit; and
a contact pad directly coupled to at least one of the substrate protrusion or the second side surface of the flex circuit, the contact pad being electrically coupled to the conductive pathway.

US Pat. No. 9,899,721

DIELECTRIC WAVEGUIDE COMPRISED OF A DIELECTRIC CLADDING MEMBER HAVING A CORE MEMBER AND SURROUNDED BY A JACKET MEMBER

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1. A dielectric waveguide for propagating electromagnetic signals, the dielectric waveguide comprising:
a cladding member extending a length between two ends, the cladding member being formed of an intermediate dielectric material,
the cladding member defining a core region that extends along the length of the cladding member, the core region being filled
with a central dielectric material having a dielectric constant value that is less than a dielectric constant value of the
intermediate dielectric material of the cladding member; and

a jacket member engaging and surrounding the cladding member along the length of the cladding member, the jacket member being
formed of an outer dielectric material having a dielectric constant value that is less than the dielectric constant value
of the intermediate dielectric material of the cladding member, wherein the outer dielectric material of the jacket member
is a dielectric polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,748,697

PLUGGABLE CONNECTOR AND INTERCONNECTION SYSTEM CONFIGURED FOR RESONANCE CONTROL

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1. A pluggable connector comprising:
a plug housing configured to couple to a communication cable, the plug housing having a plug cavity; and
a module board disposed within the plug cavity and configured to be communicatively coupled to the communication cable, the
module board having a mating edge configured to interface with a mating connector, the module board having a board surface
and including a plurality of signal pathways and a plurality of ground pathways in which the signal pathways are interleaved
between corresponding ground pathways, the signal and ground pathways including respective contact pads that are disposed
proximate to the mating edge for engaging corresponding contacts of the mating connector, wherein each of the ground pathways
has separate first and second trace segments, the first trace segments of the ground pathways including the respective contact
pads, the second trace segments of each ground pathway being separate from the second trace segments of each of the other
ground pathways along the board surface, each of the ground pathways further comprising a damping component that electrically
joins the first and second trace segments of the corresponding ground pathway along the board surface.

US Pat. No. 9,859,635

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING LOSSY BLOCKS

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing; and
plural contact modules stacked adjacent to each other along a stack axis and held by the housing, each contact module comprising:
a contact array including signal contacts and ground contacts arranged in a column, the signal contacts and the ground contacts
arranged in alternating pairs along a length of the column such that a pair of ground contacts extends between two pairs of
signal contacts, the signal and ground contacts extending between respective mating ends configured to engage a mating connector
and terminating ends configured to engage a circuit board;

a dielectric holder surrounding and engaging the signal and ground contacts along intermediate segments thereof between the
mating and terminating ends to secure the signal and ground contacts in place relative to the dielectric holder, the dielectric
holder composed of a low loss material; and

lossy blocks mounted to the intermediate segments of the ground contacts within the dielectric holder, each lossy block associated
with a corresponding pair of ground contacts and engaging at least one of the ground contacts in the corresponding pair, the
lossy blocks composed of a lossy material that has a loss tangent greater than a lost tangent of the low loss material of
the dielectric holder.

US Pat. No. 9,793,631

FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT TO WIRE TRANSITION MEMBER AND METHOD

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1. A flexible circuit to wire transition member, the transition member comprising:
a housing;
a flexible circuit receiving recess provided in the housing proximate a first surface of the housing;
a wire receiving recess provided in the housing proximate the first surface of the housing;
a contact positioned in a contact receiving recess, the contact extending between the flexible circuit receiving recess and
the wire receiving recess, the contact provides an electrical connection between a flexible circuit received in the flexible
circuit receiving recess and a wire received in the wire receiving recess;

a compound provided in the flexible circuit receiving recess, the wire receiving recess and the contact receiving recess to
retain the flexible circuit, wire and contact in position relative to the housing and to provide insulation and sealing.

US Pat. No. 9,943,882

MECHANISM AND METHOD FOR SORTING COMPONENTS, COMPONENT FEEDING SYSTEM

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1. A component sorting mechanism, comprising:a vibrating plate slidably mounted on a base plate;
a feeding tray having a plurality of grooves in an inner bottom surface thereof, the feeding tray mounted on the vibrating plate;
a first driving device connected to the feeding tray, the first driving device driving the feeding tray to swing within a predetermined angle range; and
a second driving device connected to the vibrating plate and mounted on the base plate, the second driving device vibrating the vibrating plate.

US Pat. No. 9,799,983

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

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1. A connector assembly comprising:
an electrical contact subassembly extending between a contact end and a terminating end, the terminating end terminated to
an electrical cable, and

an outer housing defining a cavity that extends between a mating end and a cable end of the outer housing, the outer housing
holding the contact subassembly in the cavity, a mating segment of the outer housing extending to the mating end and defining
a socket of the cavity that is configured to receive a plug end of a mating connector assembly, the outer housing further
including a boss within the cavity,

wherein an annular gap is defined radially between an outer surface of the boss and an inner surface of the mating segment
of the outer housing, the annular gap configured to receive the plug end of the mating connector assembly,

wherein the outer housing further includes an interface seal disposed in the annular gap within the cavity, the interface
seal engaging both the outer surface of the boss and the inner surface of the mating segment, the interface seal configured
to engage the plug end of the mating connector assembly to seal an interface between the connector assembly and the mating
connector assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,104,760

PLUGGABLE MODULE HAVING COOLING CHANNEL WITH HEAT TRANSFER FINS

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1. A pluggable module comprising:a pluggable body extending between a front end and a mating end, the mating end being receivable in a module cavity of a receptacle assembly to mate with a communication connector, the pluggable body having channel walls defining a cooling channel at a top of the pluggable body, the cooling channel allowing airflow between the front end and the mating end, the pluggable body having a plurality of heat transfer fins in the cooling channel between the channel walls, the pluggable body having a landing cover spanning between the channel walls over the heat transfer fins, wherein the channel walls, the heat transfer fins and the landing cover are an integral unitary structure; and
a communication circuit board held in the pluggable body and exposed at the mating end, wherein the pluggable body is configured to be plugged into the receptacle assembly such that the communication circuit board is communicatively coupled to the communication connector of the receptacle assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,091,902

ELECTRICAL MODULE FOR BATTERY DISTRIBUTION ASSEMBLY

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1. An electrical module configured to be coupled to a tray of a battery distribution assembly, the electrical module comprising:a housing disposed along an outer surface of the tray, the housing including a base and a cap, the cap engaging a top side of the base to define a cavity between the cap and the base;
at least one electrical circuit device disposed within the cavity of the housing; and
multiple terminals electrically connected to the at least one electrical circuit device within the housing, the terminals projecting from the housing and extending through corresponding apertures in the tray to electrically connect to one or more electrical conductors disposed along an inner surface of the tray,
wherein the cap is non-removably bonded to the base such that the at least one electrical circuit device is permanently contained within the cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,912,029

WAVEGUIDE ASSEMBLY HAVING A PLURALITY OF DIELECTRIC WAVEGUIDES SEPARATED BY A SHIELD

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12. A waveguide assembly extending a length between a first end and a second end, the waveguide assembly comprising:
a transmit dielectric waveguide including a respective cladding formed of a first dielectric material, the cladding defining
a corresponding core region therethrough that is filled with a second dielectric material that is different than the first
dielectric material, the transmit dielectric waveguide propagating electromagnetic signals in an outgoing direction from the
first end of the waveguide assembly towards the second end;

a receive dielectric waveguide including a respective cladding formed of the first dielectric material, the cladding of the
receive dielectric waveguide defining a corresponding core region therethrough that is filled with the second dielectric material,
the receive dielectric waveguide propagating electromagnetic signals in an incoming direction from the second end of the waveguide
assembly towards the first end; and

a dielectric outer jacket engaging and commonly surrounding the cladding of the transmit dielectric waveguide and the cladding
of the receive dielectric waveguide.

US Pat. No. 10,154,595

ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS AND METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

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1. A method of manufacturing an electrical component, the method comprising:providing an electrically insulating substrate having an outer surface;
applying a coating layer, including metallic material and non-metallic material, on the outer surface by selectively printing the coating layer in a circuit pattern on the outer surface, the coating layer having an interior volume defined between an inner surface of the coating layer on the outer surface of the substrate and an outer surface of the coating layer opposite the inner surface of the coating layer; and
irradiating the entire coating layer with an electron beam at a beam focus spot in the interior volume remote from the inner surface of the coating layer and remote from the outer surface of the coating layer at a depth of between ? and ? of a depth of the coating layer, said irradiating causes electrons of the electron beam to interact with the metallic material and the non-metallic material in the interior volume of the coating layer to change the chemical structures of the metallic material and the non-metallic material of the coating layer in the interior volume of the coating layer until the non-metallic material of the coating layer is completely removed to form an electrical conductor devoid of the non-metallic material on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,899,720

DIELECTRIC WAVEGUIDE COMPRISED OF A CLADDING OF OBLONG CROSS-SECTIONAL SHAPE SURROUNDING A CORE OF CURVED CROSS-SECTIONAL SHAPE

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11. A dielectric waveguide for propagating electromagnetic signals, the dielectric waveguide comprising:
a core member extending a length between two ends, the core member having a curved cross sectional shape, the core member
being formed of a first dielectric material; and

a cladding member surrounding the core member along the length of the core member, the cladding member having an oblong cross
sectional shape that includes at least one pair of opposing planar sides that are parallel to one another, the cladding member
being formed of a second dielectric material having a dielectric constant value that differs from a dielectric constant value
of the first dielectric material of the core member.

US Pat. No. 9,742,088

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AND ELECTRICAL CONTACT CONFIGURED TO REDUCE RESONANCE ALONG A STUB PORTION

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a connector housing configured to engage another connector; and
a contact array including a plurality of electrical contacts coupled to the connector housing, each of the electrical contacts
including a contact body having a mating segment and a base segment, the base segment being coupled to the connector housing,
the mating segment extending in a direction from the base segment toward a contact end of the corresponding contact body,
the mating segment having a contact surface that includes a mating zone located a distance from the contact end, the mating
segment configured to intimately engage another contact of the other connector at the mating zone for electrical communication
between the electrical contact and the other contact;

wherein the mating segment has a stub portion that extends between the contact end and the mating zone, at least a portion
of the contact surface along the stub portion having a textured area that is more textured than the contact surface at the
mating zone, the textured area configured to dampen reflected energy that propagates between the mating zone and the contact
end.

US Pat. No. 9,768,557

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING RESONANCE CONTROL

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a first end and a second end, the housing having a mating slot formed between the first and second ends,
the mating slot being configured to receive a mating connector having contact pads; and

a leadframe assembly disposed in the housing, the leadframe assembly having a contact array including ground contacts and
signal contacts interspersed between corresponding ground contacts, and an overmold body supporting the ground and signal
contacts, the overmold body having lossy ground absorbers engaging and being electrically coupled to corresponding ground
contacts, the lossy ground absorbers manufactured from lossy material absorbing electrical resonance propagating through the
leadframe assembly, wherein the lossy ground absorbers each include a ground contact interface engaging the corresponding
ground contact to connect the lossy ground absorbers to the ground contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,912,032

WAVEGUIDE ASSEMBLY HAVING A CONDUCTIVE WAVEGUIDE WITH ENDS THEREOF MATED WITH AT LEAST FIRST AND SECOND DIELECTRIC WAVEGUIDES

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13. A waveguide assembly for propagating electromagnetic signals along a defined path, the waveguide assembly comprising:
a conductive waveguide extending between a first end and a second end, the conductive waveguide including two side walls that
extend parallel to each other between the first and second ends, the conductive waveguide defining a channel between the two
side walls, the channel being open at the first and second ends; and

first and second dielectric waveguides that have respective mating ends, each of the first and second waveguides including
a respective cladding formed of a first dielectric material, the respective cladding defining a corresponding core region
therethrough that is filled with a second dielectric material different than the first dielectric material,

wherein the mating end of the first dielectric waveguide is received in the channel at the first end of the conductive waveguide
and the mating end of the second dielectric waveguide is received in the channel at the second end, the mating end of the
first dielectric waveguide being spaced apart from the mating end of the second dielectric waveguide within the channel, the
conductive waveguide electromagnetically connecting the first and second dielectric waveguides to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,746,620

EXPANDED BEAM CONNECTOR, OPTICAL CABLE ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

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1. An expanded beam (EB) connector comprising:
a fiber holder having an alignment channel that is configured to receive an optical fiber, the alignment channel having a
channel opening and extending from the channel opening to a channel end face; and

an optical substrate including the channel end face, the optical substrate forming a three-dimensional (3D) waveguide that
includes a waveguide core and a cladding that surrounds the waveguide core, each of the cladding and the waveguide core being
portions of a common substrate material of the optical substrate such that chemical compositions of the cladding and the waveguide
core are the same; and

wherein the waveguide core is locally modified to have a refractive index that is greater than a refractive index of the cladding,
the waveguide core extending lengthwise between first and second coupling faces, the first coupling face being aligned with
the channel end face and being configured to optically couple to the optical fiber disposed within the alignment channel,
wherein the second coupling face has an area that is greater than an area of the first coupling face and a numerical aperture
that is less than a numerical aperture of the first coupling face, the waveguide core being shaped to change a mode field
diameter of light propagating between the first and second coupling faces.

