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710 - Electrical computers and digital data processing systems: input/output

710100000 - INTRASYSTEM CONNECTION (E.G., BUS AND BUS TRANSACTION PROCESSING)

710300000 - Bus expansion or extension

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
710302000 Hot insertion 64
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20110197008CARD HOST LSI AND SET DEVICE INCLUDING THE LSI - A card host LSI includes M card host I/Fs for N-bit card modules, and M card bus terminals. A bridge circuit sets coupling relationship of signal lines so that a card host I/F corresponding to a card bus coupled to an (M×N)-bit card module and the other card host I/F(s) operate in conjunction with each other to control the card module, when an enable signal indicates the (M×N)-bit mode.08-11-2011
20110197007METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING A CARD READER WITH MULTIPLE CARD HOLDERS AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING BETWEEN A HOST AND THE CARD READER AND SYSTEM THEREOF - The present invention discloses a method, related to smart card reader field, for recognizing a card reader with multiple card holders. The method includes connecting, by the card reader with multiple card readers, to a host and loading, by the host, card reader device bus driver; obtaining, by the card reader device bus driver, the device information of the card reader with multiple card readers and creating physical device object according to the device information; installing and loading, by the host, smart card function driver for each physical device object and registering a standard smart card driver library for every smart card function driver; creating, by the smart card service of the host, a new smart card device record in the resource manager of the smart card service according to the smart card function driver loaded and the smart card driver library registered and recognizing the card reader with multiple card readers as a plurality of smart card devices. The invention further discloses a method for communicating between the host and the card reader with multiple card holders based on the recognizing method described above and a system thereof.08-11-2011
20110197005MOTHERBOARD EXPANSION DEVICE - A motherboard expansion device includes a motherboard having a expansion slot conforming a first standard, an expansion card conforming a second standard, a converter card positioned between the motherboard and the expansion card, and the converter card connects to the expansion slot and the expansion card, respectively; a converter chip is mounted on the converter card for converting signals between the expansion slot and the expansion card, and one or more motherboard components mounted on the motherboard. The expansion card is mounted vertically above the motherboard, and is supported by the converter card, and the converter card defines a cutout between the converter card and the motherboard to partially receive the motherboard component.08-11-2011
20130031288PCI-E SYSTEM HAVING RECONFIGURABLE LINK ARCHITECTURE - A peripheral component interconnect express (PCI-E) system has a reconfigurable link architecture. The system comprises a system slot adapted to receive a PCI-E compatible system controller, a plurality of peripheral slots adapted to receive a plurality of peripheral modules, and a reconfigurable switch fabric configured to create a variable number of PCI-E links between the system slot and the plurality of peripheral slots.01-31-2013
20120246371TEST APPARATUS FOR PCI CARD - A test apparatus includes a circuit board and a peripheral component interconnect (PCI) expansion slot. A number of golden fingers are arranged at a first side of the circuit board. A second side of the circuit board is connected to a bottom of the PCI expansion slot. The golden fingers are electrically connected to the PCI expansion slot. A number of first test pads and second test pads are arranged on the circuit board between the first and second sides. The first and second test pads have different shapes, sizes, and/or colors. The first and second test pads are electrically connected to the PCI expansion slot correspondingly.09-27-2012
20100077121DETACHABLE ADAPTER AND PORTABLE SYSTEM - A detachable adapter is provided for being detachably connected to a data bus of a receptacle of a portable device to form a portable system. The adapter includes a conversion circuit and can inform the portable device that whether a power source is available and inform the portable device of connection status of the adapter through the data bus. The portable device can be connected to the power source through one of the receptacles of the adapter so that the portable device is powered or charged, and the portable device can be connected to at least one client device through the other receptacle of the adapter simultaneously.03-25-2010
20130080675Dual PCI-X/PCI-E Card - A dual bus interface PCB includes a main chipset component, a first type bus interface connector, and a second type bus interface connector. The PCB can be configured at fabrication time to enable a variety of configurations for operation. Optionally, the PCB can also be provided at least one memory chip and a NIC (Network Interface Card) chip. By virtue of having a dual interface, the PCB can be used with either the first type or the second type bus. Furthermore, the dual interface PCB eliminates the need by chipset manufacturers to carry multiple PCB variations of the same product in order to support various bus interfaces. In one embodiment, the PCB is a dual PCI-X/PCI-E interface PCB.03-28-2013
20130042040CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY - A connector assembly includes first to fifth connectors, two PCIe slots, and an adapter board. When the first connector is connected to the fifth connector, and the third connector is connected to the fourth connector, signals at the pins of the third connector are transmitted to the second group of pins of the first PCIe slot through the fourth connector, the fifth connector, and the first connector in series. When the second connector is connected to the fifth connector, and the third connector is connected to the fourth connector, signals at pins of the third connector are transmitted to the fourth group of pins of the second PCIe slot through the fourth connector, the fifth connector, and the second connector in series.02-14-2013
20130042041CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY - A connector assembly includes first and second connectors, a flexible printed circuit board, first and second peripheral component interconnection express (PCIe) slots, and a jumper card. When the jumper card is plugged into the first PCIe slot, pins of the jumper card are connected to pins of the first PCIe slot for transmitting signals to the pins of the first PCIe slot and to the pins of the first connector in that order. When the first connector is connected to the second connector, signals at the pins of the first PCIe slot are transmitted to pins of the second PCIe slot.02-14-2013
20090164685EXPANSION DEVICE FOR HARD DISK DRIVE - An expansion device includes a peripheral component interconnect (PCI) card, a hard disk connector, a hard disk drive (HDD), and a signal converter. The PCI card includes PCI pins for connecting to a PCI slot of a motherboard of a computer. The connector is arranged on the PCI card. The HDD is attached to the PCI card and connected to the connector. The signal converter is connected between the hard disk connector and the PCI pins. The signal converter receives a PCI signal from the PCI slot through the PCI pins, and converts the PCI signal to a signal suitable for and provided to a HDD through the connector. When the HDD completes reading and writing, the signal converter receives a feedback signal from the HDD through the connector, and converts the feedback signal to a PCI signal for being provided to the motherboard through the PCI pins.06-25-2009
20100042769MOTHERBOARD AND INTERFACE CONTROL METHOD OF MEMORY SLOT THEREOF - The invention provides a motherboard and an interface control method of a memory slot thereof. The motherboard includes a plurality of slot groups, a bus, and an interface controller. Each of the slot groups includes a first memory slot and a second memory slot connected with the bus. The first memory slot and the second memory slot form two different access addresses. The interface controller transmits a plurality of pin control signals to the corresponding slot groups to make the two access addresses of the first memory slot and the second memory slot of a using slot group of the slot groups different from the two access addresses of the first memory slot and the second memory slot of each of the other slot groups. Then, the interface controller accesses the using slot group via the bus.02-18-2010
20100106878ELECTRONIC DEVICE UTILIZING CONNECTING PORT FOR CONNECTING CONNECTOR TO TRANSMIT/RECEIVE SIGNALS WITH CUSTOMIZED FORMAT - An electronic device includes: a first output port, a processing circuit and a bridge circuit. The first output port is configured for connecting a connector with a connector type complying with a specific signal transmission standard. The processing circuit is utilized for processing an input data to generate an output data. The bridge circuit is coupled between the processing circuit and the first output port, and utilized for receiving the output data generated from the processing circuit, converting the output data into an output signal which has a physical layer compliant with the specific signal transmission standard and a protocol layer different from the specific signal transmission standard, and then outputting the output signal to the first output port.04-29-2010
20090043935Storage card having selectable contact elements and method of its operation - The present invention relates to a storage card having selectable contact elements a terminal capable of receiving said storage card and method of its operation. The storage card with selectable contact elements, comprises an interface having a plurality of contact elements, a storage card controller, being connected to at least a subset of said contact elements, a storage memory device, being connected to said storage card controller, a switching unit, that is connected to said storage card controller and to at least one of said contact elements of said interface, wherein said storage card controller is connected to said switching unit to controllably select said at least one contact element.02-12-2009
20130073768EXPANSION CARD AND MOTHERBOARD FOR SUPPORTING THE EXPANSION CARD - A motherboard assembly includes a motherboard and an expansion card. The motherboard includes an expansion slot, a hard disk drive (HDD) controller, a power connector, and a central processing unit (CPU). The expansion slot includes a protrusion, idle pins connected to the HDD controller, power pins connected to the power connector, signal pins connected to the CPU. The expansion card includes a circuit board. A storage unit, a display unit, and a power circuit connected to the storage unit and the display unit are all arranged on the circuit board. A notch is defined in a bottom side of the circuit board, to receive the protrusion. An edge connector is arranged on a bottom side of the circuit board and includes control signal pins connected to the storage unit, power pins connected to the power circuit, and bus signal pins connected to the display unit.03-21-2013
