Shock Proof Shroud
Original Publication Date: 1981-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
This shroud is designed to protect a module against physical shock on all four sides, corners, and bottom. The shroud is molded in one piece using a tough, pliable plastic that resists shock forces during handling without cracking or permanently deforming. The sides of the shroud are structured to conform to the contour of the module housing, and the bottom contains a cavity 10 for clearance around the pin array. From the bottom side the cavity will absorb shock by flexing if the unit is accidentally set down over a small object or bumped into an outside corner, such as on a table, cabinet, etc. The interior of the cavity is designed to protect the pins from physical damage and also electrostatic damage to the module chips since the shroud is made from conductive material.