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Modular Processor - a Method and Apparatus for Mass Producing a Computer System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042134D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kasdagly, DG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A "modular processor" is disclosed. A modular processor is a structure which greatly simplifies the assembly of components together to form a computer system. During the manufacture of a computer system, it is necessary to install many components into a given structure, and to interconnect the components together within the structure with a multitude of cables. For example, it may be necessary to connect a power supply to a memory board or to a logic circuit, etc., utilizing a multitude of power cables. Other cables utilized for signal and sense purposes may be needed. This would involve the connection of board-to-board or board-to-power supply. In making these connections, a high number of cables are required, the cables being assembled in a point-to-point fashion.

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Modular Processor - a Method and Apparatus for Mass Producing a Computer System

A "modular processor" is disclosed. A modular processor is a structure which greatly simplifies the assembly of components together to form a computer system. During the manufacture of a computer system, it is necessary to install many components into a given structure, and to interconnect the components together within the structure with a multitude of cables. For example, it may be necessary to connect a power supply to a memory board or to a logic circuit, etc., utilizing a multitude of power cables. Other cables utilized for signal and sense purposes may be needed. This would involve the connection of board-to-board or board-to-power supply. In making these connections, a high number of cables are required, the cables being assembled in a point-to-point fashion. The combined assembly of these components into one or more cabinets represents the computer system sold to customers. The principle costs involved in manufacturing a computer system can be broken down into five major headings:
1. Commodities As Assembled 2. Structure/Covers 3. Assembly (Commodities to Structure) 4. Cabling 5. Test This disclosure is primarily aimed at reducing the cost for items 3 and 4. These two items constitute a fairly high cost in the manufacture of a computer system. Therefore, a modular approach to the assembly of computer system components together in a single cabinet is desirable to facilitate the assembly of these components in a syste...