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Method for a docking station connector with integrated RF capabilities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019517D
Publication Date: 2003-Sep-17
Document File: 4 page(s) / 127K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a docking station connector with integrated RF capabilities. Benefits include improved functionality, improved usability, and improved performance.

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Method for a docking station connector with integrated RF capabilities

Disclosed is a method for a docking station connector with integrated RF capabilities. Benefits include improved functionality, improved usability, and improved performance.

Background

Wireless is becoming increasingly more popular and many mobile devices already have integrated wireless solutions. The problem with most of these mobile devices is that they are too small to enable good spatial diversity between redundant antennas. As a result, both antennas receive essentially the same signal because they are so close together inside the mobile device. Additionally, mobile devices can be moved to an area with fewer obstacles, reflections, and competing devices to get better reception. However, docking stations are typically in a fixed location, such as in an office, with many obstacles and a higher density of competing devices.

Conventionally, few solutions allow the end user to attach an external antenna, especially without requiring an additional connection and wire.

General description

         The disclosed method is a docking station connector for laptops or other mobile devices designed for use with RF signals to facilitate an antenna external to the device.

         The disclosed method integrates an RF connector into a docking station connector. Alternatively, the method adapts existing docking station connectors (see figure 1) to approximate an optimal transmission line for use with RF signaling. The method matches impedance and alters the routing and/or shielding contacts on the docking station connector.

The disclosed method enables another option for supporting dual diversity antennas.

Advantages

         The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•         Improved functionality due to providing support for dual diversity antennas via a docking station connector or adaptor

•         Improved usability due to the ease of use and integration because of the integration of the antenna connection into the docking station

•         Improved performance due to the direct correlation between signal strength and data rates

Detailed description

         The technical advantage of the disclosed method is its ease of use and integration. With the antenna connection being integrated into the docking station, fewer connections and/or peripherals are required for attachment by the end user. The mobile device connects to and uses the additional antenna automatically when the device is plugged into its docking station without any additional effort or knowledge on the part of the end user.

         The option of an external antenna connected through the device’s docking station enables these fixed locations to receive better signals without additional connections. This solution enables better data rates due to the direct correlation between signal strength and data rates.

         The primary areas of concern with enabling the docking...