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Flexible Circuits As Connectors Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040509D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02

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Coombes, CR Hallett, MH Vigar, JML Wood, JC [+details]


This disclosure relates to the use of a flexible circuit with conductive pads on only one side to form connectors. A male connector is formed by bending the flexible circuit around a rigid former to provide two parallel rows of contacts. This technique may be applied to form parallel rows of connectors along a single flexible circuit. Also a female connector may be formed by inserting the flexible circuit into a slotted housing. Simple arrangements are disclosed which enable flexible printed circuits to form double row connectors for making connections in a (Personal Computer) PC. The flexible circuit is processed to form two rows of pads. After manufacture, the flexible circuit is bent around a flat former and fixed by studs or adhesive to form a male connector.