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# Multicontact Connector Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000085674D
Original Publication Date: 1976-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

IBM

## Related People

Poley, NM: AUTHOR

## Abstract

In a scanning gas panel using a three-phase driving system in which information is transferred incrementally in a horizontal direction, the drive conductors are interconnected in multiples of three so that effectively only three drivers are required, each driver driving every third line. While two of these drives can be evolved from buses on opposite sides of the gas panel, a problem is presented in developing a path and interconnection for the third set of drivers, and interleave these drive conductors in a way that they will not intersect with the drive lines emanating from the same terminal side. This problem is solved in the following manner.

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Multicontact Connector Systems

In a scanning gas panel using a three-phase driving system in which information is transferred incrementally in a horizontal direction, the drive conductors are interconnected in multiples of three so that effectively only three drivers are required, each driver driving every third line. While two of these drives can be evolved from buses on opposite sides of the gas panel, a problem is presented in developing a path and interconnection for the third set of drivers, and interleave these drive conductors in a way that they will not intersect with the drive lines emanating from the same terminal side. This problem is solved in the following manner.

Fig. 1 is a plan view of one plate of a gas panel 1, which includes upper and lower buses 3 and 5 for applying two of the three drive signals to the panel. Conductors 7 for the third set of drive signals, one of which is crosshatched to clarify its configuration, are interleaved on the lower portion of the plate above the bus 5 in the preferred embodiment, although it will be appreciated that this represents a matter of design choice. To interconnect conductors 7 without intersecting the conductors of bus 5, after the panel assembly has been sealed, the conductors 7 are exposed on the plate edge extensions of the panel.

Referring to Fig. 2, a section view taken along the lines 2-2 of Fig. 1, the glass plate 11 has conductors 7 and 9 formed thereon, the conductors being insulated from each o...