Circuit Board Patents (Class 211/41.17)
  • Patent number: 10412851
    Abstract: A chassis is provided to improve the airflow over a plurality of disk drives. The chassis includes a housing with a front portion and a rear portion connected by a base portion. The base portion includes a plurality of hard drive slots oriented in a plurality of rows along a leading edge of the base portion. The chassis also includes a fan module configured to pass air from the front position of the housing to the rear position of the house. The plurality of hard drive slots is oriented such that a first portion of the hard drive slots is inclined relative to the leading edge of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chao-Jung Chen, Yu-Nien Huang, Ching-Yu Chen, Chih-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 10405658
    Abstract: Disclosed is an auxiliary display bracket system comprising two brackets, each bracket comprising a lower section having a laptop shelf, an upper section having an auxiliary shelf, the upper section an opening disposed between the upper surface and lower surface, and a tension member, the tension member secured to each bracket through the opening between the upper surface and lower surface. In certain embodiments, the auxiliary display bracket allows for an auxiliary display to be disposed on a laptop monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Patrick McCrate
  • Patent number: 10412850
    Abstract: An engaging mechanism with multifunctional assembling function is applied to a server device. The engaging mechanism includes a base, a latching component and an actuating component. The latching component includes a hooking portion disposed between a first end and a second of the latching component. The actuating component is slidably disposed on the base, and includes a substrate, a pressing portion and a contacting portion. The pressing portion and the contacting portion are disposed on the substrate. When the pressing portion is in a protruding position, the contacting portion presses the second end of the latching component to set the hooking portion in an unlocked position; while the pressing portion is moved to a hiding position, the contacting portion may be separated from the second end to move the hooking portion to a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Ming-Tze Chen, Hao-Cheng Ku
  • Patent number: 10401905
    Abstract: A dock for a portable electronic device includes a base; an arm extending from the base; a receiving arrangement coupled to the arm and including contacts disposed on a surface of the receiving arrangement for mating with contacts disposed on the portable electronic device or a cover disposed over a portion of the portable electronic device; and a cable extending from the receiving arrangement configured and arranged to couple the dock to a device for charging or providing data to or from the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 10342150
    Abstract: A magnetically latched installation and extraction mechanism for an avionics display unit or other Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) installable in, and extractable from, a vehicle instrument panel includes a bezel attachable to the LRU, the paddle or the bezel including magnets embedded into opposing corners configured to attract the magnetic surfaces of, or the embedded magnets in, the opposing bezel or paddle. The LRU may include hinged paddles having an open position for installing/extracting the LRU from the instrument panel and a stowed position substantially flush with the surface of the bezel, the paddles corresponding to the embedded bezel magnets. Magnets embedded in the hinged paddles may secure the paddles in the stowed position via attraction to the bezel magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua V. Davis, Steven W. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10331180
    Abstract: A securing apparatus for mounting a PCI or memory card comprises a mounting member and a base. The mounting member comprises a first fastening portion and a second fastening portion. The first fastening portion is connected to the second fastening portion through a fulcrum. The securing apparatus secures the memory card on an electronic device without the need for screws or other means of fixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS (TIANJIN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ya-Nan Wang, Gong-Wen Zhang, Han-Yu Li
  • Patent number: 10320100
    Abstract: A card edge connector assembly includes a card edge connector having a housing defining a card slot receiving a pluggable module and a card guide module coupled to the housing. The card guide module has a main body having a cavity receiving the pluggable module and support beams secured to the host circuit board with a window defined between the support beams under the main body receiving the card edge connector. A latch is coupled to the main body being latchably coupled to the pluggable module in a latched position to secure the pluggable module in the cavity and being decoupled from the pluggable module in an unlatched position to allow the pluggable module to be removed from the cavity. An actuator with a ramp surface may be pressed downwardly to drive the latch to the unlatched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael John Phillips
  • Patent number: 10299397
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for securing a component card to a main board is provided and includes a base having a top portion with a beveled edge and a coupling portion engageable with the main board. The locking mechanism includes a sliding element slidably, coupled to the base, having an extended protrusion. The sliding element is slidable between a locked and an unlocked position, where the protrusion is displaced towards the base in the unlocked position. The locking mechanism includes a biasing element between the base and the sliding element within a protuberance opposite the protrusion. The biasing element urges the sliding element toward the locked position. The protuberance includes an aperture formed at an end opposite the protrusion and allows a portion of the biasing element to pass through. In the locked position, a bottom surface of the protrusion and a top surface of the base define a receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chao-Jung Chen, Chih-Hsiang Lee, Kun-Pei Liu, Yi-Te Chang
