EP0446980B2 - Connector assembly for printed circuit boards - Google Patents

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EP0446980B2
EP0446980B2 EP91200396A EP91200396A EP0446980B2 EP 0446980 B2 EP0446980 B2 EP 0446980B2 EP 91200396 A EP91200396 A EP 91200396A EP 91200396 A EP91200396 A EP 91200396A EP 0446980 B2 EP0446980 B2 EP 0446980B2
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Geert Antoon Lips
Danny Louis Cornelis Morlion
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R13/00Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00 - H01R33/00
    • H01R13/648Protective earth or shield arrangements on coupling devices, e.g. anti-static shielding
    • H01R13/658High frequency shielding arrangements, e.g. against EMI [Electro-Magnetic Interference] or EMP [Electro-Magnetic Pulse]
    • H01R13/6581Shield structure
    • H01R13/6585Shielding material individually surrounding or interposed between mutually spaced contacts
    • H01R13/6586Shielding material individually surrounding or interposed between mutually spaced contacts for separating multiple connector modules
    • H01R13/6587Shielding material individually surrounding or interposed between mutually spaced contacts for separating multiple connector modules for mounting on PCBs
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R12/00Structural associations of a plurality of mutually-insulated electrical connecting elements, specially adapted for printed circuits, e.g. printed circuit boards [PCBs], flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures, e.g. terminal strips, terminal blocks; Coupling devices specially adapted for printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures; Terminals specially adapted for contact with, or insertion into, printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures
    • H01R12/70Coupling devices
    • H01R12/71Coupling devices for rigid printing circuits or like structures
    • H01R12/72Coupling devices for rigid printing circuits or like structures coupling with the edge of the rigid printed circuits or like structures
    • H01R12/722Coupling devices for rigid printing circuits or like structures coupling with the edge of the rigid printed circuits or like structures coupling devices mounted on the edge of the printed circuits
    • H01R12/724Coupling devices for rigid printing circuits or like structures coupling with the edge of the rigid printed circuits or like structures coupling devices mounted on the edge of the printed circuits containing contact members forming a right angle
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R13/00Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00 - H01R33/00
    • H01R13/648Protective earth or shield arrangements on coupling devices, e.g. anti-static shielding
    • H01R13/658High frequency shielding arrangements, e.g. against EMI [Electro-Magnetic Interference] or EMP [Electro-Magnetic Pulse]
    • H01R13/6591Specific features or arrangements of connection of shield to conductive members
    • H01R13/6592Specific features or arrangements of connection of shield to conductive members the conductive member being a shielded cable
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R24/00Two-part coupling devices, or either of their cooperating parts, characterised by their overall structure
    • H01R24/38Two-part coupling devices, or either of their cooperating parts, characterised by their overall structure having concentrically or coaxially arranged contacts
    • H01R24/40Two-part coupling devices, or either of their cooperating parts, characterised by their overall structure having concentrically or coaxially arranged contacts specially adapted for high frequency
    • H01R24/50Two-part coupling devices, or either of their cooperating parts, characterised by their overall structure having concentrically or coaxially arranged contacts specially adapted for high frequency mounted on a PCB [Printed Circuit Board]

Description

  • The invention relates to a connector assembly according to the preamble of claim 1.
  • Such connector assemblies are known in various embodiments. In the design of the known connector assemblies attention has mainly been paid to the mechanical aspects of the connector assembly, in particular with respect to the forces required for mating and unmating the connector elements. Attention was only paid to the electrical aspects in that one aimed at realizing good reliable connections between the contacts of both connector elements. With increasing speeds of the digital signals to be transferred, i.e. decreasing rise times, the electrical performance of the contacts as a circuit element becomes important. In the known connector assemblies problems occur with higher signal speeds with respect to cross-talk between signal contacts, transmission losses, reflections and ground bounce or switching noise. Despite an optimal distribution of the ground and signal contacts these problems cannot be eliminated below rise times of 0.6ns in the known connector assemblies.
  • A connector assembly according to the preamble of claim 1 is known from US-A-4 867 707. In this known connector assembly the contact means of each outer conductor adapted to contact the adjacent ground contacts is made as a female contact type for receiving and enclosing a ground contact pin.
