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Molded Input/Output Connector Panel

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100882D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Howell, SE: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A device is described whereby a plastic injection molded input/output (I/O) connector panel provides a means of incorporating I/O feature connections and all circuit paths for planar port connectors into a single part.

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Molded Input/Output Connector Panel

       A device is described whereby a plastic injection molded
input/output (I/O) connector panel provides a means of incorporating
I/O feature connections and all circuit paths for planar port
connectors into a single part.

      In prior art, when many I/O features are connected to systems,
as used in personal computer systems, planar board space can be
inadequate for connector placement.  To overcome the space problem,
the concept described herein utilizes the combining of injected
molded circuit boards with connector/contact technology.

      The purpose is to provide many more compatible connector
interfaces at the planar board and at the same time increase the I/O
feature area. The concept is optimized by using platable grades of
engineering resins and press-fit connector technology.  This avoids
the use of high temperature plastics and the soldering process, and
results in fewer parts within the panel assembly while attaining a
single, common planar I/O interface on one edge without soldering
multiple connectors.

      Fig. 1 is a front view of the connector panel disclosed herein.
Fig. 2 is a top view of the connector panel.

      The molded I/O connector panel incorporates the following
features:
      -    I/O connectors 10, as shown in Figs 1 and 2, are molded
directly into the part.  This eliminates the need for a separate
part.
      -    Plated through holes 11 (Fig.  2) are mold...