Improved intelligent card reading device overhead mounted on printing circuit board

Application Number: 00108652
Application Date: 2000.05.08
Publication Number: 1275826
Publication Date: 2000.12.06
Priority Information: 1999/5/5 US 60/132,534
International: G06K7/06;H01R12/18;H01R12/22
Applicant(s) Name: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
Inventor(s) Name: J. L. Mcdoer;R. W. Mcdoer;D. L. Mazer
Patent Agency Code: 31100
Patent Agent: hu xiaoping
Abstract The present invention provides an electrical connector for connecting a contact pad of an IC card to a printed circuit board (PCB). The connector includes a housing having a top component and a bottom component affixed thereto wherein the top and bottom components together define a card insertion ingress at a front portion of the connector. The ingress is sized and shaped to accommodate linear sliding insertion of a smart card therein along a card insertion PCB the top and bottom portions. Each contact further includes an outer extent that protrudes normally from the top portion of the connector for termination to the PCB. The contacts are desirably distributed in even and aligned rows that enable placement of all contacts in the top portion of the connector.