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Packaging Cable Connectors for Card Cage Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105406D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beaman, BS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The cable/connector/grouper assembly (Figure) is a modular cable design that provides a grouper arrangement for mass plugging the cables to a soldered or compliant pin connector mounted on a printed circuit board in a card-on-board package. Multi-level keying features between the cable connectors and the grouper housing (7), the grouper housing and the pinned header (8), the pinned header and the printed circuit board (9) eliminate misplugged cable problems. The keying feature on the grouper block, the slots in the pinned header, and the pins in pinned header flange are aligned to allow easy visual keying verification.

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Packaging Cable Connectors for Card Cage Applications

      The cable/connector/grouper assembly (Figure) is a modular
cable design that provides a grouper arrangement for mass plugging
the cables to a soldered or compliant pin connector mounted on a
printed circuit board in a card-on-board package.  Multi-level keying
features between the cable connectors and the grouper housing (7),
the grouper housing and the pinned header (8), the pinned header and
the printed circuit board (9) eliminate misplugged cable problems.
The keying feature on the grouper block, the slots in the pinned
header, and the pins in pinned header flange are aligned to allow
easy visual keying verification.  A centrally located jackscrew (5)
is retained in the grouper block (3) with a c-clip (11) and flat
washer (12) and is used to overcome the insertion and extraction
forces of the multiple cable connectors (2) and to provide a positive
retention mechanism for the grouper assembly.  Alignment features on
ends of pinned header and grouper block (10) provide a means of
guiding the grouper assembly into the pinned header (4) where a
person's line of sight may be obscured.  A handle (1) is attached to
the grouper block and provides a convenient means for supporting the
grouper assembly while aligning and mating the grouper block with the
pinned header.  The handle is also designed to retain the individual
cable connectors in the grouper block along with the cable guide (6).
The handle can be easi...