20090271551EXPANSION STRUCTURE FOR MICROCOMPUTER - An expansion structure for microcomputer includes a case having two end panels; a motherboard being installed in the case and provided with at least a connection port, a central processing unit, a plurality of electronic elements, a storage unit, and a plurality of push keys and external peripheral device connectors accessible at the end panels of the case; an adaptation connector arranged on the motherboard and electrically connected to the connection port, and the adaptation connector having a socket located on one of the end panels of the case; and an expansion interface card having an I/O connector provided along an edge thereof for plugging in the connection port on the motherboard. Desired external peripheral devices may be connected to the adaptation connector and/or the expansion interface card to conveniently achieve the expansion of the functionality of a microcomputer.10-29-2009
20090077295Card-type peripheral device - A card-type peripheral device having a plurality of specifications of external interfaces includes a connector configured to connect the card-type peripheral device to a connectable device connectable to the card-type peripheral device, the connector including a dedicated terminal in which an interface to be used is set; an electronic component configured to be accessed via the set interface; a plurality of interface function units each configured to control an interface compliant with one of the plurality of specifications; and a communication function unit configured to perform communication with the electronic component using one of the interface function units having a specification corresponding to a setting of the dedicated terminal.03-19-2009
20090031068SYSTEM BOARD WITH EDGE CONNECTOR - A system comprises a chassis and a system board contained within the chassis. The system board has an edge connector adapted to receive an add-in card in a configuration in which the system board and add-in card are substantially co-planar.01-29-2009
20110022761System and Method to Stack an Open NAND Flash Interface Module over a Minicard - A system includes a minicard host connector and an open NAND flash interface host connector. The minicard host connector is configured to receive a minicard. The open NAND flash interface host connector is in physical communication with the minicard host connector and configured to receive an open NAND flash interface card. The open NAND flash interface host connector includes first and second retention arms extending from opposite ends of the open NAND flash interface host connector. The open NAND flash interface host connector is sufficiently wide for the minicard host connector to fit between the first and second retention arms.01-27-2011
20120117289Adaptable Storage Cartridge System - A data storage system and method comprises a storage device located inside a cartridge housing and an adapter module removable from the storage device. A first interface directly connects the storage device to the adapter module through an opening in the cartridge housing and a second interface different than the first interface connects the adapter module to a host device.05-10-2012
20090265496Adapter card replay buffer for system fault analysis - An adapter card for directing an information handling system (or another device) device to copy one or more data packets buffered in its memory may include an interface core. The interface core may comprise an electric circuit including electronic components and control logic for interfacing with the information handling system device. The adapter card may include a front end data channel coupled with the interface core for transmitting a data packet between the electronic components and the information handling system device. The adapter card may buffer a data packet according to a particular interface format and/or may include a buffer for storing the data packet. The adapter card may include control logic configured to direct the information handling system device to copy the data packets buffered in the memory of the adapter card.10-22-2009
20120198115RAID-BASED STORAGE CONTROL BOARD - Embodiments of the invention relate to a (e.g., hybrid) redundant array of independent disks (RAID)-based storage control board. Specifically, the present invention relates to a storage control board having a RAID controller with a peripheral component interconnect express (PCI-e) interface. In one embodiment, the RAID controller is coupled to an input/output (I/O) hub and a set (at least one) of PCI-e slots, which themselves can receive cards such as a fibre channel (FC) add-on card, a serial attached small component system interface (SAS) add-on card, or a PCI-e bridge add-on card. The I/O hub can be coupled to a set (at least one) of processors, each of which can be coupled to a main memory module or the like.08-02-2012
20090006698ADAPTER FOR AN EXPRESSCARD SLOT - An adapter assembly is disclosed that enables a memory card having a smaller length than a standard ExpressCard to be compatible with the standard ExpressCard slot. The adapter assembly includes an adapter having side rails configured to disable the ExpressCard slot ejector mechanisms. The adapter assembly further includes a tongue provided for rigidly connecting the adapter to a finger grip, which gets positioned outside of the opening of the ExpressCard slot upon insertion of the adapter assembly into the slot. The adapter allows a memory card having the approximate size, look and feel of a conventional CompactFlash card to be used in a conventional ExpressCard slot.01-01-2009
20130166806PCI RISER CARD - A PCI riser card includes a printed circuit board and an array of PCI connectors located on the printed circuit board. A plug portion extends from an edge of the printed circuit board and may be inserted into a PCI connector of a system board. The array of PCI connectors includes a first PCI connector and a second PCI connector. The first PCI connector is parallel to the second PCI connector is arranged in inverse relative to the second PCI connector.06-27-2013
20080294829Method And System Of Supporting Multi-Plugging In X8 And X16 PCI Express Slots - A card having a first device and a second device is plugged into a root port having a predefined root port width. The first device is trained and the device lane width is determined. If the root port width is greater than the device lane width then the root port is dynamically configured via hardware strapping to include a predefined number of adjacent ports with each port having a lane width equal to the device lane width. The root port is reset to force training of the first device and the second device.11-27-2008
20080320196COMPUTER SYSTEM WITH PROCESSOR EXPANSION DEVICE - In a computer system, a processor expansion device is disposed in an expansion slot conforming to a bus agreement to expand processors. The processor expansion device includes one or more processors and corresponding memories. When the processor expansion device is disposed at the computer system, a BIOS of the computer system ports a bus routing of the processors on the processor expansion device and addresses the memories thereon. Therefore the number of the processors and the memories is expanded when the processor expansion device is disposed at the computer system.12-25-2008
20120290757ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS 3.0 MODULE - The invention provides an electronic apparatus. In one embodiment, the electronic apparatus comprises a motherboard, a Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 module, and a Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) interface. The motherboard comprises a host chip and a power supply module. The USB 3.0 module comprises a USB 3.0 controller chip and a USB 3.0 connector, wherein a USB 3.0 connector is located on a front panel of the electronic apparatus. The PCIe interface couples the USB 3.0 module with the motherboard, transmits a set of PCIe signals between the host chip and the USB 3.0 controller chip, and sends a power generated by the power supply module to the USB 3.0 controller chip and the USB 3.0 connector.11-15-2012
20120290759Virtual Placeholder Configuration for Distributed Input/Output Modules - A modular distributed I/O system for an industrial automation network that allows one or more modules of an island to be omitted without requiring reconfiguration of the system by maintaining a consistent I/O image representation of the distributed I/O network for various physical distributed I/O configurations, and managing reconfiguration changes using Virtual Placeholder objects.11-15-2012
20120290758EXPANSION CARD CONTROLLER FOR EXTERNAL DISPLAY - An expansion card and method for controlling a radio system integrates PCDD operations into a PCMCIA or ExpressCard which can be inserted into an external display, smart screen PCMCIA slot, or laptop ExpressCard or PCMCIA slot to allow an operator to control the radio system with a computer without any modification of the computer.11-15-2012
20110302346REDUCING CABLING COMPLEXITY IN LARGE-SCALE NETWORKS - High speed switching networks can be created with a minimum of cabling complexity using pod switches that are connected to a core switch array. Each pod switch can include line cards arranged in parallel connecting on one side of a midplane circuit board that is orthogonal to the line cards and uplink cards also arranged in parallel connecting on an opposite side of the midplane circuit board. The uplink cards are orthogonal to both the midplane circuit board and to the line cards. Each line card provides links to computing nodes. The up-link cards connect to the core switch array. A simplified novel Ethernet extension protocol can be used in conjunction with the described hardware. Systems, methods, techniques, and articles of manufacture are also described.12-08-2011
20110289250CARD ADAPTER - A card adapter includes a printed circuit board (PCB). The PCB includes a first memory slot to receive a memory module to be corrected, a connecting portion with several golden fingers to insert into a second memory slot of a computer system, and first and second switches. The memory slot of the PCB includes several terminals corresponding to pins of a serial presence detect (SPD) chip of the memory module. The golden fingers correspond to pins of the second memory slot. The first switch is set between the terminal corresponding to the serial data signal pin of the memory module and the golden finger corresponding to the serial data signal pin of the second memory slot. The second switch is set between the terminal corresponding to the serial clock signal pin of the memory module and the golden finger corresponding to serial clock signal pin of the second memory slot.11-24-2011
20110296072SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PCI-E SLOTS OF COMPUTER - A method for controlling peripheral component interconnect express (PCI-E) slots of a computer reads processor configuration information of a PCI-E slot unit from a CMOS chip when the computer boots up, and controls a GPIO interface to output a first control signal to a PCI-E multiplexer according to the processor configuration information, to control a PCI-E slot unit of the computer to connect to one of processors of the computer through the PCI-E multiplexer according to the first control signal. Then the method checks whether the processor connected to the PCI-E slot unit is running normally. In addition, the method controls the GPIO interface to output a second control signal to the PCI-E multiplexer if the processor connected to the PCI-E slot unit is not running normally, to control the PCI-E slot unit to connect to another processor through the PCI-E multiplexer according to the second control signal.12-01-2011
20090327559MOTHER-BOARD - A mother-board includes a chipset, a switch, and first and second PCI Express X16 graphics interfaces. The switch has first and second switch circuits. The switch selectively turns on one of the first and second switch circuits according to a control signal. The first PCI Express X16 graphics interface has former eight lanes electrically connected to the chipset, and latter eight lanes selectively electrically connected to the chipset through the first switch circuit. The second PCI Express X16 graphics interface has former eight lanes selectively electrically connected to the chipset through the second switch circuit. When the first switch circuit is turned on, 16 lanes of the first PCI Express X16 graphics interface are electrically connected to the chipset. When the second switch circuit is turned on, the former eight lanes of the second PCI Express X16 graphics interface are electrically connected to the chipset.12-31-2009
