Cartridge Latch Mechanism
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
A ROS/RAM (read-only storage/random-access memory) cartridge is inserted into an active machine without causing the machine to lock up or to clear storage. An interlock switch is activated prior to the cartridge, making electrical contact with a bus to trigger a bus interlock algorithm. When the cartridge is fully inserted, it is latched, and the interlock switch is opened. A cartridge 1 (Fig. 1) is inserted into a cavity 2 of a housing 3 by the cartridge 1 opening a spring-loaded door 4. The door 4 is resiliently urged to its closed position about its pivot 5. When the cartridge 1 is partially inserted into the cavity 2 of the housing 3, as shown in Fig.