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Plug-In Smart Card Holder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121161D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Burton, RL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mounting arrangement for an integrated circuit application card. Such cards contain microprocessor and support IC's enclosed in a plastic card with accessible electrical terminals.

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Plug-In Smart Card Holder

      Disclosed is a mounting arrangement for an integrated circuit
application card.  Such cards contain microprocessor and support IC's
enclosed in a plastic card with accessible electrical terminals.

      According to Figure 1, the card 10 is secured to the printed
circuit board 12 by a holder which is fastened to the PCB.  The
holder includes a pivoted door 14 and the border edges 16.  The door
14 can be raised for insertion of the card between the edges 16.
Once inserted, the door 14 is closed and secured by the engaging
latch 18.  Thus, the card 10 is securely held in place on the board
and the electrical contacts 19 of the card are engaged with mating
contacts on the board or holder.  Depending on the card
configuration, the mating contacts can be on the lower side of the
door 14 or underneath the card 10.  The PCB contacts 20 provide means
for connecting the assembly to other devices, such as a
general-purpose computer.  In this regard, the card 10 can contain an
application-specific program which is easily attached to the
associated computer. Color coding the cards can provide enhanced user
friendliness.

      Figure 2 illustrates an arrangement wherein multiple smart
cards can be incorporated into one plug-in module. Cards 22 and 24
have been inserted into holders on the PCB 26.  Additional cards, as
desired, can be placed in the holders 28 - 34 and connected to the
contacts 36 by appropriate contacts and traces on...