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Method for an audio jack and two USB ports in a single housing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019052D
Publication Date: 2003-Aug-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 101K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for an audio jack and two universal serial bus (USB) ports in a single housing. Benefits include improved functionality.

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Method for an audio jack and two USB ports in a single housing

Disclosed is a method for an audio jack and two universal serial bus (USB) ports in a single housing. Benefits include improved functionality.

Background

Customers require small form-factor systems to provide the same functionality as conventional ATX and micro-ATX systems. However, standard 3-port and 5-port audio connectors are too tall to fit on the rear I/O panel (see Figure 1). A reconfiguration of the rear panel input/output (I/O) connectors is required to provide the same audio functionality. An alternative component may be required as prior art does not utilize the available space in an efficient manner (see Figure 3).

Description

The disclosed method is a 3.5-mm audio jack and two USB type-A receptacles integrated into a single housing (see Figure 2). The connectors can be used with conventional 2-stack audio connectors to provide the requisite number of audio jacks. The two USB ports in the same component meet the conventional requirement for standalone USB ports. The disclosed method provides the capability to offer enough audio jacks and USB ports to meet customer requirements utilizing the lowest number of components and the smallest amount of space on the rear I/O panel.

Using the disclosed method, an I/O configuration of 3 audio jacks and 2 USB ports uses 1/3 less space on the rear I/O panel than the conventional solution (see Figure 4).

Advantages

         The disclosed method provides advantages, includin...