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1. WO1996041400 - CONTACT BEAM FOR ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECT COMPONENT

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS;
1. An electrically conductive contact beam for use in an electrical interconnect component, the contact beam comprising:
a stabilizing section for securing the contact beam within a support substrate;
a contact section, connected to the stabilizing section, for establishing contact between the contact beam and an electrically conductive contact from another electrical interconnect component, the contact section including a merge radius section connecting the contact section to the
stabilizing section, a flexible section connected to the merge radius section and having an elongated curvature, a contact area, disposed at an end of the curvature opposite the merge radius section, for contacting the conductive contact from the other electrical interconnect component, and a lead-in section, connected to the contact area, for
initiating deflection of the contact section upon contact of the lead-in section with a portion of the other electrical interconnect component .

2. The electrically conductive contact beam of claim 1, wherein the stabilizing section is substantially wider than the flexible section.

3. The electrically conductive contact beam of claim 1, wherein the stabilizing section has a width which is at least double that of the flexible section.

4. The electrically conductive contact beam of claim 1, wherein the stabilizing section has a width where the
stabilizing section connects to the contact section, and the merge radius section comprises means for distributing stress caused by deflection of the contact section throughout the width of the stabilizing section.

5. The electrically conductive contact beam of claim 1, wherein the elongated curvature of the contact section of the beam comprises means for distributing stress caused by
deflection of the contact section throughout the contact beam.

6. The electrically conductive contact beam of claim 1, wherein the contact area of the contact section comprises means for applying a normal force against the conductive contact of the other electrically interconnect component .

7. The electrically conductive contact beam of claim 1, wherein the flexible section has uniform thickness along its length.
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8. The electrically conductive contact beam of claim 1, wherein the flexible section has a thickness that tapers towards the contact area.

9. The electrically conductive contact beam of claim 1, wherein the lead-in section is narrower than the stabilizing section.

10. The electrically conductive contact beam of claim 9, wherein the lead-in section is narrower than the
stabilizing section and the flexible section.

11. An electrical interconnect component comprising:
a support substrate; and
at least one electrically conductive contact beam, the contact beam comprising a stabilizing section for securing the contact beam within a support substrate, and a contact section, connected to the stabilizing section, for establishing contact between the contact beam and an
electrically conductive contact from another electrical interconnect component, the contact section including a merge radius section connecting the contact section to the
stabilizing section, a flexible section connected to the merge radius section and having an elongated curvature, a contact area, disposed at an end of the curvature opposite the merge radius section, for contacting the conductive contact from the other electrical interconnect component, and a lead-in section, connected to the contact area, for initiating deflection of the contact section upon contact of the lead-in section with a portion of the other electrical interconnect component .

12. The electrical interconnect component of claim 11, wherein the stabilizing section is substantially wider than the flexible section.

13. The electrical interconnect component of claim 11, wherein the stabilizing section has a width which is at least double that of the flexible section.

14. The electrical interconnect component of claim 11, wherein the stabilizing section has a width where the
stabilizing section connects to the contact section, and the merge radius section comprises means for distributing stress caused by deflection of the contact section throughout the width of the stabilizing section.

15. The electrical interconnect component of claim 11, wherein the elongated curvature of the contact section of the beam comprises means for distributing stress caused by deflection of the contact section throughout the contact beam.

16. The electrical interconnect component of claim 11, wherein the contact area of the contact section comprises means for applying a normal force against the conductive contact of the other electrically interconnect component .

17. The electrical interconnect component of claim 11, wherein the flexible section has uniform thickness along its length.

18. The electrical interconnect component of claim 11, wherein the flexible section has a thickness that tapers towards the contact area.

19. The electrical interconnect component of claim 11, wherein the lead-in section is narrower than the stabilizing section.

20. The electrical interconnect component of claim 19, wherein the lead-in section is narrower than the stabilizing section and the flexible section.

21. The electrical interconnect component of claim 11, wherein the support substrate is an insulative substrate.

22. The electrical interconnect component of claim 11, wherein the stabilizing section is secured completely within the support substrate, and the contact section extends out completely from the support substrate.