External Shock Mounting/vibration Damping Patents (Class 361/679.34)
  • Patent number: 10194554
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a drive assembly, a chassis assembly, and a server device. The drive assembly comprises: a drive having a first end extending in a direction perpendicular to a length direction of the drive and a first side extending in a direction perpendicular to a width direction of the drive, wherein the drive interface is provided at the first end of the drive; and an adapter having first and second interfaces that are electrically connected with each other, wherein the first interface is plugged into the drive interface, and the second interface is adjacent to the first side of the drive so as to be electrically coupled to other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Yujie Zhou, Hendry Xiaoping Wu, Haifang Zhai, David Wei Dong, Aiqin Liu
  • Patent number: 10109323
    Abstract: A method of controlling a computing device includes detecting a user input request to disengage a drive component from a computing device, the computing device comprising a multiple-drive storage system having a plurality of drive components forming a single logical unit, and determining whether or not disengaging the drive component would cause failure of the multiple-drive storage system. The method includes disallowing disengagement of the drive component from the computing device in response to determining that disengaging the drive component would cause failure of the multiple-drive storage system, and allowing disengagement of the drive component from the computing device in response to determining that disengaging the drive component would not cause failure of the multiple-drive storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Chekim Chhuor, Liying Jin, Ping Ping Zhao, Yu Yu
  • Patent number: 9999151
    Abstract: The application concerns a support structure for power electronics, comprising a holder for the insertion of at least one power electronics module and an electrically conductive external geometry which surrounds the holder and has rounded corners and edges with a radius of curvature which is greater than a predetermined minimum radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Marcus Lindblom, Michael Weiss
  • Patent number: 9990012
    Abstract: A disk drive module is provided herein. The disk drive module includes a frame, a keyed member, a front aperture, and a back aperture. The frame includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a pair of side walls therebetween. The keyed member is formed along at least one of the pair of side walls. The front aperture to receive a drive carrier. The back aperture to interchangeably receive at least one back end selected from a hot plug back end and a non-hot plug back end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP
    Inventors: Earl W Moore, Minh H Nguyen, David A Selvidge
  • Patent number: 9817451
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a chassis defining an opening. A motherboard is received in the chassis and a data storage device comprising a circuit board with storage unit can be directly coupled to the motherboard. The data storage device is mounted to the chassis through the opening but is detachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MiiCs & Partners (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Yuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9779780
    Abstract: A storage device test slot includes a housing. The housing defines a test compartment for receiving a storage device for testing. One or more tuned mass dampers are connected to the housing. The one or more tuned mass dampers are configured to inhibit vibration of the housing at one or more predetermined frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Teradyne, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Martino
  • Patent number: 9643233
    Abstract: An information handling system (IHS) has a heatsink including cooling fins each having a plate structure and attached to the base in spaced parallel arrangement for receiving a first air flow that is in parallel alignment to the conductive surface. The heatsink includes a tunnel formed through the cooling fins perpendicularly to the first air flow. The IHS provides cooling air to one or more heatsinks without thermally shadowing other compute components as well as providing a second flow of cooling air to downstream component/s via the tunnel of each heatsink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Edmond I. Bailey, Christopher M. Helberg, Travis C. North, Austin Michael Shelnutt
  • Patent number: 9609773
    Abstract: An electronic device assembly includes an electronic device having a mount that includes a mounting opening. The mounting opening is configured to receive mounting hardware therein for mounting the electronic device to a structure. An isolator is coupled to the mount. The isolator includes an elastomeric bushing configured to attenuate at least one of shock or vibration exerted on the electronic device. The isolator is incorporated within the mount such that the elastomeric bushing is received into the mounting opening of the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ernest Steven Blazic
  • Patent number: 9572901
