US Patent No. 10,468,829

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING ELECTRICALLY COMMONED GROUNDS


Patent No. 10,468,829
Issue Date November 05, 2019
Title Electrical Connector Having Electrically Commoned Grounds
Inventorship Arkady Y. Zerebilov, Lancaster, PA (US)
Jason John Ellison, New Cumberland, PA (US)
Assignee FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,468,829

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