US Pat. No. 9,761,397

ELECTRICAL RELAY DEVICE

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1. An electrical relay device comprising:
a housing extending between a closed end and an open end, the housing defining a chamber, the closed end of the housing facing
and being configured to be mounted to a circuit board;

a driver received in the chamber and being electrically connected to a relay power source, the driver having a plate, the
driver having a coil and coil terminals configured to be terminated to the circuit board;

a switch member within the chamber of the housing that is configured to move between a first position and a second position
based on a presence or absence of a magnetic field that is induced by current through the coil, the switch member including
a movable relay contact that is spaced apart from at least one stationary relay contact when the switch member is in the first
position and engages the at least one stationary relay contact to provide a closed circuit path when the switch member is
in the second position; and

a cover coupled to the housing at the open end, the cover retaining the coil and the movable relay contact positioned between
the coil and the closed end of the housing in the housing and facing the circuit boards;

wherein the coil is positioned between the cover and the plate and the switch member is received between the plate and the
closed end of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,865,373

ELECTRICAL WIRE WITH CONDUCTIVE PARTICLES

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1. An electrical wire comprising:
a bundle of electrical conductors having an end segment that extends to an end of the bundle, each electrical conductor in
the bundle engaging at least one other electrical conductor, the electrical conductors including exterior conductors along
a perimeter of the bundle and interior conductors radially interior of the exterior conductors; and

conductive particles disposed between and engaging at least some of the electrical conductors in the bundle along the end
segment, the conductive particles engaging both the interior conductors and the exterior conductors and configured to provide
an electrical connection between the corresponding electrical conductors engaged by the conductive particles.

US Pat. No. 9,755,341

FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD CONNECTOR

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1. A flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) connector comprising:
a housing having a first mating interface configured for mating with a first FPCB and a second mating interface configured
for mating with a second FPCB;

a plurality of jumper conductors held by the housing, the jumper conductors having first mating ends at the first mating interface
being configured for mating with the first FPCB and the jumper conductors having second mating ends at the second mating interface
being configured for mating with the second FPCB;

wherein the first mating interface is configured to be mated to the first FPCB at any location along a length of the first
FPCB; and

wherein the housing and the jumper conductors are oriented to define a right angle connection between the first and second
FPCBs, wherein the traces of the first FPCB are oriented perpendicular to the traces of the second FPCB.

US Pat. No. 9,791,640

INTERPOSER WITH SEPARABLE INTERFACE

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1. An interposer for coupling an optical conduit to an optical component, said interposer comprising:
an optical component comprising at least a photonic integrated circuit having an optical waveguide;
a first lens component having a first lens overlaying said optical component, wherein said optical component and said first
lens component are discrete components;

a second lens component overlaying said first lens component and having a second lens, said first and second lenses being
configured to define an expanded-beam coupling therebetween;

wherein said first and second lenses are integral with said first and second lens components, respectively;
wherein an air gap exists between said first and second lenses;
wherein said first and second lenses are configured as collimating lenses;
at least one reflective surface optically coupled with said second lens;
a first optical path at least partially defined between said optical component and said first lens to accommodate a diverging
light beam from said optical component to said first lens, said first optical path being essentially perpendicular to said
optical waveguide;

a second optical path at least partially defined between said second lens and said at least one reflective surface to accommodate
a converging light beam from said second lens to said at least one reflective surface; and

a separable interface between said first and second lens components at said expanded-beam coupling.

US Pat. No. 9,724,831

ROBOTIC GRIPPER MECHANISM

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1. A gripper mechanism for use with a robotic positioning system, the gripper mechanism comprising:
a housing;
a gripper arm extending from the housing, the gripper arm having a gripper finger provided at a distal end thereof, the gripper
arm having a mounting portion which is moveably positioned in a slot of the housing, the gripper finger extending from the
mounting portion below the slot;

the mounting portion has a pivoting projection, the pivoting projection is received in a projection receiving opening;
a retention projection which cooperates with the housing, the retention projection cooperates with the gripper arm to exert
a retention force on the gripper arm;

wherein when an external force is applied to the gripper finger in a direction which is parallel to a longitudinal axis of
the housing, the gripper arm will move relative to the housing if the external force is greater than the retention force.

US Pat. No. 9,865,419

PRESSURE-CONTROLLED ELECTRICAL RELAY DEVICE

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1. An electrical relay device comprising:
a housing extending between a closed end and an open end, the housing defining a chamber;
a coil of wire within the chamber of the housing, the coil of wire electrically connected to a relay power source;
an actuator assembly within the chamber of the housing that is configured to move between a first position and a second position
based on a presence or absence of a magnetic field that is induced by current through the coil of wire, the actuator assembly
including a movable contact that is spaced apart from at least one stationary contact within the chamber when the actuator
assembly is in the first position and engages the at least one stationary contact to provide a closed circuit path when the
actuator assembly is in the second position

a shell coupled to the housing at the open end, the shell sealing the open end of the housing to seal the chamber, the shell
having a pressure relief valve in flow communication with the chamber, the pressure relief valve being configured to open
in response to a pressure within the chamber exceeding a threshold set pressure in order to break the seal provided by the
shell and reduce the pressure within the chamber; and

a sensor associated with the pressure relief valve, the sensor configured to detect when the pressure relief valve is open
allowing fluid to exit the chamber through the pressure relief valve.

US Pat. No. 9,831,609

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AND ELECTRICAL CONTACTS CONFIGURED TO CONTROL IMPEDANCE

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a connector body; and
a plurality of electrical contacts coupled to the connector body, each of the electrical contacts having an elongated body
that includes a base material and an impedance-control material that is disposed over the base material, the base material
of the elongated body having an outer surface, the impedance-control material being selectively plated onto only a portion
of the outer surface such that the impedance-control material extends along only a designated portion of a length of the elongated
body, the length being a greatest dimension of the elongated body, wherein the impedance-control material has a relative magnetic
permeability that is greater than a relative magnetic permeability of the base material, the impedance-control material increasing
the impedance of the electrical contact, wherein the designated portion forms a mating segment that is configured to engage
a corresponding contact of a mating connector.

US Pat. No. 9,793,692

GROUNDED CABLE ASSEMBLY OF A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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1. A cable assembly comprising:
a grommet having a cylindrical sleeve defining a cable channel therethrough and a flange extending radially outward from the
cylindrical sleeve;

a cable including one or more insulated wires, a cable shield surrounding the one or more insulated wires, and an outer jacket
surrounding the cable shield, the cable extending through the cable channel of the grommet, the cable shield and the one or
more insulated wires protruding from an end of the outer jacket, the cable shield having an overlap portion extending around
the end of the outer jacket and surrounding and engaging the cylindrical sleeve of the grommet to electrically connect the
cable shield to the grommet; and

a ferrule surrounding and engaging the overlap portion of the cable shield to secure the overlap portion to the cylindrical
sleeve of the grommet,

wherein the overlap portion of the cable shield includes a fold back segment and a double back segment, the fold back segment
extending from a first fold around the end of the outer jacket to a second fold, the fold back segment engaging an outer surface
of the cylindrical sleeve, the double back segment extending from the second fold and overlapping the fold back segment.

US Pat. No. 10,104,793

EMI SHIELDING FOR PLUGGABLE MODULES AND CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES

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1. A connector assembly comprising:a cage member having a plurality of walls extending between a front end and a rear end, the walls defining first and second module cavities configured to receive corresponding pluggable modules therein through the front end, the first and second module cavities being arranged side-by-side and being defined by a top wall and a bottom wall of the plurality of walls with the bottom wall extending along a circuit board, the first and second module cavities being separated by a separator wall of the plurality of walls, the separator wall being a solid wall devoid of an interior chamber oriented vertically between the top wall and the bottom wall between the first and second module cavities, the walls being manufactured from a metal material and providing electrical shielding for the first and second module cavities; and
a separator spring plate coupled to the separator wall, the separator spring plate having a base section coplanar with the separator wall along a separator wall plane, the separator spring plate having first separator spring beams extending out of the separator wall plane to a first side of the separator wall plane into the first module cavity to couple to the corresponding pluggable module received therein, the separator spring plate having second separator spring beams extending out of the separator wall plane to a second side of the separator wall plane into the second module cavity to electrically couple to the corresponding pluggable module received therein.

US Pat. No. 10,038,278

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING A CONNECTOR POSITION ASSURANCE ELEMENT

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1. An electrical connector comprising:a housing having a front end and defining a cavity at the front end that is configured to receive a mating connector therein, the housing having an upper wall above the cavity and a first protrusion extending above the upper wall, wherein the cavity of the housing is oriented along a mating axis such that the mating connector is loaded into the cavity along the mating axis,; and
a connector position assurance (CPA) element slidably coupled to the housing along the upper wall between an extended position and an inserted position, the CPA element, in the inserted position, disposed more proximate to the front end of the housing than when the CPA element is in the extended position, the CPA element including a base, an raised section extending from a rear end of the base for actuation of the CPA element between the extended position and the inserted position, and a first beam extending from a front end of the base towards the front end of the housing, the first beam having a first arm and a first finger at a distal end of the first beam, the first finger having an abutment wall at the distal end configured to abut against the first protrusion, the first finger having a tip configured to be engaged by the mating connector when received in the cavity, the tip being deflected from a blocked position to a released position as the mating connector is loaded into the cavity, the distal end engaging the protrusion in the blocked position to block movement of the CPA element from the extended position to the inserted position, the tip being deflected outside of the protrusion to the released position where the tip is able to clear past the protrusion to allow the CPA element to be moved from the extended position to the inserted position, wherein the CPA element being movable parallel to the mating axis between the extended position and the inserted position, the first beam of the CPA element being deflected generally transverse to the mating axis from the blocked position to the clearance position.

US Pat. No. 9,917,406

SHIELDING STRUCTURE FOR A CONTACT MODULE HAVING A GROUND CLIP

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1. A contact module comprising:
a dielectric holder having first and second sides extending between a mating end and a mounting end;
signal contacts being held by the dielectric holder, the signal contacts having mating portions extending forward of the mating
end, mounting portions extending from the mounting end for termination to a circuit board, and transition portions extending
through the dielectric holder between the mating portion and the mounting portion; and

a shield structure coupled to the dielectric holder and providing electrical shielding for the signal contacts, the shield
structure having a first ground shield provided at the first side of the dielectric holder and a second ground shield provided
at the second side of the dielectric holder, the first ground shield having mating portions extending forward of the mating
end of the dielectric holder and providing electrical shielding for the mating portions of the signal contacts, the second
ground shield having mating portions extending forward of the mating end of the dielectric holder and providing electrical
shielding for the mating portions of the signal contacts, the shield structure having a ground clip at least partially covering
the mating end of the dielectric holder and extending between the first and second sides, the ground clip electrically connecting
the mating portions of the first ground shield and the mating portions of the second ground shield immediately forward of
the mating end of dielectric holder.

