05248262 is referenced by 43 patents and cites 25 patents.

An electrical connector for interconnecting a pair of circuit members (e.g., a circuit board and module), which, in one embodiment, includes a housing, at least one flexible circuit within the housing and a spring means attached to the flexible circuit at two spaced locations for exerting force against the flexible circuit to cause the circuit to engage respective conductive pads on the circuit members when the circuit members are moved toward each other (e.g., compressed). The shape of the spring means conforms substantially to the portion of the flexible circuit between the locations of attachment. In another embodiment, a connector for interconnecting such circuit members includes a housing adapted for being located between both members and at least one elongated, compressible contact member in the housing and including conductive end portions for engaging the circuit members. The contact occupies a first, prestressed position before engagement and is adapted for moving to a second, compressed position during the engagement. The conductive end portions of the flexible circuit in the first embodiment and the contact member in the second embodiment preferably comprise a plurality of dendrites for providing enhanced connections.

Title
High density connector
Application Number
7/901055
Publication Number
5248262
Application Date
June 19, 1992
Publication Date
September 28, 1993
Inventor
Rod A Smith
Vestal
NY, US
George J Saxenmeyer Jr
Apalachin
NY, US
James R Petrozello
Endicott
NY, US
Thomas G Macek
Endicott
NY, US
David W Dranchak
Endwell
NY, US
Fletcher W Chapin
Vestal
NY, US
Chi S Chang
Endicott
NY, US
Raymond A Busacco
Lake Ariel
PA, US
Agent
Lawrence R Fraley
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
H01R 9/09
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