20110197006DETACHABLE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION MODULE AND METHOD FOR ACTIVATING THE SAME - A detachable wireless communication module and a method for activating the same are disclosed. The detachable communication module, to be connected to a corresponding host connector of an electronic device, includes a housing, a short-range radio frequency module embedded into the housing, and a module connector. When the wireless communication module is detachably connected to the electronic device, the housing becomes a portion of a casing of the electronic device. The module connector, disposed on the housing, is detachably connected to the host connector of the electronic device. The module connector is used for communication between the short-range radio frequency module and a host circuitry of the electronic device. When the wireless communication module is detachably connected to the electronic device, a contact of the module connector is used for module detection to indicate that the short-range radio frequency module is embedded in the wireless communication module.08-11-2011
20090063742HOST APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MEMORY CARDS - A host controller can divide a preliminary process for writing to a memory card, or the like, into a plurality of unit processes for execution. While writing or the like is being performed with respect to a memory card (card 03-05-2009
20110264838CARD READER - A card reader includes a printed circuit board (PCB). The PCB includes a universal serial bus (USB) interface to be connected to an electronic device, a card interface to be connected to a card, a control chip, and a normally-closed switch coupled in a wire connecting a positive differential pin of the USB interface to the control chip. A length of the wire connecting the positive differential pin of the USB interface to the control chip equals to a length of a wire connecting a negative differential pin of the USB interface to the control chip. The normally-closed switch is operable to be switched on or switched off, so as to control the connection between the card and the electronic device.10-27-2011
20080288698CARD READER CONTROLLING APPARATUS BASED ON SECURE DIGITAL PROTOCOL - The proposed invention discloses a card reader controlling apparatus based on Secure Digital (SD) protocol, which comprises a high-speed bus interface, at least one SD host, at least one SD connection interface and SDIO connection interface (SD/SDIO interface), at least one bridge, and at least one other specific memory card connecting interface. The card reader controlling apparatus according to the proposed invention is capable of directly accessing data from/to an input/output device compatible with the SDIO connection interface (e.g. an SD card) or one other specific memory card via the high-speed bus interface. Thus, multiple format conversions performed by other peripheral bus interfaces (such as an USB interface) as the prior art can be by-passed or eliminated.11-20-2008
20080270662SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING LIVE INSERTION - System and method for providing live insertion. According to an embodiment, the present invention provides an integrated circuit. The integrated circuit includes a first port configured to be electrically coupled to a pad. The first port includes a first connection, a second connection, and a third connection. The integrated circuit also includes a first resistor having a first terminal and a second terminal. Additionally, the integrated circuit includes a second resistor having a third terminal and a forth terminal. The integrated circuit additionally includes a voltage source configured to provided a first voltage. The integrated circuit further includes a first PMOS transistor having a first gate terminal, a first drain terminal and a first source terminal. In addition, the integrated circuit includes a second PMOS transistor having a second gate terminal, a second drain terminal, and a second source terminal.10-30-2008
20100088448VIRTUAL COMPUTING ACCELERATOR AND PROGRAM DOWNLOADING METHOD FOR SERVER-BASED VIRTUAL COMPUTING - Provided are a virtual computing accelerator and program downloading method for server-based virtual computing. The virtual computing accelerator divides a program allocated to a virtual memory into groups, such as pages or segments, and downloads the groups of program data in sequence. Here, the groups of program data are downloaded after download sequence is estimated on the basis of statistical data accumulated in a hash table, or only a part that must be first downloaded is downloaded in advance. Thus, a program-execution wait time of a client can be reduced. In addition, only a part of a possibly required program is transferred in advance, and the client can execute the application program using only a small amount of virtual memory.04-08-2010
20100088447SECURE MMC STANDARD SMARTCARD WITH MULTI-APPLICATION OPERATION CAPABILITY, PROCESS OF OPERATION - The invention relates to smartcard under SecureMMC standard, the card being connected to a host through a MMC bus and being compliant to ISO/IEC7816 standard. According to the invention, the card is multi-application operation capable and a determined number N of commands can be processed in the card in parallel, being the number of logical channels the card can support, the card has means for using a command or a response which is encapsulated in an information field of a bloc frame, said bloc frame also having at least a prologue field for at least identifying the source node application and the destination node application in a NAD datum, and the card has means for as long as the number p of active commands in the card is lower than N and none is completed, the card is in Secure_Idle state.04-08-2010
20100088449DETECTING SYSTEM FOR DETECTING INSERTION OF EXPANSION CARD - A detecting system includes a slot, a controller and a power source terminal. The slot includes a first detecting pin and a second detecting pin. The first detecting pin is electrically connected to a detecting voltage terminal. The second detecting pin is connected to ground. The controller is electrically connected to the first detecting pin. The controller receives a high level voltage signal from the first detecting pin when an expansion card is not detected. The power source terminal is connected to the slot under control of the controller. On the condition that the first detecting pin is electrically connected to the second detecting pin. The controller receives a low level voltage signal from the first detecting pin. The controller is then triggered to connect the power source terminal to the slot to supply power to the expansion card.04-08-2010
20100125689ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RECEIVING DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEMORY CARDS - The invention provides an electronic apparatus capable of receiving a first-type memory card or a second-type memory card. In one embodiment, the electronic apparatus comprises a socket, a controller circuit, and an interface circuit. The socket is coupled to the first-type memory card through a set of first pins and is coupled to the second-type memory card with a set of second pins. The controller circuit accesses the first-type memory card or the second-type memory card via a plurality of input/output (IO) pins, and determines which of the first-type memory card and the second-type memory card is inserted into the socket according to the voltage of a target IO pin selected from the IO pins. The interface circuit sets the voltage of the target pin to different values according to whether the first-type memory card or the second-type memory card is inserted into the socket.05-20-2010
20090125661SYSTEM FOR SECURE TRANSACTIONS OF CARD-BORNE VALUE UNITS - The invention relates to a system for secure transactions of card-borne value units. The system comprises a card peripheral device for setting up a link with the card and comprising a transparent mode, a terminal linked to the card peripheral device, a host device linked to the terminal. The host device comprises a transactional application suitable for processing the value units on the card and cryptographic means making it possible to read and/or write values units and other information on the card. The card peripheral device operates in transparent mode. The terminal redirects the information originating from or addressed to the card peripheral device to the host device. The host device dialogs with the card via commands and data interchanges. In particular, the invention applies to the topping-up of a chip card, notably from computer means available to the user in possession of said card and an ordinary chip card reader.05-14-2009
20090089474MOTHERBOARD FOR SUPPORTING DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEMORY - An exemplary motherboard for supporting different types of memory includes a driving module, a first slot, a second slot, and a transmission line connected the driving module, the first slot and the second slot in turn. The first slot is arranged for mounting a first type of memory. The second slot is arranged for mounting a second type of memory. The first memory and the second memory are alternatively mounted on the motherboard. The transmission line is grounded via a capacitor for eliminating echo signals generated by the first and second type memories. The motherboard for supporting different memory modes satisfies different type memories, and maintains integrality of signals transmitted therein.04-02-2009
20090287870REMOVABLE WIRELESS EXPANSION CARD HAVING A REMOVABLE SUBSCRIBER INFORMATION MODULE - The utility and operation of portable hosts, such as PDAs and other portable computers, is enhanced by methods and devices employing a first-level removable module adapted to receive a second-level removable module with subscriber services information. The first-level removable module processes received messages and services based at least in part on the contents of the subscriber services module.11-19-2009
20100138580MEMORY CARD ADAPTER - A card adapter includes a plurality of memory card interfaces for interfacing with a plurality of memory cards, each of the memory cards having its own file system, and a host interface for interfacing a host of the memory cards. A controller of the card adapter interfaces with the plurality of memory card interfaces and with the host interface and controls operation of the memory cards. The card adapter may have several modes of operation, one of which involves emulating, on the host, by the controller, a virtual file system that represents a unified image of the file systems of two or more memory cards. In another mode of operation of the card adapter the controller establishes presents to the host only one file system of a memory card.06-03-2010
20130219097MODULE ON BOARD FORM FACTOR FOR EXPANSION BOARDS - A new form factor for circuit boards can be employed for directly connecting an expansion board to a motherboard without the need for PCIe hardware such as sockets, retainers, screw and nut assemblies, and connectors. The module on board form factor for an expansion board comprises a first side of the expansion board and a second side of the expansion board located physically opposite to the first side of the expansion board. The first side of the expansion board comprises one or more components configured to provide functionality associated with the expansion board. The second side of the expansion board comprises a plurality of connection leads, such as solder connections, that directly couple the expansion board to the motherboard.08-22-2013
