Connector guide with latch and connectors therefor

  • US 7,413,461 B2
  • Filed: 10/07/2005
  • Issued: 08/19/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/17/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A connector assembly, comprising:

  • a connector housing having first and second sides, a top surface, a bottom surface, a front side and a back side, said connector housing including a plurality of electrical contacts that are accessible at the front side by extending an opposing mating connector through a first geometric plane that lies in front of the connector housing front side, the first geometric plane being orthogonal to the first and second sides but not extending beyond said first and second sides, top and bottom;

    a connector guide including first and second sides, each side having top and bottom edges and front and back edges, each of said sides having a first height between its top and bottom edges and a first width between its front and back edges, said first and second sides being separated from each other by a first separation distance;

    a top having first and second side edges and front and rear edges, the top first side edge being joined to said top edge of said first side, said top second side edge being joined to said top edge of said second side; and

    ,a press arm formed as part of the guide, the press arm extending away from said guide top rear edge for engaging the mating connector within said connector guide, said connector guide not contacting said connector housing and being located forward of the first geometric plane, wherein said press arm includes a catch portion, said press arm extending at an angle such that said catch portion is positioned rearwardly of and below said top rear edge, above a top of said mating connector, said press arm biasing said catch portion into engagement with a corresponding recess formed in said mating connector, when said mating connector is inserted within said guide.

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