    Abstract: A self-disinfecting device includes a housing with translucent material and an internal light source that is used to reduce surface pathogens on the translucent material. The device includes a processor and a light source positioned within the housing. At least a portion of the housing is translucent to radiation, and the light source emits radiation at a wavelength and an intensity that kills pathogens residing on the outer surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Todeschini
  • Patent number: 9555597
    Abstract: An apparatus and computing device are described herein. The apparatus includes a chassis cover of a computing device. The apparatus also includes a foam core. Furthermore, the foam core is in contact with a surface of the chassis cover of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mark E. Sprenger, Paul J. Gwin
  • Patent number: 9485886
    Abstract: A drive module is inserted into an extraction opening of a server and includes a casing, a circuit board, a fixing member fixed on the casing, a plurality of drives, and a cover having a clamping portion and forming a space cooperatively with the casing. The fixing member has engaging and pressing arms. The engaging arm is engaged with the circuit board when the clamping portion and the casing clamp the circuit board. The pressing arm has a hole for engaging with a protruding portion of the server to fix the drive module. The plurality of drives is inserted into the space and plugged into the circuit board. When the pressing arm is pulled toward a first direction or a second direction opposite to the first direction, the hole is disengaged from the protruding portion or the pressing arm drives the engaging arm to be separate from the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Zhao-Ping Fu
  • Patent number: 9250658
    Abstract: Buffer materials 7 and a lower principal surface 6a of a hard disk case 6, and the buffer materials 7 and a hard disk drive 5, are adhesively fixed to each other by strong pressure-sensitive adhesive forces. Pressure-sensitive adhesive materials 8 are provided between the hard disk drive 5 and an upper principal surface 6b of the hard disk case 6. The pressure-sensitive adhesive force of each pressure-sensitive adhesive material 8 is weak to such a degree that the pressure-sensitive adhesive material 8 becomes detached by a contraction force of each buffer material 7. Thus, when external disturbance is applied to the hard disk drive 5, each pressure-sensitive adhesive material 8 becomes detached during contraction of each buffer material 7. The contraction of each buffer material 7 and the detachment of each pressure-sensitive adhesive material 8 allow improvement of the impact resistance of the hard disk drive 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Iwamoto, Hitoshi Nakatani
  • Patent number: 9240219
    Abstract: A hard disk support for holding a hard disk drive can include a frame, a bracket, and a plurality of arched ribs. The bracket is located in the frame. The plurality of arched ribs extends from the frame toward to the bracket, and the arched ribs couple the bracket to the frame. When the hard disk support is shaken at a first orientation, the arched ribs are deformed to reduce the shock to the bracket to relieve the shock to the hard disk drive. As a result, the hard disk drive can be secured on the hard disk support without shock absorbers to absorb shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiang-Kun Zhong, Hsien-Huan Chiu
  • Patent number: 9165607
    Abstract: A portable electronic device having an outer housing, a component, and a shock-absorption assembly is disclosed. A shock-absorption assembly located within the outer housing and coupled to the component can include one or more elements adapted to dampen a mechanical shock to the component. The shock-absorption assembly elements can be mounted to corners and/or edges of the component. Shock-absorption assembly elements can include a first portion comprising protrusions that provide initial damping of the mechanical shock and a second portion comprising an elastic block that provides final damping of the mechanical shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng Ping Tan, Con Phan, Steven Lee Owen, Michael D. Hillman
  • Patent number: 9149963
    Abstract: An electric power panel used in an injection molding machine is formed of a box-like member mounted with an electrical component. An electric power panel mounting member secured to a bottom portion of the electric power panel is attached to a floorboard by means of a vibration absorber. The electric power panel mounting member has a width greater than a width of the box-like member in a depth direction, and the vibration absorber is disposed on either end portion of the electric power panel mounting member outside the box-like member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuharu Urushizaki, Hideki Koyama
  • Patent number: 9148972
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for creating an overall assembly formed from a transparent member and a metal member are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method includes positioning a transparent member in a mold configured for insertion molding, and providing a liquid metal into the mold. The method also includes hardening the liquid metal in the mold. Hardening the liquid metal includes binding the metal to the transparent member to create the integral assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle H. Yeates
  • Patent number: 9098233
