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Electronic Assembly Cover and I/O Cable Attachment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062296D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Erickson, JW: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Covers and cables are attached to an electronic package without adversely affecting the electrical function of the assembly or providing mechanical stress to the package. The circuit boards in the electronic package must be covered to prevent customer damage/tampering. A particular electronic circuit package required covers to channel air in the machine incorporating the package. Further, the I/O connectors had to be plugged to the card and no stress could be applied to the zero insertion force sockets. Cover 10 (Figs. 1 and 2) has a step in the area where cable assembly 15 attaches. The back of the step 11 can be louvered for air venting, if required. The attachment of cable 15 is to a raised straight cable connector block 20.

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Electronic Assembly Cover and I/O Cable Attachment

Covers and cables are attached to an electronic package without adversely affecting the electrical function of the assembly or providing mechanical stress to the package. The circuit boards in the electronic package must be covered to prevent customer damage/tampering. A particular electronic circuit package required covers to channel air in the machine incorporating the package. Further, the I/O connectors had to be plugged to the card and no stress could be applied to the zero insertion force sockets. Cover 10 (Figs. 1 and 2) has a step in the area where cable assembly 15 attaches. The back of the step 11 can be louvered for air venting, if required. The attachment of cable 15 is to a raised straight cable connector block 20. The raised block 20 allows air to pass through the connector block and be maintained close to the components and the card surface. The block 20 also moves the plug point near the surface of the cover
10. As a result, the cable bracket 30 can be attached to the cover 10 without the cable 15 being plugged. The cable length can also be reduced to the length required in the final bracket position. A set of ears, either on the cable connector or the cover, can be used to make the cable unpluggable once mounted from the exterior side. By this arrangement the assembly of covers, cables, and cable brackets can be automated. Appropriate design of entry holes and connector blocks can provide polariz...