Patent Number: 6,250,940

Title: Computer connector that can provide both signal and power connection or only a signal connection

Abstract: A connector is used to connect a peripheral device to a computer system. The computer system comprises a housing, and a power supply for supplying electrical power to the computer system. The peripheral device comprises a plug comprising a plurality of signal contacts for transmitting signals. The connector comprises a socket installed on the housing. The socket comprises a plurality of signal contacts electrically connected to the computer system, and a plurality of power contacts connected to the power supply. When the plug of the peripheral device is plugged into the socket of the connector, the signal contacts in the plug of the peripheral device will contact the corresponding signal contacts in the socket so as to transmit signals between the computer system and the peripheral device. The plug of the peripheral device further comprises a plurality of power contacts for connecting to the power contacts in the socket of the connector, so that electrical power can be supplied to the peripheral device through the power contacts. The plurality of the power contacts of the plug can be separated from the plug.

Inventors: Kung; Shao-Tsu (Taipei, TW)

Assignee: Compal Electronics Inc.

International Classification: G06F 1/26 (20060101); H01R 13/514 (20060101); H01R 027/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018