20080282009DRIVING DEVICE FOR EXPANSION CARD AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF AND MOTHERBOARD - A driving device for an expansion card, a driving method thereof and a motherboard are provided. The driving method includes the step of detecting the information of an expansion card. When the information indicates that the expansion card is a nonstandard interface expansion card, a switch is turned on, and a chip unit drives the nonstandard interface expansion card via the switch. When the information indicates that the expansion card is a standard interface expansion card, the switch is turned off, and the chip unit drives the standard interface expansion card.11-13-2008
20080288699METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE EXECUTION OF AN APPLET FOR AN IC CARD - A method for controlling the execution of an applet for an IC Card including a java card platform, includes a phase for downloading the applet inside the IC Card, a phase for executing the applet through the java card platform and a phase for storing an identification platform number inside a memory portion of the IC Card. The phase for executing the applet has a first step for detecting the identification platform number to perform the phase for executing the applet with or without restrictions, respectively if the identification platform number is not or is detected by the step for detecting. The applet is a java card applet or a SIM toolkit applet.11-20-2008
20080235427Electronic device with card interface - When initializing a card-shaped device inserted in a card interface, operation mode acquiring means incorporated in an electronic device acquires operation mode information, stored in a register file incorporated in the card-shaped device, by a predetermined procedure using a predetermined pin. Operation mode setting means incorporated in the electronic device executes signal assignment on a plurality of data pins peculiar to an operation mode indicated by the acquired operation mode information, thereby switching a data transfer width, and allowing the card-shaped device to operate in the operation mode.09-25-2008
20080270663Computer card - A computer card comprising a first connector to enable the computer card to communicatively couple to an electronic device when the computer card is inserted into an externally accessible slot of the electronic device. The computer card further comprising an expansion slot configured to receive an expansion card therein. The computer card further comprising a second connector to facilitate coupling of a peripheral device to the computer card.10-30-2008
20080288700Removable computer with mass storage - The present invention provides a detachable add-on card unit to a host system that combines mass storage capability and a processor on the same card. The card can receive data from the host, process the data, and store it in processed form, as well as the reverse process of retrieving stored data, processing it, and supplying it to the host. The non-volatile mass storage memory may contain program storage as well as card system data and user data. The end user of the card can program applications into the program storage. The combination of mass storage and a processor also adds to the capabilities of the on-card processor, allowing the card to store and execute programs. The present invention is able to provide a programmable add-on card unit to a host system. A number of applications can be stored in the card's mass storage and loaded as needed by the on-card micro-controller.11-20-2008
20080209096STRUCTURE FOR INITIALIZING EXPANSION ADPATERS INSTALLED IN A COMPUTER SYSTEM HAVING SIMILAR EXPANSION ADAPTERS - A design structure embodied in a machine readable storage medium for at designing, manufacturing, and/or testing a design is disclosed for initializing expansion adapters installed in a computer system having similar expansion adapters that include detecting an expansion adapter installed in a computer system having a plurality of expansion adapters, the detected expansion adapter having an option ROM containing initialization code, identifying similar expansion adapters installed in the computer system that correspond to the detected expansion adapter, each of the identified similar expansion adapters having an option ROM containing initialization code, disabling the option ROM of each of the identified similar expansion adapters, and initializing the plurality of expansion adapters installed in the computer system without executing the initialization code of the identified similar expansion adapters.08-28-2008
20100005210Motherboard With Video Data Processing Card Capability - The motherboard comprises a CPU and a memory component; further at least one video data processing chip mounted to the motherboard wherein the video data processing chip is programmable; and further at least one additional memory component provided to store a software that is executable by the video data processing chip.01-07-2010
20090063741METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY ALLOCATING LINK WIDTH OF RISER CARD - A method for dynamically allocating link width of a riser card is disclosed. The method is suitable for a system including a riser card. In the present method, the number and the positions of cards inserted in the slots and functioning normally are detected so as to decide the link widths allocated for each of the cards. Next, a link width retraining procedure is executed so as to provide a proper link width for each the card to use. In this way, the present invention is able to achieve the optimization of allocating link widths without being limited by the types and the number of the cards disposed on the riser card, which is advantageous in saving the design cost of the riser card and enhancing the convenience to use and handle with the riser card.03-05-2009
20090182922BACKPLANE AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - The present invention discloses a communication apparatus. The communication apparatus includes one or more board and a backplane. The board includes a connector and a function processing unit circuit connected to the connector. The backplane includes at least one group of board connectors. Each group of the board connectors includes two board connectors that receive signals from different boards. The board connector includes connection terminals connected to the connector on boards. The two board connectors are distributed up and down, and the connection terminals of the two board connectors are distributed symmetrically around a center. The foregoing communication apparatus and backplane are cost-efficient.07-16-2009
20090138643METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SECURELY CONFIGURING A TERMINAL - A method of configuring a terminal including initializing the terminal, and which automatically triggers at least: detecting presence of a memory by a basic input/output system of the terminal, accessing the memory by the basic input/output system, starting up an operating system stored in the memory, and starting up a driver of a telecommunication network access module, the driver of the access module being stored in the memory and configured to drive the access module through a communication link between the terminal and a telecommunication device including the access module.05-28-2009
20090327558SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING ELECTRICAL ISOLATION - In a particular embodiment, a power sourcing equipment (PSE) device is disclosed that includes a plurality of network input/output (I/O) interfaces adapted to physically and electrically connect to a respective plurality of cables. The PSE device further includes a plurality of driver circuits. Each driver circuit of the plurality of driver circuits is coupled to a respective network I/O interface of the plurality of network I/O interfaces to send and receive data via a respective cable of the respective plurality of cables. Further, the PSE device includes a shared isolation barrier to electrically isolate control circuitry from the plurality of driver circuits.12-31-2009
20090144475ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device includes a plurality of memories inserted in at least one memory slot provided on a board; and a controller provided on the board to perform data communication with the plurality of memories, and to adjust an intensity of a current for data communication with a memory selected from the plurality of memories based on a distance between the controller and the memory slot in which the selected memory is inserted.06-04-2009
20080320195Adapter for memory card - An adapter for a memory card comprises a housing, an adapter interface and a plurality of terminals. The housing comprises a slot for accepting a first memory card that is to be adapted. The adapter interface is connected to one side of the housing. The adapter interface corresponds to a connection interface of a second memory card, and the size of the second memory card is smaller than the first memory card. The plurality of terminals is disposed in the slot. One side of the plurality of terminals may be electrically connected to the adapter interface. When the first memory card is inserted into the slot, the plurality of terminals may be electrically connected to the first memory card, and the first memory card may be electrically connected to the adapter interface.12-25-2008
20110145465SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY CARD - According to one embodiment, a semiconductor memory card includes a first and a second pin group used for reading/writing data in a first and a second modes and an interference portion that prevents the semiconductor memory card from being inserted up to a normal position of a card insertion hole of a connector dedicated to the first mode. One of the first and the second pin group is arranged in a tip portion in an insertion direction and the other in a rearward position therefrom, each of which in a direction perpendicular to the insertion direction aligned adjacent to each other. The insertion direction into the connector is identical regardless of which mode the semiconductor memory card is used in.06-16-2011
20110145464METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESS DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGEMENT - A memory card to be used in an apparatus having an inbuilt processor incapable of independently exporting digital data externally of the apparatus, the digital data being captured by the apparatus, the memory card comprising a central processor configured to control the export of data from the apparatus, a storage module operably connected to the central processor and being configured to store the data to be exported, and a wireless module configured to export the digital data from the storage module and being operably connected to one of: the central processor, and the memory. A corresponding method is also disclosed.06-16-2011
20080263251Control device used for a computer motherboard on which a plurality of interface cards is inserted - A control device used for a computer motherboard on which a plurality of interface cards is inserted, is composed of an L-shape notch which is opened at a corner or a long strip of notch which is opened at a side edge, of a circuit motherboard positioned in an interior of a computer casing of height of 2 U or 1 U; a riser card, which is inserted vertically into a preset slot of the circuit motherboard; and an interface short card or an interface long card, which can be fitted into the L-shape notch or the long strip of notch, wherein conduction pins of the interface long, short cards can be inserted into a transversal slot of the riser card, and the interface short card or the interface long card approaches to a same horizontal level as the circuit motherboard, such that the riser card can be added with more slots for insertion of more interface long cards or interface short cards.10-23-2008
