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Method for a small form-factor slot-type socket connection for PC boards

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099063D
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 14K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a small form-factor slot-type socket connection for PC boards. Benefits include improved functionality and improved reliability.

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Method for a small form-factor slot-type socket connection for PC boards

Disclosed is a method for a small form-factor slot-type socket connection for PC boards. Benefits include improved functionality and improved reliability.

Background

              Conventionally, a small form-factor (mini) card connects to a bus with a packetized protocol and load/store architecture. The connector has a spring action that requires a hold-down solution to prevent the mini card from tombstoning on the PC board.

              An alternative solution is required for applications, such as high volume manufacturing testing, regulatory testing, and other specialty testing, where the mini card must protrude outside the perimeter of the platform to which it connects.

General description

              The disclosed method connects a mini card to a larger PC board, using a slot-type connector. It enables the placement of the mini card offset from the PC board area so that specialized testing can occur while maintaining bus connectivity. The placement can be perpendicular or in line with the PC board.

Advantages

              The disclosed method provides advantages, including:
•             Improved functionality due to enabling the specialized testing of a mini card without disrupting bus activity
•             Improved reliability due to preventing tombstoning

Detailed description

              The disclosed method places a slot-type connector on a PC board where a hold-down solution is not required. As a result, a mini card can extend beyond the PC board perimeter for testing (see Figure 1).

              The connector housing (100) is connected to the PC...