US Patent No. 9,417,414

OPTICAL CONNECTOR FOR A CARD INCLUDING CONCAVE AND CONVEX GUIDE PORTIONS


Patent No. 9,417,414
Issue Date August 16, 2016
Title Optical Connector For A Card Including Concave And Convex Guide Portions
Inventorship Akihiro Shimotsu, Ebina (JP)
Masayuki Arai, Yokohama (JP)
Assignee Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,417,414

1. An optical connector comprising:
a cable, the cable comprising an optical waveguide and a plurality of electrically conductive wires;
a plug, the plug having the cable connected thereto, the plug including a plug housing with a front edge, a generally planar
lower surface, generally planar oppositely facing side surfaces, and a plug-side guide portion, the oppositely facing side
surfaces being generally perpendicular to the lower surface, and the plug-side guide portion extending downward from the lower
surface generally adjacent and spaced from the front edge; and

a receptacle, the receptacle including a connector housing and a lock member, the connector housing including a rotation shaft
and a plurality of contact portions, the plug being mounted in the connector housing such that each conductive wire is electrically
connected to one of the contact portions, the lock member configured to move between an open position and a closed position
by rotating about the rotation shaft, the connector housing including an upwardly facing connector-side guide portion, and
a pair of side-facing abutting portions generally adjacent a rear portion of the receptacle connector, the upwardly facing
connector-side guide portion engaging the plug-side guide portion, and each of the side-facing abutting portions engaging
one of the side surfaces of the plug generally adjacent the front edge of the plug.