US Pat. No. 9,787,046

WIRE SORTING FIXTURE AND METHOD OF SORTING WIRES

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1. A wire sorting fixture comprising: a cable support configured to repeatedly support multi-wire cables; a wire support configured
to temporarily support wires of a corresponding multi-wire cable for processing, the wire support having a top surface, the
wire support having a plurality of V-shaped cradles open at the top surface wherein each V-shaped cradle of the plurality
of V-shaped cradles is configured to receive a single wire therein, the wire support having separating walls between corresponding
V-shaped cradles, wherein the plurality of V-shaped cradles are tapered inward having wide openings at the top surface to
catch coarsely positioned wires and having narrow bases to finely position the wires within the V-shaped cradles, the wires
being variably positionable laterally within the wide openings, the wires being laterally fixed at the narrow bases, the separating
walls spacing the narrow bases of the cradles apart such that the wires are held at spaced apart positions for processing;
wherein the separating walls include outer separating walls and at least one inner separating wall, the outer separating walls
being positioned between outermost V-shaped cradles of the plurality of V-shaped cradles, the outer separating walls being
taller than the at least one inner separating wall and a top plate above the wire support, the top plate being moved toward
the wire support to a clamping position and moving the wires in the V-shaped cradles to the narrow bases as the top plate
is moved to the clamping position after the wires are positioned in the corresponding V-shaped cradles and movable away from
the wire support after wire processing to a released position, wherein the top plate holds the wires in a non-damaging manner
between the top plate and the wire support in the clamping position and wherein the top plate allows release of the wires
from the wire support after the top plate is moved to the released position to allow reception of another one of the multi-wire
cables in the cable support and the wire support.

US Pat. No. 9,853,280

TERMINAL ASSEMBLY WITH A MULTI-WIRE PLANAR CABLE

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1. A terminal assembly comprising:
a multi-wire planar cable having a plurality of flat wires and a common jacket for the plurality of flat wires, the jacket
having grooves between adjacent flat wires for controlled separation of the flat wires and surrounding jacket portions at
an end of the multi-wire planar cable into separated jacketed wire portions extending a length of the flat wires each including
an insulating sleeve and a terminating end of the flat wire, the terminating ends of the flat wires being exposed beyond the
insulating sleeves; and

terminals being attached to the terminating ends of corresponding flat wires.

US Pat. No. 9,810,850

FIBER GRIPPER ASSEMBLY FOR OPTICAL CONNECTORS

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1. A fiber gripper component comprising
a fiber receiving recess extending from a first surface of the fiber gripper component toward a second surface of the fiber
gripper component, the fiber receiving recess extending from a front face to a rear face, the fiber receiving recess having
a fiber receiving surface which is positioned between the first surface and the second surface; and

a plurality of resilient fiber receiving grooves extending from the fiber receiving surface toward the second surface, the
resilient fiber receiving grooves having a width which is less than an outer-diameter dimension of mating optical fibers to
provide a press fit of the optical fibers into the resilient fiber receiving grooves;

wherein the fiber gripper component is molded with tolerances in the submicron range to maintain part functionality to allow
automatable fiber assembly, and wherein cavities are provided on fiber gripper component, the cavities extending from the
fiber receiving surface toward the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,812,817

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING A MATING CONNECTOR INTERFACE

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a front and a rear opposite the front, the housing having a chamber at the front for receiving a mating electrical
connector, the housing having a base at the rear defining a back of the chamber, the base having signal contact openings therethrough,
the base having ground contact openings therethrough; and

a contact module stack having a plurality of contact modules coupled to the base and extending rearward from the rear of the
housing, each contact module comprising:

a dielectric holder holding signal contacts, the signal contacts having mating portions extending from a mating end of the
dielectric holder, mounting portions extending from a mounting end of the dielectric holder for termination to a circuit board,
and transition portions between the mating portions and the mounting portions, the mating portions being received in corresponding
signal contact openings and extending into the chamber for mating with the mating electrical connector; and

a ground shield coupled to the dielectric holder and providing electrical shielding for the signal contacts, the ground shield
having a plurality of rails configured to be aligned with the transition portions of corresponding signal contacts, wherein
at least two of the rails have ground hoods extending forward of the mating end of the dielectric holder along the mating
portions of the signal contacts, the ground hoods being received in corresponding ground contact openings and extending into
the chamber for mating with the mating electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 9,779,857

TOOL FOR INSTALLING COVER SLEEVES ON ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS

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10. An installation tool for installing an elastomeric cover sleeve on an electrical connection including a connector and
a cable having a cable axis, the installation tool comprising:
a base ring assembly including a base ring and a retention mechanism; and
a slide portion including a plurality of elongate strands extending axially from the base ring;
wherein:
the base ring is configured to extend around the cable and to axially secure the elongate strands to the cable; and
the elongate strands are configured to slide the cover sleeve over when the installation tool is mounted on the cable;
wherein the retention mechanism includes an integral clamping mechanism selectively operable to close the base ring about
the cable and thereby affix the base ring to the cable; and

wherein the base assembly further includes a retention screw mounted on the base ring and configured to be driven onto or
into the cable to thereby engage the cable and affix the base ring to the cable.

US Pat. No. 9,673,559

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY HAVING A MULTI-PIECE BACKSHELL

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1. A backshell for an electrical connector assembly, the backshell comprising:
an upper shell defining a portion of a cavity of the backshell, the upper shell including a top wall and an upper shell side
wall extending from the top wall to a bottom of the upper shell; and

a lower shell coupled to the upper shell and defining a portion of the cavity of the backshell, the lower shell including
a bottom wall and a lower shell side wall extending from the bottom wall to a top of the lower shell, wherein the top of the
lower shell generally mates with the bottom of the upper shell at a mating plane, wherein at least one of the upper shell
and the lower shell includes a lug extending from the corresponding upper shell side wall or the lower shell side wall, at
least one of the upper shell and the lower shell includes a pocket formed in the corresponding upper shell side wall or the
lower shell side wall, the pocket receiving the corresponding lug; and

a fastener coupled to the upper shell and coupled to the lower shell to hold the upper shell and the lower shell together
and resist separation of the upper shell from the lower shell, the fastener extending along a longitudinal axis generally
parallel to the mating plane through the lug.

US Pat. No. 10,257,955

CABLE BACKPLANE SYSTEM HAVING INDIVIDUALLY REMOVABLE CABLE CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES

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1. A cable connector assembly configured to be mounted to a tray, the cable connector assembly comprising:a housing holding contacts terminated to corresponding cables and configured for mating with mating contacts of a corresponding card connector when mated to the cable connector assembly;
a holder including a top plate, a bottom plate and side plates defining a cavity with the housing disposed therein, the bottom plate having a plurality of mounting tabs extending therefrom below the bottom plate, the mounting tabs being configured to locate the cable connector assembly relative to the tray; and
a fastener coupled to the bottom plate, the fastener configured to engage the tray to secure the cable connector assembly to the tray.

US Pat. No. 9,985,403

POWER CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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1. A power connector assembly comprising:a power rail configured to be mounted within an equipment cabinet, the power rail having a power supply circuit; and
a sliding power connector configured to be terminated to a host circuit board, the sliding power connector including a housing defining a track receiving the power rail, the track guiding movement of the sliding power connector along the power rail, the sliding power connector having a power contact electrically connected to the power supply circuit of the power rail, the sliding power connector configured to be slid along the power rail as an equipment rack holding the circuit board is opened and closed during an extension cycle of the extendible rack, the power contact maintaining electrical connection with the power rail during the entire extension cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,813,832

MATING ASSURANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD

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1. A mating assurance system comprising:
first and second microphones configured to be located in a vicinity of a mating zone for electrical connectors, the first
microphone being located a first distance from the mating zone and the second microphone being located a second distance from
the mating zone, the first and second microphones configured to detect audible sound when the electrical connectors are mated;
and

an output unit connected to the first and second microphones and receiving audio signals from the first and second microphones,
the output unit processing the audio signals from the first microphone and from the second microphone for mating assurance,
wherein the output unit compares the audio signals from the first microphone with the audio signals from the second microphone
for mating assurance.

US Pat. No. 9,793,621

MINING CABLE COUPLER CONNECTORS AND RELATED ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS

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1. A connector assembly for use with a mining cable coupler, the assembly comprising:
a first connector comprising a front portion including a plug and a rear portion including a barrel configured to receive
a first conductor;

a second connector comprising a front portion including a socket having a channel defined therein and a rear portion including
a barrel configured to receive a second conductor, wherein an annular groove is defined in an inner surface of the channel;
and

an annular spring held in the annular groove;
wherein the channel is sized and configured to receive the plug such that the plug resiliently contacts the spring to electrically
connect the first conductor received in the first connector barrel and the second conductor received in the second connector
barrel;

the connector assembly in combination with:
the first conductor comprising a first conductor end held in the first connector barrel; and
the second conductor comprising a second conductor end held in the second connector barrel;
wherein:
each of the first and second conductor ends comprises a plurality of strands; and
a shielding mesh layer is wrapped around the plurality of strands of each of the first and second conductor ends to secure
the strands together.

US Pat. No. 9,705,258

FEED-THROUGH ADAPTER ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR SYSTEM

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A feed-through adapter assembly comprising:
a bezel cage having a plurality of walls defining a port configured to receive a pluggable module therein through a front
end of the cage member, the walls being manufactured from a metal material and providing electrical shielding for the port
and the pluggable module, the bezel cage being configured to be mounted to a bezel at an opening in the bezel; and

a feed-through connector received in the bezel cage and positioned at or near a rear end of the cage member, the feed-through
connector having a feed-through connector housing holding a contact assembly, the contact assembly having a plurality of feed-through
contacts, the feed-through contacts defining a first board mating interface configured to mate with and be electrically connected
to a circuit board of the pluggable module, the feed-through contacts defining a second board mating interface configured
to mate with and be electrically connected to a circuit board of a cable connector, the first and second board mating interfaces
being substantially identical.

US Pat. No. 9,692,183

RECEPTACLE CONNECTOR WITH GROUND BUS

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A receptacle connector comprising:
a housing comprising a slot configured to receive a mating connector therein;
signal contacts held by the housing, the signal contacts comprising signal mating segments and signal mounting segments, the
signal mating segments comprising signal mating interfaces that are exposed within the slot for engagement with the mating
connector;

ground contacts held by the housing, the ground contacts comprising ground mating segments and ground mounting segments, the
ground mating segments comprising ground mating interfaces that are exposed within the slot for engagement with the mating
connector, wherein the ground contacts are arranged in approximately the same plane as the signal contacts; and

a ground bus that electrically commons the ground contacts with each other, wherein two or more ground contacts and the ground
bus are integrally fabricated as a single, unitary, continuous structure, the signal contacts comprising jogs that offset
the signal contacts from the ground bus.

US Pat. No. 9,843,140

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING EXPANDABLE BACKSHELL

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1. A backshell for an electrical connector, the backshell comprising:
an upper shell defining a portion of a cavity of the backshell, the upper shell including a top wall and an upper shell side
wall extending from the top wall to a bottom of the upper shell;

a lower shell coupled to the upper shell and defining a portion of the cavity of the backshell, the lower shell including
a bottom wall and a lower shell side wall extending from the bottom wall to a top of the lower shell; and

an actuator coupled to the upper shell and coupled to the lower shell, the actuator being movable between an actuated position
and an unactuated position to change relative positions of the upper shell and the lower shell between an open position and
a closed position, the top of the lower shell engages the bottom of the upper shell in the closed position, the actuator being
operable between the unactuated position and the actuated position to move and drive apart at least one of the upper shell
and the lower shell along a separation axis such that the top of the lower shell is spaced-apart from the bottom of the upper
shell in the open position, thereby increasing a size of the cavity to allow insertion and removal of the electrical connector
into or out of the cavity in the open position.