  • Patent number: 10299404
    Abstract: A device for supporting and connecting electronic circuit cards, including a metal electronic circuit card guide which has grooves, one for each electronic circuit card, each groove being configured to guide an electronic circuit card in a direction of insertion towards a connector associated with it, solid walls for linking the grooves, slots which pass through at least one wall of the electronic circuit card guide, are separated by fins and grouped to form at least one heat exchange area and are arranged and designed so as to distribute the first air flow received from below the electronic circuit card guide in at least a second air flow above the electronic circuit card guide and in contact with the electronic circuit cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Laurent Siboni, Emmanuel Bachy, Vincent Dupont
  • Patent number: 10297994
    Abstract: A substrate holding structure includes holding units and protrusions. The holding units are provided to a casing that includes an accommodating unit accommodating therein an inserted substrate, and hold an end part of the substrate accommodated in the accommodating unit on the insertion direction-entrance side of the substrate. The protrusions protrude from side wall surfaces that are wall surfaces of the casing along the insertion direction of the substrate, the wall surfaces being opposed to the side surfaces of the substrate, and are plastically deformed due to contact with the substrate to be inserted into the accommodating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihito Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 10292284
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an anti-falling mechanism for preventing an electronic component installed inside a casing from falling rapidly. The anti-falling mechanism includes at least one damping gear and at least one gear rack. The at least one damping gear is disposed on the electronic component. The at least one gear rack is disposed at a position corresponding to the at least one damping gear. The at least one damping gear rotatably engages with the at least one gear rack when installing the electronic component inside the casing along a first direction at least. Therefore, even if the electronic component falls unintentionally during installation or disassembly, rotary engagement of the at least one damping gear and the at least one gear rack can reduce kinetic energy of the falling electronic component, which effectively prevents the electronic component from colliding with other components inside the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Zhong-Hui Mao
  • Patent number: 10271047
    Abstract: A test fixture for testing set-top boxes. The test fixture includes a controller operable to control parallel testing of set-top boxes. The test fixture further includes computing devices in communication with the controller operable to perform testing of each of the set-top boxes in response to commands from the controller. The test fixture further includes testing platforms in communication with the computing devices operable to receive each of the set-top boxes for testing. Each of the testing platforms includes an adapter module for electrically interfacing each of the set-top boxes with the test fixture. The test fixture further includes a user interface in communication with the controller for displaying the test results and receiving input from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS & ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Jimmie Paul Partee
  • Patent number: 10251279
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systems and methods for securing one or more printed circuit boards to a substrate. The substrate may include retention tabs that form a receiving slot that receives an edge of the printed circuit board. The retention tabs and printed circuit board may have corresponding engaging features designed to retain the printed circuit board within the receiving slot and that, in some embodiments, can permit slight movement of the printed circuit board within the receiving slot to accommodate any thermal expansion of the board during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Luis Diaz, Aaron Feldman, Matthew Scott Hoch, Eric Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10234913
    Abstract: An expansion card latching mechanism may include a base anchored to a printed circuit board. The latching mechanism may also include a latch coupled to the base such that a proximal end of the latch locks a proximal end of an expansion card to a fixed position on the printed circuit board. In addition the latching mechanism may include a compression spring wrapped around an arm of the latch such that the compression spring exerts a tension to maintain a locked position of the latch. Various other apparatuses, systems, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Chuankeat Kho, John Edward Fernandes, Yueming Li
  • Patent number: 10218117
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a first housing. A second housing is movable relative to the first housing. A lever is mounted on the first housing for relative rotational movement. The lever can move between a pre-stage position and a final position. The lever engages the second housing to move the second housing linearly between a pre-stage position and a seated position relative to the first housing. A lock on the first housing retains the lever in the final position relative to the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Deborah Probert, Michael Glick, Reinhard Pusch, David Menzies, Bhupinder Rangi, Shan-Chuen Lin, Rutunj Rai
