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Miniature Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114687D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Marquart, B: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a miniature connector having the following features: o zero insertion force o extremely high density (about 10 poles/mm(2)) o small volume, low weight, volume o extremely high temperature resistance (about 900ºC) o continuous electrical shielding for HF use

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Miniature Connector

      Disclosed is a miniature connector having the following
features:
  o  zero insertion force
  o  extremely high density (about 10 poles/mm(2))
  o  small volume, low weight, volume
  o  extremely high temperature resistance (about 900ºC)
  o  continuous electrical shielding for HF use

      The contact of the connector is achieved by means of buckling
beams.  The beams can advantageously be made of Cu having a CuBe or
tungsten wire/gold plated sheath and are guided in pairs in channels
at one side of the connector.

      When joining (connecting) the two halves of the connector, the
beams are axially passed to one another.  Thus, two beams are always
guided in one channel.  This movement requires no insertion force
since
the beams move past each other and thereby do not mutually contact.

      After insertion both connector parts are moved at right angles
to each other.  Thereby, one pair of beams, being located in the same
channel, is brought into contact at several positions at a time.
This results in a very close contact which remains stable even with
intense vibrations.

      Advantageously, the housing of the miniature connector is made
of silicon, being formed of a series of perforated silicon plates.
The
holes are formed in a way that when stacking the plates the channels
are
created, through which a pair of beams is guided at a time.

      By moving single plates by means of a ring put over the ho...