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Integrated Network Computer Chassis Handle Featuring Physical Security and Cable Safety Tether

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013657D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Integrated Network Computer Chassis Handle Featuring Physical Security and Cable Safety Tether

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Integrated Network Computer Chassis Handle Featuring Physical Security and

Cable Safety Tether

Previous IBM * Network Computer designs, used a handle to remove the inner chassis frame to gain access to the electronics. Since this handle is the singular means by which access is gained into the computer, a security cable is used both to prevent internal access, and to "tether" the machine to deter system unit theft.

However, the security cable feature on the System 3000** chassis is configured such that when engaged, the security cable is vertically oriented. This cable orientation presents a problem by partially obscuring the power cable and power on/off switch on the rear panel of the chassis. Additionally, the access holes in the rear chassis used to route the cable are in close proximity to the user's desktop, and therefore require a tight bend radius in the security cable.

This invention solves the problem of cable egress into the chassis, by routing the cable in a horizontal manner that does not obstruct or interfere with the power switch, system cables, or system I/O connectors at the rear of the machine.

The embodiment is comprised of two plastic tabs on the bottom side of the handle, which when closed, engage a similar "tab and hole" arrangement on the metal portion of the chassis. With the security cable installed, the system handle can not be lifted, nor can the system electronics be removed for internal access.

This configuration uses a symmetric pair o...