Modular Piggyback Connector
Original Publication Date: 1987-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
In an existing interconnection assembly for an electronics cabinet back panel, a cable is connected through an adapter module to a conventional connector. The connector electrically and mechanically connects to a corresponding connector mounted to the back of the panel. The module provides filtration for the electrical signals passing through the cable. In particular, diode signal amplitude limiters are provided in the module to prevent excessive voltages from passing from the cable to the electronics within the cabinet. A problem has arisen with regard to the physical size of the components which must be coupled to the outside of the back panel. In addition, a significant labor expense is incurred in the customized hand wiring which must take place in order to fabricate the adapter module.