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Adaptable Card Retainer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101286D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 4 page(s) / 124K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Huerta, JL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a printed circuit card retainer which is adaptable such that it can retain either of two standard-size cards.

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Adaptable Card Retainer

       Disclosed is a printed circuit card retainer which is
adaptable such that it can retain either of two standard-size cards.

      Printed circuit card retainers are used to hold computer
feature cards in position, preventing the cards from breaking or
losing connector contact when the computer unit is moved, bumped or
dropped.

      Computer feature cards can be one of two dimensions in height.
It is not known which size card will be used in which card slot
location.  The disclosed card retainer is "adaptable" so that it can
adapt to either size card.  Fig. 1 is an illustration of two
different-size cards, cards 10 and 11, in one possible arrangement.
Fig. 2 also illustrates two different-size cards, cards 10 and 11, in
another possible arrangement.  The cards are retained by strap 1
which is attached to the side walls 2.  The card retainer 3 can be
adjusted into locking detent 6 (Fig. 4) in the horizontal position A
(Fig. 3) to retain the larger card.  The card retainer 3 can be moved
into locking detent 7 (Fig. 4) in the angled position B (Fig. 3), to
retain the smaller card.  The angled surfaces 5 (Fig. 5) on strap 1
(Fig. 1) detent the card retainers 3 in positions A or B of Fig. 3.

      The card retainers 3 act as a spring in two directions. The
length of C (Fig. 4) allows legs 8 to be spread in the direction of
the arrows for the purpose of pivoting the card retainer about posts
9 (Fig. 5) into the other locking...