Oculus Patent | Circuit board with anchor cleat for a connector

Patent: Circuit board with anchor cleat for a connector

Publication Number: 20190020147

Publication Date: 2019-01-17

Applicants: Oculus

Abstract

A connector assembly includes a flexible cable that includes a casing, a plurality of electrical wires each having a first portion encapsulated by the casing and a second portion extending beyond the casing, and a fiber having a first portion encapsulated by the casing and a second portion extending beyond the casing. The connector assembly further includes a housing having a first end to receive the flexible cable and a second end with a connector to connect with another connector, and a circuit board disposed in the housing. The circuit board includes first terminals to connect with the plurality of electrical wires, second terminals to connect with the connector, a plurality of traces coupling respective first terminals with respective second terminals, and a cleat. The second portion of the fiber extends beyond the casing to the cleat and winds around the cleat.

Background

Virtual-reality head-mounted displays (HMDs) have wide applications in various fields, including engineering design, medical surgery practice, military simulated practice, video gaming, etc. Virtual-reality systems require a high volume of data communication between the HMD and the computer. Historically, cables are used in such systems for conveying the high volume of data. Cables, however, restrict the user from full freedom of movement. Furthermore, virtual-reality systems may lack the ability to withstand tension forces, which may cause damage to the virtual-reality systems (e.g., damage connections within the virtual-reality systems).

Summary

Accordingly, there is a need for a cable that can withstand tension forces (e.g., when the cable is pulled taut). Users of virtual-reality systems often become engrossed in their virtual reality and do not recognize boundaries set by physical limitations such as the length of the cable connecting the HMD to the computer. The assemblies and methods disclosed herein address this need.

In accordance with some embodiments, an electrical cable connector assembly includes a flexible cable, comprising: (i) a casing, (ii) a plurality of electrical wires each having a first portion encapsulated by the casing and a second portion extending beyond the casing, and (iii) a fiber having a first portion encapsulated by the casing and a second portion extending beyond the casing. The electrical cable connector assembly further includes a housing having a first end to receive the flexible cable and a second end with a connector to connect with another connector. The electrical cable connector assembly further includes a circuit board disposed in the housing. The circuit board includes: (i) a first plurality of terminals to connect with the plurality of electrical wires, (ii) a second plurality of terminals to connect with the connector, (iii) a plurality of traces coupling respective terminals of the first plurality of terminals with respective terminals of the second plurality of terminals, and (iv) a cleat. The second portion of the fiber extends beyond the casing to the cleat and winds around the cleat.

In accordance with some embodiments, an electrical cable connector assembly includes a circuit board, comprising (i) a first plurality of terminals to connect with a plurality of electrical wires in a flexible cable, (ii) a second plurality of terminals to connect with a connector, (iii) a plurality of traces coupling respective terminals of the first plurality of terminals with respective terminals of the second plurality of terminals, and (iv) a cleat to receive one or more fibers, the one or more fibers to be wound around the cleat.

In accordance with some embodiments, a method of fabricating an electrical cable connector assembly comprises forming a cleat on a circuit board and disposing the circuit board in a housing having a first end that receives a flexible cable and a second end having a connector. The flexible cable includes (i) a casing, (ii) a plurality of electrical wires each having a first portion encapsulated by the casing and a second portion extending beyond the casing, and (iii) a fiber having a first portion encapsulated by the casing and a second portion extending beyond the casing. The method further includes electrically coupling the plurality of electrical wires with a first plurality of terminals of the circuit board and electrically coupling the connector with a second plurality of terminals of the circuit board. A plurality of traces disposed on the circuit board electrically couples respective terminals of the first plurality of terminals with respective terminals of the second plurality of terminals. The method further includes winding the fiber around the cleat.

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