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Operator Panel With No Country Language Dependency

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034513D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Pierre, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The article describes an operator panel used by a communication controller which performs all control functions and does not depend on any country language. (Image Omitted) All operator panel functions are microcoded and might be easily modified by changing a Programmable Read-Only Memory (PROM) located on a processor card interfacing the communication controller service processor. The use of only hexadecimal characters provides the capability of no country language dependency. The operator panel uses: one 10-digit alphanumeric display, but only hexadecimal characters are used to meet the no country dependency requirement, ONE KEY PAD OF 7 KEYS, ONE UNIT EMERGENCY SWITCH, one overlay corresponding to national language requirements, and ONE POWER ON GREEN LAMP.

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Operator Panel With No Country Language Dependency

The article describes an operator panel used by a communication controller which performs all control functions and does not depend on any country language.

(Image Omitted)

All operator panel functions are microcoded and might be easily modified by changing a Programmable Read-Only Memory (PROM) located on a processor card interfacing the communication controller service processor. The use of only hexadecimal characters provides the capability of no country language dependency. The operator panel uses:

one 10-digit alphanumeric display, but only

hexadecimal

characters are used to meet the no country dependency requirement,

ONE KEY PAD OF 7 KEYS,

ONE UNIT EMERGENCY SWITCH,

one overlay corresponding to national language

requirements, and ONE POWER ON GREEN LAMP. The "FUNCTION", "POWER CONTROL" and "SERVICE" keys allow the operator to scroll the different options. The option is performed by pressing the "VALID" key or cancelled by pressing the "EXIT" key. The panel is shown in Fig. 1. The operator panel is under control of a processor card which reads and writes it over a bus, as shown in Fig. 2, every 20 ms.

Pressing a keypad is reported by the processor card as an interrupt to the communication controller service processor also named Maintenance Operator Subsystem (MOSS). All operator panel facilities are microcoded and are resident in a PROM located on the processor card. Thus, improvements or modifications might...