US Pat. No. 9,841,772

TEMPERATURE RESPONSIVE THERMAL BRIDGE

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1. A thermal bridge between first and second electrical components, the thermal bridge comprising:
a first plate stack configured to be placed in thermal communication with the first electrical component, the first plate
stack having a plurality of first plates;

a second plate stack configured to be placed in thermal communication with the second electrical component, the second plate
stack having a plurality of second plates interleaved with the first plates; and

a temperature responsive actuator coupled to at least one of the first and second plate stacks, the temperature responsive
actuator changing shape based on changes in temperature to change relative positions of the first and second plates, the temperature
responsive actuator causing the first and second plates to vary thermal resistance between the first and second electrical
components based on the change in the relative positions of the first and second plates.

US Pat. No. 9,997,886

METHOD OF FORMING TERMINATION END ON CABLE

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A method of forming a terminating end of a cable, comprising the steps of:providing a cable having
a core,
a metal braid wrapped around the core, and
an outer insulation layer wrapped around the metal braid;
cutting a circumferential slit through the outer insulation layer on a terminating end of the cable;
clamping a first section of the outer insulation layer at a first side of the slit with a first clamping device, and clamping a second section of the outer insulation layer at an opposite second side of the slit with a second clamping device, the first clamping device is a movable clamping device including a rail, a movable plate slidably mounted on the rail, and a first clamp mounted on the movable plate and grasping the first section of the outer insulation layer, the second clamping device is a stationary clamping device including a positioning plate having a V-shaped cable positioning groove extending linearly and being complementary to the cable;
displacing the first clamping device by moving the movable plate along the rail in a separating direction away from the second clamping device, separating the first section from the second section by a predetermined distance and exposing a section of the metal braid;
displacing the first clamping device by moving the movable plate along the rail in an opposite retracting direction toward the second clamping device;
pushing and pressing the exposed section of the metal braid to fold the exposed section into a disc-shaped braid protrusion portion;
loosening the first and second clamping devices, and removing the cable from the first and second clamping devices;
cutting the disc-shaped braid protrusion portion with a cutting device to form a protruding braid portion of a predetermined length, the protruding braid portion having
a first protruding braid portion on the first side of the slit and
a second protruding braid portion on the second side of the slit; and
removing the first section of the outer insulation layer and the first protruding braid portion from the terminating end of the cable, exposing a section of the core at the terminating end of the cable, with the second protruding braid portion of the predetermined length remains on the terminating end of the cable.

US Pat. No. 9,876,298

FLEXIBLE CONNECTOR AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A flexible connector comprising:
a flexible substrate having a plurality of conductive pads at a bendable mating interface; and
a plurality of conductive polymer springfingers, each extending between a first end and a second end, each conductive polymer
springfinger extends along a central axis between the first and second ends, each conductive polymer springfinger being compressible
along the corresponding central axis, the conductive polymer springfingers being mechanically and electrically connected to
corresponding conductive pads at the corresponding second ends along the bendable mating interface, the conductive polymer
springfingers being arranged along a curved mating interface for mechanically and electrically connecting to conductors of
an electrical component at the curved mating interface, the conductive polymer springfingers being internally conductive between
the first and second ends, the conductive polymer springfingers being compressible between the first and second ends, the
conductive polymer springfingers being discrete and separated by gaps;

wherein the flexible substrate is flexible at the bendable mating interface to orient the central axes of adjacent conductive
polymer springfingers in non-parallel orientations; and

wherein the flexible substrate is oriented with the second ends of the conductive polymer springfingers being non-coplanar
along the bendable mating interface and with the first ends of the conductive polymer springfingers being non-coplanar for
electrical connection with the electrical component at the curved mating interface.

US Pat. No. 9,768,558

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AND GROUND STRUCTURE CONFIGURED TO REDUCE ELECTRICAL RESONANCE

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical connector comprising:
a connector housing;
a plurality of signal conductors coupled to the connector housing, each of the signal conductors having a first terminal,
a second terminal, and an elongated conductor body extending between the first and second terminals, the first terminals configured
to engage corresponding conductive elements of an electrical component; and

a ground structure coupled to the connector housing, the ground structure being positioned between adjacent signal conductors
and having an exterior surface, at least a portion of the exterior surface having a textured area that is configured to dampen
reflected energy that propagates there along.

US Pat. No. 9,793,643

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING A SEAL RETAINER

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical connector comprising:
a shell having a cavity configured to receive a complementary connector through a front end of the shell, the shell having
a rear end, the shell having a circumferential channel in the cavity proximate to the front end, the channel having an undercut
defined by a seal retention flange extending circumferentially around the channel; and

a seal retainer received in the cavity at the front end of the shell, the seal retainer having a securing feature securing
the seal retainer to the shell, the seal retainer having a front edge and a rear edge, the rear edge of the seal retainer
being aligned with the channel, the rear edge of the seal retainer having an undercut defined by a seal retention flange,

wherein the seal retention flange at the rear edge of the seal retainer faces the seal retention flange of the shell across
the channel to define a seal pocket;

an O-ring seal received in the seal pocket, the O-ring seal being held in the seal pocket by the seal retention flanges.

US Pat. No. 9,766,415

PANEL MOUNT HEADER CONNECTOR

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A panel-mountable header connector comprising:
conductors configured to transmit at least one of electrical signals or optical signals; and
a housing holding the conductors in a cavity of the housing, the housing having a front end and a rear end, the housing having
a latch set and a stop feature extending from an outer surface of the housing, the latch set including at least one latch
cantilevered to extend from a fixed end that is secured to the outer surface to a free end that is not secured to the outer
surface, the latch set and the stop feature defining a panel mounting zone between the free end of the at least one latch
and the stop feature, the free end of the at least one latch disposed between the panel mounting zone and the fixed end of
the at least one latch, the panel mounting zone configured to align with an opening in a panel when the housing is mounted
to the panel, the free end of the at least one latch of the latch set engaging a front side of the panel and the stop feature
engaging a rear side of the panel to retain the panel in the panel mounting zone, at least one of the latch set or the stop
feature being stepped such that a width of the panel mounting zone is variable to accommodate the panel having one of multiple
thicknesses.

US Pat. No. 9,853,397

PLUGGABLE MODULE HAVING PULL TETHER FOR LATCH RELEASE

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A pluggable module comprising:
a plug body extending between a front end and an opposite rear end, the rear end removably receivable in a module cavity of
a cage member;

a deflectable beam extending between a fixed end that is fixed to the plug body and a free end that is spaced apart from an
outer wall of the plug body by a clearance gap, the deflectable beam including a catch feature configured to engage a complementary
catch feature of the cage member to secure the pluggable module in the module cavity; and

a tether disposed within a tether channel of the plug body that extends through the plug body to the clearance gap, the tether
having a mounting end secured to the deflectable beam and a handle projecting beyond the front end of the plug body, wherein
movement of the handle in a frontward direction deflects the deflectable beam into the clearance gap such that the catch feature
of the deflectable beam is moved for disengaging the complementary catch feature of the cage member to allow the pluggable
module to be removed from the module cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,786,416

TAPE DISPENSING TOOL

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A tape dispensing tool comprising:
a holder assembly extending between a front and a rear, the holder assembly having a base portion that includes a hub configured
to extend through a core of a tape roll, the holder assembly also including a retainer head spaced apart from the base portion
by a neck portion, the holder assembly defining a recess along the front between the retainer head and the base portion, the
recess sized to receive a cable bundle therein, the retainer head configured to hold a distal end of a leader tape segment
of the tape roll such that the leader tape segment extends across the recess; and

an applicator member moveably coupled to the holder assembly and located rearward of the leader tape segment, the applicator
member including a receiving surface and a pressing surface that are angled relative to one another,

wherein the applicator member is configured to be moved by the cable bundle forcing a proximal portion of the leader tape
segment against the receiving surface of the applicator member as the cable bundle is received in the recess, the movement
of the applicator member causing the pressing surface thereof to force a distal portion of the leader tape segment against
the cable bundle to adhere the leader tape segment to the cable bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,786,996

MICROSTRIP PATCH ANTENNA ARRAY

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A patch antenna array comprising:
a plurality of discrete patch antenna elements spaced apart from each other and arranged as an array, each discrete patch
antenna element having a substrate, a radiating patch associated with the substrate and a ground plane associated with the
substrate, wherein the plurality of discrete patch antenna elements are discrete and separate from each other; and

at least one element frame holding the discrete antenna elements in the array, each element frame capturing and positioning
at least two patch antenna elements relative to each other, the at least one element frame comprising a lattice frame having
longitudinal strips and lateral strips with windows through the lattice frame, the windows receiving corresponding discrete
patch antenna elements, the longitudinal strips and lateral strips engaging the corresponding discrete patch antenna elements
to capture, position and orient the discrete patch antenna elements.

US Pat. No. 9,780,723

TERMINAL FOR SOLAR JUNCTION BOX

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A solar junction box for a solar panel having at least one photovoltaic cell and a foil electrically connected to the at
least one cell, the solar junction box comprising:
a housing having a base and walls defining a cavity, the housing being configured to be mounted to the solar panel, the base
having at least one foil opening;

a protection device received in the cavity;
a terminal received in the cavity, the terminal having a protection device contact terminated to the protection device, the
terminal having a foil contact being crimped to the foil to electrically connect the terminal to the foil, wherein the foil
contact includes an extrusion element extending therefrom, the extrusion element engaging the foil and extruding the foil
when the foil contact is crimped to the foil.

US Pat. No. 9,748,698

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING COMMONED GROUND SHIELDS

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a base extending between a front side and a rear side, the base being electrically conductive, the base having
chambers and ground slots extending therethrough between the front and rear sides, the chambers being defined by chamber walls
that separate the chambers from the ground slots;

signal pods disposed in the chambers of the base, each signal pod having a dielectric body holding a pair of signal contacts,
the dielectric body extending through the corresponding chamber and engaging interior sides of the chamber walls, the dielectric
body electrically insulating the signal contacts from the electrically conductive base, the signal contacts having mating
segments protruding from the dielectric body and extending from the front side of the base, the signal contacts further having
tails protruding from the dielectric body and extending from the rear side of the base; and

ground shields received in the ground slots of the base, each ground shield surrounding an associated signal pod on at least
two sides of the signal pod to provide electrical shielding for the pair of signal contacts in the signal pod from other pairs
of signal contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,742,054

ELECTRICAL COMPONENT HOLDER

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A holder for holding an electrical component on a circuit board having a lead hole, the holder comprising:
a body having a base for holding the electrical component and a connection member for mounting the body to the circuit board,
the body composed of a dielectric material such that the base and the connection member are electrically insulative, the base
including a top side and a bottom side, the bottom side configured to engage a first side of the circuit board, the base defining
a lead opening extending through the base from the top side to the bottom side, the lead opening configured to receive a solder
lead of the electrical component therein such that an end of the solder lead extends beyond the bottom side of the base and
into the lead hole of the circuit board, the connection member extending from the base to a distal end of the connection member,
the connection member being curved such that the distal end is disposed below the bottom side of the base and spaced apart
from the bottom side, the connection member configured to extend around an edge of the circuit board such that a portion of
the connection member at least proximate to the distal end engages an opposite second side of the circuit board to mechanically
connect the body to the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,735,494

PLUGGABLE CONNECTOR HAVING A PROTECTIVE FRONT WALL

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A pluggable connector comprising:
a connector housing having a leading end, a trailing end, and a central axis that extends between the leading and trailing
ends, the connector housing having a receiving space that opens to the leading end;

a card assembly held by the connector housing and comprising a card-shaped edge interface that is configured to be inserted
into a receiving slot of a mating connector, the edge interface positioned within the receiving space and having opposite
interface sides and a mating edge that joins the interface sides, the mating edge extending along and parallel to a lateral
axis, at least one of the interface sides including a row of electrical contacts that extends transverse to the central axis
and parallel to the lateral axis; and

a guard assembly movably coupled to the connector housing and comprising a front wall and a spring member that operably engages
the front wall, the front wall extending generally transverse to the central axis and having an edge slot, the spring member
biasing the front wall to a forward position with respect to the edge interface, wherein the front wall compresses the spring
member as the front wall is moved from the forward position to a displaced position, the mating edge moving through the edge
slot and clearing the front wall as the front wall moves to the displaced position to expose the row of electrical contacts
along the at least one interface side, wherein the connector housing includes first and second body sidewalls having respective
wall surfaces that oppose each other and define the receiving space therebetween, each of the wall surfaces opposing one of
the interface sides, the front wall being slidable along the central axis between the wall surfaces of the first and second
body sidewalls and through the receiving space;

wherein the guard assembly includes a protective shroud that has the front wall and first and second shroud sides that are
coupled to the front wall, the first and second shroud sides extending along the central axis away from the front wall, the
first and second shroud sides opposing each other and being separated by the front wall, wherein the receiving space and the
edge interface are disposed between the first and second shroud sides when the protective shroud is in the forward position,
wherein the connector housing is disposed between the first and second shroud sides when the protective shroud is in the displaced
position and the edge interface is exposed to an exterior of the pluggable connector in either direction along the lateral
axis when the protective shroud is in the displaced position.

