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John W Anhalt: Zero insertion force connector. International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, Thomas L Peterson, July 3, 1979: US04159861 (144 worldwide citation)

An electrical connector in which two rows of resilient contacts are mounted in a connector housing on opposite sides of a slot which is adapted to receive a printed circuit board or similar electrical component therein. The end portion of the spring contacting section of each contact is reversely be ...


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William Y Sinclair: Zero insertion force connector. Aries Electronics, Hedman Casella Gibson Costigan and Hoare, September 6, 1983: US04402563 (134 worldwide citation)

A connector is disclosed for electrically interconnecting the conductive pins of an electrical component to a printed circuit board. The connector includes a plurality of conductive contacts mounted within a non-conductive housing. Each contact includes first and second upwardly extending arms space ...


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Jonathan L Fasig, Thomas R Fournier, Kevin P O Marro: Removable hard disk drive system with circuit for hot insertion and removal responsive to contacts of zero-insertion-force connector on the lateral side of the drive. International Business Machines Corporation, Richard E Billion, Shawn B Dempster, September 26, 1995: US05454080 (76 worldwide citation)

A computer system having a removable hard disk drive is disclosed. The interposer card is modified to receive a docking bay which receives a cartridge which contains a hard disk drive. The docking bay includes the male portion of a zero insertion force connector and a first circuit board to which co ...


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Howard W Andrews Jr, Timothy B Billman, Robert F Cobaugh: Zero insertion force connector system. AMP Incorporated, Allan B Osborne, July 12, 1983: US04392705 (52 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a connector system for electrically connecting a circuit card to a circuit board. More particularly the connector system includes an upper card-carrying member mated into a lower board mounted member without requiring insertion forces. Cam means on the lower member m ...


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James J Rathburn: Low or zero insertion force connector for printed circuit boards and electrical devices. Gryphics, Faegre & Benson, June 3, 2003: US06572396 (49 worldwide citation)

A connector apparatus including a connector housing having one or more apertures. One or more contact members are positioned within each of the apertures. Each contact member has a first interface portion adjacent to a receiving opening and a second interface portion. The contact members are moveabl ...


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Michael J Gardner: Zero insertion force connector for flexible flat cable. Molex Incorporated, John W Cornell, Louis A Hecht, January 12, 1988: US04718859 (48 worldwide citation)

A zero insertion force connector is provided for flat cables having conductors on one or both sides. The ZIF connector includes a base having a plurality of generally parallel slots for receiving generally C-shaped portions of contacts with contact arms of unequal lengths. An actuator is slidably ur ...


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Robert F Stucke: High density packaging for device requiring large numbers of unique signals utilizing orthogonal plugging and zero insertion force connetors. International Business Machines Corporation, August 2, 1994: US05335146 (44 worldwide citation)

A high density interconnection technique for connecting large numbers of unique signal lines between orthogonally positioned circuit cards, utilizes pins from the back of a zero insertion force connector (ZIF) to extend through the interconnection card and mate with a female socket connector on a se ...


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Hartmann Karl Wilhelm: Zero-insertion force connector. AMP Incorporated, May 23, 1972: US3665370 (37 worldwide citation)

The disclosure relates to a cam actuated ceramic substrate edge connector or the like. The connector has a cavity in one wall for receiving the substrate edge. Located on either side of the inserted substrate edge within the cavity are rocker member actuated electrically conductive leaf spring conta ...


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Hiroshi Ikesugi, Naoki Hayashi: Zero insertion force connector. Elco Corporation, Hoffmann & Baron, October 18, 1988: US04778403 (35 worldwide citation)

A zero insertion force connector assembly is provided for allowing the electrical connection of a flat, flexible cable having conductors therein and a printed circuit board. The assembly includes a plastic housing having spring contacts arranged in parallel configuration. The housing is secured to t ...


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Paul W Aikens, Frank J Wilding: Zero insertion force connector for LSI circuit package. E I Du Pont de Nemours and Company, May 18, 1982: US04330163 (35 worldwide citation)

An electrical connector for interconnecting a large scale integrated (LSI) circuit package having a plurality of conductive interfaces with a printed circuit board or other electrical unit. The LSI circuit package can be inserted or removed from the connector absent any significant force. The connec ...



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