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Connective Bulkhead Panel

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102091D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cutts, SJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method of interconnection of electronic modular assemblies is described that eliminates the need for internal individual connecting cables in front/rear loading subsystem units. Mechanically adapted printed circuit board/s forming parts of the containing structure carry the interconnections and plugging on both sides is permitted.

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Connective Bulkhead Panel

       A method of interconnection of electronic modular
assemblies is described that eliminates the need for internal
individual connecting cables in front/rear loading subsystem units.
Mechanically adapted printed circuit board/s forming parts of the
containing structure carry the interconnections and plugging on both
sides is permitted.

      Referring to Fig. 1, the Connective Bulkhead Panel comprises a
large printed circuit board (PCB) 1 mechanically stiffened and
strengthened 2, as necessary, which completely partitions an
electronic drawer or chassis that houses separate modules 6, 7 and 8
requiring interconnections between each other.  Conventionally
interconnections are usually made with individual jump cables or a
built-in cable loom to allow power to be distributed to each module
as required and to permit the exchange of signals between modules.

      The Connective Bulkhead Panel 1 carries plugs or sockets on
both sides (front facing 3 or rear facing 4) aligned to fit receiving
plugs/sockets on an adjacent module.  Interconnections between the
plugs and sockets are printed circuit conductors buried in the PCB.
Air flow slots 5 can be positioned in appropriate channels to allow
cooling airflow.

      The concept can be extended (Fig. 2) to include dual
boards/panels that interconnect to form a method of removal of a
module 10 from the front or rear of a loading subsystem 11.