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Very-Low-Profile Connector Latching Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240496D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

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Abstract

A very-low-profile connector latching mechanism is disclosed.

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Very-Low-Profile Connector Latching Mechanism

Often cables and plug connectors for computer and server hardware include latches, which are required to be depressed

to remove a plug from a receptacle. Many receptacles are not manufactured in various orientations and in designs where the latch cannot be accessible given the receptacle orientation and chassis design. This may present a problem, especially when there are few (if any) options available for redesign or alternative receptacles. Typically, plugs are retained by a simple friction or sprung levers. The simple friction may not provide the positive retention required by some applications. The sprung levers need to be depressed immediately adjacent to the receptacle, thus requiring access to the area that may not be possible in a given design. Some plugs use pull tabs that mechanically retract latching teeth before allowing a cable to be pulled free. Thus, the designs with pull tabs are more complicated than the sprung levers. Further, the designs with pull tabs can be fragile and can increase the overall size of the cable end.

Disclosed is a very-low-profile connector latching mechanism. The very-low-profile connector latching mechanism provides a very low profile plug latch that engages with receptacle housing and disengages upon depressing the latch further away from the receptacle housing. The figure illustrates the very-low-profile plug latch.

Figure

As illustrated in the figure, the latch is a length o...