US Patent No. 10,673,182

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING ELECTRICALLY COMMONED GROUNDS


Patent No. 10,673,182
Issue Date June 02, 2020
Title Electrical Connector Having Electrically Commoned Grounds
Inventorship Jason John Ellison, New Cumberland, PA (US)
Assignee FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,673,182

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