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Mounting Processor Card in a Computer System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119049D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 4 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Denny, I: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Conventionally, processor and other cards are mounted in a computer system by inserting an edge connector forming part of the card into a matching socket on a motherboard fixed to the computer system unit chassis and locating one end of the card, usually with input/output connectors, in an aperture at the rear of the chassis.

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Mounting Processor Card in a Computer System

      Conventionally, processor and other cards are mounted in a
computer system by inserting an edge connector forming part of the
card into a matching socket on a motherboard fixed to the computer
system unit chassis and locating one end of the card, usually with
input/output connectors, in an aperture at the rear of the chassis.

      While this is satisfactory for many applications, there are
situations where, for example, cards are frequently changed or where
the system is subject to shock and vibration, where a more secure
arrangement is desirable.

      The card support system described here provides a cheap means
of protecting the card from accidental damage during fitting and
removal due to accurate and foolproof alignment and also provides a
robust mounting system that protects the card during the shocks and
vibration of assembly and shipping.

      Referring to Fig. 1, a metal plate (1) is provided with
standoffs (2) and locating pins (3) to allow secure mounting of the
processor card.  A handle (4) is formed at one edge and on this same
edge, two mounting flanges are formed, one at each end.  Two slots
(5) in the plates combine with two hooked flanges on the system unit
chassis to provide additional support for the processor card
assembly.

      Referring to Figs. 2 and 3, the slots allow the edge connector
(7) on the card to engage and disengage from the corresponding socket
(9) on the mothe...