  • Patent number: 10185373
    Abstract: A computing device is provided with a slot that includes a first locking element and a second locking element configured to receive a removable general purpose graphic processing unit (GPGPU) carrier. The GPGPU carrier includes a bracket for securing a first GPGPU in a first receiving space, and second GPGPU in a second receiving space. The bracket also includes a first latching mechanism configured to secure the first locking element of the slot, and a second latching mechanism configured to secure the second locking element of the slot. The GPGPU carrier also includes a frame secured to the bracket. The frame includes a first end with a first guide slot, and a second end with a second guide slot. The first and second guide slots are configured to enable the GPGPU carrier to adjust from a first position to a second position while secured within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chao-Jung Chen, Yaw-Tzorng Tsorng, Chen Tseng, Zhi-Hao Tseng
  • Patent number: 10146272
    Abstract: An externally mounted internal component retention device includes a base. A first chassis securing member extends from the base. The first chassis securing member is configured to engage a chassis to resist movement of the base relative to the chassis when the base is positioned immediately adjacent to an external mount surface on the chassis. A first internal component engagement member also extends from the base. The first internal component engagement member is configured to extend through an engagement member chassis aperture defined by the chassis and engage an internal component that is housed in the chassis to resist movement of the internal component relative to the chassis when the base is positioned immediately adjacent the external mount surface on the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Lo, Raymond DeWine Heistand, II, Harold J. Syring
  • Patent number: 10133698
    Abstract: An IO subsystem chassis includes IO modules and IO slots to receive the IO modules inserted from a frontend of a housing, a baseboard disposed within the housing, the baseboard including first connectors corresponding to the IO slots to receive and connect the IO modules. Each of the IO modules can be coupled a server via the backend panel using a cable. Each IO module includes an IO card having a peripheral device mounted thereon and a card holder having a first receiving socket to receive and hold the IO card plugged in vertically and downwardly. The card holder further includes a second connector to engage with or disengage from a corresponding one of the first connectors of the baseboard horizontally, when the IO module is inserted into or removed from a corresponding IO slot from the frontend, without having to removing the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Wesley Shao, Ji Li, Junwei Bao, Weiyu Wendy Lu
  • Patent number: 10114426
    Abstract: An expansion card includes a mounting bracket with a full height I/O panel with a top mounting panel attached thereto extending orthogonally away. A low profile printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) is physically attached to at least one of the top mounting panel and the full height I/O panel, and the mounting bracket and low profile PCBA define a full height expansion card. The low profile PCBA has a card edge that is insertably connectable to an I/O connector of an information handling system (IHS) to communicate with other components of the IHS. A full height heat sink is attached to the low profile PCBA and extends across a portion of the top mounting panel, providing increased heat dissipation for functional components of the low profile PCBA during operation of the low profile PCBA. A battery compartment is mounted on the mounting panel and supplies power to the functional components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Chih-Hsiang Lee, Yao-Chien Lien, Hsien-Chih Wu, Chien Hung Chou, Kuo-Chih Lin, Martin Hardis
  • Patent number: 10101769
    Abstract: A portable and mobile deployable data center (DDC) is disclosed that includes various components that enables the DDC to have multiple functions including, computing, data storage and retrieval, communications and routing. A DDC includes a rugged case that suitable for harsh environments, an interconnection mechanism, a plurality of hot swappable computing assemblies that include the functionality of readers and portable computing devices, and a plurality of hot swappable power supplies. The DDC can include computer assemblies, computing devices, and readers, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Arnouse
  • Patent number: 10103462
    Abstract: A card edge connector assembly includes a card edge connector having a housing defining a card slot for a circuit card and having a base mounted to a host circuit board and including mounting lugs having datum surfaces. The assembly includes card guide modules coupled to the housing each having a base secured to the host circuit board and a support beam extending from the base for supporting the circuit card. The base includes a locating cavity that receives the mounting lug and locating surfaces that engage the datum surfaces to register the card guide modules relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael David Herring, Michael John Phillips
  • Patent number: 10082843
    Abstract: An example adjustable expansion slot includes a panel with an opening to receive an expansion slot bracket where the panel includes a guiding portion to guide a first end of the expansion slot bracket into an inserted position. The adjustable expansion slot apparatus to further include an adjustable fastener to fasten a second end of the expansion slot bracket into the inserted position. In some examples, the position of the adjustable fastener can be adjusted to accommodate size variations of the expansion slot bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: James Smalls, Corey T Butler
