Automated Switch Device
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This technique automates the update of an input/output (I/O) system. The technique or function is used in conjunction with an automated vital product data (VPD) update design that keeps the update of VPD transparent to the customer or company representative responsible for servicing the device, it maintains error-free records and minimizes device installation complexity. When one device replaces, supercedes or supplements another device in the system, it is required that a certain level of intelligence be present within the electronics. This added intelligence (via micro- processor central) enables automating the update of the I/O device VPD record. The replacing device electronics must intercept the VPD record response from the system.