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1. (US20160211889) Stackable, magnetically-retained connector interface

Office : United States of America
Application Number: 15060512 Application Date: 03.03.2016
Publication Number: 20160211889 Publication Date: 21.07.2016
Grant Number: 09838085 Grant Date: 05.12.2017
Publication Kind : B2
IPC:
H01R 11/30
H01R 13/60
H04B 5/00
H01R 13/62
H01R 13/66
H01R 43/26
H01R 13/514
H01R 25/00
H02J 50/10
H02J 7/00
H02J 7/02
H02J 50/90
H01R 13/703
H01R 29/00
H01F 38/14
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
R
ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
11
Individual connecting elements providing two or more spaced connecting locations for conductive members which are, or may be, thereby interconnected, e.g. end pieces for wires or cables supported by the wire or cable and having means for facilitating electrical connection to some other wire, terminal, or conductive member, blocks of binding posts
11
End pieces or tapping pieces for wires or cables, supported by the wire or cable and having means for facilitating electrical connection to some other wire, terminal, or conductive member
30
End pieces held in contact by a magnet
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
R
ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
13
Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
60
Means for supporting coupling part when not engaged
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
B
TRANSMISSION
5
Near-field transmission systems, e.g. inductive loop type
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
R
ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
13
Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
62
Means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts or for holding them in engagement
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
R
ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
13
Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
66
Structural association with built-in electrical component
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
R
ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
43
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for manufacturing, assembling, maintaining, or repairing of line connectors or current collectors or for joining electric conductors
26
for engaging or disengaging the two parts of a coupling device
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
R
ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
13
Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
46
Bases; Cases
514
formed as a modular block or assembly, i.e. composed of co-operating parts provided with contact members or holding contact members between them
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
R
ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
25
Coupling parts adapted for simultaneous co-operation with two or more identical counterparts, e.g. for distributing energy to two or more circuits
[IPC code unknown for H02J 50/10]
H ELECTRICITY
02
GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
J
CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
7
Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
H ELECTRICITY
02
GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
J
CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
7
Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
02
for charging batteries from ac mains by converters
[IPC code unknown for H02J 50/90]
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
R
ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
13
Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
66
Structural association with built-in electrical component
70
with built-in switch
703
operated by engagement or disengagement of coupling parts
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
R
ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
29
Coupling parts for selective co-operation with a counterpart in different ways to establish different circuits, e.g. for voltage selection, for series/parallel selection
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
F
MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES
38
Adaptations of transformers or inductances for specific applications or functions
14
Inductive couplings
Applicants: Apple Inc.
Inventors: Nathan P. Bosscher
Eric S. Jol
Albert J. Golko
Jeffrey J. Terlizzi
Jahan C. Minoo
Agents: Kilpatrick Townsed & Stockton LLP
Priority Data:
Title: (EN) Stackable, magnetically-retained connector interface
Abstract: front page image
(EN)

A stackable connector interface with magnetic retention for electronic devices and accessories can allow power and data to be transferred between one or more stacked connectors. Each interconnected stackable connector includes one or more magnetic elements, which magnetic elements have poles arranged to facilitate mating with other stackable connectors. The magnetic elements provide a magnetic retention force that holds mated connectors in contact with each other. In some embodiments, the connectors include connection detection circuitry for determining whether the connectors are mated with other connectors, thereby allowing the connectors to prevent live contacts from being exposed at an unmated surface of the connectors. In some embodiments, routing circuitry is included to determine how signals should be transferred between the interconnected stackable connectors and/or corresponding devices.