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Bar Code Scanner with Personal Computer Memory Card International Association Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116132D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 90K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Malory, D: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is apparatus for performing a bar code scanning function, attachable to a computing device through an interface built in accordance with the standards of the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA). The scanning apparatus may employ, for example, a Visible Laser Diode (VLD), an infra-red scanning process, a Charge Coupled Device (CCD), and/or a contact scanning process.

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Bar Code Scanner with Personal Computer Memory Card International
Association Interface

      Disclosed is apparatus for performing a bar code scanning
function, attachable to a computing device through an interface built
in accordance with the standards of the Personal Computer Memory Card
International Association (PCMCIA).  The scanning apparatus may
employ, for example, a Visible Laser Diode (VLD), an infra-red
scanning process, a Charge Coupled Device (CCD), and/or a contact
scanning process.

      Fig. 1 is an isometric view of a fixed version of the device,
in which a scanner head 1 is attached to an electronics housing 2,
which is in turn attached to a Type 2 extended card section 3.  This
card section 3 provides the PCMCIA interface to a computing device
(not shown) through a number of contacts (also not shown) within
receptacles 5.  The scanning illumination and photoreceptive elements
are mounted within scanner head 1 to provide the scanning function in
one of the directions indicated by arrows 6.

      Fig. 2 is an isometric view of a tethered version of the
device, in which the scanner head 1 is attached to electronics
housing 2 by means of a cable 7 carrying various electrical signals
and voltage levels required for the scanning function.

      When the device of Fig. 1 or of Fig. 2 is installed in a
computing system, the card section 3 extends within a slot of the
device, so that electrical connections are made between the various
contacts within receptacles 5 and pins within a mating connector of
the computing system.  Thus, with the device of Fig. 1, the
orientation in which the scanning function is performed is determined
by the location of the slot into which the device is inserted.  With
the device of Fig. 2, this orientation can be varied by the user,
taking advantage of the flexibility of cable 7.  For exa...