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Method for an RJ45 and audio jack in a single housing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020188D
Publication Date: 2003-Oct-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for an RJ45 and audio jack in a single housing. Benefits include improved functionality and improved customer satisfaction.

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Method for an RJ45 and audio jack in a single housing

Disclosed is a method for an RJ45 and audio jack in a single housing. Benefits include improved functionality and improved customer satisfaction.

Background

Emerging small form-factor systems require a reconfiguration of the rear panel input/output (I/O) connectors to maintain the functionality that is conventionally available in ATX and micro-ATX systems. The standard 3-port and 5-port audio connectors may be too tall to fit on the rear I/O panel of the small form-factor chassis (see Figure 1). To offer the audio functionality that customers demand, a new component is required. One solution to this problem is using single and 2-stack audio connectors (see Figure 2). However, this solution is not ideal because of the rear I/O panel space that the single audio connector would occupy.

Description

The disclosed method is an RJ45 connector and a 3.5-mm audio jack in the same housing (see Figure 3). This integrated component can be used in conjunction with a conventional 2-stack audio connector to offer three ports. In turn, they can be combined in any configuration to offer the required number of audio jacks, such as with another two 2-stack audio connector to offer five ports (see Figure 4).

The RJ45 could be implemented with or without LEDs and with or without magnetics depending on the system requirements.

Advantages

         The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•         Improved functionality due to providing an RJ45 co...