    Abstract: A storage device carrier includes a first member and a second member. The first member includes a side portion and a front portion, perpendicularly coupled to an inside surface of a front end of the first member side portion. The first member includes a first portion of a finger grab. The second member includes a side portion and a latching feature. The latching feature is on an outside surface of a second member side portion. The second member also includes a front portion, perpendicularly coupled to an inside surface of a front end of the second member side portion. The second member includes a second portion of the finger grab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: DOT HILL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Michael Keffeler
  • Patent number: 9099163
    Abstract: A disk drive assembly including a disk drive enclosure, a damping assembly including a first mounting sheet having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, at least one elastomeric cushion attached to the second side of the first mounting sheet, wherein the first side of the first mounting sheet of the damping assembly contacts a surface of the disk drive enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn E. Casey, David W. Niss
  • Patent number: 9082460
    Abstract: Improved electronic device protection enclosures are generally described. In an example, an illustrative apparatus for protecting an electronic device is provided. The apparatus includes a drive enclosure structure, a gripping pad, and a deformation mechanism. The drive enclosure structure includes a sidewall. The gripping pad is located on the sidewall and includes a plurality of angled slots. The deformation mechanism is connected to the sidewall and configured to facilitate selective deformation of the gripping pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Jabil Circuit, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry E. Caldwell, Jeffrey D. Wilke
  • Patent number: 9042119
    Abstract: A lightweight radio/CD player for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a case and frontal interface formed of polymer based material that is molded to provide details to accept audio devices such as playback mechanisms (if desired) and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case and frontal interface are of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides EMC, RFI, BCI and ESD shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. The major components and subassemblies self-interconnect by integral guide and connection features effecting “slide lock” and “snap lock” self-interconnection. The major components and subassemblies self-ground by establishing an interference fit with exposed, resilient, embossed portions of wire mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Edgar Glenn Hassler
  • Patent number: 9025320
    Abstract: A housing for a computer system which can be opened at least on a first housing wall for access into the housing and wherein, on a second housing wall, an opening for an external connector plug is arranged, the housing having a covering fixture to cover the opening for the connector plug, wherein the covering fixture is operable by the first housing wall such that the opening for the external connector plug is covered at least partially when the housing is opened, and the opening for the external connector plug is not covered when the housing is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Technology Solutions Intellectual Property GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Neukam
  • Patent number: 9025326
    Abstract: A server includes a server host including a tray, a main circuit, a left circuit board, a right circuit board, a rear circuit board, several first hard disk drives, several second hard disk drives and several third hard disk drives. The left, right and rear circuit boards are located at the left side, right side and rear side of the main circuit board, respectively, and all electrically connected to the main circuit board. The first hard disk drives are electrically connected to the main circuit board via the left and right circuit boards. The second hard disk drives are located at the left and right side of the rear circuit board. The third hard disk drives are located above the rear circuit board, and the second and third hard disk drives are electrically connected to the main circuit board via the rear circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignees: Inventec (Pudong) Technology Corporation, Inventec Corporation
    Inventor: Ji-Peng Xu
  • Patent number: 9019699
    Abstract: Absorbers for a mass storage device are provided. The absorbers may be configured to protect the mass storage device from drop events and reduce the transmission of vibrations from and/or to the mass storage device. Additionally, the absorbers may occupy a smaller amount of space than traditional snubber mounting arrangements. The absorbers may include major surface absorbers formed from a first elastomeric material that engage major surfaces of the mass storage device. Corner absorbers formed from a second elastomeric material may engage the corners of the mass storage device and the side walls of a compartment in a case. The major surface absorbers and the corner absorbers may distribute and absorb load applied during a drop event. A related portable computing device and a related method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Knopf, John M. Brock, Robert L. Coish, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Ron A. Hopkinson
  • Patent number: 8995119
