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Improved Dual-Row Board-to-Board Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123391D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McMorran, JJH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This disclosure relates to an improved board-to-board connector. The improvement lies in having a single, dual-row board-to-board connector which can be assembled to one of the board assemblies and then plugged into a respective single, board-to-board connector assembled to the other board assembly.

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Improved Dual-Row Board-to-Board Connector

   This disclosure relates to an improved board-to-board
connector.  The improvement lies in having a single, dual-row
board-to-board connector which can be assembled to one of the board
assemblies and then plugged into a respective single, board-to-board
connector assembled to the other board assembly.

   Conventional board-to-board connectors use a plug connector
on one side and a socket connector on the other.  Conventional
dual-row connectors have two socket connectors on one side assembled
to one board and two plug connectors on the other side assembled to
the other board.  This means that two different parts with different
part numbers are required; additionally, if tall connectors are
plugged into shallow connectors it makes the tall connector more
difficult to inspect and repair.

   In the improvement disclosed here, each dual-row
board-to-board connector has one plug and one socket connector
instead of either two plugs or two sockets.  Thus, one of these
mixed connectors will connect correctly with another when they are
aligned plug-to-socket and socket-to-plug.

   This means that only a single design and a single part
number are required, thus simplifying manufacture and stock
management.  The use of such board connectors simplifies orientation
of the part on the board, as the plug and socket connector footprints
on the board side are normally different.

   An additional improvement is in one embodiment to h...