US 11,659,310 B2
Adapters for microphones and combinations thereof
Janice LoPresti, Itasca, IL (US); Steve Kearey, Carpentersville, IL (US); and Usha Murthy, Lisle, IL (US)
Assigned to Knowles Electronics, LLC, Itasca, IL (US)
Filed by Knowles Electronics, LLC, Itasca, IL (US)
Filed on Jan. 7, 2022, as Appl. No. 17/571,421.
Application 17/571,421 is a division of application No. 16/909,818, filed on Jun. 23, 2020, granted, now 11,259,104.
Prior Publication US 2022/0132231 A1, Apr. 28, 2022
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. H04R 1/04 (2006.01); H04R 19/04 (2006.01)
CPC H04R 1/04 (2013.01) [H04R 19/04 (2013.01); H04R 2201/003 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) microphone and form-factor adapter assembly comprising:
an adapter housing including an opening and an outer acoustic port; and
the MEMS microphone disposed at least partially within the adapter housing, the MEMS microphone including:
a microphone housing;
a MEMS motor disposed in the microphone housing and acoustically coupled to the outer acoustic port of the adapter housing via an acoustic port of the microphone housing; and
an electrical circuit disposed in the microphone housing and electrically coupled to the MEMS motor and to electrical contacts on an exterior of the microphone housing, the electrical contacts physically accessible through the opening of the adapter housing,
wherein the adapter housing changes a form-factor of the MEMS microphone.
 
16. A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) microphone form-factor adapter comprising:
an adapter housing defining an interior configured to accommodate at least a portion of a MEMS microphone comprising a MEMS motor and an electrical circuit disposed in a microphone housing having a sound port, the electrical circuit electrically coupled to the MEMS motor and to contacts of a host-device interface on an exterior of the microphone housing;
an adapter sound port between the interior and exterior of the adapter housing, the adapter sound port acoustically connectable to the sound port of the MEMS microphone when the MEMS microphone is assembled with the MEMS microphone form-factor adapter; and
a MEMS microphone host-device interface opening between the interior and exterior of the adapter housing, the contacts of the host-device interface physically accessible through the MEMS microphone host-device interface opening when the MEMS microphone is assembled with the MEMS microphone form-factor adapter,
wherein the adapter housing changes a form-factor of the MEMS microphone when the MEMS microphone is assembled with the MEMS microphone form-factor adapter.