Abstract: A method and apparatus is presented for strain relief for mil-spec RF cabling connectors. When the RF signals are carried on the cables, they are either attached to connectors to increase their lengths or they get attached to hardware assembly that receives and transmits RF signals. At connections, strain relief is provided so that any movement of the cables does not convey stress and strain to the points where cable joins the connector or its mate. A concise, space restricted strain relief solution is provided by use of clamp, cover or shrink tubing to transfer cables in all four directions. The concentric cables line up in small dimensions and are replaceable individually as opposed to discard of entire mesh of cables on single cable failure.
Abstract: An integrated apparatus and method to provide test, diagnostics and characterization access to backplane electrical signals during electronic product development is presented. The apparatus removes need for manual and ad hoc connections made in an engineering laboratory or assembly line which make the process prone to damage of the components, inaccurate measurements and arbitrary fluctuations in function. The method and apparatus is a mechanized way to connect backplane signals to corresponding drivers, receivers and test equipment through probes placed on equidistant electrical traces, reducing inter signal variations.
Abstract: A system is disclosed for releasably locking a circuit card assembly to a cold plate of a chassis. The system includes a locking mechanism having a base and a locking wedge. The base and locking wedge have triangular cross-sections, and mate with each other along respective diagonal surfaces of the base and locking wedge. The locking wedge is mounted to the base such that axial movement of the locking wedge relative to the base also results in sliding of the locking wedge up the diagonal surface of the base to increase the overall height of the base and locking wedge together.
Abstract: A system for dissipating static electric charge from electronics on a circuit board as the board is inserted into the enclosure, the system comprising one or more elastic, deformable and electrically conductive gaskets mounted within the enclosure for engaging ground pins on the circuit board.