Patent Number: 7,101,188

Title: Electrical edge connector adaptor

Abstract: High-reliability edge connector adaptor to support high bandwidth signal paths. The edge connector adapter includes an edge connector slot for mating with a card edge connector and a connector edge along which a set or sets of biased contacts are arrayed. The connector edge and biased contacts are configured to mate with a corresponding connector having an edge connector slot normally employed for coupling to a conventional card edge connector. In one embodiment, the edge connector slot in the adapter is configured to mate with the edge connector of an Advance Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC) card, while the connector edge and biased contacts are configured to mate with an AdvancedMC connector. Upon assembly, the biased contacts are deflected so as to exert a normal force against a mating contact in the AdvancedMC connector. Meanwhile, the contacts of the AdvancedMC card are securely coupled to a mating contact in the edge connector adapter, e.g., using a solder or the like.

Inventors: Summers; Mark D. (Phoenix, AZ), Guthrie; Lawson (Portland, OR), Handley; William (Chandler, AZ)

Assignee: Intel Corporation

International Classification: H01R 12/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018