  • Patent number: 10070551
    Abstract: A housing module having a circuit board quick-assembling function is applied to an electronic device with a circuit board having a specific height. The housing module includes a housing, an spacer and two pivoting components. The housing includes a substrate and several lateral boards. The spacer includes a main body, two pivoting portions and a locking portion. The pivoting portions are disposed on corresponding sides of the main body, the locking portion stretches from a lower side of the main body and is fixed on the circuit board via an external fixing component. The pivoting portions pass through the lateral boards and are connected to the pivoting portions. While the circuit board slides relative to the substrate to push the spacer, the main body is rotated inside the housing via the pivoting portions to lift the lower side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Zhi Ming Guo, Chen-Yu Li, Jun Hao Wang, Chong-Xing Zhu
  • Patent number: 10028407
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a cooling unit of a telecommunications shelf assembly, the latch assembly including: a faceplate; a latch handle movably coupled to the faceplate, wherein, when the latch handle is actuated, the cooling unit is attached to/released from the shelf assembly; and a locking mechanism coupled to the latch handle, wherein, when the locking mechanism is actuated, the cooling unit is locked to/unlocked from the shelf assembly; wherein the locking mechanism includes a fan brake actuator mechanism that is coupled to an electronic fan brake switch associated with one or more fans of the cooling unit. Optionally, the latch handle is pivotably coupled to the faceplate and is actuated by rotation. Optionally, the locking mechanism includes a captive screw that is advanced into/backed out of a threaded aperture associated with the faceplate. Optionally, the fan brake actuator mechanism includes a lever member that couples the locking mechanism to the electronic fan brake switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ciena Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor Meunier, Peter Saturley
  • Patent number: 10019028
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention discloses an apparatus for mating computing device structures. The apparatus comprises one or more rotatable latches, the one or more rotatable latches each including a respective screw mechanism housed within the one or more rotatable latches. The apparatus further comprises one or more spring assemblies, the one or more spring assemblies each including a respective thread assembly housed within the one or more spring assemblies. The respective thread assemblies comprise threading that is capable of receiving a corresponding screw mechanism of the one or more rotatable latches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Loparco, David C. Olson, Michael T. Peets, John G. Torok, Wade H. White, Mitchell L. Zapotoski
  • Patent number: 9992904
    Abstract: A device enclosure includes a housing, a shaft, and a front panel. The housing defines a receiving bay configured to slidably receive an electronic device. The shaft is slidably mounted on a sidewall of said housing, includes a rear flange, and is slidable between a retracted position and a deployed position. The front panel is rotatably mounted on the shaft by a hinge and having a fulcrum projection and is rotatable between a closed position that closes a front of the receiving bay and a fully open position which extends away from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chao-Jung Chen, Yaw-Tzorng Tsorng, Kun-Pei Liu, Tsung-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 9992911
    Abstract: A thermal transfer system for reducing temperature cycling of an electronic device. The thermal system includes a thermally conductive device to which the electronic device is mounted, a heat sink and a thermal rail mounted to the heat sink. The thermal system further includes a plurality of shape memory alloy (SMA) elements extending through aligned openings in the rail and the thermally conductive device, where the SMA elements are shaped in a deformed wire-like configuration and attempt to return to an undeformed spring-like configuration when the plurality of SMA elements are heated above a transition temperature so as to increase a heat transfer contact pressure between the thermally conductive device and the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Clint G. Buckman, Alex Chov, Matthew Kim, Hamahito Hokyo, Vinh Tran, David Bothman
  • Patent number: 9961172
    Abstract: An electronic module for a modular electronic device may include improved features for retaining the electronic module relative to a frame of the modular electronic device and/or for subsequently removing such module from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jason Cinge Wong
  • Patent number: 9961794
    Abstract: A housing module having a circuit board quick-assembling function is applied to an electronic device with a circuit board having a specific height. The housing module includes a housing, an spacer and two pivoting components. The housing includes a substrate and several lateral boards. The spacer includes a main body, two pivoting portions and a locking portion. The pivoting portions are disposed on corresponding sides of the main body, the locking portion stretches from a lower side of the main body and is fixed on the circuit board via an external fixing component. The pivoting portions pass through the lateral boards and are connected to the pivoting portions. While the circuit board slides relative to the substrate to push the spacer, the main body is rotated inside the housing via the pivoting portions to lift the lower side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Zhi Ming Guo, Chen-Yu Li, Jun Hao Wang, Chong-Xing Zhu