    Abstract: Provided herein is a low cost high performance light weight hard drive cover that is injection molded. The hard drive top cover has a flange portion that applies pressure to an elastomeric seal preventing ingress of moisture dust and other contaminants into the sensitive components. The flange portion is reinforced with a plurality of metallic strips that are placed between pressure application locations embedded within the polymer flange. The viscoelastic creep response of the polymer flange does not contribute to relaxation of pressure on the elastomeric seal due to the presence of the metallic reinforcement strips. The metallic reinforcement strips may have a convex curvature between pressure application locations. The metallic reinforcement strip may have apertures for passage of injection molded polymer creating delamination free intimate bond between the polymer in the flange and the metallic reinforcement strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: MMI Precision Forming Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Hendrikus Thijssen, Sudarshan Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 8988871
    Abstract: Mounted between bottom and top surfaces of a case are: second buffer materials and first buffer materials brought in surface contact with a bottom surface of a hard disk drive (HDD) via an insulating member, and upper buffer materials brought in surface contact with the opposite side of the HDD via the insulating member. When impact F2 is applied to the HDD, the second buffer materials contract from a thickness of T0 to T2, and the first buffer materials buckle. Buckling parts of the first buffer materials buckle when the second buffer materials contract to thickness T2, and can achieve impact-lessening independently from the second buffer materials. The second buffer materials contract singly from T0 to equal T1 to or more than T2, whereas the first buffer materials and second buffer materials both act at thickness T2 or beyond. Therefore, impact-lessening can be achieved in a broad range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Iwamoto, Hitoshi Nakatani, Takeshi Mori, Shun Shimazaki, Takahiro Tabata
  • Patent number: 8982550
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a hard disk drive unit including a hard disk drive configured to read various data from and write various data in a magnetic disk incorporated therein; a housing of an apparatus main body configured to hold the hard disk drive on a substrate to be freely attached and detached; and a hard-disk-drive holding member provided in the hard disk drive unit, configured to include a first anti-vibration member having vibration damping properties disposed on a predetermined surface parallel to a disk width direction of the magnetic disk and fix and hold the hard disk drive in a state in which the first anti-vibration member is sandwiched between the hard disk drive and the predetermined surface, and formed of a metal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiro Kaneko, Kazuyuki Matsumura, Kazuhiro Fushimi, Takashi Ootashiro
  • Publication number: 20150062800
    Abstract: A mounting system can be used in a storage device or other electrical device to mount a component, such as a drive, while also providing at least some shock absorption. The mounting system can include a deflection arm, a protrusion and a hole. The protrusion and hole can be configured to engage one another. One of either the hole or the protrusion can be on the deflection arm and the other can be on the component being mounted. The mounting system can also include a locking tab configured to move to a position behind the deflection arm. The locking tab can decrease the amount of deflection that can be experienced by the deflection arm to prevent the component from becoming prematurely dislodged from the mounting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: BRUCE A. CARIKER, MEE OK CHUNG
  • Patent number: 8971036
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein include, among other things, a hard disk drive (HDD) retention system that has an HDD carrier assembly into which an HDD is positioned, and which allows an HDD to be inserted and ejected quickly. The carrier assembly includes spring elements, which, upon insertion of the HDD into the carrier assembly, compress, and exert a force on the HDD, retaining it within the assembly, in addition to reducing vibration transmission between the HDD and the carrier assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Chi Kin Lau, Jeffrey Scott Spaulding
  • Patent number: 8947872
    Abstract: A holding frame includes a base plate, a first resisting wall, a second resisting wall, two first elastic arms and two second elastic arms. The base plate includes a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The first resisting wall extends from the first surface, and the second resisting wall extends from the second surface. The two first elastic arms are formed on the first surface, and face the first resisting wall. The two first elastic arms and the first resisting wall define a first receiving space configured for receiving a first hard disk drive. The two second elastic arms are formed on the second surface, and face the second resisting wall. The two second elastic arms and the second resisting wall define a second receiving space configured for receiving a second hard disk drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Ming Chang
  • Publication number: 20150029655
