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Active Tailgate Package With Slip-On Serpentine Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044241D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Buchta, DJ Stevens, KT Valenia, RJ [+details]

Abstract

An active tailgate package with a slip-on serpentine connector eliminates unnecessary cabling and interface connections between the system interface adapter (IFA) cards and the parallel input/output (I/O) connections used for attaching devices to the central processing unit (CPU). This package concept can accommodate a mix of various types of IBM System/370 channel I/O interfaces in one system, allowing greater flexibility for interchangeable or replacement parts which may be easily made compatible with non-370 channel I/O interfaces. To demonstrate the packaging flexibility of the active tailgate package with slip-on serpentine connectors, two different versions are shown in Figs. 1 and 2. As shown in Fig.