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Standardized Keyboard for Notebook PC

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123365D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Horiuchi, M: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a keyboard mechanism aimed at standardizing the design among the notebook type Personal Computers(PC).

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Standardized Keyboard for Notebook PC

   Disclosed is a keyboard mechanism aimed at standardizing
the design among the notebook type Personal Computers(PC).

   There are several types of notebook PC's.  The keyboards
used in the various types of notebook PC's usually have some
clickable buttons along the front of the keyboard (See Figures 1 &
2), functioning similarly to the buttons on an external mouse.  The
number of buttons depends largely on the functions required by the
PC; however, most keyboards have either a two or three button
configuration.  Figure 1 displays a PC with the two-button
configuration.  Figure 2 shows a PC with the three-button
configuration.  An enlarged view of the three-button layout, as seen
with only the keyboard base plate, is displayed in Figure 3.  The
third button cover (the largest of the three), in the three-button
configuration, has been designed to be removable.  Figure 4 exhibits
the same enlarged view of the three-button layout, now with the third
button cover removed from the base plate.  The design of the base
plate limits the amount of space occupied under the third button
cover by extending less than half the button cover's width (as seen
in Figure 4).  The additional space that is unoccupied by the base
plate can then be utilized by other devices when the same keyboard
base plate is implemented in a PC requiring only the two-button
configuration.