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ANTENNA LATCHING MECHANISM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009822D
Original Publication Date: 2000-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Sep-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 102K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Danny Earl Minks: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This invention is a new antenna latching mechanism. The invention converts a linear button movement into a rotational displacement of the latch to release or to attach the antenna. This new latching mechanism also could enable the user to attach the antenna by merely pushing the antenna on (and not having to press the button).

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MOTOROLA

Technical Developments

ANTENNA LATCHING MECHANISM

by Danny Earl Minks, Gordon Craig Henderson and Jeffery Wayne Hiller

INTRODUCTION

This invention is a new antenna latching mechanism. The invention converts a linear button movement into a rotational displacement of the latch to release or to attach the antenna. This new latching mechanism also could enable the user to attach the antenna by merely pushing the antenna on (and not having to press the button).

This latching mechanism was developed as an improvement to the latch mechanism used in the Motorola Satellite Series 9500 Portable Phone which is known internally as Indy.

Views of the concept and the present configuration have been attached for reference. Figure 1 is an exploded view of the current concept as it could be implemented into the Indy telephone.

Figure 2 contains two views showing the "open" and "closed" positions with depictions of the motion of the various parts.

NOVELTY OF THE INVENTION

The novelty of this invention exists in the following areas.

First, it converts a linear motion into a rotational displacement to perfoI11l the latching of the antenna.

Second, it provides for a much greater area of engagement, which translates into a more robnst mechanism. Third, because of the increased engagement surface area, alternative materials are available for fabrication, such as plastic and metal.

Fourth, this latching concept allows for more design options in that it could be built into the latch assembly, or it could be assembled into the rear housing, or it could be designed into the antenna assembly.

Fifth, this latching concept could be used to attach other accessories to the phone.

Motorola. Inc. 2000

IMPROVEMENTS RELATIVE TO THE INDY LATCH MECHANISM

This invention is similar to the Indy latching assembly in that this latching mechanism was conceived to modify the Indy latch assembly. This latching concept is unique for the following reasons.

First, this mechanism converts the traditional push button motion into a rotational movement to release the latch holding the antenna in place. Second, the latching parts are symmetric and the same part is used in the assembly twice; it cannot b...