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Enclosure for Data Processing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000080090D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hardy, TR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Lengths 2, 3, and 4 of a tube structure carry the electrical conductors, not shown, for interconnecting various components of a data processing system. A length of the tube structure is generally square in section and has on each surface a strip region 5, where electrical connections can be made between the conductors inside the tube lengths and components mounted on the outer surfaces.

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Enclosure for Data Processing System

Lengths 2, 3, and 4 of a tube structure carry the electrical conductors, not shown, for interconnecting various components of a data processing system. A length of the tube structure is generally square in section and has on each surface a strip region 5, where electrical connections can be made between the conductors inside the tube lengths and components mounted on the outer surfaces.

A base 6 supports the tube structure and may contain components of the system. A keyboard 8 and other representative components 9, 10, and 11 of a work station are shown in the drawing. Additional lengths of the tube structure connect the work station to a central processor and to additional work stations. Other components such as shelves can also be attached to the tube structure.

The enclosure is readily adaptable to a system in which a large number of work stations are located remotely from a central processor, and the tube structure may include curved sections for routing the apparatus throughout a building. Vertical sections of the tube may be arranged to provide support for horizontal sections, without the floor mounted support 6 shown in the drawing. Multiple connecting sections may be provided for providing short branches in various configurations.

The apparatus is visually unified and is readily adaptable to a variety of configurations.

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