US Pat. No. 9,728,871

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING A DUAL-ACTUATED RELEASABLE LATCH

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a mating end, a rear end opposite the mating end, and an exterior wall extending at least partially between
the mating end and the rear end, the exterior wall including a cavity extending between the mating and rear ends;

a latch held on the housing and at least partially received in the cavity, the latch being configured to interact with a mating
component to secure the housing to the mating component;

a latch actuator at least partially received in the cavity, the latch actuator having a first release mechanism and a second
release mechanism, the first release mechanism comprising a pull tab being linearly movable within the cavity during a pull
release operation, the pull tab interacting with the latch to release the latch during the pull release operation, the second
release mechanism comprising a push button being movable within the cavity during a push release operation, the push button
interacting with the latch to release the latch during the push release operation.

US Pat. No. 9,728,919

RECEPTACLE ASSEMBLY FOR A PLUGGABLE MODULE AND A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A receptacle assembly comprising:
a receptacle cage having an interior cavity and first and second partition walls disposed in the interior cavity that separate
the interior cavity into first and second module passages, respectively, the first and second module passages having first
and second port openings, respectively, at a front end of the receptacle cage, the first and second module passages configured
to receive corresponding pluggable modules through the first and second port openings, respectively, in a loading direction
that is parallel to a Z-axis; and

a cage cover positioned at the front end between the first and second port openings, the cage cover including first and second
module fingers that are configured to engage the first and second partition walls, respectively, the cage cover also including
a ground tab that engages an inner surface of the receptacle cage, the first and second module fingers extending lengthwise
in the loading direction, the ground tab extending lengthwise along a Y-axis that is perpendicular to the Z-axis.

US Pat. No. 9,705,226

CENTER LOAD TERMINAL POSITION ASSURANCE FOR AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a mating end at a front of the housing and a base at a rear of the housing, the housing having a plurality
of terminal towers extending forward of the base toward the mating end, each terminal tower having a terminal channel therein
configured to receive a corresponding terminal therein, the terminal towers surrounding a central cavity between the plurality
of terminal towers; and

a terminal position assurance (TPA) device received in the central cavity, the TPA device being front loaded into the central
cavity through the mating end in a loading direction toward the base, the TPA device including a locking device having a plurality
of sides, the locking device having locking tabs extending from at least two of the sides, the locking device being loaded
into the central cavity in the loading direction to a loaded position, the locking device being moved in a locking direction
generally perpendicular to the loading direction from the loaded position to a locked position;

wherein the locking tabs allow movement of the terminals into and out of the terminal channels when in the loaded position;
and

wherein the locking tabs are at least partially received in the terminal channels in corresponding terminal towers in blocking
positions for inhibiting removal of the terminals from the terminal channels when in the locked position.

US Pat. No. 9,627,101

METHODS FOR COVERING AN ELONGATE SUBSTRATE

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A method for covering an elongate substrate, the method comprising: providing a cover assembly including: a holdout device
including:
a core having an axially extending slit defined therein and defining a core passage to receive the substrate; and a designated
target region; and a resilient, elastically radially expanded sleeve member defining an axially extending sleeve passage,
the sleeve member being mounted on the core such that the core is disposed in the sleeve passage and the sleeve member exerts
a radially compressive recovery force on the core; mounting the cover assembly on the elongate substrate such that the elongate
substrate extends through the core passage; and thereafter with the substrate disposed in the core passage, applying a radially
directed release force to the target region, responsive to which the core reduces in circumference and collapses around the
substrate under the recovery force of the sleeve member to a collapsed position; wherein applying the release force to the
target region causes an axially extending first edge of the core to slide beneath an opposing axially extending second edge
of the core, thereby allowing the core to curl upon itself under the recovery force; wherein the holdout device includes an
access opening defined therein; and applying the release force to the target region includes applying the release force to
the target region through the access opening.

US Pat. No. 10,112,301

AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION METHOD FOR ROBOT SYSTEMS USING A VISION SENSOR

Tyco Electronics (Shangha...

1. An automatic calibration method for a robot system, comprising:calibrating a sensor and a sensor coordinate system of the sensor with respect to a world coordinate system;
controlling a robot under the guidance of the sensor to move a point of a tool mounted on the robot to reach a same target point with a plurality of different poses, the point of the tool being in a tool coordinate system; and
calculating a transformation matrix tcpTt of the tool coordinate system with respect to a tool center point coordinate system based on pose data of the robot at the same target point.

US Pat. No. 9,985,389

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY HAVING A PIN ORGANIZER

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A connector assembly comprising:a housing;
a plurality of contact modules received in the housing, each contact module having a plurality of signal contacts, the signal contacts each including a signal pin for terminating to a circuit board, the signal pins extending from a bottom of the corresponding contact module, each contact module includes a dielectric frame holding a plurality of the signal contacts, the signal pins extending below the dielectric frame, each contact module includes a conductive holder holding the dielectric frame and providing shielding for the signal contacts, the conductive holder having a bottom, the conductive pin organizer engaging the bottom to electrically connect the conductive pin organizer to the conductive holder, each contact module having a ground shield providing electrical shielding for the signal contacts, the ground shield having a plurality of ground pins extending from a bottom of the ground shield for terminating to the circuit board; and
a conductive pin organizer coupled to the contact modules, the conductive pin organizer having a plurality of ground pin holes extending therethrough receiving corresponding ground pins, the conductive pin organizer having signal openings extending therethrough receiving corresponding signal pins, the signal openings being defined by side edges, the side edges being electrically isolated from the signal pins;
wherein the conductive pin organizer substantially fills a space between the bottoms of the contact modules and the circuit board to provide electrical shielding for the signal pins between the bottoms of the contact modules and the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,876,348

IN-LINE CABLE TERMINATION SYSTEMS FOR ELECTRICAL POWER TRANSMISSION CABLES AND METHODS USING THE SAME

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. An in-line cable termination system for use with first and second electrical power transmission cables, the conductor termination
system comprising:
an isolating apparatus having an isolating apparatus axis and including:
an electrically conductive first end member and an electrically conductive second end member spaced apart along the isolating
apparatus axis, wherein each of the first and second end members includes a respective coupling portion to mechanically and
electrically engage the first and second cables, respectively;

first and second insulators each extending between and coupling the first end member and the second end member; and
a fused switch mechanism including a fuse module and configured to selectively alternatively electrically connect the first
and second end members, and thereby the first and second cables, through the fuse module and disconnect the first and second
end members;

wherein the isolating apparatus is configured to automatically disconnect the fuse module from the second end member in response
to a prescribed overcurrent through the fuse module, and to thereby electrically disconnect the first and second end members;
and

wherein the fuse module includes an integral fuse actuator mechanism operative to automatically initiate disconnection of
the fuse module from the second end member.

US Pat. No. 9,870,848

MULTIPLE STRESS CONTROL DEVICE FOR CABLE ACCESSORIES AND METHODS AND SYSTEMS INCLUDING SAME

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A cover unit device for termination of an electrical cable, the device comprising:
a unitary cold shrinkable, tubular, elastomeric cover sleeve defining a cover sleeve through passage that is configured to
receive the electrical cable, the cover sleeve comprising:

a first type of stress control element;
a second type of stress control element that is different from the first type of stress control element and that is radially
disposed around the first type of stress control element; and

an outer insulating layer radially disposed around the second type of stress control element;
wherein the outer insulating layer, the first type of stress control element, and the second type of stress control element
are integrally formed to form a unitary structure.

US Pat. No. 9,869,837

HEAT DISSIPATING COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A communication system comprising:
a receptacle cage having a plurality of walls defining a port that is configured to receive a pluggable module therein through
a front end of the receptacle cage, the receptacle cage housing a communication connector at least proximate to a rear end
of the receptacle cage, the communication connector configured to be electrically connected to the pluggable module received
in the port, the receptacle cage further including a base plate having an interface surface and an opposite fin surface, the
interface surface configured to engage and thermally couple to a bottom of the pluggable module within the port, the base
plate including heat dissipating fins protruding from the fin surface; and

a circuit board having a top face and an opposite bottom face, the receptacle cage being mounted on the top face of the circuit
board, the communication connector within the receptacle cage being mounted on the top face and electrically connected to
the circuit board, the circuit board defining multiple fin openings through the circuit board between the top and bottom faces
in a port mounting area that aligns with the port of the receptacle cage, wherein the fin openings are spaced apart from edges
of the circuit board, the heat dissipating fins of the base plate extending through the fin openings to transfer heat from
the pluggable module through the circuit board to a cooling fluid beyond the bottom face of the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,825,393

ELECTRICAL CONTACT HAVING CONTACT SURFACES IN TWO PLANES PERPENDICULAR TO EACH OTHER

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical contact comprising:
a mating segment configured to engage another contact, the mating segment extending a length to a contact end of the mating
segment, wherein the mating segment comprises:

a first mating zone that is located a distance from the contact end along the length of the mating segment, the first mating
zone configured to intimately engage the other contact in a first plane for electrical communication between the electrical
contact and the other contact; and

a second mating zone that is offset from the first mating zone along the length of the mating segment in a direction toward
the contact end, wherein the second mating zone is configured to intimately engage the other contact in a second plane that
extends approximately perpendicular to the first plane for electrical communication between the electrical contact and the
other contact.

US Pat. No. 9,806,471

POWER CONNECTOR AND A PLUGGABLE CONNECTOR CONFIGURED TO MATE WITH THE POWER CONNECTOR

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A power connector configured to mate with different types of pluggable connectors, the power connector comprising:
a connector housing having a mating side and a mounting side, the connector housing including a receiving cavity that opens
to the mating side, the mounting side configured to interface with an electrical component;

first and second power contacts disposed within the receiving cavity and configured to be terminated to the electrical component;
and

a multi-function contact configured to be terminated to the electrical component and having a switch segment disposed within
the receiving cavity, the switch segment having a mating interface and being configured to flex between first and second positions,
the mating interface of the switch segment engaging the first power contact in the first position and being separated from
the first power contact in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,800,008

TERMINAL CRIMPING MACHINE HAVING A WIRE CLAMP

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A terminal crimping machine that crimps a terminal to a wire, the terminal crimping machine comprising:
a frame;
crimp tooling fixed to the frame, the crimp tooling comprising an anvil and a ram defining a crimping zone therebetween that
receives the terminal and the wire, the crimp tooling being actuated during a crimp stroke to crimp the terminal to the wire;

a wire clamp fixed to the frame proximate to the crimp tooling, the wire clamp clamping the wire to hold the wire relative
to the terminal near the crimping zone during at least part of the crimp stroke, the wire clamp releasing the wire prior to
completion of the crimp to allow extrusion of the wire during the crimping process.