  • With coupled connector elements the signal contacts together with the corresponding outer conductors each form more or less a transmission line with a geometry, the dimensional parameters of which can be determined in such a manner that the electrical requirements which are made on the connector assembly, are met.
  • Reference is further made to US-A-4 398 783 disclosing a coaxial cable connector for coupling a coaxial cable to terminalpins of a printed circuit board. The cable connector comprises an outer conductor with a plurality of contact springs formed out of the outer conductor and adapted to contact terminal pins inside the outer conductor.
  • The invention aims to provide a connector assembly of the above-mentioned type with a high density of contacts while maintaining the transmission line character.
  • To this end the connector assembly according to the invention is characterized by the features of the characterizing part of claim 1.
  • In this manner a connector assembly is obtained with a high density of contacts.
  • Further the connector assembly according to the invention shows the advantage that the connector elements and the male and female contacts can be made in a usual manner so that all known design and manufacturing techniques of the ususal connector assemblies can be used advantageously. The connection between the male and female contacts is comparable with the same of the known connector assemblies so that the favourable mechanical properties thereof, such as mating/unmating forces and in particular the tolerances with respect to the mutual positions of the contacts are maintained when used in rack and panel configurations. Further all contacts and outer conductors can be manufactured from metal strips by stamping and forming so that the manufacturing costs of the connector assembly according to the invention are low.
  • Each signal contact of the second connector element is mounted in the corresponding outer conductor by means of a dielectric insert. In this manner a reliable mounting of the signal contact in the corresponding outer conductor is realized. The impedance of each signal contact can be determined by using an insert wherein by providing more or less recesses the dielectric constant of the insert between the signal contact and the outer conductor can be determined. Thereby the combination of signal contact and outer conductor which can be considered as a transmission line, can be provided with a desired impedance.
  • The invention will be further explained by reference to the drawings in which some embodiments are schematically shown.
  • Fig. 1 is a section of a first embodiment of a connector assembly wherein the first and second connector elements are shown in a disassembled position.
  • Fig. 2 is a section corresponding with fig. 1 of an amended embodiment of the connector assembly according to the invention.
  • Fig. 3 is a top view of the first connector element of figs. 1 and 2.
  • Figs. 4a and 4b show perspective the ground contact plates of the second connector element of figs. 1 and 2, respectively.
  • Fig. 5 is a partially shown perspective cut-away view of the second connector element of the connector assembly of fig. 1.
  • Fig. 6 is a perspective view of an amended embodiment of the outer conductor and corresponding signal contact as the same can be used in the second connector element.
  • Fig. 7 is a partially shown perspective cut-away view of an amended embodiment of the second connector element of a connector assembly according to the invention.
  • Fig. 7a is a perspective view of an outer conductor of the connector element of fig. 7 with dielectric insert.
  • Fig. 8 is a section corresponding with fig. 1 of an amended embodiment of the connector assembly according to the invention.
  • Fig. 9 is a perspective view of the outer conductors of the second connector element of the connector assembly according to fig. 8.
  • Fig. 10 is a perspective view of a ground contact of the first connector element of the connector assembly according to fig. 8.
  • Fig. 11 shows in perspective an outer conductor of the second connector element with two female signal contacts.
  • Fig. 12 is a top view of an alternative embodiment or the first connector element according to the invention.
  • Fig. 13 is a section according to the line XV-XV of fig. 12.
  • Fig. 14 is a perspective view of an outer conductor with signal contact of the first connector element of fig. 12.
  • Fig. 15 is a section corresponding with fig. 13 of a first connector element with amended connection to a printed circuit board.
  • Fig. 16 shows in perspective the outer conductors with signal contacts of the connector element of fig. 15.
  • Referring to fig. 1 there is shown a cross-section of a connector assembly 1 comprising a first connector element 2 with a first housing 3 of insulating material and contact pins 4 and 5 arranged in parallel rows r and columns c (see fig. 3). These contact pins 4, 5 each have a connection element 6, by which the contact pins 4, 5 can be connected with the plated inner wall of holes in a printed circuit board 7 indicated by a dashed. To this end the connection elements 6 are preferably provided with a known press-fit portion not further shown.
