High-Frequency, Low Cross-Talk Zero-Insertion-Force Connector
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Two metallized areas (tabs) on the surface of two components are connected by contact springs resting against the tabs at the edge of the component interface. The contact springs are always in close contact with the connected components, so that reference planes can be provided inside the components for impedance control of the connection. The contact springs form an obtuse angle which is reduced to about 90Œ when the components are connected. The angular change leads to contact wipe. The spring action of the contacts can be produced by the metal of which the contacts consist or by a silicon rubber element to which a flex circuit with etched contacts is attached. A first embodiment of the connectors is shown in Figs. 1 and 2.