Rotating Bay Assembly in Personal Computer
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-13
Access to internal components in small form factor (SFF) computers is blocked by other components included in the system. Many computers use rotating or sliding bay assemblies to solve this problem. Sliding bays suffer from having to remove multiple cable connections prior to sliding the bays out. Additionally, all cables must be disconnected to service or access any of the components that are included in or hidden by the sliding bay assembly. Rotating bays are typically hinged inside the system and are segmented into multiple bays. This usually works well except that access to components under the bays require the removal of multiple bays and a cross bar is required to support them. Additionally, rotating bays can be dropped, damaging components such as hard drives and pinching or cutting cables. A single rotating bay was implemented in the IBM S50 that employs an integrated cross bar for cover support. A four bar linkage was utilized to articulate the bay up and away from the front of the system allowing completely uninhibited access to the planar, memory, hardfile, POV card, speaker, cables and other system components. Rubber friction brakes prevent the rotating bay from dropping and damaging devices stored within the bay or from cutting or pinching cables.