US Patent No. 9,640,889

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING ELECTRICAL CONTACTS THAT INCLUDE A PRECIOUS METAL PLATING


Patent No. 9,640,889
Issue Date May 02, 2017
Title Electrical Connector Having Electrical Contacts That Include A Precious Metal Plating
Inventorship George J. Dubniczki, Mechanicsburg, PA (US)
Daniel Briner Shreffler, Mechanicsburg, PA (US)
Raymond Dennis Boyer, Mechanicsburg, PA (US)
Assignee TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, Berwyn, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,640,889

1. An electrical connector comprising:
a connector housing configured to engage a mating connector during a mating operation; and
a plurality of electrical contacts coupled to the connector housing, each of the electrical contacts including a proximal
base coupled to the connector housing and an elongated body that extends from the proximal base to a distal end, the elongated
body including an outer plating that comprises a precious metal, the outer plating forming interstitial regions that define
an array of cavities, the interstitial regions forming an exterior surface of the corresponding electrical contact that engages
a corresponding contact of the mating connector during the mating operation, wherein the exterior surface for each of the
plurality of electrical contacts is shaped to permit the corresponding contact of the mating connector to wipe along the exterior
surface in a direction from the distal end toward the proximal base such that the corresponding contact slides over at least
some of the cavities during the mating operation.