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Personal Computer Memory Card Industry Association Low Profile Cable Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118720D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 4 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bailey, BJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanical packaging design for a low profile cable assembly used to connect Personal Computer Memory Card Industry Association (PCMCIA) credit card adapters to auxiliary units packaged in or on top of laptop computers.

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Personal Computer Memory Card Industry Association Low Profile Cable
Assembly

      Disclosed is a mechanical packaging design for a low profile
cable assembly used to connect Personal Computer Memory Card Industry
Association (PCMCIA) credit card adapters to auxiliary units packaged
in or on top of laptop computers.

      The low profile cable assembly mates with adapters that conform
to the PCMCIA Standard Revision 2.0 or later.

      The cable assembly, shown in Fig. 1, consists of three major
components.  The first is an over-molded 22 position connector 1 with
selectable latch.  The second is a unique, low profile over molded
housing 2 with selectable dial latch; and the third is a unique
printed circuit board that resides inside the low profile housing.

The primary design advantages can be summarized as follows:
  1.  The low profile cable end contains a rotating dial 3,
       shown in Fig. 2, that is used to latch the cable end
       into the credit card adapter I/O connector.
  2.  The trim profile and size of the low profile end allows
       the user to leave the cable plugged in while the laptop
       is in transit, as shown in Fig. 3.  Typical tethered
       design approaches have large connector ends.  They must
       be disassembled and stored for transit.
  3.  The small size and shape of the low profile end inherently
       protects the cable end from mechanical damage since its
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