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Multilevel Connector Concept

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000048419D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Casa, GE: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

To increase versatility and aid in manufacturing and field servicing, connector 10 is designed in a multilevel configuration comprising a receptacle assembly 11, which is mounted on a printed circuit board 12, and a plug assembly 13 of equal size with the receptacle. The plug assembly 13 includes a grouper 14 and at least one strip plug 15 capable of receiving a plurality of two-pin plugs 16 each connected to a trilead cable 17. To provide versatility, the two-pin plugs can be plugged directly into the grouper 14 or can be first mounted on a strip plug 15 which is plugged into the grouper. The use of the strips shortens the manufacturing time of assembly.

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Multilevel Connector Concept

To increase versatility and aid in manufacturing and field servicing, connector 10 is designed in a multilevel configuration comprising a receptacle assembly 11, which is mounted on a printed circuit board 12, and a plug assembly 13 of equal size with the receptacle. The plug assembly 13 includes a grouper 14 and at least one strip plug 15 capable of receiving a plurality of two-pin plugs 16 each connected to a trilead cable 17. To provide versatility, the two-pin plugs can be plugged directly into the grouper 14 or can be first mounted on a strip plug 15 which is plugged into the grouper. The use of the strips shortens the manufacturing time of assembly. The receptacle assembly 11 includes a receptacle 18 and a stiffener 19 positioned on the underside of the board 12 and fitted with a retention screw 20 which passes through a hole 21 in the receptacle and is held thereto by a clip 22. Threads in the hole 23 of the grouper 14 receive the screw to fasten the grouper to the receptacle.

On both the strip plug 15 and the grouper 14 are guide pins 24 which are received by guide holes 25 to prealign the plug and grouper during plugging.

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