US Patent No. 9,450,338

HIGH SPEED CONNECTOR WITH RUGGEDIZED EXTERIOR STRUCTURE AND SHIELDING


Patent No. 9,450,338
Issue Date September 20, 2016
Title High Speed Connector With Ruggedized Exterior Structure And Shielding
Inventorship Jeffrey A. Reeves, North Little Rock, AR (US)
Rick Vandermolen, Niagara Falls, NY (US)
Assignee Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,450,338

1. A connector assembly comprising:
first and second interengaging connector shells;
first and second insulative connector housings respectively supported within the first and second connector shells;
first and second connector halves respectively supported by the first and second connector housings, each connector half including
respective first and second pluralities of conductive contacts arranged within their respective connector housings in at least
two spaced apart rows, each row extending transversely with respect to longitudinal axes of the first and second connector
shells, the first connector half including a female receptacle portion and a first conductive grounding shield with a hollow
interior that encloses the first contacts, the second connector half including a male mating portion and a second conductive
grounding shield with a hollow interior that encloses the second contacts, the first and second contacts being disposed within
their respective connector halves such that when the first and second connector housings are engaged together in an axial
movement, the first and second contacts and the first and second grounding shields engage each other, the first and second
grounding shields having a combined length when mated together, larger than at least a length of one of the first and second
connector shells;

the first and second connector housings respectively including a complementary mating projection and mating notch that align
the first and second connector halves together prior to and during mating, and the first and second connector housings being
rotatably mounted in the first and second connector shells, whereby rotation of one of the first and second connector shells
upon the other linearly advances the connector halves together, wherein a first and second inner housings include rim portion
and the first and second connector shells include inner shoulder portions, the rim portions of the first and second inner
housings abuttingly engaging the first and second inner shoulder portions; and

retaining rings which engage the first and second connector shells rearwardly of the first and second inner housings and hold
the first and second inner housings in place so as to permit rotational movement of the first and second inner housings and
the first and second connector halves as units within the first and second connector shells.