20090100207Memory Card Reader to Provide Access to Multiple Memory Card Types - A memory card reader is disclosed. In one embodiment, the memory card reader comprises a first slot to receive a first memory card of a first format; a second slot to receive a second memory card of a second format having fewer interface pins than the first format; an Integrated Device Electronics (IDE) interface for transferring data to a system; and a single IDE converter, coupled to the IDE interface and the first and second slot, to interface with a memory card of the first format inserted in the first slot or a memory card of the second format inserted in the second slot, to convert signals from the first or second memory card into a format for the IDE interface, and the converter to detect a card inserted in the first or second slot by detecting a voltage change in the first or second slot. In a second embodiment, the memory card reader comprises a single-slot configured to receive one of first memory card type without an adapter and a second memory card type via an adapter; an Integrated Device Electronics (IDE) interface for transferring data to a system; and an IDE converter coupled to the IDE interface and the single slot, the converter to interface with one of the first or second memory card type inserted in the single slot and to convert signals from an inserted memory card to a format for the IDE interface, the converter to detect an inserted card by reading one or more pins of a first set of pins of the single slot, and to identify a type of card inserted based on reading one or more pins of a second set of pins of the single slot.04-16-2009
20120198116RAID-BASED STORAGE CONTROL BOARD HAVING FIBRE CHANNEL INTERFACE CONTROLLER - Embodiments of the present invention relate to a (e.g., hybrid) redundant array of independent disks (RAID)-based storage control board having a fibre channel interface controller. Specifically, the present invention relates to a storage control board having a RAID controller with a peripheral component interconnect express (PCI-e) interface and a fibre channel interface controller. In one embodiment, the RAID controller is coupled to an input/output (I/O) hub and a set (at least one) of PCI-e slots, which themselves can receive cards such as a fibre channel (FC) add-on card, a serial attached small component system interface (SAS) add-on card, or a PCI-e bridge add-on card. The I/O hub can be coupled to a set of processors, each of which can be coupled to a main memory module or the like.08-02-2012
20090254689METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TWO-DIMENSIONAL MAIN MEMORY - In one embodiment of the invention, a memory module is disclosed including a printed circuit board with an edge connector; an address controller coupled to the printed circuit board; and a plurality of memory slices. Each of the plurality of memory slices of the memory module includes one or more memory integrated circuits coupled to the printed circuit board, and a slave memory controller coupled to the printed circuit board and the one or more memory integrated circuits. The slave memory controller receives memory access requests for the memory module from the address controller. The slave memory controller selectively activates one or more of the one or more memory integrated circuits in the respective memory slice in response to the address received from the address controller to read data from or write data into selected memory locations in the memory integrated circuits.10-08-2009
20090254690COMMUNICATION CARD WITH STANDALONE AND MASTER OPERATIONAL STATES - A communication card with three operational states, including a controller, a battery, a flash storage unit, a wireless modem, and a connector for connecting the communication card to a shell host and to an electronic device host, wherein the communication card (i) operates in a standalone mode when the connector is not connected to a device, (ii) functions as a master when the connector is connected to the shell host, and (iii) functions as a slave when the connector is connected to the electronic device host. A method and a computer-readable storage medium are also described and claimed.10-08-2009
20090276554COMPUTER SYSTEM AND DATA-TRANSMISSION CONTROL METHOD - A computer system includes a bridge having a transmitting channel and a controller, wherein the transmitting channel is controlled by the controller; a first slot disposed therein a first pin connected to the controller; and a second slot disposed therein a second pin connected to the controller. The controller is enabled through the first pin and the second pin while a first device is plugged in the first slot and a second device is plugged in the second slot. A data is transmitted to the first and second devices through the transmitting channel. Alternatively, the data is directly transmitted to the first device if only the first slot is plugged with the first device.11-05-2009
20080307142Communication card with three operational states - A communication card with three operational states, including a controller, a battery, a flash storage unit, a wireless modem, and a connector for connecting the communication card to a shell host and to an electronic device host, wherein the communication card (i) operates in a standalone mode when the connector is not connected to a device, (ii) functions as a master when the connector is connected to the shell host, and (iii) functions as a slave when the connector is connected to the electronic device host. A method and a computer-readable storage medium are also described and claimed.12-11-2008
20100169530CIRCUIT BOARD SYSTEM - A circuit board system for connecting with at least an expansion card that includes a Programmable Logic Device (PLD) electrically coupled to the expansion slot. The PLD is configured to detect whether the expansion card is compatible with the circuit board system. If the PLD detects that the expansion card is not compatible with the circuit board system, the logic controller cuts off the connection between the main power supply and the expansion slot.07-01-2010
20090077294Communication system for a plurality of I/O cards by using the GPIO and a method thereof - A communication system for a plurality of I/O cards by using the GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) and a method thereof are disclosed for overcoming the problems of the prior art; wherein the prior art uses the I2C and UART communication channels causing a greater quantity of the connecting lines to connect, thus the bus resource of the chip is consumed, which raises its cost. The present invention uses at least one GPIO port to replace a failure line of the I2C communication channel, or a failure line of the UART communication channel. The present invention also uses one or a plurality of additional GPIO ports to be the backup GPIO ports. Therefore, the present invention has a lot of characteristics, including excellent back-up capability, low cost, the communication channels can be easily switched, the required quantity of the signal lines is reduced, and the reliability of the communication is increased.03-19-2009
20090077293Dimm Ejection Mechanism - A connector for an electronic card includes an improved latching mechanism for facilitating the insertion and removal of the card. In one embodiment, a connector body is secured to a motherboard and has a socket for removably receiving a DIMM to a seated position. In the seated position, DIMM terminals are in electrical contact with socket terminals, placing the DIMM in electronic communication with the motherboard. A lever is pivotally coupled to an end of the connector body, and is pivotable into engagement with the DIMM to raise the DIMM. A linear actuator is movably secured on a track and is movable into engagement with the lever. A user ejects the DIMM by pressing downward on the linear actuator at a push point. In response, the linear actuator engages the lever to cause the lever to raise the DIMM from the seated position to a raised position, thereby separating electrical contact between the DIMM terminals and the socket terminals.03-19-2009
20100223412MEMORY CARD, MEMORY CARD READER AND MEMORY CARD SYSTEM - A memory card includes a connector unit, an external switch, a mode switch, a processing unit, and at least one memory. The connector unit includes a plurality of connector pins. The external switch generates a mode switching signal. The mode switch selectively couples at least one connector pin of the plurality of connector pins to a memory card path or a wired universal serial bus (USB) path in response to the mode switching signal. The processing unit includes a memory card interface unit coupled to the memory card path and a wired USB interface unit coupled to the wired USB path, and selectively operates the memory card interface unit or the wired USB interface unit in response to the mode switching signal. The at least one memory stores data received through the connector unit. Therefore, the memory card may perform a cable association for a wireless universal serial bus (WUSB) communication.09-02-2010
20100217909FIELD REPLACEABLE UNIT FOR SOLID STATE DRIVE SYSTEM - A unit for use as a solid state drive (SSD) system. The unit may include a number of removable components that can be field serviced without having to replace the entire unit and without having to remove the unit from its operational rack support structure.08-26-2010
20100250813Safety-oriented Automation System Having Automatic Address Recovery - An industrial automation system for controlling the operating means of a technical process. The system includes fail-safe modules for interchanging process data with the operating means, i.e., actuating and measurement signals, stations having slots for modules, which slots are inter-connected by a backplane bus, a central processing unit at least for processing process signals from the technical process, and a field bus for transmitting data between the central processing unit and the stations. In accordance with the invention, the address relationship for the addressing of a fail-safe module by the central processing unit over the field bus for data processing purposes is permanently stored in a first memory in the respective module and is additionally permanently backed-up in the associated station. As a result, it is advantageously possible to safely and automatically recover the address relationships of fail-safe modules due to address relationships which have already been recognized as valid, such as during planning, being backed-up in a permanent, power-failure-safe manner at the station level. In addition, it is possible, when a module is exchanged, for a new module to reload the correct address relationships of the old module, which is no longer present, from the back-up means in the station.09-30-2010
20100235560INPUT/OUTPUT EXPANSION DEVICE FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - Provided is an input/output (I/O) expansion device for a portable electronic apparatus having a port to which an external expansion device can be connected. The I/O expansion device includes: a display body having at least one display portion; and at least one I/O connector formed at a portion of the display body to be electrically and physically attached to and separated from the port of the portable electronic apparatus. Therefore, it is possible to provide a multi-function I/O expansion device that can be electrically and physically attached and separated.09-16-2010
20120246373PCI-E BUS BASED CONNECTOR EXPANSION MODULE - A PCI-E bus based USB connector expansion module includes a first circuit board, a plurality of transmission wires, and at least one USB connector. The first circuit board has a welding part and a protruding part extending from one end of the welding part, and sharp and size of the protruding part are corresponding to that of a PCI-E bus slot, and the protruding part is arranged a plurality of golden fingers thereon. When the expansion module connects with the PCI-E bus, the protruding part is placed in the PCI-E bus slot, and the golden fingers electrically connect with a plurality of pins in the PCI-E bus slot. The transmission wires weld to the welding part separately at one end, and electrically connect to the at least one USB connector on other end.09-27-2012
