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PCMCIA Modular Packaging System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111322D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Garriss, DS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for packaging interchangeable units into a basic package that meets requirements for Personal Computer Memory Card International Standards (PCMCIA). This package allows different features, i.e., functions, to be plugged into a base card, thus adding to the versatility of the customer's product. This also enhances product offerings which support PCMCIA functions and emerging Wireless Communications Technologies.

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PCMCIA Modular Packaging System

      Disclosed is a design for packaging interchangeable units into
a basic package that meets requirements for Personal Computer Memory
Card International Standards (PCMCIA).  This package allows different
features, i.e., functions, to be plugged into a base card, thus
adding to the versatility of the customer's product.  This also
enhances product offerings which support PCMCIA functions and
emerging Wireless Communications Technologies.

      The disclosed design takes advantage of recent enhancements to
the PCMCIA standard which describe permissible, physical extensions
to the original adapter card form factor, oftentimes referred to as
"credit card" adapters.

      This design (Figure) consists of a basic card/mechanical
package (1) which contains the standard 68-position PCMCIA connector
(2), card assembly (3), top cover (4), bottom cover (5), and support
frame (6).  The featured portion of the package contains a pluggable
unit (7) with a card assembly that contains electrical contacts (8)
which assembles into the frame, card and cover assembly.  The
mechanism that secures the feature card to the base card is built
into the feature card housing.  A plastic molded extension (9) and
cantilever latch (10) secure the pluggable module into the base card
assembly.