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Interchangeable Control Panel Assembly for Personal Computers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110042D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 128K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barina, RM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a hardware mechanism that provides control panel interchangeability for use in personal computers (PCs). The design enables different types of functional control panel assemblies to be interchangeable among various systems.

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Interchangeable Control Panel Assembly for Personal Computers

       Described is a hardware mechanism that provides control
panel interchangeability for use in personal computers (PCs).  The
design enables different types of functional control panel assemblies
to be interchangeable among various systems.

      PCs may require different types of control panels, depending on
the specifications of the system.  Typically, control panels are
required to house three main functions: light emitting diodes (LEDs)
to inform the user of the mode of operation and certain tasks being
performed; ON/OFF and other switches to control the power and other
functions to the system; and a speaker to provide audio information
to the user.  Occasionally, these three functions require upgrading.
For example, a speaker may be required to provide a high sound
quality or additional switches and LEDs may be required as the PC is
upgraded.  In prior art, separate systems or extensive changes were
required.

      The concept described herein provides a means whereby the
control panel assembly can be used interchangeably among various PCs.
The design takes into account future needs for upgrading.  For
example, a change to a higher quality speaker may be required.  The
design takes this into account by providing additional
electro-magnetic interference (EMI) considerations by providing
additional welded surfaces in the support brackets that support the
envelope.

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