Patent Number: 6,250,944

Title: Latch device for releasably locking mating electrical connectors together

Abstract: An electrical connector assembly has a lower connector (3) and an upper connector (4), the lower and upper connectors having a latch device. The latch device of the upper connector includes a pair of resilient arms (42) at lateral sides thereof with a shoulder portion at an lower end of each resilient arm. The latch device of the lower connector includes a pair of locking arms (32) located correspond with the resilient arms, a pair of locking tips (324) being formed at a top end of each locking arm (32), and a pair of push bars (34) formed as part of an insulative housing of the lower connector and disposed to an outside of the locking arms. In use, the locking tips (324) of the lower connector lock with and form a grounding path with the shoulder portions of the upper connector. Each resilient arm includes a pair of outer resilient plates (421) extending outwardly and a central resilient plate (422) extending inwardly. For conveniently disengaging the mated upper and lower connectors from each other, each push bar (34) provides a projection portion (342) for inwardly pushing the resilient arms of the upper connector.

Inventors: Jones; Dennis B. (Orange, CA)

Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.

International Classification: H01R 13/627 (20060101); H01R 13/633 (20060101); H01R 13/658 (20060101); H01R 013/627 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018