Low profile latching connector

  • US 7,281,937 B2
  • Filed: 09/30/2005
  • Issued: 10/16/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/18/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A plug connector comprising:

  • a plug connector body having a front portion and a rear portion, the front portion including a first surface and said front portion being sized to fit within a mating receptacle connector, the rear portion having a second surface disposed at a level on the plug connector body that is above the first surface, the connector body further including a ramped surface disposed on said rear portion proximate to said front portion, the ramped surface being inclined at an angle relative to said front portion first surface and extending away from said front portion, said ramped surface having a length that extends at least part way between the level of said front portion first surface and said rear portion second surface;

    a latching member including a first end attached to the rear portion and a second end that is cantilevered from the first end thereof, the latching member second end extending over a portion of said rear portion second surface and over a portion of said front portion first surface; and

    ,an actuator having a first end that protrudes beyond said rear portion and a second end that extends toward said front portion, the actuator second end being interposed between said latching member and said ramped surface, whereby movement of said actuator second end along said ramped surface rearwardly away from said front portion causes said latching member second end to be raised above said front portion first side surface.

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