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EMBEDDED ELECTRONIC SYSTEM CONFIGURATION IDENTIFIER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026822D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 100K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Quick and efficient determination of system configuration for machines such as electronic printers is paramount to quickly solving problems and accurately replacing components. Multiple system configurations as well as multiple versions of unique system configurations exacerbates accurate configuration management. By electronically defining or embedding within each system a configuration identifier, more accurate and more efficient decisions can be made concerning the maintenance and management of systems having multiple configurations and versions. For example, in order to manage product variants efficiently, accurate and immediate knowledge of current system configurations is required to quickly upgrade or downgrade machines to alternate product configurations. Consequently, knowledge of system configurations embedded in the machine enables technicians to assess requirements for machine modifications with fewer physical component inspections. Additionally, embedded configuration identification enables remote interactive communication (RIC) facilities for updating pertinent information, such as machine retrofits required for operational safety.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

EMBEDDED ELECTRONIC SYSTEM Proposed Classification CONFIGURATION IDENTIFIER U.S. C1.395/500
John R. Hill, Jr. Int. C1. G06f 05/00

Quick and efficient determination of system configuration for machines such as electronic printers is paramount to quickly solving problems and accurately replacing components. Multiple system configurations as well as multiple versions of unique system configurations exacerbates accurate configuration management. By electronically defining or embedding within each system a configuration identifier, more accurate and more efficient decisions can be made concerning the maintenance and management of systems having multiple configurations and versions. For example, in order to manage product variants efficiently, accurate and immediate knowledge of current system configurations is required to quickly upgrade or downgrade machines to alternate product configurations. Consequently, knowledge of system configurations embedded in the machine enables technicians to assess requirements for machine modifications with fewer physical component inspections. Additionally, embedded configuration identification enables remote interactive communication (RIC) facilities for updating pertinent information, such as machine retrofits required for operational safety.

The embedded electronic definition of a system configuration can be recorded in a system using non-volatile memory (NVM) or some other non-volatile recording medium such as a...