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Segmented Modular Compliant Pin Carrier for Large Pinless Headers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104438D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beaman, B: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

The Segmented Modular Compliant Pin Carrier is an alternative approach for the fabrication and assembly of pinned header types of connectors that use compliant pins. The Segmented Modular Compliant Pin Carrier can be used in place of a conventional pinned header on a printed circuit board for connecting to another printed circuit board or to a cable assembly. The pin carrier (1) uses a conventional compliant pin (2) and mates with a wide variety of traditional connector systems. The compliant pin carrier is used to provide the electrical connection to the printed circuit board (3) and is pressed into the plated thru holes (5) in the printed circuit board. The modular design of the pin carrier would allow multiple carriers to be inserted side by side (Fig. 1) to create a large pin field on the circuit board.

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Segmented Modular Compliant Pin Carrier for Large Pinless Headers

      The Segmented Modular Compliant Pin Carrier is an alternative
approach for the fabrication and assembly of pinned header types of
connectors that use compliant pins.  The Segmented Modular Compliant
Pin Carrier can be used in place of a conventional pinned header on a
printed circuit board for connecting to another printed circuit board
or to a cable assembly.  The pin carrier (1) uses a conventional
compliant pin (2) and mates with a wide variety of traditional
connector systems.  The compliant pin carrier is used to provide the
electrical connection to the printed circuit board (3) and is pressed
into the plated thru holes (5) in the printed circuit board.  The
modular design of the pin carrier would allow multiple carriers to be
inserted side by side (Fig. 1) to create a large pin field on the
circuit board.  The modular compliant pin carrier would be pressed
into the printer circuit board as small segments to avoid excessive
stress on the plated thru holes.  A plastic shroud or pinless header
(4) is slipped over the ends of the compliant pins and is typically
used to provide guidance and keying features for the mating
connector(s).  The completed assembly is shown in Fig. 2.  It would
also be possible to place a second shroud on the bottom of the pin
field by using a compliant pin with a longer tail section.  An
alternate embodiment of this design would allow both the pin carrier
and th...