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Sequential Loading And Unloading, Self-aligning, Multiple Connector System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062750D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vesci, A: AUTHOR

Abstract

A connector system is described in which a circuit card can be plugged into the corresponding sockets on the card connector sequentially by a pivotal movement of the circuit card. The connector system comprises a connector 1 on a circuit card 2 which is inserted into card cover 3 which is provided with a rounded protrusion 4 on one side. The connector mating part 5 is fixed in position and has a complementary curved surface 6 on one end. Rounded protrusion 4 is engaged with curved surface 6 to form a pivot point for plugging the card connector 1 into the connector mating part 5 which includes a plurality of pins 7 arranged in a plurality of columns and rows which mate with corresponding sockets (not shown) in connector 1.

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Sequential Loading And Unloading, Self-aligning, Multiple Connector System

A connector system is described in which a circuit card can be plugged into the corresponding sockets on the card connector sequentially by a pivotal movement of the circuit card. The connector system comprises a connector 1 on a circuit card 2 which is inserted into card cover 3 which is provided with a rounded protrusion 4 on one side. The connector mating part 5 is fixed in position and has a complementary curved surface 6 on one end. Rounded protrusion 4 is engaged with curved surface 6 to form a pivot point for plugging the card connector 1 into the connector mating part 5 which includes a plurality of pins 7 arranged in a plurality of columns and rows which mate with corresponding sockets (not shown) in connector 1.

Pins 7 are somewhat fragile and as a result are susceptible to damage during insertion unless properly aligned. To insure proper alignment, an alignment post 8 is provided on each marginal edge of the card connector 1 and post 8 is dimensione mate with a corresponding alignment notch 9 at each edge of connector mating part 5 when the connector parts are properly aligned. The post 8 and notch 9 provide a safety feature (see Fig. 2), since if the connector parts 1 and 5 are not properly aligned, then post 8 does not mate with notch 9 and the plugging process is aborted.

When the connector mating parts are properly aligned the connector 1 is pivoted into position about an ex...