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Logic Board I O Connector Retainer and Extractor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000087566D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barnes, DL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This connector includes an extractor bail portion which, because of its open configuration, allows free movement of cooling air past the connector. The bail further acts as a spring-loaded latching device which, though easily manipulatable to free the connector for extraction, acts to lock the connector securely in place during shipment and service.

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Logic Board I O Connector Retainer and Extractor

This connector includes an extractor bail portion which, because of its open configuration, allows free movement of cooling air past the connector. The bail further acts as a spring-loaded latching device which, though easily manipulatable to free the connector for extraction, acts to lock the connector securely in place during shipment and service.

The figure shows a circuit card frame 10 having a cable raceway channel 12. Connector 14 has a body including upper and lower portions 16, 18 which mount electrical connecting elements engaging mating elements on the card structure at interface 20. These elements are conventional and are hidden in the drawing. Also not shown are strain relief elements on the facing surfaces of 16, 18 which provide strain relief for the connecting cables shown in phantom at 22 and 24. Cables 22, 24 lie in raceway 12 and are given 45 Degrees folds, as shown, to execute a 90 degrees turn from the alignment in the raceway toward receiving slot 26 in body portion 16. As shown, cables 22, 24 pass down through slot 26. When they meet the interface between 16 and 18, they turn again forwardly through the hidden stress relief clamps to the electrical connector elements at interface 20. Alternatively, cables can be threaded through a rear slot 28 into the connector body.

Bail 30 consists of a spring wire element bent to provide a handle portion 32 and two forwardly extending leg portions 34, 36,...