US Pat. No. 9,786,412

CABLE MOISTURE SEAL ASSEMBLIES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A sealed cable assembly comprising:
a cable including a cable subcore, a metal shield layer surrounding the cable subcore, and a jacket surrounding the metal
shield layer, wherein the cable subcore includes an electrical conductor surrounded by an electrical insulation layer; and

a cable moisture seal assembly including a sealant, an electrically conductive jumper member, and an outer sleeve;
wherein:
the cable includes a sealing region section extending from a first axial end to a second axial end, and in which a section
of the jacket and a section of the metal shield layer are removed to expose a section of the cable subcore;

the insulation layer and the conductor extend through the sealing region section;
the jacket includes first and second jacket terminal edges, the first and second jacket terminal edges being axially spaced
apart, the sealing region section being disposed between the first and second jacket terminal edges;

a first section of the jacket extends from the first jacket terminal edge in a first direction away from the sealing region
section;

a second section of the jacket extends from the second jacket terminal edge in a second direction away from the sealing region
section and opposite the first direction;

first and second sections of the metal shield layer extend away from the sealing region section in the first and second opposed
directions, respectively;

the outer sleeve surrounds the sealing region section;
the sealant is disposed radially between the cable subcore and the outer sleeve, and engages the cable subcore to form a moisture
barrier in the sealing region section between the first and second sections of the jacket;

the jumper member electrically connects the first and second sections of the metal shield layer; and
the conductor and the insulation layer extend fully through the sealing region section and remain intact, continuous and unbroken
throughout the sealing region section;

wherein:
the cable subcore includes a semiconductor layer surrounding the insulation layer;
the sealant engages the semiconductor layer to form the moisture barrier; and
the semiconductor layer extends fully through the sealing region section and remains intact, continuous and unbroken throughout
the sealing region section.

US Pat. No. 9,787,017

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH TWO-PIECE CAVITY INSERT

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical connector comprising:
an outer contact having a mating segment, a terminating segment, and a middle segment therebetween, the mating segment configured
to engage a mating contact of a mating connector, the terminating segment configured to be electrically connected to a cable;
and

a cavity insert having a front end and a rear end and defining a channel that receives the outer contact therein, the cavity
insert surrounding the middle segment of the outer contact, the cavity insert defined by an upper shell and a lower shell
that couple together at an interface, the first strap located at the front end of the cavity insert, the second strap spaced
apart from the first strap and located at the rear end, the upper shell extending along a portion of a perimeter of the outer
contact, the lower shell extending along a remaining portion of the perimeter of the outer contact,

wherein the upper shell has a curved body extending between a first edge and a second edge, the upper shell including a first
strap and a second strap that extend beyond the first edge across the interface, the upper shell further including a catch
proximate to the second edge, the first and second straps and the catch formed integral to the body of the upper shell,

wherein the lower shell has an identical shape as the upper shell and is oriented 180 degrees relative to the upper shell
about a mating axis that is parallel to the channel,

wherein a latching surfaces of the first and second straps of the upper shell engages the catch of the lower shell and a latching
surface of the first strap of a lower shell engages corresponding first and second catches of a upper shell to couple a upper
shell to a lower shell.

US Pat. No. 9,742,081

PRESS-FIT CIRCUIT BOARD CONNECTOR

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A press-fit circuit board connector comprising:
a housing having a mating end and a mounting end opposite the mating end, the housing having a contact holder including a
plurality of contact channels; and

contacts received in corresponding contact channels, each contact having a mating terminal and a mounting terminal discrete
from the corresponding mating terminal and mechanically and electrically connected to the corresponding mating terminal, the
mating terminal extending between a front and a rear and having a mating pin at the front, the mounting terminal extending
between a front and a rear and having a mounting pin at the rear opposite the mating pin, the mounting terminal includes a
connecting pin at the front being compliant and configured for a press-fit mechanical and electrical connection to the rear
of the mating terminal, the mating pin being compliant and configured for compliant mating with a corresponding socket contact
of a mating connector, the mounting pin being compliant and configured for press-fit mechanical and electrical connection
to a circuit board;

wherein the mating pins of the contacts are arranged at the mating end to define a pin mating interface having a first pattern
and wherein the mounting pins of the contacts are arranged at the mounting end to define a pin mounting interface having a
second pattern different than the first pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,702,485

COVERS FOR ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION LINES AND INSULATORS AND METHODS AND SYSTEMS INCLUDING SAME

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A protective conductor cover for a distribution line conductor, the protective conductor cover comprising:
an elongate cover body having a longitudinal axis and including first and second opposed, elongate sidewalls defining:
an axially extending cover channel terminating at axially opposed end openings;
an axially extending bottom opening communicating with the cover channel and terminating at the axially opposed end openings;
and

an integral conductor retention tab having a base end attached to the first sidewall and extending laterally from the first
sidewall into the cover channel to a free terminal end of the conductor retention tab;

wherein the conductor retention tab is configured to elastically deflect and secure the conductor in the cover channel when
the conductor is inserted into the cover channel through the bottom opening.

US Pat. No. 9,673,570

STACKED CAGE HAVING DIFFERENT SIZE PORTS

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical connector assembly comprising:
a cage member having a plurality of walls defining an upper port and a lower port configured to receive identical pluggable
modules therein through a front end of the cage member, the cage member housing a communication connector at a rear of the
cage member configured to be electrically connected to the pluggable modules received in the upper and lower ports, the walls
being manufactured from a conductive material and providing electrical shielding for the pluggable modules;

the plurality of walls comprising side walls, a top wall between the side walls, a bottom wall between the side walls and
a divider wall between the side walls, the divider wall separating the upper port from the lower port, the divider wall being
positioned closer to the top wall than the bottom wall such that the lower port is taller than the upper port.

US Pat. No. 9,668,379

HEAT SPREADER FOR A CAGED ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A heat spreader configured to be used in a cage of an electrical connector assembly, the heat spreader comprising:
a front heat spreader including a main body extending between a front and a rear, the front heat spreader having a pluggable
module interface configured to be in thermal communication with a pluggable module to transfer heat from the pluggable module,
the front heat spreader having a mating interface at the rear, the mating interface having a plurality of first plates spaced
apart by first gaps; and

a rear heat spreader having a mating interface at a front of the rear heat spreader, the mating interface of the rear heat
spreader having a plurality of second plates spaced apart by second gaps, the rear heat spreader extending to a heat dissipation
end opposite the front;

wherein the front heat spreader is coupled to the rear heat spreader with the first plates interleaved with the second plates
in thermal communication with each other, the first plates being received in the second gaps and the second plates being received
in the first gaps, the heat being transferred from the front heat spreader to the heat dissipation end of the rear heat spreader
for cooling the pluggable module.

US Pat. No. 9,979,127

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AND ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

Tyco Electronics (Shangha...

1. An electrical connector, comprising:a housing;
a lock mechanism mounted on the housing and having a locking member, the lock mechanism movable between a locking position in which the locking member locks the electrical connector to a mating electrical connector and an unlocking position in which the locking member is disengaged from the mating electrical connector;
a trigger pivotally mounted on the housing and movable between a deactivated position and an activated position, the trigger moving the lock mechanism from the locking position to the unlocking position as the trigger moves between the deactivated position and the activated position; and
a strap connected to the trigger and operable to move the trigger from the deactivated position to the activated position upon applying an activation force to the strap.

US Pat. No. 9,869,829

OPTICAL INTERPOSER FOR WAVEGUIDES

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. An optical interposer comprising:
a substrate having a top planar surface:
at least one groove defined in said top planar surface and extending from an edge of said substrate to a terminal end, said
groove having side walls and a first facet at said terminal end perpendicular to side walls, said facet having a first angle
relative to said top planar surface, said first angle being about 45 degrees;

a reflective coating on said first facet;
polymeric optical conduit disposed in said groove and extending to said edge, said polymeric optical conduit having a core
defining an optical axis, and an end face with at least a first mating facet having essentially said first angle relative
to its optical axis such that said first mating facet and said first facet contact each other;

a waveguide optically coupled to said polymeric optical conduit at said edge, wherein said polymeric optical conduit and said
waveguide are integrally formed.

US Pat. No. 9,806,443

PRESS-FIT CIRCUIT BOARD CONNECTOR

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A press-fit circuit board connector comprising:
a housing having a front and a rear, the housing having a front chamber at the front configured to receive a mating connector,
the housing having a rear chamber at the rear; and

a contact assembly received in the rear chamber of the housing, the contact assembly having a contact holder including a plurality
of contact channels and contacts received in corresponding contact channels, each contact having a mating terminal and a mounting
terminal discrete from the corresponding mating terminal and mechanically and electrically connected to the corresponding
mating terminal, the mating terminal extending between a front and a rear with the front extending into the front chamber
of the housing for electrical connection with the mating connector in a mating direction along a mating axis, the mounting
terminal extending between a front and a rear, the mounting terminal having a connecting pin at the front and having a mounting
pin at the rear, the connecting pin of the mounting terminal being compliant and configured for compliant mating with the
rear of the mating terminal, the mounting pin of the mounting terminal being compliant and configured for press-fit mechanical
and electrical connection to a circuit board in a pressing direction along a pressing axis generally perpendicular to the
mating axis, wherein the mounting terminals are arranged in contact sets, the mounting terminals of each contact set being
held by a corresponding insulator separate from other contact sets, the insulator of each contact set being coupled to the
contact holder, the connecting pin of the mounting terminal extending from the insulator for connection to the mating terminal
and the mounting pin of the mounting terminal extending from the insulator for connection to the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,801,301

CABLE BACKPLANE SYSTEM HAVING INDIVIDUALLY REMOVABLE CABLE CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A cable backplane system comprising: cable backplanes each comprising a tray configured to be coupled to a chassis and
a plurality of cable connector assemblies mounted to the tray; the tray having a plate extending between a front and a rear,
the plate having mounting locations receiving corresponding cable connector assemblies, the trays of the cable backplanes
being oriented parallel to each other with front openings between the fronts of the plates and with rear openings between
the rears of the plates; each cable connector assembly having a housing holding contacts, the contacts terminated to corresponding
cables and configured for mating with mating contacts of a corresponding card connector when mated to the cable connector
assembly in a mating direction parallel to the plates, each cable connector assembly having a holder mounted to the corresponding
mounting location of the plate, the holder being mounted to the plate and removable from the plate through the rear opening
at the rear of the plate.

US Pat. No. 9,787,140

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER METHOD AND CIRCUIT

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A power circuit for wirelessly communicating power to a receiving device comprising:
one or more switches for coupling respective ends of different coils of a plurality of coils together to facilitate selectively
connecting the plurality of coils such that in a first switch configuration the plurality of coils are in a series configuration,
in a second switch configuration the plurality of coils are in a parallel configuration, and in a third switch configuration
some of the plurality of coils are in a series configuration and other coils of the plurality are in a parallel configuration;

a controller configured to control a conduction state of each of the one or more switches; and
first and second power terminals in electrical communication with the plurality of coils through which a power signal flows.

US Pat. No. 9,711,272

PRINTED CIRCUIT FOR WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A printed circuit comprising:
a substrate body comprising a plurality of substrate layers stacked along a Z-axis, each substrate layer being substantially
planar and extending along X- and Y-axes, wherein the X-, Y-, and Z-axes are mutually perpendicular;

a Z-field coil coupled to the substrate body and comprising a conductive trace that is parallel to an XY plane; and
an X-field coil comprising conductive trace segments that are coupled to the substrate body and parallel to the XY plane,
the X-field coil including conductive paths that extend substantially parallel to the Z-axis, the conductive paths interconnecting
the trace segments to form the X-field coil;

wherein the Z-field coil and the X-field coil are configured to generate respective vector components of a magnetic field
or have respective voltages induced therein by a magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 9,780,459

LINKING CABLE CONNECTOR

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A linking cable connector comprising:
a cover defining an interior cavity; and
a lead frame held in the interior cavity of the cover, the lead frame including a plurality of conductive leads arranged side
by side in a row, the conductive leads extending a length between a first wire interface end and an opposite second wire interface
end of the lead frame, at least some conductive leads defining first termination contact areas at least proximate to the first
wire interface end of the lead frame and that are configured to engage and electrically connect to corresponding wire conductors
of a first cable harness, the first termination contact areas of adjacent conductive leads spaced apart on a first lead pitch,
the at least some conductive leads defining second termination contact areas at least proximate to the second wire interface
end that are configured to engage and electrically connect to corresponding wire conductors of a second cable harness, the
second termination contact areas of adjacent conductive leads spaced apart on a second lead pitch that is less than the first
lead pitch, wherein the conductive leads are configured to provide conductive paths between the wire conductors of the first
cable harness and the wire conductors of the second cable harness.

