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Floating Connector for Computer System in Drawer-Like Housing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114485D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 88K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Genduso, TB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a connector system which simplifies the process of reconfiguring the computer system when the computer is placed in a drawer-like housing. The housing can be, but is not limited to, a typical office desk. In which case the insertion and removal of the computer from the desk is the same as a standard drawer. Reconfiguring the computer means the adding or removing of memory, DASD, I/O adapter or the upgrading of the processor within the system. The floating connector system allows the computer to slide out of its drawer-like housing without the need to disturb any electrical cables which may be connected to the computer.

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Floating Connector for Computer System in Drawer-Like Housing

      Disclosed is a connector system which simplifies the process of
reconfiguring the computer system when the computer is placed in a
drawer-like housing.  The housing can be, but is not limited to, a
typical office desk.  In which case the insertion and removal of the
computer from the desk is the same as a standard drawer.
Reconfiguring the computer means the adding or removing of memory,
DASD, I/O adapter or the upgrading of the processor within the
system.  The floating connector system allows the computer to slide
out of its drawer-like housing without the need to disturb any
electrical cables which may be connected to the computer.

      The Figure illustrates the floating connector system.  All
electrical connections to the computer are made through the floating
connector system.  The floating connector system provides a CONNECTOR
BLOCK to which all electrical interfaces mechanically connect.  Using
the scenario of the office desk to illustrate the operations of the
floating connector, when the computer is removed from the desk, the
floating connector system shown in the Figure is not removed.
Rather, the floating connector system remains fixed, attached
directly to the back of the desk.  Attachment of the floating
connector system to the desk is by mean of the two side FLANGEs.

      The FRAME (shown in the Figure as an exploded view) holds a
Printed Circuit (PC) board that can 'float' in three planes of
motion.  The 'floating' motion of the PC board enables the computer
to connect/disconnect from the HOST CONNECTOR without restriction
from any misalignment between the CONNECTOR BLOCK and the computer.
The computer connects/disconnects to the HOST CONNECTOR when the
computer is inserted or withdrawn from its housing.  The PC board is
able to 'float' in the 'X', 'Y', and 'Z' axis because of the springs
assembled onto the FRAME sandwiching the PC board.  Spring 'B' is
slipped into groove 'b...