US Patent No. 10,396,481

MEZZANINE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR


Patent No. 10,396,481
Issue Date August 27, 2019
Title Mezzanine Electrical Connector
Inventorship Mark E. Lauermann, Harrisburg, PA (US)
Assignee FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,396,481

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