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Hermaphroditic Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000080010D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Evans, RT: AUTHOR

Abstract

The hermaphroditic connector shown in Fig. 1 consists of an external connector portion 10 and an internal connector portion 12 which are positively matable. The external connector portion 10 includes two serpent contacts, each of which is connected to one of the leads of a twin lead coaxial cable 15. These serpent contacts are located within an insulator-guidance member. An outer shield member 14 surrounds the insulator, and terminates the shield 16 of the coaxial cable through a crimp and solder connection 18, and also provides a wrap-around support 20 on the cable's outer jacket. The outer shield member 14 also provides a positive latch mechanism 26 and stop tab 25. Also wing members 24 extend from the sides of the external shield 14, to locate and support the contact assembly within a polarized housing or shroud 28.

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Hermaphroditic Connector

The hermaphroditic connector shown in Fig. 1 consists of an external connector portion 10 and an internal connector portion 12 which are positively matable. The external connector portion 10 includes two serpent contacts, each of which is connected to one of the leads of a twin lead coaxial cable 15. These serpent contacts are located within an insulator-guidance member. An outer shield member 14 surrounds the insulator, and terminates the shield 16 of the coaxial cable through a crimp and solder connection 18, and also provides a wrap-around support 20 on the cable's outer jacket. The outer shield member 14 also provides a positive latch mechanism 26 and stop tab 25. Also wing members 24 extend from the sides of the external shield 14, to locate and support the contact assembly within a polarized housing or shroud 28.

A rugged cable strain relief 30 is provided by an annular toothed collar 32 firmly attached to the cable, and which seats against a positive shoulder 34 completely enclosed within the cover 36, as shown in Fig. 2. An annular recess 38 prevents torquing or twisting motions from transferring to the connection. These prevent tensile and/or bending forces from disturbing the contact system.

The internal half or portion 12 is identical with the external connector portion 10, except for the rear of the arrangement which accommodates two trilead or miniature coax cables 40. The signals of these cables are terminated by serpents an...