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System 370 I/O Interface Transition Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034833D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Albu, SM: AUTHOR

Abstract

The field of this invention is an adapter that allows interfacing electrical systems having physically incompatible input/output connections. The invention refers to a transition connector assembly comprised of a connector compatible with the output device, a connector compatible with the input device, and a flexible printed circuit. (Image Omitted) This invention discloses a transition connector assembly that allows connecting an IBM System 370 I/O type interface to other types of interfaces, may differ in the I/O count, grid and size, as well as overall footprint. The differences may also be in the signal transmission mode: parallel mode over copper lines, or serial mode over fiber-optic lines.

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System 370 I/O Interface Transition Connector

The field of this invention is an adapter that allows interfacing electrical systems having physically incompatible input/output connections. The invention refers to a transition connector assembly comprised of a connector compatible with the output device, a connector compatible with the input device, and a flexible printed circuit.

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This invention discloses a transition connector assembly that allows connecting an IBM System 370 I/O type interface to other types of interfaces, may differ in the I/O count, grid and size, as well as overall footprint. The differences may also be in the signal transmission mode: parallel mode over copper lines, or serial mode over fiber-optic lines. The essential elements of this invention are: a flexible printed circuit having a single or multiple layers, one or more dielectric housings, a multitude of electrical contacts inserted in the dielectric housings.

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the interface transition connector assembly. It illustrates an IBM system 370 i/o interface connector housing attached ultrasonically, chemically or mechanically to the housing of another type connector. Fig. 2 is an orthographic view of a flexible printed circuit having a single or multiple layers, with multiple plated-through holes. The circuit has three areas differentiated by two folding lines. One area of the circuit mimics the grid of the IBM system 370-style interface connector...