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Method for a dual stack USB and 1394 connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018752D
Publication Date: 2003-Aug-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a dual stack USB and 1394 connector. Benefits include improved functionality and improved ease of implementation.

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Method for a dual stack USB and 1394 connector

Disclosed is a method for a dual stack USB and 1394 connector. Benefits include improved functionality and improved ease of implementation.

Background

        � � � � � USB 2.0 type-A and 1394 are standardized ports and connectors defined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

        � � � � � Conventionally, a 1394 port is offered either by placing a single-port 1394 receptacle on the rear panel I/O or by placing an expensive 1394 over a 2.0 USB connector (see Figure 1).

General description

� � � � � The disclosed method configures a USB type-A and 1394 receptacle into a single unit, with one connector located over the other. The size and form-factor of this 1394/USB component is identical to conventional components. The tooling investment required for suppliers is minimized due to the reuse of a majority of existing components, keeping the unit cost low.

Advantages

        � � � � � The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•        � � � � Improved functionality due to providing the combined 1394 and USB type-A jacks

•        � � � � Improved ease of implementation due to eliminating the requirement for tooling rear-panel I/O electromagnetic interference (EMI) brackets and gaskets

Detailed description

        � � � � � The disclosed method is a USB type-A receptacle and a 1394 receptacle contained within the same housing. The USB port is typically above the 1394 port, but the configuration can be reversed if desirable (see Figure 2...