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Flexible Arm for Infrared Personal Computer Memory Card International Association Card

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113098D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kajita, T: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a flexible arm for infrared Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) card that provides the directional flexibility to the infrared receiver and transmitter (transceiver module). This flexible arm can be put in PCMCIA Type-II PC card frame, so user can carry this card without any other accessories.

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Flexible Arm for Infrared Personal Computer Memory Card International
Association Card

      Disclosed is a flexible arm for infrared Personal Computer
Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) card that provides the
directional flexibility to the infrared receiver and transmitter
(transceiver module).  This flexible arm can be put in PCMCIA Type-II
PC card frame, so user can carry this card without any other
accessories.

      Fig. 1 shows the assembly of this flexible arm.  The main point
is to use spiral tube for support.  This tube is easy to bend and
difficult to break by fatigue.  First, make transceiver module
include infrared LED and photo diode, then connect 4 cables to PCMCIA
raw card through spiral tube.  Finally, fix spiral tube to
transceiver module and to PCMCIA frame.  This transceiver module and
flexible arm must be sized under 5mm thickness and under 48mm length
because of PCMCIA Type-II physical specification.  (Refer to Fig. 2
for detail.)

      Fig. 3 shows actual utilization of this flexible arm.  The user
can get out this flexible arm, and turn transceiver module to desired
direction, then start communication with another system.  If there
are small obstacles around PCMCIA slot (cover, bump, etc.), the
flexible arm can go over these obstacles.

      The utilization of this flexible arm is not limited to PCMCIA
card, but infrared communication options for mobile PC or desktop PC
are also available.