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Four-Port USB and 1394 Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019325D
Publication Date: 2003-Sep-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 456K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that contains USB and 1394 receptacles in the same four-port housing. Benefits include offering more USB and 1394 ports while using less board or rear I/O panel space.

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Four-Port USB and 1394 Connector

Disclosed is a method that contains USB and 1394 receptacles in the same four-port housing. Benefits include offering more USB and 1394 ports while using less board or rear I/O panel space.

Background

Currently, state of the art components allow the same number of USB and 1394 ports to be offered on the rear I/O panel (see Figure 1). However, for desktop computers in particular, customers are demanding increased functionality without sacrificing legacy I/O connectors. This creates a need for innovative, space saving I/O connectors.

General Description

The disclosed method allows for greater space utilization on the rear I/O panel by stacking the USB and 1394 receptacles in a tall four-port housing, which allows for flexibility in the number of USB and 1394 ports offered. The housing can contain any combination of USB and 1394 receptacles, as long as the total number of ports does not exceed four.

Note. The number of ports is limited to four because a four-port connector is the tallest connector that will still fit the height requirements of the standard rear I/O panel.

Figures 2 and 3 show two different embodiments of the disclosed method. Figure 2 shows one 1394 port located above three USB Type A ports, while Figure 3 shows two 1394 ports located above two USB Type A ports. In both cases, the location of the ports is not critical (i.e. in both cases the order can be reversed or otherwise changed). A third embodiment could contain three 1394...