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Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal


The resent disclosure is a programmable, intelligent, inputJoutput connector (IIO8). More particularly, connector modules 12 can be mechanically programmed to carry power and control logic selected sensing and control devices along a multi-wire bus of an electromechanical device. Referring now to the figures, specifically Figure 1, molded printed wiring board assembly (PWBA) 20 contains a logic chip, a number of traces and possibly other electrically programmable devices. Connected to PWBA 20 are a series of ribbon cables with connectors 14 and a multi-wire bus, cable 18, that is connected via connector 16. Referring now to Figures 2A-2C, wherein various top, side and bottom views of the connector 12 are shown, Figure 2A specifically shows the top view of connector module 12. PWBA 20 contains a number of fingers 22 which enable the connector to interface to various ribbon cables along the board edge and also along a bottom edge, as shown in Figures 1 and 2B. Also included on the PWBA 20 are a number of electrical traces 24, which lead to the bottom edge of the PWBA to be connected via the bottom fingers to multi-wire buss 18, as represented in Figures 2B and 2C. Further included on the PWBA of connector module 12 are programmable tabs which enable the chip/connector to be programmed in accordance with a specific feature. These features are programmed by breaking the tabs in a predetermined configuration in order to address the I/O device which is connected via the various cables connected to PWBA 20. Further included along the edges of the PWBA are various polarization features, 26, which assure the proper alignment between the edge of the board 20 and various connectors which may be connected thereto along the fingers 22.