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Direct Access Storage Device Tray/Backplane Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115280D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bornhorst, RJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A Direct Access Storage Device (DASD) tray/backplane assembly used to mount files in a storage subsystem is described.

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Direct Access Storage Device Tray/Backplane Assembly

      A Direct Access Storage Device (DASD) tray/backplane assembly
used to mount files in a storage subsystem is described.

      Disclosed is a backplane/tray assembly for a DASD subsystem.
In the assembly, the tray (1) is used for both the top and bottom, as
it has been designed symmetrically.  The separator plates (2) provide
strength and allow for the mounting of the backplane (3), which has
connectors for auto-docking the DASD assembly (4).  The tray (1) also
has molded-in pins that are utilized for fastener-free mounting of
the operator panel mounting bracket (5).

      This subassembly allows multiple functions with a minimum
number of parts.  It will fit into any 4-EIA-unit high enclosure
slot.  Used with the 7137 DASD shell assembly, it allows the
capability to auto-dock any 3-1/2 inch or smaller form factor storage
device.  It requires no fasteners to secure the tray/backplane
assembly into its enclosure.  It provides tool- free mounting of the
operator panel and bracket.  It may be used in an industry-standard
rack-mount configuration, or turned on its side to be used as a
stand-alone tower model (Figure).