US Patent No. 9,142,922

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY WITH IMPROVED COOLING CAPABILITY


Patent No. 9,142,922
Issue Date September 22, 2015
Title Connector Assembly With Improved Cooling Capability
Inventorship Kent E. Regnier, Lombard, IL (US)
Harold Keith Lang, Cary, IL (US)
Assignee Molex Incorporated, Lisle, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,142,922

1. A connector, comprising:
a cage with a front face, the cage including a top wall, a first and second side wall and a rear wall, the wall cooperatively
forming a hollow interior space;

a housing with at least a first card slot and at least a second card slot positioned in the hollow interior space, the at
least first car slot and at least second card slot vertically spaced apart;

a first spacer positioned between the first and second side wall and between the at least first card slot and at least second
card slot so as to define a first and second bay, the first spacer defining a central portion between the first and second
bay, the central portion having a length that extend from the front face to the housing; and

a first front face aligned with the central portion, the first front face including at least one front aperture that is in
communication with the central portion, wherein the first and second side wall each have a plurality of side apertures in
communication with the central portion so as to allow air to flow through the at least one front aperture, along the central
portion and out the side apertures, wherein the side apertures are positioned at least one third of the length of the central
portion from the first front face so that there are no side apertures closer to the front face than one third of the length.