A SELF-ALIGNING ELECTROSTATIC-DISCHARGE-PROTECTED SURFACE-MOUNT RIGHT-ANGLE LIGHT EMITTING DIODE
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-03
This article discloses the invention ofa light emit- ting diode type of device that solves an industry wide problem. Prior to this invention, numerous compo- nent manufacturers had attempted to address the global need for a surface-mount right-angle light emitting diode but none had succeeded in develop- ing a suitable device. The two main deficiencies of all prior devices is found in their inability to main- tain an optimum physical orientation and in their lack of provision for protection from electrostatic discharge. The invention disclosed herein addresses both of these basic needs through the incorporation of a single physical element. This invention has been prototyped and is proven to exhibit superior per- formance in actual application.