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Fiber-Optic Cable 90-Degree Connector Adapter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120787D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Strang, RH: AUTHOR

Abstract

The need for this invention arose due to the requirement for turning the fiber-optic channel cable 90 degrees at the cable connector. The constraints that applied to the design were: - A small amount of space exists between the connector receptacle and the machine's covers. - Minimum allowable radius of the cable must be maintained to prevent fiber damage. - Cable/connector assembly cannot be modified. - The Connector must be accessible so that it can be installed and removed without added hindrance.

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Fiber-Optic Cable 90-Degree Connector Adapter

      The need for this invention arose due to the requirement
for turning the fiber-optic channel cable 90 degrees at the cable
connector.  The constraints that applied to the design were:
      -    A small amount of space exists between the
           connector receptacle and the machine's covers.
      -    Minimum allowable radius of the cable must be
           maintained to prevent fiber damage.
      -    Cable/connector assembly cannot be modified.
      -    The Connector must be accessible so that it can be
           installed and removed without added hindrance.

      The invention solves the problem within the constraints above.
It has no moving parts and requires no tools to assemble to the
fiber-optic cable.  Referring to Fig. 1, the cable connector boot
snaps to the radius 3 provided.  The connector itself fits into the
cavity 4.  Openings 5 and 6 allow access to the release tabs of the
connector.  In addition, the adapter has pins 7 which align and
locate the adapter to the receptacle, ensuring the radius in the
cable is held in the correct orientation.  The assembly of the
adapter/connector remains as a unit for insertion and removal of the
cable from the receptacle.  Also, the center of the lower snap 2 is
purposely offset from the vertical axis of the center of the upper
snap 1.  The reason is to give the cable a slight angle from...