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QUICK DISCONNECT MULTI-EXTENDER HOUSING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008870D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Dave Frendreiss: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

During design and development of printed cir- cuit (PC) boards for use in Motorola base stations, it is often necessary to be able to probe the board for voltages or to view the hoard to do a thermal infrared scan. This is accomplished by using an extender housing that sticks out of the base station. An extender board is used to connect the board of interest to the base station's backplane board. The innovation being presented here is an enhancement to this that will make this process faster and more reliable.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

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QUICK DISCONNECT MULTI-EXTENDER HOUSING

by Dave Frendreiss and Raul Olivera

BACKGROUND

  During design and development of printed cir- cuit (PC) boards for use in Motorola base stations, it is often necessary to be able to probe the board for voltages or to view the hoard to do a thermal infrared scan. This is accomplished by using an extender housing that sticks out of the base station. An extender board is used to connect the board of interest to the base station's backplane board. The innovation being presented here is an enhancement to this that will make this process faster and more reliable.

SOLUTION

  The new quick disconnect multi-extender hous- ing acts as an extension of the cardcage. The mod- ule of interest is removed from the base station. The new extender housing, with extender board, is inserted into the cardcage and the module, with cover removed, is slid into the new extender hous- ing. No handling of the board is necessary and the same extender housing can be used for the Receiver, Exciter, and Control modules. Also, the housing is collapsible for ease of transport. This innovation provides engineers and technicians with an extreme- ly fast method to view a board while addressing handling and problem reproduction at the same time.

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

  Previously, the board of interest needed to be removed from its original housing. This required the removal of several screws, connectors, and, in some cases, a cable....