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Personalizeable Cards or Systems via Pluggable Configuration Card

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123009D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lewis, DO: AUTHOR

Abstract

A pluggable configuration card containing a non-volatile memory which can be used to configure different cards or the system in which the configuration card is plugged is disclosed. Different configuration data is loaded into a different configuration card for each system based on the operating system environment that is required to make the card functional. The system configuration card is used to personalize the hardware for the appropriate operating system.

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Personalizeable Cards or Systems via Pluggable Configuration Card

      A pluggable configuration card containing a non-volatile memory
which can be used to configure different cards or the system in which
the configuration card is plugged is disclosed.  Different
configuration data is loaded into a different configuration card for
each system based  on the operating system environment that is
required to make the card functional.  The system configuration card
is used to personalize the hardware for the appropriate operating
system.

      Fig. 1 shows a configuration card consisting of a logic card
with a connector and mounted on the logic card a Non-Volatile Memory
(NVM) device such as read-only memory (ROM), electrically erasable
programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) or a FLASH memory.  The
signals from the NVM are connected to the card connector of Fig. 1.
The configuration card is plugged into either a system board socket
or a card socket as shown in Fig. 2, where the configuration card is
plugged into the Central Processor Unit (CPU) card.  Fig. 2 shows a
typical computer system with a CPU card, a memory controller and
various memory  cards.  When the configuration card is plugged into
the CPU card, the signals on the connector are fed to another
connector on the CPU card and then to the processor or other logic
used to read the NVM data.

      The configuration card can be used to hold configuration data
such as device drivers for a specific communications card or can hold
operating system specific data based on the e...