Patent Number: 8,573,992

Title: Connector system and method

Abstract: An electrical connector for connecting to ground and first and second signal lines includes a ground contact, a first signal contact, a second signal contact, and a switch connected to the first signal contact and the ground contact. The switch is biased "on" until after the first signal contact is connected to the first signal line, the ground contact is connected to the ground, and the second signal contact is connected to the second signal line. The switch, during connection of the connector to ground and first and second signal lines, is thereby automatically triggered to "off" during connection of the connector. If the first and second signal lines are differential signals, the switch, instead, electrically connects and disconnects the first signal contact to the second signal contact.

Inventors: Roberts, Jr.; Howard H. (Austin, TX), Andrews; James Allen (Austin, TX), Eckhoff P. E.; Chris D. (Austin, TX), Lee; Randal A. (Marble Falls, TX)

Assignee: Little Engine Labs, LLC

International Classification: H01R 13/703 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017