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Cable Retention Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237318D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 98K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a novel design for cable retention device. A metallic clip fits over the molded cable connector boot, and has a two-prong fork that fits into a slot on the connector panel and acts as the panel retention feature.

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Cable Retention Device

Many connectors (e.g., Universal Serial Bus (USB), mini-USB, and micro-USB) connectors have low force retention features.

After a connector has been used a few times, it can take as little as two Newtons of pull force on a cable to disconnect it from the device. While this may not be an issue in consumer applications, it can be a significant problem in enterprise applications causing loss of traffic, delays in software deployment, debugging issues, and low customer satisfaction. USB connector vendors have not been driven to develop a universal solution to this issue, thus there are no widely available commercial solutions.

The solution is a novel design for a metallic clip that fits over the molded cable connector boot. This metal clip has a two-prong fork that fits into a slot on the connector panel and acts as the panel retention feature.

This solution is very easy to implement, can be universally applied to any connector cable (i.e. the mini-USB version can be used on any standard mini-USB cable). The only requirement is that the connected device must have the slot on the panel to accommodate the two-prong fork. In cases where the retention clip is not desired by the customer, it can be removed.

Another advantage of this invention is that the retention clip consumes very little space. It can be implemented in only three millimeters (mm) of real estate above the connector. This can be important in cases where very little space is availab...