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Actuatable connector system

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Steven J. Dean

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A system assembly for a computer includes a motherboard situated on a printed circuit board, and a daughterboard situated on a printed circuit board. In the system assembly the daughterboard is positioned parallel to the motherboard. The daughterboard is connected to the motherboard using a connector system. The connector system has a first portion affixed to either the motherboard or the daughterboard which includes a first capture feature and has an opening therein. A second portion has a second capture feature which mates with the first capture feature. A third portion is attached to the second portion of the connector system. A cam moves the third portion with respect to the second portion. A flexible circuit electrically connects the first end and the second end of the connector system. The flexible circuit is of a length to form a curve when the first end and the second end are connected between the first electrical component and the second electrical component.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention is pointed out with particularity in the appended claims. However, a more complete understanding of the present invention may be derived by referring to the detailed description when considered in connection with the figures, wherein like reference numbers refer to similar items throughout the figures and:

FIG. 1A illustrates a perspective view of a prior art system assembly in a rack.

FIG. 1B illustrates a perspective view of a prior art system assembly associated with a case.

FIG. 2 illustrates a perspective view of the inventive system assembly in a rack.

FIG. 3 illustrates a perspective view of another embodiment of the system assembly of this invention in a rack.

FIG. 4 illustrates still another perspective view of another embodiment of the system assembly of this invention in a rack.

FIG. 5 illustrates a perspective view of the connector system.

FIG. 6 illustrates a perspective view of the end of the connector system attached to a printed circuit board.

FIG. 7 illustrates an end view of the actuatable portion of the connector system as attached to a receptacle on a printed circuit board.

FIG. 8 illustrates a fixed end of the connector system.

FIG. 9A illustrates a perspective view of another embodiment of a system that includes a single side plane motherboard.

FIG. 9B illustrates a perspective view of another embodiment of a system that includes double side plane motherboards.

Claims

1. A system assembly for a computer comprising:

2. The system assembly for a computer of claim 1 wherein the cam includes a wedge.

3. The system assembly for a computer of claim 1 wherein one of the first end and the second end is fixedly mounted to one of the motherboard and the daughterboard.

4. The connector system of claim 1 wherein the third portion of the connector includes a set of guide ways which mate with the set of guideways of the opening in the first portion of the connector.

5. The system assembly for a computer of claim 1 further comprising:

6. The system assembly for a computer of claim 1 wherein the cam is rotatable.

7. The system assembly for a computer of claim 1 wherein the flexible circuit electrically connected between the first end and the second end of the connector system is of a length to accommodate different lengths between the motherboard and the daughterboard.

8. The system assembly for a computer of claim 1 wherein the first capture feature of the first portion translates with respect to the second capture feature of the second port ion until the first portion and the third portion of the connector is substantially aligned.

9. The system assembly for a computer of claim 8 wherein at least one of the first capture feature and second capture feature are beveled.

10. The system assembly for a computer of claim 8 wherein the first capture feature and second capture feature include a detent and detent engaging portion, the detent engaging portion engaging the detent when the first portion is substantially aligned with the third portion.

11. The connector system of claim 1 wherein one of the first capture feature and the second capture feature includes a lip.

12. The connector system of claim 11 wherein other of the first capture feature and the second capture feature includes a dovetail which engages the lip.

13. A connector system for placing a first electrical component in electrical communication with a second electrical component, the connector system including:

14. The connector system of claim 13 wherein the set of guide ways includes at least two beveled edges of the opening.

15. The connector system of claim 13 further comprising:

16. The connector system of claim 15 wherein the cam is a wedge.

17. The connector system of claim 15 wherein the cam includes a lobe.

18. The connector system of claim 15 wherein the cam is rotatable.

19. The connector system of claim 15 wherein the flexible circuit electrically connected between the first end and the second end of the connector system is of a length to form a curve when the first end and the second end are connected between the first electrical component and the second electrical component.

20. The connector system of claim 15 wherein the flexible circuit electrically connected between the first end and the second end of the connector system is of a length to accommodate different lengths between the first electrical component and the second electrical component.

21. The connector system of claim 15 wherein the first capture feature of the first affixed portion slides with respect to the second capture feature of the second portion.

22. The connector system of claim 21 wherein the first capture feature and second capture feature are beveled.

23. The connector system of claim 21 wherein the first capture feature and second capture feature include a detent and detent engaging portion, the detent engaging portion engaging the detent when the first portion is substantially correctly positioned in a first plane with respect to the third portion.

24. The connector system of claim 15 wherein the first capture feature of the first affixed portion translates with respect to the second capture feature of the second portion.

25. The connector system of claim 15 wherein one of the first capture feature of the first affixed portion and the second capture feature of the second portion includes a lip.

26. The connector system of claim 25 wherein other of the first capture feature of the first affixed portion and the second capture feature of the second portion includes a dovetail which engages the lip.