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the disclosure, an apparatus includes a sleeve configured to surround a hard drive. The sleeve includes a side portion, a bottom portion, a top portion, a front portion, and a back portion. At least one of the side portion, the bottom portion, the top portion, the front, or the back portion is made of an elastomeric material configured to absorb a portion of shock or vibration from being imparted on the hard drive. Additionally, at least one of the side portion, the top portion, or the bottom portion is tapered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Jayson K. Bopp, Sarah L. Palmer
  • Patent number: 8934222
    Abstract: An enhanced computer assembly and related method is provided that enables easy shipment and installation of such computing systems. In one embodiment a split top hat design is provided that can be removed. The removable split hat comprises a receiving member and an inner member that are secured to the frame in a manner that can be easily removed. In an alternate embodiment, a collapsible top hat is provided which adjusts the height of the assembly from a first to a second position. The collapsible feature has an upper portion that is connected to a plurality of pivoted side members that are capable of collapsing onto themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William P. Kostenko, Steven C. McIntosh, Budy D. Notohardjono, John G. Torok, Howard P. Welz
  • Patent number: 8934230
    Abstract: A portable computer includes a display module, and a hinge module. One end of the hinge module is connected to the display module. The portable computer further includes a host module. The host module includes a housing whereon an accommodating space is formed. The other end of the hinge module is fixed inside the accommodating space. The portable computer further includes a battery component installed on the housing for covering the accommodating space so as to cover the hinge module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Ta-Chun Hsiung, Chi-Ting Lin, Chun-Yu Lin, Chu-Cheng Yang, Jyun-Shuo Liang
  • Patent number: 8934223
    Abstract: An electronic device enclosure includes an inner tray and an outer tray. The inner tray includes a bottom plate. The outer tray receiving the inner tray and includes a base wall with a first bridge. The first bridge includes two first connecting panels and a first mounting panel between the two first connecting panels. Each of the two first connecting panels is slanted relative to the base wall. An acreage of the first mounting panel is less than an acreage of the base wall, and the base wall is engaged with the bottom plate via the first mounting panel by attaching the first mounting panel to the bottom plate, to decrease a contacting acreage between the base wall and the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yao-Chung Chen, Lung-Sheng Tsai
  • Patent number: 8913378
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a main body, a hinge through which the main body is attached to a stand, a chassis including a support portion that is attached to the hinge, a vibrating component to which a bracket is attached, the vibrating component being attached to the support portion through the bracket, and a shielding member that is attached to the chassis to cover the chassis without coming into contact with the vibrating component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Makoto Bando
  • Patent number: 8902578
    Abstract: A micro damper device comprising a main body, a cover, a sensor component and a control component is provided. The main body has a first surface, a second surface, a convex and a coil. A current is introduced to the coil to form a magnetic field with a first and a second magnetic pole. The cover has a first end, a second end and a first magnetic component. The sensor component is disposed on a side opposite the convex to measure a first vibration direction of the second surface. The control component is electrically connected between the sensor component and the coil and controls the current for adjusting the polarity and the strength of the first magnetic pole for producing a force between the first magnetic pole and a third magnetic pole, which makes the main body move along a second vibration direction opposite the first vibration direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Kun-Ta Lee
  • Patent number: 8897001
    Abstract: An aesthetically pleasing small form factor desktop computer is described. The small form factor desktop computer can be formed of a single piece seamless housing that in the described embodiment is machined from a single billet of aluminum. In some embodiments, the housing includes a fastening system for securing and electrically grounding internal components to the housing. Fewer components and less time and effort can be required for assembly of the small form factor desktop computer and the absence of seams in the single piece housing can provide good protection against environmental contamination of internal components as well as EM shielding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Eric A. Knopf, David P. Tarkington, Houtan R. Farahani
  • Patent number: 8848365
