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1. (WO2013126547) ELECTRICALLY CONFIGURABLE OPTION BOARD INTERFACE

Pub. No.:    WO/2013/126547    International Application No.:    PCT/US2013/027102
Publication Date: Fri Aug 30 01:59:59 CEST 2013 International Filing Date: Fri Feb 22 00:59:59 CET 2013
IPC: G06F 13/40
Applicants: ZIH CORP.
Inventors: DIPERT, Dwight, David
MATHIS, Brad
CHARLES, Ashok K .
SCHMITT, David Scott
CRANSTON, Michael
Title: ELECTRICALLY CONFIGURABLE OPTION BOARD INTERFACE
Abstract:
A Main Logic Board having an electrically configurable option board interface (ECOBI) to facilitate connection of option boards into apparatus for providing optional functions. Once connected to the host, an Option board provides identification (ID) data to the main logic board host processor. The host processor determines the interface configuration necessary to enable communication between the host and the option board based on the option board ID, then configures electrically configurable interface circuitry for operational compatibility. The option board may provide an interface driver directly to the host for configuration of the interface. The interface may comprise a standard interface protocol such as PCI or USB that the host configures through the same connection to the option board.