  • As indicated in figs. 1 and 3, the connector element 2 comprises two rows with signal contact pins 4 which are indicated by an s, wherein at both sides of each row with only signal contact pins 4 a row with only ground contact pins 5 indicated by a g is provided. The arrangement is such that a column with only ground contact pins 5 is provided on both sides of each column c with alternatingly signal contact pins 4 and ground contact pins 5. The rows with contact pins 4, 5 have a fixed intermediate spacing of 2mm, while in row direction the ground contact pins 5 lie at a fixed intermediate spacing of 2mm and the signal contact pins 4 lie at a fixed intermediate spacing of 4mm.
  • The connector assembly 1 is further provided with a second connector element 8 with a second housing 9 of insulating material adapted to be inserted with a mating side 10 in the first housing 3 of the connector element 2. The second connector element 8 is shown in perspective in fig. 5 and includes two rows with female signal contacts 11 for contacting the signal contact pins 4 when the second housing 9 is received in the first housing 3. Each signal contact 11 is enclosed by an outer conductor 12 which seen in column direction has opposite contact springs 13. In mated position these contact springs 13 contact the ground contact pins 5 of the first connector element 2 lying in the same column as the corresponding signal contact pin 4.
  • Seen in row direction the outer conductors 12 have opposite contact tongues 14 adapted to contact ground contact plates 15 located on both sides of each outer conductor 12 in the second housing 9. The contact tongues 14 lying at the mating side in fig. 5 conduct the current to the inner side of the outer conductor 12 whereas the contact tongues 14 lying at the other end conduct the current from the inner side of the outer conductor to the ground contact plates 15.
  • Fig. 4a shows one ground contact plate 15 in perspective. This ground contact plate 15 is provided with female contact elements 16 at the mating side, which contact elements 16 cooperate with the columns with only ground contact pins 5 of the first connector element 2. In this manner a very good ground connection between both connector elements 2, 8 is obtained, wherein a favourable current distribution in the outer conductors 12 occurs.
  • Opposite of the mating side the ground contact plates 15 extend beyond the connection elements 17 of the signal contacts 11. At these sides the ground contact plates 15 have connection elements 18 for connection to a printed circuit board 70 indicated with a dashed line in fig. 1. The connection elements 17 and 18 maybe provided with a press-fit portion.
  • It is noted that the open space between each two succeeding ground contact plates 15 can be closed by providing a ground contact plate 15 with extensions which extend from this ground contact plate 15 to the adjacent ground contact plate 15. Thereby the signal contacts 11 will be fully enclosed by ground contact plates.
  • Due to the fact that the signal contacts 11 are surrounded by the outer conductors 12 and are further enclosed between the ground contact plates 15, the signal contacts 11 with the outer conductor 12/ground contact plates 15 form a transmission line with a geometry, of which the electrical parameters and thereby the performance as circuit element can be determined. The signal contacts 11 are mounted in the outer conductors 12 by means of dielectric inserts 19. These dielectric inserts 19 which can be manufactured by injection molding at low costs, have a predetermined dielectric constant. By providing larger or smaller recesses so that more or less air is present between the signal contacts 11 and the outer conductors 12, this dielectric constant can be determined and thereby among others the impedance of the transmission line formed by the signal contacts 11 and the outer conductors 12/ground contact plates 15. In this manner a connection can be realized with a constant impedance, wherein cross-talk between signal contacts cannot occur because each signal conductor is surrounded by a ground conductor.
  • The connection elements 17, 18 of the signal contacts 11 and the ground contact plates 15 may also be made as contact springs adapted for surface mounting as appears from fig. 2, showing a connector assembly, the connector element 2 of which fully corresponds with the connector element 2 of fig. 1 and the connector element 8 of which is provided with ground contact plates 20 and signal contacts 11 adapted for surface mounting. The connection elements are indicated by 17' and 18'. Fig. 4b shows in perspective a ground contact plate 20 used in the embodiment according to fig. 2.
