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FLEX INTERCONNECT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019014D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 107K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Hong Ang Hai: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The flex interconnect provides a means of joining 2 flexes together.

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Flex Interconnect

by Hong Ang Hai, Ooi Yeow Thiam and Geoffrey Liew

ABSTRACT

The flex interconnect provides a means of joining 2 flexes together.

PROBLEM(S) TO BE SOLVED

Most modern telecommunication devices use a flex interconnect as a means of transmitting data. For optimum efficiency this flex should be as short as possible to reduce the risk of electrical interference. However in most cases this flex has to be made much longer than required to allow for ease of assembly/disassembly. This also creates additional problems of having to incorporate folding areas into this longer flexes to allow it to fit into the small enclosures of our modern products. These flex folding areas are commonly the root cause for intermittent connections.

PROPOSED SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM(S)

The flex interconnect acts as a versatile, reusable method of disconnecting and rejoining 2 flexes. With this solution, the length of the flex can significantly shortened, and when disassembly is required the flex can just be disconnected at the junction of this connector. This will also effectively eliminate the need for flex folding, thus greatly reducing the risk of intermittent connections. In addition, this connector can also be used to join 2 flexes of different widths or even flexes from different manufacturers with a different number of pins.

The design of the flex interconnect is based upon a plastic housing with z-shaped metal contacts incorporated into it (see Figure 1). The top and bottom planes o...