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Housing to Allow Feature Circuit Cards to Be Inserted With Cables Intact

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040465D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cranston, WV: AUTHOR

Abstract

A technique is described whereby a housing, similar to that used to contain personal computer circuit cards, allows feature circuit cards to be inserted with cables intact. The concept eliminates the need for interim connectors between the external frame and devices which are inserted into the frame of the housing. In prior art, external cables of features attached to the computer were required to be connected by means of connectors attached to the frame of the housing. Circuits were then completed to the feature cards inserted within the housing. In the concept described herein, the cables are an integral part of the feature circuit cards and may have a connector attached to enable removal of the cable from the circuit card or the cable may be wired directly to the circuit card.

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Housing to Allow Feature Circuit Cards to Be Inserted With Cables Intact

A technique is described whereby a housing, similar to that used to contain personal computer circuit cards, allows feature circuit cards to be inserted with cables intact. The concept eliminates the need for interim connectors between the external frame and devices which are inserted into the frame of the housing. In prior art, external cables of features attached to the computer were required to be connected by means of connectors attached to the frame of the housing. Circuits were then completed to the feature cards inserted within the housing. In the concept described herein, the cables are an integral part of the feature circuit cards and may have a connector attached to enable removal of the cable from the circuit card or the cable may be wired directly to the circuit card. Therefore, servicing and installing of features is enhanced, since the cables may be installed at separate times, not requiring connection to the frame of the housing. The housing consists of four basic components: frame 10, as shown in the figure, circuit card shroud 11, circuit card 12 and cable 13. Frame 10 is designed to hold a number of shrouds 11, which contain feature circuit cards 12. Shroud 11 may be inserted into frame 10 at cantilevers 14 with cable 13 intact or cable 13 may be connected to shroud 11 by means of connectors. Cantilevers 14 are so designed so as to enable cable 13 to fit between the cantile...