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1. WO1996006483 - MODULAR PORTABLE COMPUTER HAVING INDUCTIVELY COUPLED KEYBOARD

Publication Number WO/1996/006483
Publication Date 29.02.1996
International Application No. PCT/US1995/010434
International Filing Date 17.08.1995
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 21.03.1996
IPC
G06F 1/16 2006.01
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
1Details not covered by groups G06F3/-G06F13/82
16Constructional details or arrangements
G06F 3/02 2006.01
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
3Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
02Input arrangements using manually operated switches, e.g. using keyboards or dials
H04M 3/42 2006.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
3Automatic or semi-automatic exchanges
42Systems providing special services or facilities to subscribers
H05K 5/02 2006.01
HELECTRICITY
05ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
KPRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS
5Casings, cabinets or drawers for electric apparatus
02Details
CPC
G06F 1/16
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1Details not covered by groups G06F3/00G06F13/00 and G06F21/00
16Constructional details or arrangements
G06F 1/1616
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
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1Details not covered by groups G06F3/00G06F13/00 and G06F21/00
16Constructional details or arrangements
1613for portable computers
1615with several enclosures having relative motions, each enclosure supporting at least one I/O or computing function
1616with folding flat displays, e.g. laptop computers or notebooks having a clamshell configuration, with body parts pivoting to an open position around an axis parallel to the plane they define in closed position
G06F 1/1626
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
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1Details not covered by groups G06F3/00G06F13/00 and G06F21/00
16Constructional details or arrangements
1613for portable computers
1626with a single-body enclosure integrating a flat display, e.g. Personal Digital Assistants [PDAs]
G06F 1/1632
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06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
1Details not covered by groups G06F3/00G06F13/00 and G06F21/00
16Constructional details or arrangements
1613for portable computers
1632External expansion units, e.g. docking stations
G06F 1/1656
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
1Details not covered by groups G06F3/00G06F13/00 and G06F21/00
16Constructional details or arrangements
1613for portable computers
1633Constructional details or arrangements of portable computers not specific to the type of enclosures covered by groups G06F1/1615 - G06F1/1626
1656Details related to functional adaptations of the enclosure, e.g. to provide protection against EMI, shock, water, or to host detachable peripherals like a mouse or removable expansions units like PCMCIA cards, or to provide access to internal components for maintenance or to removable storage supports like CDs or DVDs, or to mechanically mount accessories
G06F 1/1662
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
1Details not covered by groups G06F3/00G06F13/00 and G06F21/00
16Constructional details or arrangements
1613for portable computers
1633Constructional details or arrangements of portable computers not specific to the type of enclosures covered by groups G06F1/1615 - G06F1/1626
1662Details related to the integrated keyboard
Applicants
  • ELONEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC. [US/US]; 100 South Ellsworth Avenue Fourth Floor San Mateo, CA 94401, US
Inventors
  • KIKINIS, Dan; US
Agents
  • BOYS, Donald, R.; P.O. Box 187 Aromas, CA 95004, US
Priority Data
08/294,75023.08.1994US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) MODULAR PORTABLE COMPUTER HAVING INDUCTIVELY COUPLED KEYBOARD
(FR) ORDINATEUR PORTABLE MODULAIRE
Abstract
(EN)
A modular computer has a framework (11) with modules bays (19, 21, 23, 25) for receiving CPU modules (66), power modules (85), and peripheral function modules (61) such as floppy and hard disk drives. The framework has a built-in compressed bus (89) and a variety of function modules (61) which can be plugged into any one of the module bays (19, 21, 23, 25). Function modules can include, but are not limited to, CPU (66), power (85), floppy disk, hard disk, RAM memory, LAN communication, modem, FAX communication, and data acquisition. In some embodiments function modules are provided for communicating with separate input means, such as voice, keyboards (17), and pen-pads. In one aspect the module bays (19, 21, 23, 25) and the function modules (61) are configured according to dimensional and connective standards of the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. In another aspect a modular portable computer has a flexible, rollable, keyboard (1011) with a system (Fig. 31) for transmitting keystroke signals by magnetic induction.
(FR)
Ordinateur modulaire comportant un châssis (11) et des compartiments (19, 21, 23, 25) destinés à recevoir les modules (66) de l'unité centrale, des modules d'alimentation (85) et des modules de fonctions périphériques (61) tels que des unités de disque dur ou de disquette. Le châssis comporte un bus comprimé intégré (89) et différents modules de fonctions (61) qui peuvent être branchés dans n'importe quel compartiment (19, 21, 23, 25). Les modules de fonctions peuvent comprendre, de façon non exhaustive, l'unité centrale (66), l'alimentation (85), l'unité de disquettes ou de disque dur, une mémoire RAM, un LAN, un modem, un FAX, ou des dispositifs d'acquisition de données. Dans certaines variantes sont prévus des modules de fonctions assurant des liaisons avec des dispositifs d'entrée séparés tels que des dispositifs vocaux, des claviers (17) et des tablettes à crayon. Dans une variante particulière, les compartiments (19, 21, 23, 25) et les modules de fonction (61) sont, pour ce qui est des dimensions et des connexions, conformes aux normes PCMCIA. Dans une autre variante particulière, l'ordinateur portable modulaire est pourvu d'un clavier souple enroulable (1011) muni d'un système transmettant les signaux de frappe par induction magnétique.
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