20100049893LINK BALANCER APPARATUS WITH LOW PROFILE PLURAL PORT INPUT / OUTPUT CARD - A space-conscious system utilizes a low profile expansion card for providing a physical and electrical interface between a larger scale board, such as a motherboard, and a plurality of external components. The expansion card is mounted in a perpendicular orientation relative to the larger scale board, despite dimensional limitations with regard to such an orientation. The expansion card includes an input/output circuit board and a plurality of “signal-conduction extenders” for enabling coupling a plurality of ports to an external wall of the housing in which the expansion card and larger scale board are contained. In one possible embodiment, the housing is compatible with the 1U standard, the expansion card is an Ethernet card, and there is an adapter board at the front wall of the housing for routing connections from the expansion card to a plurality of exposed ports. The invention allows more than two of the expansion cards to be mounted in parallel within the same container.02-25-2010
20110238879SORTING MOVABLE MEMORY HIERARCHIES IN A COMPUTER SYSTEM - Method and apparatus for optimally placing memory devices within a computer system. A memory controller may include circuitry configured to retrieve or one or more performance metrics a plurality of memory devices connected thereto. Based on the performance metrics and one or more predefined rules for placing memory devices, the circuitry may determine an optimal placement of the memory devices in the system.09-29-2011
20090113103CASCADE TYPE CHARGE ASSEMBLY - A cascade type charge assembly is provided. The cascade type charge assembly is shaped in an expansion card and can be detached according to different purposes. The cascade type charge assembly comprises at least a first adapter, a second adapter, a third adapter, and a cover. A first type universal serial bus (USB) connecting line is disposed on one side of the first adapter for electrically connecting to a computer, and a second type USB connector is disposed on the other side of the first adapter. The second adapter has a side to be cascaded with the second type USB connector, and at least one cylindrical male plug is disposed on the other of the second adapter. The third adapter has a side to be cascaded with the at least one cylindrical male plug, and an electrical connector disposed on the other side of the third adapter, which can be accommodated within the cover.04-30-2009
20080244140EXTENDER STRIP AND TEST ASSEMBLY FOR TESTING MEMORY CARD OPERATION - A semiconductor device is disclosed including die bond pads which are heightened to allow wire bonding of offset stacked die even in tight offset configurations. After a first die is affixed to a substrate, one or more layers of an electrical conductor may be provided on some or all of the die bond pads of the first substrate to raise the height of the bond pads. The conductive layers may for example be conductive balls deposited on the die bond pads of the first substrate using a known wire bond capillary. Thereafter, a second die may be added, and wire bonding of the first die may be accomplished using a known wire bond capillary mounting a wire bond ball on a raised surface of a first semiconductor die bond pad.10-02-2008
20090106470HOST BUS ADAPTER WITH MULTIPLE HOSTS - A multi-host host bus adapter (HBA) can be connected to multiple host devices to allow the multiple host devices to communicate on a SAN fabric. More specifically, the multi-host HBA provides an interface for multiple SAN hosts without necessitating an HBA on each host, eliminating the need for an on-board HBA on each SAN host. The multi-host HBA interfaces to memory in each SAN host to which it is connected using PCI-Express (or a similar protocol), and communicates with other devices on the SAN fabric using Fibre Channel ports. The multi-host HBA communicates by receiving a command from a connected host, forwarding the command to a processor in the multi-host HBA, and sending the command to a device on a SAN. When the multi-host HBA receives a response from the device on the SAN, the multi-host HBA associates the response with the process and sends the response to the host.04-23-2009
20100306435RECONFIGURABLE VIRTUAL BACKPLANE SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Reconfigurable virtual backplane systems and methods are provided. One virtual backplane system includes a bus, and first and second line cards coupled to the bus. Each line card includes a processor including a memory storing an array of configuration tables. Each configuration table stores a listing of processes to be transmitted to or received from the communication bus, wherein a first configuration table is selected from the first line card upon the occurrence of a first event and a second configuration table is selected from the second line card upon the occurrence of a second event. One method includes connecting first and second buses in first and second systems, respectively, to form a bus for a new system. The method further includes detecting the connection of the first and second buses, and reconfiguring the first and second systems to operate as the new system in response to detecting the connection.12-02-2010
20100312937INTERFACE CARD WITH EXTENSIBLE INPUT/OUTPUT INTERFACE - An interface card with extensible input/output interface used for being inserted into a slot of a mainboard and for transmitting a bus signal to a remote backplane having a plurality of input/output interfaces, including a repeater, a serializer, a processor, and an interface unit is disclosed. The repeater is used for enhancing the bus signal. The serializer is connected to the repeater and is used for serializing the bus signal. The processor is connected to both the repeater and the serializer and is used for monitoring the transmission of the bus signal and for compensating the bus signal. The interface unit is connected to both the repeater and the serializer and is used for transmitting the serialized bus signal to the remote backplane.12-09-2010
20090070512Apparatus for determining compatibility between devices - Embodiments are generally directed to an apparatus for determining compatibility between devices. In one embodiment, a table including a module's parameters and rules associated therewith is obtained from a module. The rules are applied to a slot's parameters to determine the module's compatibility with the slot upon coupling to the slot.03-12-2009
20100306436MODULARLY CONSTRUCTED FIELD DEVICE OF PROCESS AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY - The present invention relates to a modularly constructed field device (12-02-2010
20110016248INSERTION/REMOVAL DETECTOR - With an external memory to be inserted and removed through an adapter, insertion and removal of the external memory are reliably detected and data destruction with insertion or removal is prevented. A detector includes a card detection section (01-20-2011
20110040918Host for Use with Dual Interface Card with Backward and Forward Compatibility - Techniques are presented that allow a memory card operable according to two protocols (such as a legacy protocol and newer protocol), and having a corresponding dual interface, to be used with hosts that support the new protocol as well as having backward compatibility with legacy hosts, while preventing the use of legacy cards with hosts that support the new protocol but do not support the legacy protocol. The card that supports the new protocol has a similar form factor to the legacy card, includes an indentation. A host that supports the new, but not the legacy, type card includes a mechanical structure within the attachment slot that, based on the card indentation, can distinguish the card types and prevent the non-supported card from being attached.02-17-2011
20120246372PCI-E BUS ACHIEVED CONNECTOR EXPANSION MODULE - A PCI-E bus achieved connector expansion module includes a connection joint, a plurality of transmission wires, and at least one connector. Shape and size of the connection joint is corresponding to that of PCI-E bus slot, so the connection joint can insert into the PCI-E bus slot for electrically connecting with pins in the PCI-E bus which the expansion module connects with. One end of each transmission wires electrically connects to the connection joint separately, and the other end of each transmission wires connects to the connector separately. Therefore, the expansion module can be used to expand at least one connector for an electronic device via PCI-E interface thereon.09-27-2012
20100332710HARD DISK DRIVE HAVING A BYPASS FOR SAS/SATA SIGNALS - There is disclosed a mass storage device (such as a hard disk drive) comprising an input connector for electrically receiving both a first set of data signals and a second set of data signals. The first set of data signals are used to store or retrieve information on the mass storage device, whereas the second set of data signals are electrically conducted to an output connector on the mass storage device. When an adjacent mass storage device is connected to the output connector, the second set of data signals are used to store or retrieve information on this adjacent mass storage device.12-30-2010
20110040917SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING INTERCHANGEABLE DEDICATED MANAGEMENT NETWORK INTERFACE CARD ACCESS VIA FABRIC CONTROLLER - Systems and methods for reducing problems and disadvantages associated with traditional approaches to providing dedicated network interface card access are provided. An information handling system may include a processor, a memory communicatively coupled to the processor, a non-dedicated network interface communicatively coupled to the processor, a dedicated network interface, and a baseboard management controller. The non-dedicated network interface may have a first sideband interface. The dedicated network interface may have a second sideband interface communicatively coupled to the first sideband interface. The baseboard management controller may be communicatively coupled to the second sideband interface.02-17-2011
20100217910MEMORY CARD AND HOST DEVICE - An apparatus includes a first Universal Serial Bus (USB) connector and a card holder associated with the first USB connector. A controller including a USB host interface is coupled to the first USB connector. A housing enclosing the controller and at least partially enclosing the card holder has an opening that is dimensioned to enable insertion of a memory card into the card holder. The first USB connector is configured to connect to a second USB connector of the memory card when the memory card is inserted into the card holder.08-26-2010
20100036990NETWORK DEVICE - A network device includes a bus, at least one line card with a chip select pin and an address, and a control card module. The control card module includes at least one active control card connected to each line card. The control card module indentifies the line cards by the value of the chip select pin and the address so as to transmit data to the line card.02-11-2010
20090216931Information processing apparatus, method for controlling the same, and recording medium including program - An information processing apparatus includes a card slot to which a card-type medium is inserted, a determination unit configured to determine an operation mode, from among a first, second and third operation modes, which attains the highest speed of data communication between the information processing apparatus and the card type medium on the basis of a first, second and third communication speeds and the interruption-preventing maximum data size, and a data communication unit configured to perform data communication between the information processing apparatus and the card-type medium in the operation mode which attains the highest speed of the data communication and which is selected from among the first to third operation modes by the determination unit.08-27-2009