  • Patent number: 9920935
    Abstract: An oven rack assembly (2000) can be used with an oven (128?) having sets of liner ribs (1004). The oven rack assembly (2000) includes an oven rack (208), slide system (2018) and subframe (2040). The oven rack assembly (2000) also includes a retention/release assembly (2060) for facilitating retention of a position of the subframe (2040) onto liner ribs (2004) and for facilitating release of the subframe (2040) when a user wishes to remove or move the assembly (2000) from the oven. Attachment plates (2065) can also be included, with the plates (2065) mounted to side stampings (2022). The oven rack assembly (2000) also includes protruding forms (2122) on the subframe (2040) which interact with forms (2124) positioned along the liner ribs (2004) to prevent tipping of the subframe (2040) when the oven rack (2008) is moved to an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SSW Holding Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Stewart, Jeffrey Alan Ambrose, Jason Robert Yochum
  • Patent number: 9898056
    Abstract: An electronic assembly and method of manufacturing includes: an airflow bracket having a circular rail and an airflow tab, the airflow bracket electrically coupling the circular rail and the airflow tab; a top board attached to the circular rail for electrically coupling the top board and the circular rail; and a bottom board attached to the circular rail for electrically coupling the top board and the circular rail, the bottom board positioned to form a thermal channel between the top board and the bottom board for directing air through a vent opening of the circular rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: David Lee Dean, Dennis Bennett, Robert W. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9880593
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an apparatus, including: a processor; a housing including a plurality of slots; and a single piece card retainer, comprising: a back surface; a front surface comprising a plurality of independent projections, wherein each of the plurality of independent projections is flexible and aligns with a slot of the plurality of slots; and at least two connection points that connect the single piece card retainer to the housing, where the single piece card retainer rotates about the at least two connection points to open and close with respect to the plurality of slots. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Ali Kathryn Ent, Rodrigo Samper, Shuang Li, Chen Jianyang
  • Patent number: 9852666
    Abstract: A modification kit for converting an existing signage mounting structure to an electronic sign generally includes at least one sectional sign assembly including a frame section having a back-facing portion configured to be coupled to the existing signage mounting structure and a front-facing portion including an array of bays, each individual bay having removably mounted therein an LED display module and being prewired with a power routing system; wherein the power routing system includes an input end that branches out to a plurality of output ends, each disposed in one of the bays and each configured to directly couple to one of the LED display modules; a power kit configured to couple the input end of each power routing system to an AC power source; and an installation kit configured to facilitate mounting said back-facing portion to the existing signage mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ADTI Media LLC
    Inventors: Darren Robert Ward, David Franklin Cox, Richard J. Romano, Arne E. Carlson
  • Patent number: 9735485
    Abstract: An example device in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure includes a unibody socket to receive a memory module that is to interface with a computing system. A portion of the unibody socket extends into a latch extension. The latch extension is to retain the memory module based on a positive locking latch retention force that is to increase in response to an unseating force of the memory module, to prevent removal of the memory module while the latch extension is in a latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: James Jeffery Schulze, Joseph Allen, Louis J Lawrence, IV
  • Patent number: 9635782
    Abstract: Thermally actuated vents for electronic devices. An embodiment of an apparatus includes a vent having a first position and a second position, wherein the first position is an open position and the second position is a closed position; a muscle wire, a first end of the muscle wire being coupled with a connection to the vent and a second end of the muscle wire being coupled with an anchor point; and a tension element, a first end of the tension element being coupled with the vent at a connection point. The muscle wire is to apply a force to the vent to move the vent to the open position upon the muscle wire entering a contracted state, and the tension element pulling the vent to the closed position upon the muscle wire entering a relaxed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Denica N. Larsen, Prosenjit Ghosh
  • Patent number: 9625958
    Abstract: An apparatus with deflectable dividers separating peripheral components is disclosed. The apparatus includes a shroud housing coupleable to a circuit board of a computer. In an installed position, the shroud housing facilitates a proper electrical connection between peripheral components and the circuit board. The apparatus also includes at least one deflectable divider that is deflectably mounted to the shroud housing. In the installed position, the at least one deflectable divider is disposed between adjacent peripheral components. The at least one deflectable divider is operably displaced away from a selected peripheral component in a displacement motion by fingers of a user during a component swap operation to allow space for the fingers of the user to grasp the selected peripheral component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Andrew Thomas Junkins, Paul Artman, Gerard Francis Muenkel, Vincent Charles Conzola
