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Visual and Tactile Card Type and Orientation Indicator for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association Cards

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113379D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beatty, DL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is the provision of visual and tactile indications on a surface of a card configured to fit into a standard socket, as defined by the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA). These indications identify the card as to type while also indicating the proper orientation of the card and the direction in which the card should be inserted into the socket.

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Visual and Tactile Card Type and Orientation Indicator for Personal
Computer Memory Card International Association Cards

      Described is the provision of visual and tactile indications on
a surface of a card configured to fit into a standard socket, as
defined by the Personal Computer Memory Card International
Association (PCMCIA).  These indications identify the card as to type
while also indicating the proper orientation of the card and the
direction in which the card should be inserted into the socket.

      The Figure is an isometric view of a card 10 built to PCMCIA
standards to include a number of receptacles 12 along an edge 14,
which is inserted into a standard slot within a system (not shown).
Contacts (not shown) within the card 10 engage pins extending into
these receptacles 12 from the standard connector.

      The PCMCIA standards specify precise card measurements, with
major variations occurring only in the direction of card thickness.
While the implementation of these standards ensures consistency
across card and system applications, different types of cards, which
cannot be readily identified, one from another, are developed.  It is
also difficult to determine the end of the card which should be
inserted into a connector.

      One surface of card 10 includes a visible label 15 with text
information 16 describing the type of card and with a visible
indicator 18 indicating the direction in which the card should be
inserted into a conne...