Mirror reflective element assembly including electronic component

  • US 7,446,924 B2
  • Filed: 10/01/2004
  • Issued: 11/04/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/02/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A reflective element for a mirror assembly of a vehicle, said reflective element comprising:

  • a substrate having a rear surface and a front surface;

    a reflective coating disposed at least one of said rear surface and said front surface of said substrate;

    at least one electronic circuitry component applied to at least one portion of said rear surface of said substrate so that said at least a portion of said substrate functions as a circuit board; and

    wherein said reflective element comprises an electrochromic reflective element assembly, said substrate comprising a rear substrate and said electrochromic reflective element assembly comprising a front substrate and an electrochromic medium disposed between said front and rear substrates, and wherein said rear surface of said rear substrate comprises said reflective coating and an insulating epoxy layer on said reflective coating, a conductive layer being applied to said insulating epoxy layer.

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