WIPO logo
Mobile | Deutsch | Español | Français | 日本語 | 한국어 | Português | Русский | 中文 | العربية |
PATENTSCOPE

Search International and National Patent Collections
World Intellectual Property Organization
Search
 
Browse
 
Translate
 
Options
 
News
 
Login
 
Help
 
maximize
Machine translation
1. (US09705243) Electronic connector with C-shaped tapered extension
Note: Text based on automatic Optical Character Recognition processes. Please use the PDF version for legal matters

Claims

1. An electronic connector, comprising:
a base;
a tapered extension protruding from the base, the tapered extension including:
a first connection face parallel with a first symmetry plane of the tapered extension,
a first set of electrical contacts on the first connection face and arranged symmetrically about a second symmetry plane of the tapered extension that is orthogonal to the first symmetry plane,
a second connection face parallel with the first symmetry plane of the tapered extension and facing the first connection face,
a second set of electrical contacts on the second connection face and arranged symmetrically about the second symmetry plane,
a first nose at an end of the first connection face distal from the base;
a second nose at an end of the second connection face distal from the base,
a first outer surface extending from the first nose towards the base,
a second outer surface extending from the second nose towards the base, a tapering portion of the first outer surface and a tapering portion of the second outer surface tapering away from one another towards the base symmetrically about the first symmetry plane,
a first flank surface between the first connection face and the first outer surface at a first side of the tapered extension,
a second flank surface between the first connection face and the first outer surface at a second side of the tapered extension, a portion of the first flank surface and a portion of the second flank surface tapering away from one another towards the base symmetrically about the second symmetry plane,
a third flank surface between the second connection face and the second outer surface at the first side of the tapered extension, and
a fourth flank surface between the second connection face and the second outer surface at the second side of the tapered extension, a portion of the third flank surface and a portion of the fourth flank surface tapering away from one another towards the base symmetrically about the second symmetry plane;
a first magnet within the base and spaced a first distance from the second symmetry plane on a first side of the second symmetry plane; and
a second magnet within the base and spaced the first distance from the second symmetry plane on a second side of the second symmetry plane, different than the first side of the second symmetry plane.
2. The electronic connector of claim 1, wherein the base is connected to a power cord.
3. The electronic connector of claim 1, wherein the base is a component of a docking station.
4. The electronic connector of claim 1, wherein the first set of electrical contacts includes six electrical contacts and the second set of electrical contacts includes four electrical contacts.
5. The electronic connector of claim 1, wherein the first outer surface comprises a non-tapering portion intermediate the base and the tapering portion of the first outer surface, and wherein the second outer surface comprises a non-tapering portion intermediate the base and the tapering portion of the second outer surface.
6. The electronic connector of claim 5, wherein the tapering portion of the first outer surface has a greater length than a length of the non-tapering portion of the first outer surface, and wherein the tapering portion of the second outer surface has a greater length than a length of the non-tapering portion of the second outer surface.
7. The electronic connector of claim 5, wherein the tapering portion of the first outer surface has a smaller length than a length of the non-tapering portion of the first outer surface, and wherein the tapering portion of the second outer surface has a smaller length than a length of the non-tapering portion of the second outer surface.
8. The electronic connector of claim 1, further comprising a back surface connecting the first connection face to the second connection face.
9. The electronic connector of claim 8, wherein the first outer surface, the first nose, the first connection face, the back surface, the second connection face, the second nose, the second outer surface, the first flank surface, the second flank surface, the third flank surface, and the fourth flank surface collectively define a c-shaped tapered extension.
10. The electronic connector of claim 8, further comprising one or more electrical contacts at the back surface.
11. The electronic connector of claim 10, wherein the electrical contacts are resiliently biased away from the back surface.
12. The electronic connector of claim 1, wherein the first outer surface, the first nose, the first connection face, the second connection face, the second nose, the second outer surface, the first flank surface, the second flank surface, the third flank surface, and the fourth flank surface are not electrically conductive.
13. The electronic connector of claim 1, wherein the first nose, the first connection face, the second connection face, the second nose, the first flank surface, the second flank surface, the third flank surface, and the fourth flank surface are not electrically conductive, and wherein at least a portion of the first outer surface and at least a portion of the second outer surface are electrically conductive.
14. An electronic connector, comprising:
a base;
a c-shaped tapered extension protruding from the base, the c-shaped tapered extension including:
a top surface and a bottom surface tapering toward one another symmetrically about a first symmetry plane as the c-shaped tapered extension extends away from the base,
a first side and a second side tapering toward one another symmetrically about a second symmetry plane orthogonal to the first symmetry plane as the c-shaped tapered extension extends away from the base,
a first connection face, a second connection face parallel to and facing the first connection face, and a back surface collectively defining an opening of the c-shaped tapered extension,
a first set of electrical contacts on the first connection face and arranged symmetrically about the second symmetry plane, and
a second set of electrical contacts on the second connection face and arranged symmetrically about the second symmetry plane; and
one or more magnets coupled to the base.
15. The electronic connector of claim 14, wherein:
the first side comprises a first flank surface between the first connection face and a first outer surface and a third flank surface between the second connection face and a second outer surface, the first flank surface and third flank surface at least partially separated by the opening; and
the second side comprises a second flank surface between the first connection face and the first outer surface and a fourth flank surface between the second connection face and the second outer surface, the second flank surface and fourth flank surface at least partially separated by the opening.
16. The electronic connector of claim 14, wherein the one or more magnets comprise:
a first magnet within the base and spaced a first distance from the second symmetry plane on a first side of the second symmetry plane; and
a second magnet within the base and spaced the first distance from the second symmetry plane on a second side of the second symmetry plane, different than the first side of the second symmetry plane.
17. The electronic connector of claim 14, further comprising a back surface connecting the first connection face to the second connection face.
18. The electronic connector of claim 17, further comprising one or more electrical contacts at the back surface.
19. The electronic connector of claim 18, wherein the electrical contacts are resiliently biased away from the back surface.
20. An electronic connector, comprising:
a base;
a c-shaped tapered extension protruding from the base, the c-shaped tapered extension including:
a top surface and a bottom surface tapering toward one another symmetrically about a first symmetry plane as the c-shaped tapered extension extends away from the base,
a first side and a second side tapering toward one another symmetrically about a second symmetry plane orthogonal to the first symmetry plane as the c-shaped tapered extension extends away from the base,
a first connection face, a second connection face parallel to and facing the first connection face, and a back surface collectively defining an opening of the c-shaped tapered extension;
a first set of electrical contacts on the first connection face and arranged symmetrically about the second symmetry plane, the first set of electrical contacts including six electrical contacts, a first electrical contact of the six electrical contacts located on a first side of the second symmetry plane and spaced apart from the second symmetry plane by a first distance, a second electrical contact of the six electrical contacts located on the first side of the second symmetry plane and spaced apart from the second symmetry plane by a second distance, a third electrical contact of the six electrical contacts located on the first side of the second symmetry plane and spaced apart from the second symmetry plane by a third distance, a fourth electrical contact of the six electrical contacts located on a second side of the second symmetry plane and spaced apart from the second symmetry plane by the third distance, a fifth electrical contact of the six electrical contacts located on the second side of the second symmetry plane and spaced apart from the second symmetry plane by the second distance, and a sixth electrical contact of the six electrical contacts located on the second side of the second symmetry plane and spaced apart from the second symmetry plane by the first distance, and
a second set of electrical contacts on the second connection face and arranged symmetrically about the second symmetry plane, the second set of electrical contacts including four electrical contacts, a first electrical contact of the four electrical contacts located on the first side of the second symmetry plane and spaced apart from the second symmetry plane by the first distance, a second electrical contact of the four electrical contacts located on the first side of the second symmetry plane and spaced apart from the second symmetry plane by the second distance, a third electrical contact of the four electrical contacts located on the second side of the second symmetry plane and spaced apart from the second symmetry plane by the second distance, and a fourth electrical contact of the four electrical contacts located on the second side of the second symmetry plane and spaced apart from the second symmetry plane by the first distance;
a first magnet within the base and spaced a first distance from the second symmetry plane on a first side of the second symmetry plane; and
a second magnet within the base and spaced the first distance from the second symmetry plane on a second side of the second symmetry plane, different than the first side of the second symmetry plane.