PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD HOUSING SYSTEM BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
This invention is in the art of connecting single or twin coaxial cable to a printed circuit board and the housings associated therewith.
2. Prior Art
Hereto before, single or twin coaxial cable terminals were attached individually to circuits on printed circuit boards with the result that the operation was expensive, time consuming and required a considerable amount of space. Further, the pins to which the cable terminals plugged into had to be positioned and secured to the board one-by-one.
SUMMARY OF THE PRESENT INVENTION
The present invention is an assembly comprising a first and second housing. The first housing contains a plurality of sets of right angle pins which are fixed to a printed circuit board by soldering or by insertion into spring sockets. Each set of pins include either one signal pin and one ground pin or two signal pins and one ground pin. In either case, each pin is horizontally spaced to provide a space saving package. The second housing which latches onto the first, contains a plurality of passageways to receive and retain the coaxial cable terminals.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the housing system constructed in accordance with the present invention;
FIG. 2 is an elevational, cross-sectional view of the system taken along lines 2—2 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of another housing system constructed in accordance with the present invention; and
FIG. 4 is an elevational, cross-sectional view of the system taken along lines 4—4 of FIG. 3.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PRESENT INVENTION
Reference numeral 10 indicates a printed circuit board having a plurality of conductive traces or circuits 12 deposited thereon. Each circuit is connected to an opening 14 (FIG. 2).
Reference numerals 16 and 18 indicate a coaxial cable and a hooded female terminal respectively to which the cable is connected by crimping.
The housing system of the present invention, indicated generally by reference numeral 20, provides a means for compactly and economically removably interconnecting cable 16 to a circuit 12 on board 10.
System 20 includes a first housing 22 molded from nylon or other suitable insulating material. Housing 22 has a body section 24 which is bounded on either side by attachment means or wings 26. Apertures 28 in the wings may be used to fasten the first housing to board 10 by bolts (not shown) or the like. The slots 30 in the wings enable the fastening means to be recessed and thus out of the way from accidental shorting. A pair of ears 32 are provided, one on either side of the body section and on its front face 34. These ears provide complementary latching means and will be discussed further with respect to the second housing 70. The rear face 36 of the body section is undercut to provide a first and second vertical walls 38 and 40 respectively and a downwardly facing horizontal wall 42.
A plurality of circular cavities 44, arranged in a row from one side to the other, extend from the front face into the body section for a predetermined depth. The entrance 46 to each cavity is beveled to guide insertion
5 of a terminal 18. The rear wall 48 of each cavity has openings for two passages 50 and 52. Passage 50 is centrally located in the cavity rear wall and opens out on the first vertical wall 38 and horizontal wall 42. Passage 52 extends from the bottom of the cavity rear
10 wall to the second vertical wall 40.
A signal contact pin 54 is staked into passage 50 in each cavity. This pin has a forward mating section 56, positioning means or collar 58 and a heavy, elongated leg 60. The tip of leg 60 may be beveled as shown to
15 facilitate its insertion into an opening 14 on board 10. Preferably contact pin 54 is made from brass.
A ground contact pin 62 has a sleeve 64 and an elongated leg 66. This pin fits into cavity 44 with the sleeve lining the wall and leg 66 passing out through passage
20 52. This contact pin is made from brass.
Both contact pins 54 and 62 are inserted into a cavity with their legs in a straightened mode passing through the respective passages. After the pins have been properly positioned in the cavity, the legs are bent down
25 ninety degrees as shown. Housing 22 may now be mounted on board 10 by inserting the legs into the appropriate openings 14. Note that the wings extend below the body section to provide a stand-off. The opening or void between the board and bottom of the
30 body section allows the flow soldering and after-cleaning without interference with the cavity containing section of the housing.
System 20 further includes a second housing 70 also molded from nylon. An integral latch 72 is positioned
35 on either side of housing block 74. The resiliency of the nylon material is sufficient that the fingers 76 can be cammed outwardly by pressing in on arms 78. These fingers cooperate with ears 32 on housing 22 to removably lock the two housings together.
40 Block 74 contains the same number of through-passageways 80 as are cavities 44 and in the same horizontal spacing. Thus each passageway meets exactly with a cavity when the two housings are locked together. Each passageway has an internal collar 82 located about
45 midway between the front and rear faces 84 and 86 respectively of the block.
As shown in FIG. 2, housing 70 removably retains the conventional terminal 18. Tines 88 and annular ring 90 on the terminal cooperate with internal collar 82 to
50 prevent unintentional withdrawal.
Housing system 20 connects cable 16 with circuits 12 by simply mating the terminals with the contact pins and locking the housings together in the aforestated method. As is well known in the art, the ground current
55 is carried from the shielded braid (not shown) on the coaxial cable through the outer shell 92 on the terminal and to a ground circuit 12 through sleeve 64 and leg 66. The signal is carried from the signal wire (not shown) in the coaxial cable through a center female contact
60 (not shown) in terminal 18 and into an appropriate circuit 12 through contact pin 54.
FIGS. 3 and 4 illustrate a housing system designated generally by reference numeral 120. Many of the structural features found in system 120 are the same as in
65 system 20 and will therefore be designated with the same reference numerals when required to provide a full description of system 120. Those parts differing in structural details will be designated with like reference