  • Fig. 6 shows in perspective one outer conductor 24 which can be mounted in the second connector element 8 for connecting coaxial cables 25 to the printed circuit board 7. The outer conductor 24 comprises a connection element 26 to provide a simple connection with the outer conductor 27 of the coaxial cable 25. To this end the connection element 26 is first bent around the outer conductor 27. The signal contact not further shown and mounted in the outer conductor 24 by the dielectric insert 19, has a connection element 28 for connecting the inner conductor 29 of the coaxial cable 25. The connection between the outer conductor 27 and the inner conductor 29 can be obtained by soldering. After connecting the coaxial cable 25 the parts 30 which are bent open and one of which is not shown in fig. 6 for the sake of clearness, are closed.
  • Fig. 7 shows a perspective view of an amended embodiment of the second connector element 8 with the housing 9, wherein the outer conductors 12 at the side opposite of the mating side 10 are provided with an extension 31 having two ground contact pins 32 to be connected to a printed circuit board 33. In fig. 7a one of the outer conductors with dielectric insert 19 and both ground contact pins 32 is shown in perspective. The ground contact pins 32 can be provided with a press-fit portion. As appears from fig. 7a, the contact pins 32 are lying with respect to the longitudinal direction of the outer conductor 12 diagonally with respect to each other. Straight opposite of each contact pin 32 a recess 34 is provided, leaving free a hole 35 of the printed circuit board 33 which is intended to receive the ground contact pin 32 of an adjacent outer conductor 12.
  • Fig. 8 shows a cross-section of a connector assembly 39, wherein the first connector element 40 mainly corresponds with the first connector element of fig. 1. In this case however the contact pins 4, 5 are located in column direction at a mutual distance of 2,5mm. The signal contact pins 4 lie at an intermediate spacing of 4,5mm. Each three subsequent ground contact pins 5 are united into a ground contact lip 41 shown in fig. 10, which can have three connection elements 42 with a mutual spacing of 1,5mm.
  • As appears from fig. 8, the connector assembly 39 comprises a second connector element 43 which in the same manner as the second connector element 8 is provided with two rows of female signal contacts. The second connector element 43 further comprises for each signal contact an outer conductor 44 and 45, respectively, having an extension 46 and 47, respectively. The outer conductors 44, 45 are perspectively shown in fig. 9. The extensions 46, 47 have four connection elements 48 which may be provided with a press-fit portion. The outer conductors 44, 45 further have two contact springs 49 on both sides for contacting the ground contact lips 41 which are adjacent on both sides of the corresponding signal contact pin 4 of the first connector element 40. Thereby the ground connection is separated for each column of signal contacts.
  • Although not shown in fig. 9, each female signal contact is mounted in the corresponding outer conductor 44, 45 also by means of a dielectric insert in the connector assembly 39. In fig. 8 two connection elements 50 of the female signal contacts of the second connector element 43 are shown.
  • It is noted that in the embodiments of figs. 7 and 8 the signal contacts and the outer conductors of the second connector element are provided with connection elements for mounting in plated holes of a printed circuit board. Of course, also in these embodiments the connection elements can be made as contact springs for surface mounting.
  • Although in the above-described embodiments of the invention each female signal contact is enclosed by an outer conductor, it is also possible to mount two or more signal contacts within one outer conductor. Thereby twinax or triax connections with the same favourable properties can be obtained. The connector assembly according to the invention is therefor for example also suitable for use in systems equiped with ECL circuits.
  • Fig. 11 shows in perspective as an example an outer conductor 51 of a second connector element not shown, in which two female signal contacts 52 are mounted by means of an insert 53. The outer conductor 51 comprises ground connection elements 54, whereas the signal contacts 52 each have a connection element 55. Further the outer conductor 51 is provided with contact springs 56 for contacting ground contacts of the corresponding signal contact of the first connector element not shown. It will be clear that both connector elements can be made in the above-described manner for the remaining part.
  • The described connector assemblies already give a substantial improvement as to the high frequency performance. A further improvement can even be obtained if the signal contacts of the first connector element are mounted in an outer conductor in the same manner as the signal contacts of the second connector element.
