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Top Card Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000087695D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bauman, AH: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This device provides a means for interconnecting electronic circuitry which is mounted on printed-circuit cards. The bottom edge of printed circuit cards 10 and 11 (not shown, but which would be on the lower portion of the figure) is connected by a conventional printed-circuit card socket. However, such sockets have a limited capability, and sometimes it is necessary to interconnect cards at their top edge. The device shown provides such a top edge interconnector for printed-circuit cards.

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Top Card Connector

This device provides a means for interconnecting electronic circuitry which is mounted on printed-circuit cards. The bottom edge of printed circuit cards 10 and 11 (not shown, but which would be on the lower portion of the figure) is connected by a conventional printed-circuit card socket. However, such sockets have a limited capability, and sometimes it is necessary to interconnect cards at their top edge. The device shown provides such a top edge interconnector for printed-circuit cards.

Referring to the figures, the interconnection is provided by circuitry in printed- circuit card 20 which has connector pins 25 thereon. The printed-circuit cards 10 and 11 have spring connectors 30 on their top edge. These connectors fit in housings 35. The printed-circuit card 20 with the pins 25 can be pushed down to make a connection to the spring connectors 30.

In Fig. 1, the components are shown in exploded view. However, it should be understood that in the normal position, housing 35 would surround connectors
30. Cross-over card 20 could then be inserted to interconnect the circuitry on cards 10 and 11 through pins 25 and the circuitry on card 20.

Fig. 2 shows a side view of the connectors 30, housing 35, and cross-over card 20.

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