Multilevel Connector Concept
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08
To increase versatility and aid in manufacturing and field servicing, connector 10 is designed in a multilevel configuration comprising a receptacle assembly 11, which is mounted on a printed circuit board 12, and a plug assembly 13 of equal size with the receptacle. The plug assembly 13 includes a grouper 14 and at least one strip plug 15 capable of receiving a plurality of two-pin plugs 16 each connected to a trilead cable 17. To provide versatility, the two-pin plugs can be plugged directly into the grouper 14 or can be first mounted on a strip plug 15 which is plugged into the grouper. The use of the strips shortens the manufacturing time of assembly.