    Abstract: An electronic device in which a holding member for holding an external instrument is arranged rotatably on a housing section, and a restricting part for restricting, at a predetermined angle, rotation angle of the holding member is formed on an inner wall of the housing section. The holding member makes contact with a front side surface engaged with a connector of the external instrument. The restricting part restricts rotation of the holding member whose back surface facing the front side surface is exposed from the housing section. When holding member includes a guiding part that guides the external instrument in a direction that detaches it from the housing section when the holding member is further rotated beyond the restriction by the restricting part, the external instrument can be detached from the housing section when the rotation is equal to or larger than a restriction angle defined by the restricting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shun Shimazaki, Hitoshi Nakatani, Takeshi Mori, Yuichiro Tachibana
  • Patent number: 8837125
    Abstract: A support arm has an attachment hole formed thereon. The support arm has a first side wall and a second side wall both constituting edge of the attachment hole. An engaged convex portion is formed on the second side wall. The first side wall restricts a hook of the front panel from moving in a direction away from the second side wall toward the first wall. The first side wall is elastically deformable such that it swells in the direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Ishiwata, Nobuyuki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140254087
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a chassis, a circuit board mounted in the chassis, a hard disk drive, a cover secured to the chassis, and a mounting plate secured to the hard disk drive. The mounting plate secures the hard disk drive to the cover adjacent to the circuit board. The cover covers the circuit board and protects components on the circuit board below the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: XIU-QUAN HU
  • Patent number: 8830670
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device is provided with a casing including a module receiving portion which receives a module and includes a module supporting wall and a module surrounding wall. The module supporting wall includes a module support portion, and an opening provided between the support portion and the module surrounding wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hideo Shirasaka, Tetsuhiko Fukazawa
  • Patent number: 8830664
    Abstract: A ground member of a personal electronic device includes a base and a first deflection arm formed of a portion of the base. The first deflection arm exposes a cutout portion of the base and is bent along a first bend line. The cutout portion is dimensioned to engage with a complementary dimensioned support member and the first deflection arm is configured to deflect and engage with the support member in response to insertion of the support member in the cutout portion. The ground member further includes a second deflection arm extending from the base and bent along a second bend line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Mitchell Kole, Charles B. Woodhull, Michael Benjamin Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 8817461
    Abstract: A fixing mechanism for fixing a detachable module is disclosed. The fixing mechanism includes a frame for covering the detachable module. The frame includes a frame body and a pivoting portion connected to the frame body. A pivoting hole is formed on the pivoting portion. The fixing mechanism further includes a casing. The casing includes a lateral plate whereon a slot is formed, a shaft portion extended from the lateral plate in a first direction and disposed on a side of the slot, and an engaging portion extended from the lateral plate in a second direction and disposed on another side of the slot for inserting into the pivoting hole of the pivoting portion so that the pivoting portion is capable of pivoting from a first position to a second position as abutting against the shat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Aopen Inc.
    Inventor: Yi-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 8807271
    Abstract: A speaker device with vibration absorbing function includes a main body and at least one damping mechanism. The main body is installed inside a first casing and a second casing for generating sound. The at least one damping mechanism is connected to the main body and includes a sheathing member, a sleeve member and a resilient member. The sheathing member is disposed on the first casing and located in a position near the main body. The sleeve member is connected to the main body and sheathes the sheathing member in a slidable manner for transmitting vibration generated by the main body as generating sound. Two ends of the resilient member are respectively installed inside the sheathing member and inside the sleeve member for resiliently abutting against the sleeve member, so as to absorb the vibration transmitted from the sleeve member as the main body generates sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Hsin Chen, Chang-Ming Kuo
  • Patent number: 8787012
    Abstract: An efficient and quick mechanism provides for retention and removal of hard drives on a computer chassis. A hard drive is placed in a hard drive housing, which includes one or more pins on the outside of the housing and a opening on a side of the housing. The pins on the hard drive housing align with and fit inside slots located on the chassis. The chassis also includes a spring plunger that inserts into the opening of the hard drive housing. The insertion of the spring plunger into the opening of the hard drive housing secures the housing to the chassis. The pins can be uncoupled from the slots and the spring plunger can be released from the opening to quickly remove the hard drive housing from the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Meir Michael, Steven J. Furuta, Michael Wittig
