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Docking Device for DIN Connectors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114387D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Anderson, DH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The DIN line of connectors is an international accepted design and is commercially available from several manufactures. Because of its universal acceptance, it is widely available in many styles and can be produced at a comparative low cost. This disclosure provides a cost effective means to use this family of connectors in a docking application. Commercially available DIN connectors require the connector to be aligned manually with-in 0.5 mm before the connector will mate. This device allows an increase in misalignment 5 to 20 times greater.

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Docking Device for DIN Connectors

      The DIN line of connectors is an international accepted design
and is commercially available from several manufactures.  Because of
its universal acceptance, it is widely available in many styles and
can be produced at a comparative low cost.  This disclosure provides
a cost effective means to use this family of connectors in a docking
application.  Commercially available DIN connectors require the
connector to be aligned manually with-in 0.5 mm before the connector
will mate.  This device allows an increase in misalignment 5 to 20
times greater.

      To convert the DIN connector to a docking connector can be done
by adding alignment features to the connector halves that would
correct any misalignment.  This requires some additional hardware to
be added to the connector, which can be accomplished by adding a
shroud to the ribbon cable connector and a guide to the right angle
card connector.  Fig. 1 shows a modular sub assembly with a right
angle DIN connector mounted on printed circuit card.  Attached to the
right angle connector is a guide with protruding pins that will be
used to align the mating half.  The mating connector and cable
assembly would have a shroud attached to it that would have a couple
of slots.  The guide pins which are part of the connector on the
modular assembly would align to the slots on the shroud of the cable
connector.

      The cable connector would be mounted on a bracket in such a...