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Modular Docking Station

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121100D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kanada, Y: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a small docking station which can be carried with a portable computer. It has a small number of expansion slots for adapter cards, and it also has a multiple connection feature that allows any number of modular docking stations to be connected to a portable computer at the same time.

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Modular Docking Station

      Disclosed is a small docking station which can be carried
with a portable computer.  It has a small number of expansion slots
for adapter cards, and it also has a multiple connection feature that
allows any number of modular docking stations to be connected to a
portable computer at the same time.

      The figure shows an example of a modular docking station.  A
portable computer has two modular docking stations for functional
expansion.

      The portable computer has only basic functions.  It has no
expansion slots for adapter cards, because of the size limitation.
Each modular docking station is a light package with two expansion
slots for adapter cards.  It also has a connecting interface for
peripheral bus extension.  The connecting interface has two
connectors, one for the master side and the other for the slave side.
The master side connector is used for connection with a portable
computer. The slave side connector is used for connection with
another modular docking station.  By attaching additional modular
docking stations, more adapter cards can be attached to the portable
computer.

      It is thus easy to change the system configuration to satisfy
the requirements of any applications by attaching an appropriate
number of modular docking stations.  For instance, a portable
computer with a single modular docking station can be used as a
laptop computer.  On the other hand, a portable computer with
multiple m...