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Flat Cable Pluggable Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000089466D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Maples, RG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

There is provided a special connector designed to have the capability of plugging a flexible flat cable to a special circuit card.

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Flat Cable Pluggable Connector

There is provided a special connector designed to have the capability of plugging a flexible flat cable to a special circuit card.

The connector comprises a top cable/latch assembly 10 and a bottom socket assembly 11. The cable/latch assembly has mounted therein two rows of thru pins 12 which protrude from the top and bottom surfaces of the assembly. The flexible flat cable 13 is provided with holes so that one end of it can be threaded onto both ends of pins 12, as shown.

The socket assembly is provided with two rows of thru holes corresponding to the position of the pins 12. Mounted partially in these holes are pins 14 which protrude from the bottom surface of the socket.

The cable/latch assembly and the socket assembly are mated and latched together by squeezing the tops of two resilient latch arms 15 provided on the ends of the cable/latch assembly and then plugging the pins 12 into the holes in the socket assembly. Release of the latch arms allows a latch portion 16 on each arm to hook under shoulders 17 on the socket assembly to secure the two assemblies together and provide positive retention for the cable. Suitable keys 18 and slots 19 are provided to prevent inverted plugging.

The assembled connector may now be plugged into a circuit card via the pins
14. A ledge surface 20 is provided on the socket assembly to locate the connector against one end of the card.

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