Diskette Drive Single Connector, Low Power Interface
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
This article describes the use of a single edge connector to allow robot insertion of a diskette drive without cabling. The low power interface allows the diskette drive to be used in a battery-powered, portable system. This disclosure relates to diskette drives used in the personal computer (PC) family. The industry standard for the diskette drive requires two connectors: one for interfacing and one for power. The drawing is a perspective view of a diskette drive with a single power/signal edge connector positioned for insertion into its mating connector on a controller card. As the diskette drive is designed to plug directly into the controller card, the need for separate cables to the controller card and to the power supply is eliminated. This approach clears the way for robot installation of the drive.