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In Package Update of Product Programming

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108231D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Larson, NE: AUTHOR

Abstract

During state-of-the-art manufacturing, the programming is loaded into the product just after the product is built but before it is packaged for final customer shipment. Once a product is in the final package, it is expensive and time consuming to change the programming. This time and expense can be reduced if the programming is updated while the product remains in the final packaging. This can be accomplished by either A) providing a specific port in the product packaging that allows the programming to be updated via a programming probe, or B) placing a cable from the product to the perimeter of the product packaging that will allow the programming to be updated by connecting a probe to the cable.

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In Package Update of Product Programming

       During state-of-the-art manufacturing, the programming is
loaded into the product just after the product is built but before it
is packaged for final customer shipment.  Once a product is in the
final package, it is expensive and time consuming to change the
programming.  This time and expense can be reduced if the programming
is updated while the product remains in the final packaging.  This
can be accomplished by either A) providing a specific port in the
product packaging that allows the programming to be updated via a
programming probe, or B) placing a cable from the product to the
perimeter of the product packaging that will allow the programming to
be updated by connecting a probe to the cable.

      A product's programming can be updated while the product
remains in its final packaging.  This can be accomplished by two
methods:
A)   In Fig. 1, the product's packaging 6 is designed to include a
port 3 that allows a programming probe 4 to be inserted.  Once
inserted the probe 4 can attach to the programming connector 2 and
the programming host 5 can update the product's programming.
B)   In Fig. 2, the product 1 has a cable 2 attached to it that
runs to perimeter of the product's packaging 6. The programming probe
4 can directly attach to the end of the cable and the programming
host 5 can program the product.