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PCMCIA adapter card with lock/eject function for Microdrive (Compact Flash-2 compatible peripherals)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014640D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 7 page(s) / 1M

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a PCMCIA adapter card with lock/eject function for Microdrive.

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  PCMCIA adapter card with lock/eject function for Microdrive (Compact Flash-2 compatible peripherals)

Disclosed is a PCMCIA adapter card with lock/eject function for Microdrive.

Current PCMCIA adapter card for Microdrive is shown in Fig.1.
When Microdrive is inserted into the PCMCIA adapter card, the pin protector is pus
connection pins appear in Fig.2. Microdrive is inserted further more, then those
inserted into the connector on Microdrive and then mechanically and electrically j
The pin protector normally covers the connection pins for preventing from damage b
the PCMCIA adapter card shown in Fig.3.

After mounting Microdrive on the PCMCIA adapter card completely, Microdrive is loc
card by friction force between connection pins and connector and also by the frict
side walls of Microdrive and the spring plates on the support arms of the PCMCIA a
sides in Fig.4.

When removing Microdrive from the PCMCIA adapter card, users need to pull Microdri
PCMCIA adapter card by hand because there exists no eject function.

In order to have a lock function and eject function, we disclose the following ide

The PCMCIA adapter card have two support arms.
In one of the arms, a long slot is made and a latch bar with hinge is inserted int
Then, the latch bar is slid along with the support arm.

At the end of the latch bar, a hook is formed shown in Fig.5.
After mounting Microdrive, we pull out the latch bar and bend it at the hinge.
Then hook the latch bar at the other side of the support arm.

By doing so, we can mount Microdrive quite firmly.
Also, by locating a cam bar in the PCMCIA adapter cards shown in Fig.6, we can eje
pushing the latch bar.

By applying such the mechanism, we can remove Microdrive quite easily even the PCM
card is in the PCMCIA slot.

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