20100064087Electronic device using memory to expand storage capacity - The present invention discloses an electronic device using a memory to expand storage capacity, and the device includes a main board and a data storage module. The main board includes at least one interface card slot, and the data storage module includes at least one storage interface card, and a plurality of memory slots disposed on the storage interface card for movably inserting a memory. The memory is for storing data, and the storage interface card is inserted into the interface card slot. With the memory slot on the storage interface card, the memory can be expanded conveniently, and the storage capacity can be increased dynamically as needed. The invention also enhances the security, performance, and vibration resisting function of the data storage.03-11-2010
20100057968MODULAR FLEXIBLE SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE FOR TV - Rather than have a unique code set per TV product, a common code base is provided to service multiple products and even multiple product lines. Embedded systems can be upgraded through a network connection. The software architecture provides a flexible approach to supporting multiple product offerings through a plug-in modular middle-ware and to providing standardized hardware acceleration for both 2D and 3D graphics. The plug-in capability provides for feature additions and upgrades after sale.03-04-2010
20110099314Method for Operating a Trip Recorder of a Motor Vehicle and a Trip Recorder for Performing the Method - A trip recorder, a memory card or a cleaning card being passed by a reading device by an electric motor drive. The trip recorder attempts to establish communication with the inserted card. If no communication can be established, the reader device or the memory card is dirty, or the cleaning card is inserted in the trip recorder. In case of a failed attempt at communication, the electric motor drive moves the inserted card past the reader device repeatedly removing potential contamination.04-28-2011
20100250812ELECTRONIC MULTIPURPOSE CARD - Cards having functionality of multiple card types. A user simply selects the appropriate card type and date specific to that card type is made accessible to card readers or other data reading means. Certain cards include biometric readers that provide enhanced security against unauthorized use. Only the appropriate owner of the card is able to activate and use a card by way of a biometric scan of his/her own skin.09-30-2010
20110258355MODULAR MASS STORAGE DEVICES AND METHODS OF USING - A modular mass storage device suitable for use with computers and other processing apparatuses. The mass storage device includes a controller board having a system interface connector, a memory controller, a cache device, and a second connector. The mass storage device further includes a daughter board having at least one non-volatile memory device for data storage, a read-only memory device containing firmware of the mass storage device, and a daughter board connector configured to mate with the second connector of the controller board and thereby form command, address and data paths between the memory controller and the memory device of the daughter board. The memory controller and the memory device are configured so that the memory controller reads the firmware of the read-only memory device when the daughter board connector is mated with the second connector of the controller board.10-20-2011
20120203948FLASHCARD READER AND CONVERTER FOR READING SERIAL AND PARALLEL FLASHCARDS - A flash memory card reader and a single converter chip for reading both serial and parallel flash cards. The read has connectors for both serial and parallel data transfer flash memory cards. The reader has a single chip converter. The converter supports both serial I/O and parallel I/O. The serial I/O transfers data in multiple modes. Both single-bit and multi-bit serial data transfers modes are supported. The reader may have multiple slots, one have a connector for serial and one having a connector for parallel flash memory cards.08-09-2012
20090240863DISTRIBUTED POWER REGULATION - Distributed power regulation in a handheld device is provided. A system for power regulation in a handheld electronic device having a battery, includes: an expansion interface for receiving a battery power from the battery; and a peripheral interface system releasably coupled to the expansion interface and communicating with a peripheral device for generating one or more predetermined operation powers for the peripheral device, based on the battery power provided through the expansion interface.09-24-2009
20090240862System Design for a Digital Electronic Sign Board - A system design for a digital electronic sign board comprises a main circuit module, an adapter module and a computer module; wherein the adapter module is fixed between the main circuit module and the computer module. The main circuit module and the adapter module are fixed in the digital electronic sign board. The computer module is externally inserted into the digital electronic sign board. Therefore the computer module and the main circuit module are electrically connected through the adapter module. The system design of the present invention removable and attached the computer module with the main circuit module. As a result, when a maintenance worker needs to perform maintenance on the computer module, he or she can conveniently pull out the computer module from the digital electronic sign board and insert the computer module back to the digital electronic sign board after maintenance is done so as to improve the efficiency and quality of maintenance.09-24-2009
20090222608Serial Bus System, Node Device and Input/Output Card That Can Be Connected To the Node Device - There is described a node device of a serial bus system, a bus system with a node device of this type, and an input/output card. In serial bus system, in which individual node devices can have only a limited address space, and in which a number of input/output cards can be connected in order to control and/or regulate an item of external peripheral equipment, limitations arise for the individual input/output cards with regard to the available address space. Normally, the input/output cards, which are connected to the node device, are required to divide the address space of the node device among each other. In order to rectify this problem, the invention provides that a node device of a serial bus system, which has slots for input/output cards, is additionally equipped with a splitter for duplicating a received bus signal and for injecting the duplicated bus signal into another data line, the additional data line serially connecting the node device to input/output cards connected via the slots.09-03-2009
20110153896SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY CARD, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY SYSTEM - A semiconductor memory card which can be attached to a host apparatus and can be removed from the host apparatus includes a plurality of data transfer terminals, and an internal circuit transmitting a first signal to at least one first data transfer terminal comprising at least one of the data transfer terminals and transmitting a second signal to at least one second data transfer terminal comprising at least one of the data transfer terminals different from the first data transfer terminals. The second signal is generated by executing a logical operation on the first signal.06-23-2011
20110153895IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes an attachment unit, an image processing unit, a storage unit, a discrimination unit and a control unit. A memory unit storing at least one piece of information is detachably attached to the attachment unit. The image processing unit performs image processing. The storage unit stores the information stored in the memory unit through the attachment unit or stores a result of processing executed by the image processing unit. The discrimination unit discriminates processing information inputted externally for instructing the image processing unit to execute processing. The control unit controls a process of transferring the information stored in the memory unit or the result of processing executed by the image processing unit and stored in the storage unit in accordance with a result of discrimination executed by the discrimination unit.06-23-2011
20090144474Method and apparatus for providing an alternative power source for a graphics card - A method and apparatus for providing an alternative power source for a graphics card are disclosed. Specifically, one embodiment of the present invention sets forth a method, which includes the steps of laying a set of gold fingers on a printed circuit board according to an industrial standard bus interface, positioning a wire in a middle layer of the printed circuit board, attaching a first end of the wire to a specific gold finger, and attaching the alternative power source to a second end of the wire, wherein the second end of the wire is an electroplated contact protruded external to the printed circuit board.06-04-2009
20080307141SLIDING CARD CARRIER - A system and method is provided for individually changing the peripheral cards of an electronic device, when the cards are operationally held inside a chassis on a rack cabinet. Included is a platform for holding the peripheral cards, and a slide carrier mounted on the chassis for moving the platform with cards into and out of the internal chamber of the chassis. Importantly, this is done while the chassis remains stationary on the rack cabinet. When moved outside the chassis chamber, each peripheral card can be individually handled (i.e. installed or removed) without contact or operational interference with other peripheral cards held on the platform. Adapters on the platform can be adjusted to accommodate the dimensions of each peripheral card.12-11-2008
20110161543Memory Management - An Accelerated Storage Controller (ASC) in an electronic device allows both conventional (slower) application processor to memory interfaces to be employed transparently to existing software, while also allowing software configuration to realize an accelerated storage architecture on demand. Some use cases for the electronic device do not require accelerated storage, and a bypass mode does not require any modification to existing software. Other use cases (such as fast download of multiple gigabytes of media) benefit from an accelerated storage architecture offloading transfer from the electronic device application processor, but could also work with the traditional processor to memory interface, at the cost of slower downloads. Embodiments of the present invention provide for both these possibilities in a software-configurable architecture. Furthermore, a number of other connectivity options are provided under software control to optimize performance and connectivity for different use case scenarios.06-30-2011
20080244141HIGH BANDWIDTH CABLE EXTENSIONS - An adapter has a first interface shaped and configured for removable mechanical and electrical attachment to a PCIe-based computer system and a second interface shaped and configured for removable mechanical and electrical attachment to a PCIe-based peripheral device. The adapter includes a network between and electrically connecting the interfaces in a pass-through configuration and according to PCIe-bases bus specifications.10-02-2008
