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Actuating and Latching Device for an Area Array Electrical Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000080359D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Russin, A: AUTHOR

Abstract

This is an actuating and latching device, for an area array of pin-type electrical connectors of the zero-insertion force type, to latch the assembly and engage the pins with mating electrical connectors of a parent or master board or the like.

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Actuating and Latching Device for an Area Array Electrical Connector

This is an actuating and latching device, for an area array of pin-type electrical connectors of the zero-insertion force type, to latch the assembly and engage the pins with mating electrical connectors of a parent or master board or the like.

The actuating and latching device comprises a printed-circuit card 10 mounted in a pin carrier 11, having an area array of pins, not shown, appropriately electrically connected with circuits on the printed-circuit circuit card
10. The pin carrier 11 is adapted to be received in an aperture 12 in the master board 13. Two projections 19 into aperture 12 assure proper orientation of pin carrier 11 upon insertion. Projections 19 also prevent pin carrier 11 from prematurely moving in the direction of thrust of camming projections 16 when camming ramps 14 are actuated.

The pin carrier 11 has camming ramps 14 along both sides. The master board 13 is provided with a slidable member 15 having camming projections 16 arranged to cooperate with the camming ramps 14, when the pin carrier 11 has been introduced into the aperture 12, for the purpose of moving the pin carrier fully into the aperture 12. The slidable member 15 is actuated by a rotatable key 17, which can be inserted into the opening 18 in the master board 13 and a camming portion 15a of the slidable member 15.

In operation, the pin carrier 11 is introduced into the aperture 12. The key 17 is introduced in...