Camera module for vehicle

  • US 8,982,273 B2
  • Filed: 06/20/2011
  • Issued: 03/17/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/14/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A camera module for a vision system of a vehicle, said camera module comprising:

  • a housing comprising a base portion and a lens portion;

    wherein said base portion has a base mating flange and said lens portion has a lens mating flange, and wherein said base mating flange and said lens mating flange comprise structure configured to mate when joining said base portion and said lens portion;

    a circuit element including an imaging sensor and associated circuitry, wherein said circuit element includes an electrical connector comprising a plurality of terminals;

    a lens disposed at said circuit element, said lens providing an optical path to said imaging sensor at said circuit element;

    wherein said lens portion of said housing comprises a generally cylindrical portion that extends outwardly relative to said lens mating flange;

    wherein said lens is disposed at least partially in said generally cylindrical portion of said lens portion of said housing and wherein said circuit element is disposed at least partially in said base portion of said housing; and

    wherein, with said base mating flange and said lens mating flange mating together, said base mating flange of said base portion and said lens mating flange of said lens portion are welded together to substantially limit water intrusion into said camera module.

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