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Etched Circuit Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000088134D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McAllister, RL: AUTHOR

Abstract

The connector shown in Fig. 1 provides a strain relief for a flexible circuit flat cable, shown in Fig. 2, and an easily releasable latch for connection to a mating connector half (not shown). The connector may provide strain relief for a direct connection to a printed-circuit board.

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Etched Circuit Connector

The connector shown in Fig. 1 provides a strain relief for a flexible circuit flat cable, shown in Fig. 2, and an easily releasable latch for connection to a mating connector half (not shown). The connector may provide strain relief for a direct connection to a printed-circuit board.

In Fig. 1, the connector at each end includes a finger-actuated handle 1, a live hinge 2 and a locking foot 3. The locking feet 3 adapt to matching detents (not shown) in the opposite connector half. The handles 1 permit the pivoting of the locking feet 3 at the hinges 2 on the connector body 4 to release the correct halves from each other. A clearance window 5 is provided in at least one handle 1 for insertion of a flat cable 10 for folding back over hinge 2.

In Fig. 2, the cable 10 includes circuit lands 11 over an extended end portion
12. Section 15 of the cable 10 includes clearance holes 14, either one for each pin 13 or an elongated opening for a plurality of pins. The pins 13 are soldered to the circuit lands 11, as shown in Fig. 1. The individual leads comprising the cable 10 are electrically connected to the circuit lands 11. the section 15 of the cable 10 provides an additional strain relief by entrapment when both connector halves are mated. Release of the connector is accomplished by pinching the handles 1 with the thumb and forefinger causing the locking feet 3 to pivot about the hinge 2. A pull of the handles will then easily separate the connec...