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Multiple Features Personal Computer Control Panel

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110047D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 131K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barina, RM: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described is a hardware mechanism that integrates multiple features onto a personal computer (PC) control panel. The design not only integrates the features onto the control panel but enables easy installation and removal of the panel features for upgrading and/or replacement.

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Multiple Features Personal Computer Control Panel

       Described is a hardware mechanism that integrates
multiple features onto a personal computer (PC) control panel.  The
design not only integrates the features onto the control panel but
enables easy installation and removal of the panel features for
upgrading and/or replacement.

      Typically, the control panel of a PC incorporates devices, such
as light emitting diodes (LEDs) and switches, to enable the user to
be informed of certain modes of operational functions of the PC.  It
is desirable to have a control panel that is easily removed or
replaced and to be in position prior to installation of a top cover.
Consideration must be made to allow for tolerance buildup with
relation to the frame of the PC so as not to encounter misalignment
problems.

      The concept described herein incorporates devices, such as a
speaker, light emitting diodes (LEDs) and switching controls,
assembled in a snap-in design for ease of mounting onto a control
panel bezel.  The design provides a single modular control panel
assembly that is easily replaced for future functional upgrades.  A
speaker is positioned and mounted in such a way so as to minimize the
effects of electro-magnetic interference (EMI).

      Fig. 1a shows an isometric view of the speaker, LED  and switch
assemblies as they would be positioned just prior to assembly in
relation to the control panel and Fig. 1b is a sectional view of the
speaker...