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Apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device

Imported: 23 Feb '17 | Published: 22 Oct '02

Chen Yu Cheng

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The locking and ejecting apparatus includes a latching mechanism, an ejection mechanism, a first string and a second string. The latching mechanism is for locking the module device in a locked position or unlocking the module device from the locked position. The ejection mechanism is for ejecting the module device on disengagement of the latching mechanism from the locked position. During the unlocking and ejecting operations, the second button is pulled right after the first button is pressed. After the module device is released from the locked position and ejected out of the internal bay, the first spring positioned to generate a first force restores the latching mechanism and the second spring positioned to generate a second force restores the ejection mechanism.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following detailed description of the preferred but non-limiting embodiments. The description is made with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of a portable computer incorporating an apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device according to a preferred embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 2 shows a top view of the interior structure of the apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device in the base portion of the portable computer in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3A illustrates a top view of an apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device while the first button is pressed to actuate a latching mechanism; and

FIG. 3B illustrates a top view of an apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device while the second button is pulled to actuate an ejection mechanism.

Claims

1. An apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device, wherein the module device is operatively inserted in an internal bay of a portable computer, the apparatus comprising:

2. The apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device according to claim 1, wherein the transmission shaft is disposed on the internal bay by mounting at least one secured member.

3. The apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device according to claim 2, wherein the ejection mechanism further comprises:

4. The apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device according to claim 2, wherein the latching mechanism further comprises a movable latch attached to and carried by a transmission shaft, the movable latch capable of engaging or disengaging a second side of the module device.

5. The apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device according to claim 3, wherein the apparatus further comprises:

6. The apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device according to claim 5, wherein the apparatus further comprises:

7. The apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device according to claim 5, wherein the apparatus further comprises:

8. The apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device according to claim 6, wherein the actuation of the first button causing the latching mechanism to unlock the module device, the actuation of the second button then causing the ejection mechanism to eject the module device out of the internal bay.

9. The apparatus for locking and ejecting a module device according to claim 6, wherein the apparatus further comprises: