(54) DETACHABLE CONNECTOR AND
FRONT-PANEL DEVICE INCLUDING SAME
(75) Inventor: Noriyuki Sano, Imaichi (JP)
(73) Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc., Tokyo (JP)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 11/369,167
(22) Filed: Mar. 6, 2006
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2006/0252291 Al Nov. 9, 2006
(30) Foreign Application Priority Data
Mar. 16, 2005 (JP) 2005-075455
(51) Int. CI.
H01R 24/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 439/660; 439/376
(58) Field of Classification Search 439/74,
439/660, 376, 341 See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
5,306,163 A * 4/1994 Asakawa 439/74
5,626,483 A * 5/1997 Naitoh 439/74
5,852,594 A 12/1998 Kaise et al.
6,059,580 A * 5/2000 Konno et al 439/74
A detachable connector is provided in which a male connector unit mounted to a movable panel is attachable to and detachable from a female connector unit mounted to a main body. In a pair of first and second female terminals, the first female terminal which has a longer distance to an axis of rotation of the movable panel includes a sloped portion for being elastically in contact with a leading-end corner of a convex contact of the male connector unit from obliquely above, and the second female terminal includes a contact portion for being elastically in contact with the side surface of the convex contact from below. When the male connector unit is attached to the female connector unit, the sloped portion is in contact with the convex contact at a position that is more distant from the movable panel than the contact portion.
19 Claims, 10 Drawing Sheets