  • Figs. 12 and 13 show a top view and a section, respectively, of a first connector element 56, wherein each signal contact 4 is enclosed by an outer conductor 57 along the portion of the signal contact extending in the insulating material of the first housing 3. The signal contacts 4 are in this case mounted in the outer conductor 57 by means of an insert 58. It is noted that in this case also two or more signal contacts 4 can be enclosed by a common outer conductor 57.
  • The ground contacts 5 of the connector element 56 each comprise a plate-like portion 59 contacting the outer conductor 57 of adjacent signal contacts 4. At the location of the contact points the outer conductors 57 are provided with a contact tongue 60 as shown in fig. 14.
  • In fig. 15 a section as in fig. 13 of a first connector element 61 is shown, which connector element 61 is adapted for a perpendicular connection to a printed circuit board in dicated by a dashed line.
  • In this case the outer conductors 57 comprise an extension 62 which in the same manner as the extensions 31 of the outer conductors 12 is provided with ground connection elements 63. In this case the ground contacts 5 are made without connection elements 6. By way of illustration the outer conductors 57 with extensions 62 are perspectively shown in fig. 16. As appears from fig. 16, the connection elements 63 are provided in the same manner as the connection elements 32 of the extension 31 of the outer conductors 12. Also in this case recesses 34 are made for the connection elements of adjacent outer conductors. In fig. 16 the signal contact pins 4 with their connection elements 6 can also be seen.
  • It is noted that in the described embodiments of the connector assembly according to the invention the first connector element comprises rows of only signal contacts. It is however also possible to mount a ground contact between subsequent signal contacts. In that case the ground contact plates of the corresponding second connector elements can be omitted so that the ground contacts lying in a row of signal contacts can directly contact the outer conductors through suitable contact springs or the like.
  • In the first connector element 56 according to fig. 12 it is also possible to mount ground contacts between subsequent signal contacts.
  • The connector assembly according to the invention can also be provided with signal contacts mounted in the usual manner which of course are only suitable for relatively low frequency signals.
  • From the above description it will be clear that the invention provides a connector assembly wherein the signal contacts with corresponding outer conductors can be considered as a transmission line with such a geometry that the electrical parameters of the connector assembly can be determined. Thereby it is possible to adapt the impedance of the signal contads to the output impedance of the signal source and in put impedance of the receiver.
  • The connector assembly according to the described embodiments of the invention provides a connection with a predetermined impedance between printed circuit boards or between a printed circuit board and a multi-core cable. The manufacturing costs of this connector assembly are relatively low because all signal and ground contacts and outer conductors can be manufactured by stamping and forming. Further both press-fit and surface mounting connections to printed circuit boards are possible. The connection between male and female contacts can be compared with the same of the known connector assemblies so that the favourable mechanical properties thereof, like mating and unmating forces and in particular the tolerances with respect to the mutual positions of the contacts, are maintained when used in rack and panel configurations.
  • The invention is not restricted to the above-described embodiments which can be varied in a number of ways within the scope of the following claims.

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  1. Connector assembly (1, 21, 39) for printed circuit boards (7), comprising
    a first connector element (2, 40, 56, 61) with a first housing (3) of insulating material and male signal and ground contacts (4, 5) regularly arranged in rows and columns and connectable to a printed circuit board, and
    a second connector element (8, 43) with a second housing (9) of insulating material, which can be inserted with a mating side (10) into the first housing, and with female signal and ground contacts (11, 16, 52) with a connection element (17, 18), which female contacts are regularly arranged in rows and columns, and will contact the corresponding male contacts when the second housing is received in the first housing, wherein said second connector element (8, 43) is provided with a plurality of outer conductors (12, 24, 44, 45, 51), each of said outer conductors mainly enclosing at least one signal contact (11, 52) in a circumferential direction and each of said outer conductors having contact means (13, 49, 56) adapted to contact the adjacent ground contacts (5) of the/each corresponding signal contact (4) of the first connector element (2, 40, 56, 61) outside the outer conductor, wherein each outer conductor of the second connector element is provided with a dielectric insert (19, 53), the/each corresponding signal contact being mounted in said insert,
       characterized in that the contact means of each outer conductor (12, 24, 44, 45, 51) of the second connector element (8) is formed out of the outer conductor as contact springs (13, 49, 56) for contacting the ground contacts (5) of the first connector element (2, 40, 56, 61), wherein the outer conductors of the second connector element are arranged in rows and columns, each column comprising at least two outer conductors, wherein in the first connector element, a row of ground contacts (5) is arranged in between two rows of signal contacts (4) and the ground contacts (5) of this row contact, when mated, two adjacent contact springs (13, 49, 56) of adjacent outer conductors in a column.
