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Generic Programmable Cable Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114136D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shomo, RG: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a cable assembly design that provides a method of using ordered wiring on cable assemblies that normally require point to point wiring due to translations. This allows cables of a given connector type to be built generically, rather than customized by part number.

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Generic Programmable Cable Assembly

      Disclosed is a cable assembly design that provides a method of
using ordered wiring on cable assemblies that normally require point
to point wiring due to translations.  This allows cables of a given
connector type to be built generically, rather than customized by
part number.

      The basic concept behind the generic programmable cable
assembly is using a passive "chip-like" device in the connector shell
of one end of the assembly to perform the wire translation needed.

      The chip is a Multiwire* circuit board in a chip form.  It is a
passive device (has no active components and requires no voltages to
drive it).  The chip provides a copper wire path through itself,
while performing the from-to translation specified by the part number
specific wiring list.

      All cables in any given family are built as fully populated,
ordered wired "generic" assemblies.  On one end of the assembly, the
leads are terminated onto a printed circuit card that will reside
inside the connector shell.  This printed circuit card is designed to
accommodate the chip.

      Once the chip is in place the cable takes on the
characteristics of the particular part number required.  Chips are
configured by the multiwire vendor to each specific part number and
pre-tested, prior to shipment to the cable vendor.  After the chip is
inserted and the cable has been fully tested, the chp and card are
encapsulated into the connecto...