  • Patent number: 8774980
    Abstract: A cooling system includes a first temperature sensor, a pump, a first controller, and a first filtering device. The first temperature sensor senses a temperature of an external water source and outputs a first temperature value. The pump pumps the water from the external water source. The first controller is connected between the first temperature sensor and the pump to receive the first temperature value, and compare the first temperature value with a first predetermined temperature value. If the first temperature value is less than the first predetermined temperature value, the first controller controls the pump to pump the water from the external water source. The first filtering device is connected to the pump to receive and filter the pumped water and output the filtered water to a cold water pipe of the container data center to cool servers of the container data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yao-Ting Chang, Chao-Ke Wei, Hung-Chou Chan
  • Patent number: 8755178
    Abstract: An exemplary frame assembly includes a mounting frame and a fixing frame which is detachably mounted inside the mounting frame. The fixing frame includes two opposite side plate and two latching assemblies. Each latching assembly includes two connecting arms, a main body and a handle. Each connecting arm includes a first section extends from a front end of a corresponding one of the first and second side plate a predetermined distance and coplanar with the corresponding one of the first and second side plate and a second section bent backwards from the first section and overlapping the first section. Each second section includes a first latching portion. The mounting frame includes two second latching portions. The two first latching portions of the two latching assemblies cooperate with the two second latching portions to lock the fixing frame to the mounting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precison Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lei Zheng, Zhen-Xing Ye
  • Patent number: 8737056
    Abstract: A vibration dampening structure mounted on a mounting apparatus for a storage module includes a dampening member and a fastener. The dampening member defines a through hole. The fastener includes a head portion and a neck portion extending from the head. The neck portion is received in the through hole. The head portion has a smooth face to decrease friction between the head portion and the data storage module movable relative to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 8737063
    Abstract: A fastening device includes a bracket, two hook devices, and an operation member. The bracket includes two parallel clamping arms sandwiching an HDD, and a connection plate connected between the clamping arms. Each clamping arm defines a through slot. Each hook includes an end portion engaging in an inner side of the corresponding clamping arm, a locking portion received in the corresponding through slot, and a slanting connection portion connected between the end portion and the locking portion. Two locking poles extend from the locking portion to engage in locking holes defined in the HDD. The operation member is slidably connected to the connection plate. When the operation member is manipulated toward the connection plate, the connection plate abuts against the connection poles of the hook devices. The connection poles are deformed away from the HDD, to disengage the locking poles from the HDD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Hua Chen
  • Publication number: 20140139996
    Abstract: A vibration-absorbing module comprises a case structure and an electronic device. The case structure comprises a bottom plate, two lateral walls and a plurality of vibration absorbing elements. The two lateral walls are disposed on and perpendicular to the bottom plate. The vibration absorbing elements are pivotally disposed on the two lateral walls respectively. The distance between opposing pairs of vibration absorbing elements disposed on the two opposite lateral walls is smaller than the distance between the two lateral walls. The electronic device is detachably disposed between the two lateral walls, and the vibration absorbing elements are in contact with two opposite sides of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicants: INVENTEC CORPORATION, INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chung-Chien Wu, Hung-Jung Hsia
  • Publication number: 20140111933
    Abstract: A removable assembly for quickly inserting and removing a mass storage device from a compartment situated on the case of a portable computing device is described. The removable assembly is made of a mass storage device, a bracket which serves as a carrier for the mass storage device, and a metal plate. The mass storage device can be a solid state drive (SSD) card. The bracket is a single-piece plastic structure that can be deflected for snap insertion into the compartment and snap removal from the compartment. The metal plate conducts heat from the solid state drive (SSD) card to prevent it from overheating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Eric A. Knopf, Bartley K. Andre, Matthew P. Casebolt, Houtan R. Farahani, William F. Leggett, Gavin J. Reid, Mikael M. Silvanto, Derek J. Yap