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Method for a connector adapter for an ATX power supply

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021648D
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a connector adapter for an advanced technology extended (ATX) motherboard-type power supply (PS). Benefits include improved functionality.

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Method for a connector adapter for an ATX power supply

Disclosed is a method for a connector adapter for an advanced technology extended (ATX) motherboard-type power supply (PS). Benefits include improved functionality.

Background

ATX is the industry standard form factor for desktop systems. PSs that are built to meet the ATX design guide revision 2.0 have a 2X12 main connector. motherboards (MBs) built to ATX design guide revision 1.3 or lower have 2X10 main headers. A connector adaptor is required that enables an ATX PS built to revision 2.0 of the design guide to be used with older generation ATX motherboards.

General description

The disclosed method includes a connector adapter that enables ATX power supplies with a 2x12 main connector to be plugged into previous generation ATX MBs with a 2x10 header. Additionally, the method includes another connector that enables a previous generation PS with a 2x10 header to be plugged into a motherboard with a 2x12 header.

         The key elements of the method include:

•         A connector housing that fits ATX 2X10 on one side and ATX 2X12 on the other

•         Electrical continuity in the pins to match 2X10 and 2X12 pin-out requirements

Advantages

         The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•         Improved functionality due to enabling the connectivity of motherboards with 2X10 and 2X12 connectors

Detailed description

The disclosed method is a connector adapter used to adapt a standard ATX motherboard header to a standard ATX PS power connector (see Figures 1 and 2). The disclosed method could have two implementations:

•         ATX 2X10 motherboard header mates to an ATX 2X12 power connector

•         ATX 2X12 motherboard header mates to and ATX 2X10 power supply connector

ATX 2X10 motherboard header mates to an ATX 2X12 power connector

This adapter is an intermediate connector that has on one side 2X10 male pins that plug into the motherboard. The other side has 2X12 female to mate to the power connector of the PS. The connector adapter provides continuity to the appropriate pin locations of each side of the connector to ensure proper function of the ATX power signals.

ATX 2X12 motherboard header mates to and ATX 2X10 power supply connector

This adapter is an intermediate connector that has one side with 2X12 male pins that plugs into the motherboard. The other side is 2X10 female to mate to the power connector of the PS. The connector adaptor provides continuity to the appropriate pin locations of each side of the connector to ensure proper function of the ATX power signals.

The disclosed method...