Low Noise, High Density, Connector for High Speed Shielded Coaxial Cable
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
This connector is attached to a ribbon cable that has several equally spaced signal conductors, each with an outer coaxial shield that forms a ground conductor. In one step of attaching a connector to the end of the ribbon cable, the insulation is stripped back and individual contacts are bonded (welded or soldered) to the signal and ground conductors. In the assembled connector, the ground contacts and signal contacts are equally spaced apart and alternate along a line except that the ground wire that would otherwise be positioned at one end of the line is crossed over the associated signal conductor and joined with the next ground conductor. The contacts are assembled in a thin flat housing of suitable material with an encapsulant that provides strain relief.