US Patent No. 10,714,850

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY


Patent No. 10,714,850
Issue Date July 14, 2020
Title Electrical Connector Assembly
Inventorship Steven E. Minich, York, PA (US)
Charles Copper, Hummelstown, PA (US)
Assignee FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,714,850

1. An electrical connector comprising:a dielectric connector housing that defines a first end and a second end;
a plurality of electrical contacts arranged in rows including a first row and a second row, the plurality of electrical contacts being supported by the connector housing, wherein each electrical contact of the plurality of electrical contacts defines a mounting end that extends out from the first end of the connector housing and is configured to be mounted to a substrate, each electrical contact of the plurality of electrical contacts further comprises mating ends, opposite the mounting ends, wherein the plurality of electrical contacts are arranged in pairs of differential signal contacts; and
a plurality of ground shields supported by the connector housing, each of the plurality of ground shields comprising a plurality of walls, each of the plurality of ground shields enclosing, at least partially, a respective pair of differential signal contacts,
wherein the mounting ends of the plurality of electrical contacts are disposed along a first surface of the housing so as to form a mounting interface and the mating ends of the plurality of electrical contacts in the first row are offset in a direction parallel to the mounting interface relative to the mating ends of the plurality of electrical contacts in the second row.