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Apparatus for Attachment of Multiple Devices to a Notebook Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117290D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bringley, S: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is apparatus allowing the attachment of multiple communication devices to an opening of limited accessability on a notebook computer. This apparatus provides for the connection of radio antennas, for an interface to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) through a Direct Access Arrangement (DAA), and for the attachment of a handset for voice communication over the Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS) cellular network or over the PSTN. The telephone "hook switch" function is provided by a pushbutton, allowing the user to answer incoming calls with the computer in an open or closed position.

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Apparatus for Attachment of Multiple Devices to a Notebook Computer

      Disclosed is apparatus allowing the attachment of multiple
communication devices to an opening of limited accessability on a
notebook computer.  This apparatus provides for the connection of
radio antennas, for an interface to the Public Switched Telephone
Network (PSTN) through a Direct Access Arrangement (DAA), and for the
attachment of a handset for voice communication over the Advanced
Mobile Phone System (AMPS) cellular network or over the PSTN.  The
telephone "hook switch" function is provided by a pushbutton,
allowing the user to answer incoming calls with the computer in an
open or closed position.

      The Figure is an exploded isometric view of this apparatus,
together with a note book computer 10 having a side opening 12
through which access to two antenna OSX jacks (not shown) and a
15-pin, sub-miniature, low-profile connector (also not shown) is
provided.  One of the OSX jacks is used for a diversity antenna (not
shown), while the other OSX jack is used for a transmit/receive
dipole antenna (also not shown).  The 15-pin connector provides
multiple interfaces to the DAA, handset, and hook switch features.

      This apparatus includes a side housing 14, providing a cable
path with internal cable separation.  An extending arm 16 of this
housing 14 protects the antenna cables (not shown) while avoiding
system controls 18.  This housing 14 is used with a steel flange 20
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