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Housing for computer components

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

Mark Robert Vigeant, Christopher Lee Bostedt

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A housing, preferably configured for computer components, which features a base and a cover. The base preferably includes a series of dimples on its sides, and the cover preferably includes a series of projections that are aligned to mate with the dimples on the base in order to aid in securing the cover to the base. Alternately, the cover may include the dimples and the base may include the projections. In addition to the securing function, the dimples and projections also serve to disturb the electromagnetic waves emitted from the components located within the housing, so that the electromagnetic noise emitted from the housing is reduced. Additionally, the front surfaces of the base and the cover are preferably linked together by a hinge-type connection formed by interlocking tabs located on both surfaces. This hinge-type connection facilitates the alignment of the cover with the base so that the cover may simply be closed upon the base and the dimples/projections are then aligned to mate with each other.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Preferred embodiments of the present invention are described herein with reference to the drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 shows an exploded view of an embodiment of the present housing with the cover separated from the base;

FIG. 1A is a sectional view showing one of the projections nested within one of the dimples;

FIG. 2 is a view of the present housing shown with the cover hingedly connected to the base;

FIG. 3 is a top view of the base of the present housing;

FIG. 4 is a sectional view of the base taken along line

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4 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is another sectional view of the base taken along line

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5 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 6 is a top view of the cover of the present invention;

FIG. 7 shows the cover of the present invention, as seen from the front;

FIG. 8 is a sectional view of the cover taken along line

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8 of FIG. 6;

FIG. 9 is a sectional view of the hinged connection between the cover and the base, depicting the tab portion of the cover mating with the non-tab portion of the base;

FIG. 10 is a sectional view of the hinged connection between the cover and the base that is similar to FIG. 9, except this view depicts the tab portion of the base mating with the non-tab portion of the cover; and

FIG. 11 shows the cover of the present invention, as seen from the rear.

Claims

1. A housing for computer components comprising:

2. The housing according to claim 1, wherein said dimples are located on said first and second sections of said base and said projections are located on said third and fourth sections of said cover.

3. The housing according to claim 1, wherein:

4. The housing according to claim 3, wherein:

5. The housing according to claim 4, wherein:

6. The housing according to claim 1, wherein said dimples and said projections disturb electromagnetic waves passing outside of said housing for reducing electromagnetic noise.

7. The housing according to claim 1 wherein:

8. The housing according to claim 1 wherein:

9. The housing according to claim 1 wherein:

10. The housing according to claim 1 wherein, when said cover is attached to said base via said hinge-type connection each of said first tabs is positioned between two of said second tabs.

11. The housing according to claim 9 wherein, when said cover is attached to said base via said hinge-type connection, each of said first tabs is positioned between two of said second tabs.

12. The housing according to claim 1 wherein each of said second tabs includes a generally horizontally extending leg that is configured and arranged to create a preload upon a portion of said front section of said base.

13. The housing according to claim 9 wherein each of said second tabs includes a generally horizontally extending leg that is configured and arranged to create a preload upon a portion of said front section of said base.

14. The housing according to claim 12 wherein said preload is generated via said generally horizontally extending leg being arranged at an angle of approximately 85° with respect to said top section of said cover.

15. The housing according to claim 13 wherein said preload is generated via said generally horizontally extending leg being arranged at an angle of approximately 85° with respect to said top section of said cover.

16. A housing for computer components comprising:

17. The housing according to claim 16, wherein said bottom section, said first section, said section and said front section of said base are all integrally formed from a single sheet of material; and

18. The housing according to claim 16 wherein:

19. The housing according to claim 18, wherein said second tabs are tilted upwardly at approximately 85° with respect to said top section such that said second tabs create a preload upon portions of said second generally vertical leg lacking said first tabs.

20. The housing according to claim 16, wherein: