Pinless Module Connector
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
A pinless module connector is designed to make contact with the pads on the bottom of a ceramic module, eliminating the need to braze pins on ceramic pluggable modules. The connector can be soldered into the printed circuit card or board, or can be double ended, giving a connector interface at both the card and module surfaces. The concept uses a buckled beam approach to produce the spring action. The contact interface is a high pressure connection scheme which could allow the use of non-noble interface metallurgy. The connector features a 'Z' stop 11 design that eliminates solder joint creep. The springs 12 are manufactured in strips, and inserted and soldered (13) into the board 14. A connector housing 15 is then positioned over the springs 12 to maintain alignment.