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Method for a PCB-mounted/retained PC card support

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007946D
Publication Date: 2002-May-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 73K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a PCB-mounted/retained PC card support. Benefits include improved functionality.

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Method for a PCB-mounted/retained PC card support

Disclosed is a method for a PCB-mounted/retained PC card support. Benefits include improved functionality.

Background

              Several conventional PC card headers in which the PC card can be connected to the main system board are available on the market. However, some of these headers do not provide support to the free end of the PC card.

Description

              The disclosed method supports a PC card (also called a PCMCIA card or Cardbus) within an electronic system assembly. The card is used as a daughter card to the main PBA assembly rather than as an end user removable device as is typically the case with PC Cards. As a result, a complete PC card cage with an ejection device is not required.

              The disclosed device is retained by the main system board and supports the free end of the PC card (see Figure 1). It may be retained in such a manner that it may not become disconnected from the header (see Figures 2 and 3).

              Some PC cards require that they be electrically grounded to the main system board (see Figure 4). Grounding occurs because the device is made of metal and is soldered directly to the main system board. The support design for the grounded device is slightly different from the ungrounded version of the device (see Figures 5 and 6).

              This device may also be applied to other daughter boards that are not PC Card related, such as mini-PCI cards.

Advantages

              The disclosed method provides several advantages, including:

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