  • Patent number: 9629232
    Abstract: Thermally actuated printed circuit board (PCB) retainer assemblies that utilize at least one thermally actuated element to secure a received PCB to a heat sink in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a thermally actuated PCB retainer assembly includes a heat sink having an elongated groove configured to receive a PCB and a PCB retainer that includes a pair of complementary elongated bodies each having a first elongated face and a second elongated face where the second elongated faces of the elongated bodies are disposed in a cooperative sliding relation and at least one thermally actuated element in contact with at least one of the elongated bodies such that the thermally actuated element applies a force on the at least one elongated body in response to temperature changes such that the elongated bodies move in the cooperative sliding relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Sean Reilly, Jacob Supowit, Michael J. Stubblebine
  • Patent number: 9607660
    Abstract: A data storage carrier includes a middle member with at least one handle between ends of the middle member. Side members are coupled to the respective ends of the middle member via living hinges. The side members each include at least two protrusions configured to interface with side mounting holes of a data storage drive. The living hinges are bendable so that the protrusions interface with the side mounting holes of the drive and the middle member interfaces with a back side of the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Richard E. Bennett, II, Odie Killen
  • Patent number: 9600038
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a high-density solid-state storage unit includes a base section and a cassette section having plurality of flash cards. The cassette section can be removably attached to the base section to provide security of data stored on the plurality of flash cards. The cassette section provides for physical security of the flash cards in part through packaging of the enclosure and energy transfer to the base station. The cassette section further provides for security of the data stored on the flash cards in part through a trusted platform module (TPM) embodied as a removable module connected to a universal serial bus (USB) style connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Skyera, LLC
    Inventors: Pinchas Herman, William Radke, Radoslav Danilak
  • Patent number: 9568962
    Abstract: An expansion card securing mechanism is configured to secure different kinds of expansion cards. The expansion card securing mechanism includes a base and a plurality of securing members which are secured on the base. The base includes a latch portion. The latch portion defines a plurality of latch holes, the securing member can be secured in the latch hole. Each securing member defines a cavity, the latch hole and the cavity can receive different kinds of expansion cards to secure the expansion cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wen-Hsiang Hung, Jun-Bo Yang, Chun-Bao Gu, Hong-Mei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9547334
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention discloses an apparatus for mating computing device structures. The apparatus comprises one or more rotatable latches, the one or more rotatable latches each including a respective screw mechanism housed within the one or more rotatable latches. The apparatus further comprises one or more spring assemblies, the one or more spring assemblies each including a respective thread assembly housed within the one or more spring assemblies. The respective thread assemblies comprise threading that is capable of receiving a corresponding screw mechanism of the one or more rotatable latches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Loparco, David C. Olson, Michael T. Peets, John G. Torok, Wade H. White, Mitchell L. Zapotoski
  • Patent number: 9524006
    Abstract: The loading density of canisters fitted to a supporting substrate of a storage enclosure is reduced. A plurality of rail structure bodies are provided in parallel with the Y-axis direction so as to be spaced apart by a first predetermined distance in the X-axis direction. A pair of the rail structure bodies arranged on left and right sides in the Y-axis direction support the canisters. The rail structure body includes first contact parts extended in parallel with the Y-axis direction, second contact parts formed continuously with the first contact parts so as to protrude by a second predetermined distance to one side in the X-axis direction, and coupling parts formed continuously with the first contact parts and the second contact parts. The canister is supported between one side surface of the second contact part of one rail structure body and the other side surface of the contact part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Nishio, Toru Kobayashi, Manabu Yamagata
  • Patent number: 9519319
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein include systems, methods and/or devices for dissipating heat generated by electronic components in an electronic system (e.g., a memory system that includes closely spaced memory modules). In one aspect, an electronic assembly includes a first circuit board, a second circuit board flexibly coupled to the first circuit board, a connecting module coupled to the second circuit board, and a fastener. The fastener is configured to couple the first circuit board to the connecting module such that the first circuit board and the second circuit board are substantially parallel and are separated by a space, wherein the space forms at least part of a channel that is configured to direct airflow through the space between the first circuit board, second circuit board, and connecting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: David Dean, Robert W. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9477273
