Self-Aligning Design for Attaching Printed Circuit Boards to a Computer Backplane
Original Publication Date: 1988-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
A technique is described whereby a self-aligning design provides a means of attaching printed circuit boards to a computer backplane, ensuring precise alignment of mating connectors. The design facilitates aligning by utilizing a shroud, tapered on four sides, so as to mate with corresponding tapered surfaces on the computer frame. A typical system utilizing the design consists of a frame, backplane connectors, circuit board and shroud. Frame 10, as shown in Fig. 1, houses backplane connector assembly 11, and connectors 12 on circuit board 13, as shown in Fig. 2, are perpendicularly plugged into backplane 11. Circuit board 13 utilizes protective shrouds 14 to cover the circuits.