US Pat. No. 9,748,681

GROUND CONTACT MODULE FOR A CONTACT MODULE STACK

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A ground contact module comprising:
a ground leadframe having ground contacts extending between corresponding mating ends and terminating ends thereof with transition
portions between the mating ends and the terminating ends, the transition portions being generally planar between a first
side and a second side of the ground leadframe; and

a ground dielectric body holding the ground leadframe, the ground dielectric body having at least one low loss layer overmolded
over the ground leadframe and encasing the transition portions of the ground contacts, the at least one low loss layer defining
pockets, the ground dielectric body having lossy wings received in corresponding pockets, the lossy wings being electrically
coupled to corresponding ground contacts, the lossy wings being manufactured from lossy material capable of absorbing electrical
resonance propagating through a contact module stack, the lossy wings being separate and discrete from the at least one low
loss layer and being attached to the at least one low loss layer in proximity to the corresponding ground contacts, wherein
each lossy wing is electrically coupled to only one of the ground contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,748,753

INSULATING L BUSBAR COVERS AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. An insulating cover for an L-shaped busbar, the cover comprising: first and second opposing longitudinal edge portions;
and a longitudinal groove between the first and second longitudinal edge portions; wherein the cover is configured to wrap
around the L-shaped busbar in an installed position with the first and second longitudinal edge portions overlapping, with
the second longitudinal edge portion adjacent and generally parallel to a leg of the L-shaped busbar and with the first longitudinal
edge portion in the longitudinal groove of the cover;
wherein, in the installed position: the cover completely surrounds the L-shaped busbar; a first leg inner portion of the cover
including the first and second longitudinal edge portions is adjacent a first leg of the L-shaped busbar; a first leg outer
portion of the cover is adjacent the first leg of the L-shaped busbar; a second leg outer portion of the cover is adjacent
a second leg of the L-shaped busbar; a second leg inner portion of the cover is adjacent the second leg of the L-shaped busbar.

US Pat. No. 9,673,617

PRE-CHARGE CIRCUIT FOR AN ELECTROMECHANICAL RELAY

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A pre-charge circuit for an electromechanical relay having a coil and relay contacts, the pre-charge circuit comprising:
a semiconductor switch configured to be electrically connected across the relay contacts of the electromechanical relay;
a resistor configured to be electrically connected in series with the semiconductor switch between the coil and the relay
contacts of the electromechanical relay; and

a driver configured to be electrically connected between the coil of the electromechanical relay and the semiconductor switch
such that the driver is configured to power operation of the semiconductor switch, wherein the semiconductor switch is configured
to pre-charge a capacitor of a load of the electromechanical relay with electrical current through the resistor for limiting
in-rush electrical current supplied to the relay contacts of the electromechanical relay.

US Pat. No. 9,672,958

ELECTRICAL CABLE WITH SHIELDED CONDUCTORS

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical cable comprising:
multiple conductor assemblies collectively surrounded by an outer jacket, each conductor assembly comprising:
a pair of inner conductors defining a differential pair configured to convey differential signals;
an insulator engaging and surrounding the pair of inner conductors, the insulator being composed of a dielectric material,
an intermediate portion of the insulator extending between the pair of inner conductors such that the inner conductors of
the pair are spaced apart from each other and do not engage each other; and

a shield layer engaging and fully circumferentially surrounding an outer perimeter of the insulator, the shield layer being
formed of a conductive plastic material to provide electrical shielding for the inner conductors and flexibility, the shield
layer having an electrically conductive inner surface that engages the outer perimeter of the insulator and an electrically
conductive outer surface,

wherein the electrically conductive outer surface of the shield layer of a first conductor assembly of the multiple conductor
assemblies engages the electrically conductive outer surface of the shield layer of a second conductor assembly of the multiple
conductor assemblies to electrically common the respective shield layers of the first and second conductor assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,036,858

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY INSERTING FIBER

Tyco Electronics (Shangha...

1. A system for automatically inserting fibers, comprising:a cable having a plurality of fibers;
a ferrule having a plurality of bores;
a moving mechanism movable in a first direction, a second direction, and a third direction that are perpendicular to each other;
a cable holder mounted on the moving mechanism and holding the cable; and
a vision device, the moving mechanism moving the cable holder under the guidance of the vision device to align the plurality of fibers with the ferrule and insert the plurality of fibers into the plurality of bores, the vision device identifying a center of an end surface profile of the plurality of fibers and a center of an end surface profile of the ferrule.

US Pat. No. 9,941,640

CONNECTOR HOUSING AND CONNECTOR

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A connector, comprising:a housing with an electronic module receiving passageway positioned therein and having:
a first housing with a pair of first sidewalls positioned opposite from each other, a first cable receiving section positioned along a proximal end of the first housing, a pair of partitions forming a slot extending along each of the pair of first sidewalls and along opposite sides of the first cable receiving section, and a first widened section in which the pair of first sidewalls are spaced further apart from each other than in a first section of the first housing; and
a second housing with a pair of second sidewalls positioned opposite one another, a second cable receiving section positioned along a proximal end of the second housing, an extension disposed on each of the pair of second sidewalls and on opposite sides of the second cable receiving section and corresponding with the slot, a plurality of ribs extending outward from the extension and corresponding with an inner surface of the pair of partitions, and a second widened section in which the pair of second sidewalls are spaced further apart from each other than in a second section of the second housing, the first cable receiving section and the second cable receiving section forming a cable receiving passageway at a first end of the housing extending into the electronic module receiving passageway, the electronic module receiving passageway extending through an opposite second end of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,899,761

CONNECTOR SYSTEM WITH CONNECTOR POSITION ASSURANCE

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a front end and a rear end, the housing defining a socket at the front end that is configured to receive
a mating connector therein, the housing further including a deflectable primary latch that is cantilevered and connected to
the housing at a shoulder;

a connector position assurance (CPA) element mounted on the housing, the CPA element being slidable relative to the housing
between a released position and a locked position, the CPA element including a base and at least a first runner extending
frontward from the base, the base protruding rearward beyond the shoulder of the housing when in the released position, a
portion of the first runner extending under the primary latch frontward of the shoulder, wherein the CPA element in the released
position is pivotable relative to the housing and the primary latch thereof such that downward movement of the base rearward
of the shoulder causes the portion of the CPA element under the primary latch to lift the primary latch in an upward direction
away from the socket; and

an actuator mounted on the housing in operable engagement with the CPA element, the actuator having at least a first leg,
the actuator being movable between a blocking position and a clearance position, the first leg of the actuator engaging the
first runner when the actuator is in the blocking position to mechanically block the CPA element from being moved between
the released position and the locked position, the CPA element being movable between the released position and the locked
position when the actuator is in the clearance position;

wherein the actuator is moved from the blocking position to the clearance position by the mating connector as the mating connector
is loaded into the socket, the actuator attaining the clearance position responsive to the mating connector being fully loaded
in the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,876,266

CONTACTLESS CONNECTOR

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A contactless connector comprising:
a housing extending between a mating end and a terminating end, the housing having a mating interface at the mating end configured
to be coupled to a connector interface of an electronic device;

a connector communication module held at least partially within the housing, the connector communication module being operable
in at least one of a transmit mode of operation or a receive mode of operation, wherein the connector communication module
is configured to wirelessly communicate with a device communication module of the electronic device to wirelessly transfer
at least one of data or power between the connector communication module of the contactless connector and the device communication
module of the electronic device; and

an optical contacting element held by the housing, wherein the optical contacting element includes a planar, flat optical
contacting surface configured to optically contact an optical contacting element of the electronic device in an optical contact
bonding arrangement to form a molecular attraction between the optical contacting element and the optical contact element
of the electronic device sufficient to hold the optical contacting elements together by adhesion forces such that the housing
is mechanically connected to the electronic device by the optical contacting element with the connector communication module
configured to wirelessly communicate with the device communication module through the optical contacting element.

US Pat. No. 9,837,761

ELECTRICAL CABLE CONNECTOR WITH ROTATABLE HOUSING

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical cable connector comprising:
a contact subassembly terminated to an electrical cable, the contact subassembly including a center contact, a dielectric
holder, and an outer contact, the contact subassembly having a protrusion extending outward from an outer surface of the contact
subassembly; and

a housing extending between a front end and a rear end, the housing defining a cavity that receives the contact subassembly
therein, the electrical cable extending from the housing through an opening at the rear end, the housing including a retention
mechanism that includes an annular track along a perimeter of the cavity, the annular track receiving the protrusion of the
contact subassembly therein, wherein a retention ledge of the housing at a rear end of the annular track engages the protrusion
of the contact subassembly to secure an axial position of the contact subassembly in the cavity relative to the housing, the
retention mechanism allowing the housing to rotate relative to the contact subassembly and the cable such that the protrusion
moves within the annular track,

wherein a first circumferential segment of the retention ledge is defined by an interior shoulder of the housing and a second
circumferential segment of the retention ledge is defined by a catch surface of a deflectable latch on the housing, the protrusion
engaging and deflecting the deflectable latch radially outward as the contact subassembly is loaded into the cavity to allow
the protrusion to enter the annular track.

US Pat. No. 9,829,655

COMMUNICATION CONNECTOR HAVING AN ALIGNMENT MECHANISM

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A communication connector comprising:
a connector housing configured to hold at least one of optical fibers or electrical contacts, the connector housing having
an engagement face that is configured to interface with a mating connector after a coupling operation, the engagement face
facing in a forward direction toward the mating connector during the coupling operation, the connector housing including a
housing cavity; and

a movable member held by the connector housing within the housing cavity and comprising a magnetic material, the movable member
being movable relative to the connector housing during the coupling operation, wherein the movable member is configured to
be magnetically drawn in the forward direction by the mating connector during the coupling operation from a first position,
in which the movable member and the mating connector are unengaged, to a second position, in which the movable member and
the mating connector are engaged, the movable member being at least partially in the housing cavity in the first position,
the movable member moving in the forward direction from the first position in the housing cavity to the second position when
magnetically drawn during the coupling operation, the movable member being drawn out of the housing cavity when magnetically
drawn to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,827,635

FIXTURE FOR USE WITH FINE WIRE LASER SOLDERING

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A fixture assembly for use with fine wire laser soldering, the fixture comprising:
a holding and support fixture having
(a) a wire holding member, and
(b) a retention member that (i) extends from a first portion of the wire holding member, and (ii) has a U-shaped configuration,
a base of the U-shape having a wire retention section, the wire holding member and the retention member cooperating with wires
prior to the wires being soldered; and

a wire securing and tensioning fixture having wire tensioning projections and wire retention members, the wire tensioning
projections and wire retention members cooperating with the wires to provide tension to the wire prior to the wires being
soldered,
wherein the wire retention section has adhesive coupling which cooperates with the wires to temporarily secure the wires in
position.

US Pat. No. 9,825,395

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR A CONNECTOR

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A protective cover for a connector that is mounted to a first side of a host structure, said cover comprising:
a metal shell having a body extending a length along a central longitudinal axis between a mounting end and a free end, the
body defined by at least one shell segment that includes a base at the mounting end and a strengthening rib at the free end
with a support wall that extends between the base and the strengthening rib, the support wall comprising an interior side
that defines a connector pocket, the support wall extending at least partially circumferentially around the connector pocket
along the central longitudinal axis, the connector pocket being configured to receive therein a corresponding sub-segment
of a cantilevered connector segment of the connector that is cantilevered from the first side of the host structure, the base
of the shell segment being configured to be mounted to the first side of the host structure over a mounting flange of the
connector with the support wall extending outward from the host structure over the corresponding sub-segment of the cantilevered
connector segment such that the body of the metal shell is cantilevered from the first side of the host structure around at
least a portion of a circumference and along at least a portion of a length of the cantilevered connector segment to provide
a metal barrier that covers at least a portion of the cantilevered connector segment of the connector.

