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Method for an integrated, one-piece connector for LAN/Modem mini-PCI application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006374D
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 1K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for an integrated, one-piece connector for LAN/MODEM mini-PCI application. Benefits include improved functionality, improved manufacturability, and improved reliability.

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Method for an integrated, one-piece connector for LAN/Modem mini-PCI application

Disclosed is a method for an integrated, one-piece connector for LAN/MODEM mini-PCI application. Benefits include improved functionality, improved manufacturability, and improved reliability.

Description

              Mini PCI combo LAN/Modem card designs currently require two separate miniature connectors to be mounted on the PBA to support both a 2-wire telephone line, modem connection, and a 14-pin connection for the LAN adapter application.

              The disclosed method is for combination connectors that mate both connector types into a single piece. This design covers both a one-piece PBA SMT-mounted female connector, and a one-piece male, cable end connector (see Figure 1). The volume of these combined connectors would be the same or less than the two individual connectors that are conventionally used.

Advantages

              The disclosed method provides several advantages over the conventional solution, including:

·        One single placement during assembly versus two

·        Guaranteed, accurate positioning of the two connectors relative to each other

·        Simplified single connection to the product for both test and customer versus two separate connections and cables

·        Guarantees proper electrical polarization/orientation of both cables/connectors

·        Simplifies automated testing of the product

·        Greatly increases the strength of the test connector due to the integration of the two discrete cables and resultant improved strain relief

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