Patents Examined by Yeah-Hsi Chang
  • Patent number: 6879484
    Abstract: A frame mechanism for facilitating replacement of an electronic device from a computer, which includes a pivotal parallelepiped frame having a mounting side for installing the electronic device (e.g., CD-ROM drive etc.) therethrough. A pivot member of the frame is coupled to a mating pivot member of a parallelepiped cavity provided on the case enabling the frame to be pivotally rotated about the connection of the pivot member and the mating pivot member and enabling first, second, and third engagement members of the frame to be coupled to first, second, and third mating engagement members provided on the cavity while the frame being pivotally rotated, thereby projecting the mounting side of the frame from the cavity to the outside of the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: First International Computer, Inc.
    Inventor: Chi-Wen Chou
  • Patent number: 6819555
    Abstract: A hot-pluggable disk drive is supported on a carrier structure that is slidably and removably insertable rearwardly into a sheet metal cage portion of a computer system to releasably couple an SCA connector on the rear end of the drive to a corresponding electrical connector on a backplane structure within a rear interior portion of the cage. The carrier structure includes a base wall upon which the disk drive rests, and a pair of transverse side walls disposed on opposite side edge portions of the base wall. To substantially reduce self-induced, performance degrading operational vibration of the inserted drive about the rotational axis of its platter section, outward projections are formed on the opposite side wall portions of the carrier in a forwardly offset relationship with the rotational axis of the drive. As the drive is inserted into the cage, these projections slidingly engage and form an interference fit with inwardly bent opposing side wall portions of the cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David F. Bolognia, William D. Lobato
  • Patent number: 6594146
    Abstract: A docking station for a portable electronic device, such as a portable patient monitor of the type used in health care facilities. In particular, the docking station can be installed at a bedside location in a health care facility. The docking station is designed to provide electrical and mechanical connection of AC power and communication devices to the portable electronic device. An intuitive, top-down mounting mechanism locks the electronic device in place without user input. A front facing security lever on the docking station, which can be operated with one hand, provides engagement of electrical connectors and positive locking of the electronic device to the docking station. The docking station combines and provides AC power to the electronic device's AC mains connector, Ethernet signals to communicate with a local area network (LAN), DC power, and asynchronous communication signals to communicate with ancillary devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Information Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Frangesch, Alan E. Clapp, Bart J. Finnel, James M. Gray, David L. Schieble
  • Patent number: 6373690
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a panel to a chassis of a computer. The apparatus includes a release member movably mounted on a top surface of the chassis and a flange fixedly mounted to a base portion of the chassis. The release member is movable between a static position and a release position. A panel is pivotally attached adjacent to a base portion of the chassis. The panel is movable between a closed position and an open position. A resilient retention member is attached to the panel. The retention member is engaged with the flange when the panel is in the closed position. The release member resiliently deflects the retention member from engagement with the flange when the release member is moved from the static position toward the release position to allow the panel to be moved from the closed position to the open position. The panel can be accurately and consistently aligned and attached to the chassis of the computer system after each removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Dell USA, L.P.
    Inventors: Eugene Buican, Greg George