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Electronic Connector That Minimizes Bent Pins (For PCMCIA Cards)

Technical Description:

A female portion of an electrical connector that minimizes bending of electrical connector pins that are inserted there by eliminating all flat surfaces on the face of the connector that meets the inserting pins. The connector has only curved surfaces on the face of the connector that meets the pins. The holes are then tapered down to a size that snugly accommodates the pins. At the end of the taper, a hole, or shaft, extends through the connector so that the pins are accommodated snugly. The shaft is clad with conductive material so that the connector makes electrical contact with the pins. A patent application was filed on May 29, 1996. Serial No. 08/655014.

Commercial Application:

This connector can be used on any PCMCIA card. Any connector manufacturer that makes connectors for PCMCIA cards can make use of this connector.

Patent Status:

Issued: United States Patent Number 5803771 (Updated)

Reference Number: Conn-1

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Reviewed: Jan 15 2009