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External Package for Mobile Computer Options

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115281D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cabezas, JC: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is an external electronic package containing multiple components required to add function, such as communications capabilities, to a portable computer system. While these additional components are too large to fit within the covers of the portable system, the external package provides a convenient way to carry them with the system, while preserving the mobility and low-profile appearance of the system.

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External Package for Mobile Computer Options

      Disclosed is an external electronic package containing multiple
components required to add function, such as communications
capabilities, to a portable computer system.  While these additional
components are too large to fit within the covers of the portable
system, the external package provides a convenient way to carry them
with the system, while preserving the mobility and low-profile
appearance of the system.

      Fig. 1 is an isometric view of the external electronic package
10, in an exploded relationship with a holster 12, in which the
package 10 is carried.  This package 10 includes a subscriber unit
14, which enables the connection of a computer to the Cellular
Digital Packet Data (CDPD) network.  the Advanced Mobile Phone
Service (AMPS) network, or the Public Switched Telephone Network
(PSTN), a 9.6-volt battery package 16, an internal diversity-receive
antenna (not shown), a dipole antenna 18, an on/off switch 20, and a
number of associated connectors.  The external package 10 fits snugly
within a cavity 22 provided in the holster 12, with flanges 23
extending over adjacent portions of the outer surface 24 of the
external package 10.  To provide for the easy attachment and removal
of holster 12 from another device, such as a portable computer,
several VELCRO* strips 25 are attached to the reverse surface of rear
wall 26 of the holster.

      Fig. 2 is an isometric view showing electronic package 10
within holster 12, which is in turn fastened to a surface o...