US Pat. No. 9,825,408

CONNECTOR MODULE ASSEMBLY HAVING A GASKET PLATE

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A receptacle assembly comprising:
a plurality of communication connectors arranged side-by-side and secured together as a communication module, each communication
connector having a contact array arranged within a shroud at a mating interface, the shroud and contact array being configured
for mating with a corresponding pluggable module, each communication connector having a mounting face at a bottom of the corresponding
communication connector, the contact array being provided at the mounting face for mounting to a circuit board; and

a gasket plate coupled to the communication module between the communication module and the pluggable modules, the gasket
plate having a plurality of openings receiving corresponding shrouds such that the shrouds pass through the openings for mating
with the corresponding pluggable modules, the gasket plate having pluggable module interfaces around each of the openings
for interfacing with mating ends of the pluggable modules associated with the corresponding openings, the gasket plate being
conductive to provide electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding at the pluggable module interfaces, the gasket plate engaging
the pluggable modules at the pluggable module interfaces to electrically connect the gasket plate with conductive pluggable
bodies of the pluggable module; and

a receptacle housing having a plurality of panels defining a housing cavity, the plurality of panels dividing the housing
cavity into a plurality of module cavities each configured to receive a corresponding pluggable module therein, the panels
being conductive to provide electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding for the housing cavity, the receptacle housing configured
to be mounted to the circuit board at a bottom of the receptacle housing;

wherein the gasket plate is coupled to the communication module to define a connector module assembly, the connector module
assembly being loaded into the housing cavity prior to mounting to the circuit board such that the connector module assembly
and the receptacle housing are configured to be mounted to the circuit board as a unit.

US Pat. No. 9,739,543

HEAT SINK

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A heat sink comprising:
a frame having a non-metallic body that includes a window, the non-metallic body including at least one peripheral wall that
defines a boundary of the window, the non-metallic body comprising a non-metallic material, the non-metallic body of the frame
comprising peripheral support fingers that extend from an interior surface of the at least one peripheral wall into the window;
and

a heat exchanger comprising a base and cooling fins, the base having a structure side and an opposite environmental side,
the structure side of the base being configured to thermally communicate with a structure for absorbing heat from the structure,
the cooling fins extending from the environmental side of the base, the cooling fins having heights defined from the environmental
side to respective tips of the cooling fins, the cooling fins arranged side-by-side such that adjacent cooling fins are spaced
apart laterally by a gap, the heat exchanger held by the frame such that the cooling fins extend through the window of the
frame;

wherein the peripheral support fingers of the frame are disposed in the gaps between the adjacent cooling fins of the heat
exchanger for supporting the cooling fins, the peripheral support fingers supporting the cooling fins by engaging each cooling
fin along an upper half of the cooling fin and along a lower half of the cooling fin, the upper half extending from the tip
to a midpoint along the height of the cooling fin, the lower half extending from the midpoint of the cooling fin to the environmental
side of the base.

US Pat. No. 9,666,991

HEADER TRANSITION CONNECTOR FOR AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR SYSTEM

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A header transition connector comprising:
a header housing having a first end and a second end, the header housing having a separating wall separating a first cavity
from a second cavity at the first and second ends, respectively, the separating wall having signal contact openings and ground
shield openings therethrough;

header signal contacts held in corresponding signal contact openings, the header signal contacts arranged in pairs carrying
differential signals, the header signal contacts having first mating ends in the first cavity for mating with a first receptacle
connector, the header signal contacts having second mating ends in the second cavity for mating with a second receptacle connector,
the header signal contacts pass straight through the separating wall such that the first mating ends are aligned coplanar
with the second mating ends on opposite sides of the separating wall, wherein the first mating end of each header signal contact
is formed into a U-shape and wherein the second mating end of each header signal contact is formed into a U-shape; and

header ground shields held in corresponding ground shield openings, the header ground shields having walls surrounding associated
pairs of header signal contacts on at least two sides thereof, the header ground shields having first mating ends in the first
cavity for mating with the first receptacle connector, the header ground shields having second mating ends in the second cavity
for mating with the second receptacle connector;

wherein the header housing has shroud walls extending from the separating wall to the first end and to the second end to define
the first and second cavities and receive the first and second receptacle connectors, the shroud walls extend beyond the header
signal contacts and the header ground contacts to protect the header signal contacts and the header ground contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,882,317

CONNECTOR SYSTEM WITH HYBRID ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS

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1. A hybrid electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a unitary, one-piece body that extends between a front end and an opposite rear end, the housing defining
two adjacent cavities each extending between a respective mating opening at the front end and a respective cable opening at
the rear end, the two cavities including a shielded cavity configured to hold a shielded contact subassembly therein and an
unshielded cavity configured to hold an unshielded contact subassembly therein, the housing including a first deflectable
latch extending into the shielded cavity and directly engaging the shielded contact subassembly therein to secure the shielded
contact subassembly within the housing, the housing further including a second deflectable latch extending into the unshielded
cavity and directly engaging the unshielded contact subassembly therein to secure the unshielded contact subassembly within
the housing, the housing defining a recess through a side wall of the housing, the recess located generally between the shielded
and unshielded cavities and

a terminal position assurance (TPA) clip coupled to the housing and extending into the recess, the TPA clip including a first
blocking surface and a second blocking surface, the first blocking surface configured to block the first deflectable latch
of the housing from deflecting away from the shielded contact subassembly, the second blocking surface configured to block
the second deflectable latch of the housing from deflecting away from the unshielded contact subassembly.

US Pat. No. 9,859,626

WIRE RETENTION SEAL FOR A TERMINAL ASSEMBLY

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1. A terminal assembly comprising:
a terminal having a wire barrel configured to be crimped to a wire and a mating segment configured to be mated to a mating
component; and

a wire retention seal received in the wire barrel, the wire retention seal having a terminal mounting flange engaging the
wire barrel to axially secure the wire retention seal to the terminal, the wire retention seal having a wire retention sleeve
defining a wire bore configured to receive an end of the wire, the wire retention sleeve being configured to interfere with
the wire to axially retain the wire retention seal on the end of the wire prior to crimping the wire barrel to the wire.

US Pat. No. 9,853,368

ELECTRICAL CRIMP TERMINAL

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1. An electrical terminal comprising:
a crimp barrel having an interior side and an exterior side, the interior side of the crimp barrel defining a channel that
extends along a longitudinal axis, the crimp barrel configured to mechanically hold and electrically connect to one or more
electrical conductors of an electrical device received in the channel, the crimp barrel including multiple primary serrations
spaced apart along the longitudinal axis, the primary serrations being groove-shaped recesses formed along the interior side,
adjacent primary serrations being separated from one another by a band, the crimp barrel further including at least one micro-serration
on the band such that the at least one micro-serration on the band is disposed between the adjacent primary serrations, each
micro-serration being a groove-shaped recess formed along the interior side that has a smaller size relative to the primary
serrations.

US Pat. No. 9,882,308

RECEPTACLE CONNECTOR FOR A WEARABLE ARTICLE

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1. A receptacle connector for a wearable article, the receptacle connector comprising:
a housing having a front mounting plate and a back mounting plate, the front mounting plate including a receptacle configured
to receive a complementary plug connector therein, the front mounting plate and the back mounting plate of the housing being
configured to be mounted to the wearable article such that a sheet of the wearable article is sandwiched between the front
mounting plate and the back mounting plate with the front mounting plate along an exterior side of the sheet of the wearable
article and with the back mounting plate along an interior side of the sheet of the wearable article and such that the receptacle
is configured to be aligned with an opening in the sheet; and

a printed circuit board sandwiched between the front mounting plate and the back mounting plate such that the printed circuit
board is held by the housing aligned with the opening in the sheet of the wearable article, the printed circuit board comprising
mating contacts exposed on the exterior side of the sheet of the wearable article for mating with the plug connector, the
printed circuit board comprising mounting contacts exposed on the interior side of the sheet of the wearable article that
are configured to terminate conductors of a flat cable of the wearable article or an e-textile of the wearable article that
is on the interior side of the sheet of the wearable article.

US Pat. No. 9,843,123

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH TERMINAL POSITION ASSURANCE CLIP

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1. An electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a mating end and a terminating end, the housing defining a cavity open at the mating end;
a terminal retention (TR) block mounted to the housing within the cavity, the TR block including multiple interior walls that
are rigid and define multiple channels extending between a proximal end and a distal end of the TR block, each of the channels
including a deflectable retention latch extending into the respective channel from one of the interior walls, the retention
latch resiliently deflectable relative to the interior wall from which the retention latch extends and configured to engage
one of the contacts to retain the contact in the channel, each of the channels also including an undeflectable protuberance
extending into the channel from another of the interior walls, the undeflectable protuberance located across from the retention
latch in the channel and configured to engage the corresponding contact within the channel; and

a terminal position assurance (TPA) clip mounted to the distal end of the TR block within the cavity of the housing, the TPA
clip configured to block deflection of the retention latches to lock the contacts in the channels, the TPA clip having slots
that align with the channels of the TR block and receive distal tips of the contacts therethrough, the slots having tapered
lead-ins configured to guide the distal tips of the contacts from the channels into the slots.

US Pat. No. 9,741,476

COVERS FOR DISTRIBUTION LINES AND INSULATORS

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1. A protective cover assembly for an electrical power distribution line conductor mounted on a horizontally oriented post
insulator, the protective cover assembly comprising: an insulator cover including: a cover body defining an insulator cavity
configured to receive the insulator; and a mounting bracket integral with the cover body, the mounting bracket defining a
bracket slot having a bottom entry opening configured to receive the horizontally oriented insulator to couple the cover body
to the insulator; and a retaining pin configured to span and positively close off the bottom entry opening of the bracket
slot to secure the insulator cover to the insulator; wherein the cover body is formed of a flexible first material and the
mounting bracket is formed of a second material that is more rigid than the first material.

US Pat. No. 10,172,263

ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY HAVING A CONDUCTIVE SHIELD AND GROUNDING CONTACTS

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1. An electronic assembly comprising:a printed circuit having a ground conductor and a plurality of thru-holes, the thru-holes exposing conductive material that is in communication with the ground conductor, the printed circuit having a substrate surface;
a conductive shield having a plurality of sidewalls, the sidewalls defining a cavity that is sized and shaped to receive an electronic component therein, wherein edges of at least some of the sidewalls interface with the printed circuit along a perimeter line, the perimeter line extending along the substrate surface and intersecting the thru-holes or extending immediately adjacent to the thru-holes;
a plurality of grounding contacts that are each discrete with respect to the conductive shield, wherein each of the grounding contacts of said plurality comprises a pin segment and a wall-engaging segment;
wherein the pin segments include compliant pins that are insertable into the thru-holes and the wall-engaging segments are connected to respective sidewalls, the grounding contacts being distributed along the perimeter line and electrically coupling the conductive shield to the ground conductor of the printed circuit, wherein the edges of the at least some sidewalls engage the substrate surface along the perimeter line as the edges extend between adjacent grounding contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,871,325

CIRCUIT BOARD HAVING SELECTIVE VIAS FILLED WITH LOSSY PLUGS

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1. A circuit board comprising:
a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface;
the substrate having a plurality of signal conductors configured to carry electrical signals and a plurality of ground conductors
being electrically grounded, the signal and ground conductors including respective contact pads in a mating area of the substrate
for engaging corresponding contacts of an electrical connector; and

the substrate having a plurality of ground vias extending at least partially through the substrate between the first and second
surfaces, the ground vias being plated, the ground vias being electrically coupled to corresponding ground conductors, the
ground vias including lossy plugs at least partially filling the plated ground vias, the lossy plugs being electrically coupled
to the ground conductors, the lossy plugs manufactured from lossy material capable of absorbing electrical resonance propagating
through the substrate to provide resonance control, wherein the lossy plugs are only coupled to the corresponding ground conductors
and are not electrically coupled to the signal conductors.