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Credit Card Adapter Cover Set

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113287D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lawrence, MJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a cover set designed to enclose and protect credit card sized adapters which conform to Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) Standards.

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Credit Card Adapter Cover Set

      Disclosed is a cover set designed to enclose and protect credit
card sized adapters which conform to Personal Computer Memory Card
International Association (PCMCIA) Standards.

      This cover set consists of a hinged, single piece over (1) and
a slide retainer (2) which is used to secure the cover in its closed
position.  The cover is a sheet metal part which is stamped and
formed with multiple "U" shaped details (3) on each end.  When the
covers are closed, the slide retainer (2) engages these U shaped
details (3) to lock the covers in their closed position.

      The slide retainer (2) has an end tab (4) which locks the
retainer into a plastic frame (5).  The plastic frame (5) is a
standard piece used to support and stiffen the adapter card assembly
(6).  But in this packaging application, the frame (5) also is used
to the lock the retainer.

      Additional features include formed spring contacts (7) stamped
from the cover which touch grounding tabs on the electronic card
assembly (6).  These contact points provide continuity between the
card and cover for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) shielding of
the card assembly (6).

The primary advantages of this cover design are:

1.  The cover is a single piece design which minimizes assembly
    complexity and tolerances.

2.  The cover/retainer assembly eliminates the need for expensive
    welding process.

3.  The slide retainer is removable to permit ea...