Brian Keith Lloyd - Maumelle AR, US
Richard A. Hays - Conway AR, US
Edward Seamands - Little Rock AR, US
Kenneth F. Janota - Little Rock AR, US
Munewar Ahmad - Conway AR, US
Michael Magajne - Cicero IL, US
Molex Incorporated - Lisle IL
A cable connector is provided that has a connector housing that is thin and takes the form of a wafer. Terminals are held within the housing and termination portions extend lengthwise from the terminals. The termination portions extend out from the housing for terminating bare conductors of signal wires to them. A grounding shield is provided that extends over the signal terminals from their contact portions at the front end of the connector to their rear termination portions. The grounding shield thereby provided a ground extent over the termination area that increases the electrical affinity of the signal wires to the grounding shield so as to reduce crosstalk and noise during operation at high frequencies. In one embodiment, the grounding shield includes a separate extension that is connected to the base grounding shield. In another embodiment, the grounding shield has a length sufficient to extend over the termination area.