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1. WO2011038297 - APPARATUS FOR HOLDING MICROELECTRONIC DEVICES

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What is claimed is:

1. A carrier for releasably holding a device, the carrier comprising: a body having one or more sites having an aperture having a holding portion bounded by two or more edges and a first and second resilient prong that extend into the aperture;

wherein:

each prong has a movable end extending beyond the holding portion; the first and the second resilient prong are disposed so as to urge the device against the two or more edges of the aperture;

an actuating surface of the first prong is juxtaposed to an actuating surface of the second prong; and

the movable ends are adapted to be moved apart to enable the device to be placed into or released from the carrier.

2. An apparatus for releasably holding a device, which apparatus includes the carrier of claim 1 and further comprises:

a structure interposed between the actuating surface of the first prong and the actuating surface of the second prong, which structure is capable of a first movement and a second movement;

wherein:

in response to the first movement of the structure, the actuating surface of the first prong and the actuating surface of the second prong are urged apart to enable the device to be placed into or released from the carrier; and

in response to the second movement of the structure, the actuating surface of the first prong and the actuating surface of the second prong are resiliently urged toward each other to enable the device to be held in the carrier.

3. The carrier of claim 1 wherein the first resilient prong has an end affixed to the body and the second resilient prong has an end affixed to the body.

4. The carrier of claim 1 wherein at least a portion of the first resilient prong is disposed to enable it to resiliently hold the device against one or more of the two or more edges of the aperture and at least a portion of the second resilient prong is disposed to enable it to hold the device against one or more of the two or more edges of the aperture.

5. The carrier of claim 4 wherein the body is planar.

6. The carrier of claim 1 wherein the aperture extends through the body.

7. The carrier of claim 1 wherein the body is comprised of a metal.

8. The carrier of claim 7 wherein the body is coated with a dielectric.

9. The carrier of claim 2 wherein the body is comprised of a non-metal.

10. The carrier of claim 1 wherein the first and second actuating edges have a curvilinear shape.

11. The carrier of claim 1 wherein the first and second actuating edges are disposed at an angle to form a separation that is smaller at a predetermined distance from the aperture than it is at another distance.

12. The apparatus of claim 2 wherein the structure is a cam.

13. The apparatus of claim 12 wherein:

the cam has an elongated cross section;

the first movement is a rotation so that a first axis of the elongated cross section is disposed between the actuating surfaces; and

the second movement is a second rotation so that a second axis of the elongated cross section is disposed between the actuating surfaces.

14. The carrier of claim 1 wherein the body further comprises a beveled frame disposed about the aperture.

15. The carrier of claim 1 wherein:

the body is attached to two or more flat springs which are attached to a frame surrounding the body.

16. The carrier of claim 15 wherein the frame is a sheet metal frame.

17. The carrier of claim 1 wherein one or more of the edges include one or more bosses.

18. A carrier for releasably holding a device, the carrier comprising:

a body having one or more sites having an aperture bounded by two or more edges within which the device may be held and a first and second prong that extend into the aperture;

wherein:

each prong has a fixed end attached to the body, a movable end extending into the aperture, and an actuating surface;

the first and the second resilient prong are disposed so as to urge the device against two or more edges of the aperture; and

the movable ends are adapted to be moved apart by a force applied to the actuating surface of the first prong and a force applied to the actuating surface of the second prong, thereby enabling the device to be placed into or released from the carrier.

19. An apparatus for releasably holding a device, which apparatus includes the carrier of claim 18 and further comprises:

a means interposed between the actuating surface of the first prong and the actuating surface of the second prong, which movable structure is capable of a first movement and a second movement;

wherein:

in response to the first movement, the actuating surface of the first prong and the actuating surface of the second prong are urged apart to enable the device to be placed into or released from the carrier; and

in response to the second movement, the actuating surface of the first prong and the actuating surface of the second prong are resiliently urged toward each other to enable the device to be held in the carrier.

20. A method for holding a device in a carrier, the method comprising:

providing a body having one or more sites having an aperture bounded by one or more edges and having a holding portion in which the device may be held;

wherein:

a first and a second resilient prong extend into the aperture, each prong having a movable end extending beyond the holding portion;

the first and the second resilient prong are disposed so as to urge the device against two or more edges of the aperture;

an actuating surface of the first prong is juxtaposed to an actuating surface of the second prong; and

the movable ends are adapted to be moved apart to enable the device to be placed into or released from the carrier;

interposing a structure between the actuating surface of the first prong and the actuating surface of the second prong;

moving the structure to urge apart the actuating surface of the first prong and the actuating surface of the second prong;

inserting the device in the aperture; and

moving the structure so the actuating surface of the first prong and the actuating surface of the second prong are resiliently urged toward each other to hold the device in the carrier.