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Zero Insertion Force Socket which allows the Plugging Component to Remain Stationary when Electrical Connections are Closed Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013936D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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The disclosed invention is an electrical connector used in electrical applications. The problem comes from a vendor changing the way it packages a required heat producing component for a system circuit board in a computer. The advantage of using this invention is that the component does not translate in plane when electrical connections are made. This allows a heat removing device to be placed in top of the component and remain stationary relative to the component on which it is placed. This invention solves the problem by using three main parts, each with their own characteristics. First is the main body (Fig 1) which solders to the electrical board (system circuit board) . Mounted into the main body are contacts (Fig 2) that are soldered to the system circuit board (Fig 3) . The second part to the invention is the inner slider (Fig 4) . It also has contacts (Fig 5) , smaller than the contacts in the main body, that actuate in the opposite direction of the contacts in the main body (Fig 6) . Finally, the component support (Fig 7) is what the component is placed on to before the electrical contacts are closed. The component support is hard mounted to the main body in such a way as to allow the inner slider to slide in plane freely. Fig 1- Fig 2- Fig 3- Fig 4