Method for Simplifying System Cable Assembly
Original Publication Date: 1989-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This unitized cabling design allows all internal cabling in a small computing system to be built as a complete subassembly prior to installation in the system chassis. The design includes features allowing individual connectors on the cable assembly to "Float", providing a means whereby they can automatically self-center as system components are plugged during installation. (Image Omitted) A side view of a computing system 1 is shown in Fig. 1. System cabling (not shown) consists of a power cable formed of discrete wires with many connectors and a signal cable composed of a flat ribbon cable with numerous folds and connectors. Both cables must allow connection to power and I/O devices 2 and 3 with movement available to permit these devices to self-connect under all tolerance conditions.