Multi-Port I/O Connector Cable
Original Publication Date: 1985-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
A technique is described whereby an input/output (I/O) connector cable for a computer is designed so as to increase the number of I/O connection ports for a single computer logic card, when mounting space requirements restrict the connector capacity on that logic card. Two concepts are discussed which enable multi-pin connectors to be molded into a clustered arrangement for connecting multiple I/O devices. Any of the output ports 10 of computers, such as the IBM Personal Computer (PC), as shown in Fig. 1, has the ability to provide communication capability to a multiple number of I/O devices. In order to utilize this capability, a multi-port I/O connector cable has been designed in two different versions. Both versions are identical at the single connector end 11 that plugs into the computer socket.