  2. Connector assembly according to claim 1,
    characterized in that the first connector element (2) comprises at least two rows with signal contacts (4), wherein a row with only ground contacts (5) is provided at both sides of each row with signal contacts (4).
  3. Connector assembly according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the first connector element (2) is provided with a column with only ground contacts (5) at both sides of each column with signal contacts (4) and ground contacts (5).
  4. Connector assembly according to anyone of the preceding claims, characterized in that each outer conductor (12, 44, 45, 51) of the second connector element (8) has an extension (31, 46, 47) opposite of the mating side (10), said extension having ground connection elements (32, 48, 54).
  5. Connector assembly according to claim 4, characterized in that each outer conductor (12) of the second connector element (8) has two connection pins (32) for connection to a printed circuit board (33), which connection pins are located diagonally with respect to the longitudinal direction of the outer conductor, wherein opposite of each connection pin (32) a recess (34) is provided in the outer conductor for receiving the connection pin (32) of an adjacent outer conductor (12).
  6. Connector assembly according to anyone of the preceding claims, characterized in that seen in the direction of the respective row of signal contacts (4) each outer conductor (12, 24, 44, 45, 51) is provided with opposite contact tongues (14) for contacting ground contact plates (15, 20, 23) which can be mounted at both sides of each outer conductor in the second housing (9), said ground contact plates (15, 20, 23) being provided with female contact elements (16) at the mating side (10) for contacting the ground contacts (5) of the first connector element (2, 40, 56, 61).
  7. Connector assembly according to claim 6, characterized in that a ground contact plate (15, 20, 23) is provided at both sides of each outer conductor (12, 24, 44, 45, 51), said ground contact plate (15, 20, 23) having ground connection elements (18, 18') at the side opposite of the mating side (10).
  8. Connector assembly according to claim 7, characterized in that each ground contact plate (15, 20, 23) extends at the side opposite of the mating side (10) beyond the connection elements (17, 17') of the signal contacts (11).
  9. Connector assembly according to claim 4, characterized in that the ground contacts (5) of the first connector element are united in groups in each row into ground contact lips (41), wherein each outer conductor (44, 45) of the second connector element is adapted to contact only those ground contact lips (41) which are adjacent the corresponding signal contact on both sides thereof.
  10. Connector assembly according to anyone of the preceding claims, characterized in that one or more outer conductors (24) and corresponding signal contacts of the second connector element are provided with connection elements (26, 28) for connecting a coaxial cable (25).
  11. Connector assembly according to anyone of the preceding claims, characterized in that the first connector element (56, 61) is provided with a plurality of outer conductors (57), each of said outer conductors mainly enclosing at least one signal contact (4) in a circumferential direction along at least the part of the/each signal contact extending in the insulating material of the first housing and each of said outer conductors being adapted to contact the adjacent ground contacts (5) of the/each corresponding signal contact (4) of the first connector element.
  12. Connector assembly according to claim 11, characterized in that each outer conductor (57) of the first connector element (56, 61) is provided with a dielectric insert (58), the/each corresponding signal contact (4) being mounted in said insert.
  13. Connector assembly according to claim 11 or 12, characterized in that each outer conductor (57) is provided with contact tongues (60) for contacting the ground contacts (5).
  14. Connector assembly according to claim 13, characterized in that the ground contacts (5) of the first connector element (56, 61) each comprise a plate-like part (59) for contacting a contact tongue (60) of the outer conductor (57) of the/each adjacent signal contact (4).
  15. Connector assembly according to anyone of the claims 11-14, characterized in that each outer conductor (57) of the first connector element (61) is provided with an extension (62) at its side opposite of the second connector element, said extension (62) being provided with ground connection elements (63) for connecting the ground contacts (5) to a printed circuit board, said ground connection elements (63) extending perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the outer conductor.
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