    Abstract: A mounting rail for an insert assembly provided to fix in an installation frame of a computer includes one bearing surface to fix in a guide rail of the installation cage, one fastening for the insert assembly, whereby the mounting rail can be fixed laterally on the insert assembly, and a lever at a first end wherein the lever is mounted on a shaft such that an eccentric shape is formed and, by actuating the lever in an installed state, the mounting rail is lifted in a direction of the insert assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Fujitsu Technology Solutions Intellectual Property GmbH
    Inventor: August Scherer
  • Patent number: 9439319
    Abstract: A cable backplane system includes a plurality of cable connectors interconnected by cables, each cable connector having a header holding signal contacts at a mating end of the header configured for mating with a card connector. A cable tray having side walls surrounds a cavity defining a raceway for the cables. The cable tray has a front edge and holds header frames between the side walls. The header frames hold headers of corresponding cable connectors. An organizer plate is coupled to the cable tray at the front edge. The organizer plate has a plurality of connector channels receiving mating ends of corresponding headers. The connector channels hold the headers in position relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Jared Evan Rossman, Christopher Ritter
  • Patent number: 9433121
    Abstract: A cable backplane system includes cable connectors having cables extending therefrom. Each cable connector has a header holding signal contacts at a mating end of the header configured for mating with a card connector. The cable backplane system includes a cable tray having side walls surrounding a cavity defining a raceway for the cables. The cable tray has a front edge. A plurality of connector bricks are received in the cable tray. The connector bricks each having a header frame comprising end spacers and side spacers defining a header opening receiving a plurality of the cable connectors. The end walls hold the headers of corresponding cable connectors. The side spacers have guide paddles extending from a front of the side spacers forward of the cable connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electonics Corporation
    Inventors: Jared Evan Rossman, Christopher Ritter
  • Patent number: 9417664
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate generally to relates server rack architecture for housing computing components on a plurality of shelves. More specifically, the shelves of a particular rack may each include a power and data bus (“PDB”) pre-configured to support a particular number of devices of the shelf. A PDB may also include a number of power and data connections for blind mating with the devices of the shelf. The PDB may include two blades which extend away from the PDB and blind mate with the main bus bar. Thus, each PDB may route both power and data signals between a main bus bar for the rack and each of the devices of the shelf. A shelf may be reconfigured for a different number of devices by changing the configuration of the PDB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: William Leslie Dailey, Angela Ying-Ju Chen
  • Patent number: 9408323
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a customized storage container includes a generally rectangular housing and at least one printed circuit board contained within the rectangular housing. The customized storage container encloses a first row of interconnector modules that are positioned adjacent to a first, open end of the rectangular housing. The customized storage container also encloses a second row of interconnector modules positioned adjacent to the first, open end of the rectangular housing. At least one air vent is positioned along a side of the rectangular housing and adjacent to a second, closed end of the rectangular housing. According to one exemplary embodiment, the storage container can comprise a single printed circuit board for supporting the first and second row of interconnector modules. In another exemplary embodiment, the storage container can comprise two printed circuit boards for supporting the first and second rows interconnector modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: NETAPP, INC.
    Inventors: Jason M. Stuhlsatz, Mohamad El-Batal, Macen Shinsato
  • Patent number: 9357661
    Abstract: A module unit includes a receiving element formed from an extrusion profile and configured to receive at least one circuit board. The receiving element includes at least two recesses. Two lateral elements are each configured to be received in a respective one of the at least two recesses so as to fasten the lateral elements to the receiving element by latching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Joerg Soefker
  • Patent number: 9341663
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus includes a support structure, a positioning structure, and a fixture for retaining MEMS devices. A shaft spans between the support structure and the positioning structure, and is configured to rotate about a first axis relative to the support structure in order to rotate the positioning structure and the fixture about the first axis. The positioning structure includes a pair of beams spaced apart by a third beam. Another shaft spans between the pair of beams and is configured to rotate about a second axis relative to the positioning structure in order to rotate the fixture about the second axis. Methodology entails installing the positioning apparatus into a chamber, orienting the fixture into various positions, and obtaining output signals from the MEMS devices to determine functionality of the MEMS devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Birk