20100281200ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH CARD INTERFACE - When initializing a card-shaped device inserted in a card interface, operation mode acquiring means incorporated in an electronic device acquires operation mode information, stored in a register file incorporated in the card-shaped device, by a predetermined procedure using a predetermined pin. Operation mode setting means incorporated in the electronic device executes signal assignment on a plurality of data pins peculiar to an operation mode indicated by the acquired operation mode information, thereby switching a data transfer width, and allowing the card-shaped device to operate in the operation mode.11-04-2010
20110258356HOST APPARATUS AND OPERATION SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An operation system module provided by the present invention comprises an interface slot unit, an interface card and a memory card. The interface slot is disposed on a circuit board. In addition, the interface card can be inserted into the interface slot unit. Wherein, the interface card has a memory card slot, so that the memory card can be inserted into the memory card slot. In particularly, an operation system is installed into the memory card, so as to control a host apparatus working.10-20-2011
20120311215PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT EXPRESS EXPANSION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) expansion system used to set a motherboard PCIe slot arranged on a motherboard to work in a transmission mode with different transmission lanes includes a basic input/output system (BIOS) set on the motherboard and an expansion card. The expansion card includes a circuit board, three expansion PCIe slots arranged on the circuit board, a converting chip used to detect whether there is a device plugged into any one of the expansion PCIe slots, and an edge connector set on a side of the circuit board to be engaged in the motherboard PCIe slot. The BIOS chip used to set the transmission mode of the motherboard PCIe slot according to a detection result obtained by the converting chip.12-06-2012
20110138095PROVIDING EXPANSION CARD SETTINGS - Settings are provided by a chassis management controller to an expansion card in a multi-slot server chassis. The chassis management controller in a multi-slot server chassis provides an operating parameter to a server management controller in a server, and the server management controller writes the operating parameter to a port expander of an expansion card installed on the server. The operating parameter is written to the port expander prior to expansion card power up, and the expansion card uses the operating parameter after power up to derive one or more SERDES value. The SERDES value is used to program an ASIC chip comprising a SERDES converter on the expansion card. In one example, the operating parameter is determined by the capabilities of a chassis midplane at the slot where the compute node is installed.06-09-2011
20090292850File System Adapter for Hardware Implementation or Acceleration of File System Functions - A file system adapter card that may be plugged into a host computer system for providing hardware-based file system accesses outside the purview of a host operating system running on the host computer system. The file system adapter card includes a hardware-implemented or hardware-accelerated file service subsystem and a computer bus that permits a host computer system to communicate directly with the file service subsystem for providing file service requests and receiving file service responses. The file service subsystem includes dedicated hardware that operates outside the immediate control of a host operating system, including specialized circuitry for performing at least one major subsystem function.11-26-2009
20090292849ADAPTABLE PCI EXPRESS CONTROLLER CORE - A controller core for controlling communication of Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Express, the controller core comprises: a standard configuration register unit, a capabilities register unit, a logic unit and a bond option signal. The standard configuration register unit is configured for controlling the communication of the PCI-E, and supporting the controller core been embedded internally and accessible from exterior. The logic unit applied to associate with the standard configuration register unit and the capabilities register unit for identifying a hot insertion and removal from exterior of the controller core; and the bond option signal is used to enable and disenable the standard configuration register unit, the capabilities register unit, and the logic unit respectively.11-26-2009
20110191514SERVER SYSTEM - A server system includes a management board having a baseboard management controller provided thereon; a plurality of middle boards separately connected to the management board; a plurality of mainboards separately connected to the middle boards; and a hard disk (HD) module connected to the middle boards. Each of the middle boards has a plurality of mainboard connection ports and at least one HD signal connection port. The mainboards are separately connected to the mainboard connection ports, and the baseboard management controller manages the mainboards via the middle boards. The HD module has an HD backplane being connected to the HD signal connection ports, and the mainboards are connected to the HD module via respective correspondingly connected middle board.08-04-2011
20100023668COMPUTER SYSTEM HAVING MULTI-FUNCTION CARD READER MODULE WITH PCI EXPRESS INTERFACE - A computer system includes a host, a PCI Express bus and a multi-function card reader module. The PCI Express bus is coupled to the host. The multi-function card reader module includes a plurality of card readers, a PCI Express interface and a PCI Express host controller. The plurality of card readers correspond to a plurality of memory card formats, respectively. The PCI Express interface is coupled to the PCI Express bus. The PCI Express host controller is coupled to the PCI Express interface and the plurality of card readers for controlling data transmission between the PCI Express interface and the plurality of card readers.01-28-2010
20100023669HOST CONTROLLER DISPOSED IN MULTI-FUNCTION CARD READER - A host controller disposed in a multi-function card reader includes: a Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) interface configured for coupling to a host computer; and a port multiplier having a control port and a plurality of peripheral device ports. The control port is coupled to the SATA interface, and the peripheral device ports are coupled to a plurality of peripheral device interfaces, respectively. The peripheral device interfaces are disposed in the multi-function card reader, and include at least one flash memory card interface.01-28-2010
20120042108USB Computer - A Universal Serial Bus (USB) computer has a small form factor similar to a USB flash drive. The USB computer is connected by USB to a host computer to utilize the host computer's resources. The USB computer receives a user input provided on the host computer's input device over the USB connection, executes a local user application in response to the user input, and provides a graphical output to the host computer's output device. The USB computer includes a client application that communicates with a host application installed on the host computer. The host application causes the host computer to provide control over the host computer's resources to the USB computer.02-16-2012
20110320667ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH NETWORK INTERFACE CARD - An electronic device includes a first motherboard and a network interface card (NIC). A cutout is defined in the first motherboard. The NIC is located in the cutout of the first motherboard and positioned substantially parallel to the motherboard. The NIC includes a network socket is capable of receiving a network cable, and a printed circuit board (PCB). The PCB includes a first edge, a second edge, and a third edge. The network socket is located in the first edge. The second edge is substantially perpendicular to the first edge. A side connector is located on the second edge. The second edge is capable of being vertically connected to a second motherboard. The third edge substantially parallels to the first edge. A back connector is located on the third edge, that is plugged into the first motherboard in parallel.12-29-2011
20110167186Optimized Non-Volatile Storage Systems - A memory card that adapts its operation according to the application to which it applied or the conditions under which it is operated. This allows the card to dynamical self optimize. In a first set of embodiments, the card uses host profiling where it will learn about the host during host-card interactions and the card's controller will optimize its algorithms accordingly. In another set of embodiments, the host and card will report to one another their capabilities for a quality of service negotiation. A further set of embodiments allows the storage device to memorize access sequences issued by the host under various predefined conditions, such as host reset or a power on boot sequence. The storage device can use this information to optimize operation for the expected commands. On deviation from an expected sequence, the device would memorize the new command sequence and save it, thus operating in a self-adaptive manner.07-07-2011
20120047302STORAGE SYSTEM - A storage system is provided, including: a power module for supplying electric energy to the storage system; a control module having at least one expansion interface, for externally connecting at least one server to provide a storage unit for the server, or for externally connecting at least one storage device to expand the storage capacity of the storage device; an adapter plate for connecting the power module and the control module; and a plurality of hard drive array units, each of which includes a hard drive backplane coupled to the adapter plate, and a plurality of hard drives separately coupled to the hard drive backplane. In addition, the control module and the hard drive expansion card in the storage system both have a redundant mechanism, so that when one of the components fails, the storage system remains running normally.02-23-2012
20120017020Customization Of A Bus Adapter Card - The present disclosure includes systems and techniques relating to customization of a bus adapter card. In some implementations, an apparatus includes a processor and a program memory, a bus adapter card coupled with the computing apparatus and configured to connect with a storage device, the bus adapter card comprising a cache memory and a controller to cache in the cache memory data associated with the storage device, where the program memory includes a driver to communicate with the bus adapter card responsive to requests corresponding to the storage device, and the driver is configured to modify its communications with the bus adapter card responsive to information provided separate from the requests.01-19-2012
20120159029STORAGE SUBSYSTEM BACKPLANE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A storage subsystem backplane management system includes a storage controller and a service processor. A first backplane including a first management controller is coupled to the storage controller and the service processor. The first backplane is operable to couple a plurality of first drives to the first management controller. A second backplane including a second management controller is coupled to the first management controller. The second backplane is operable to couple a plurality of second drives to the second management controller. The first management controller communicates with the second management controller and creates a virtual management controller that presents to the storage controller and the service processor a virtual backplane including the plurality of first drives and the plurality of second drives when the plurality of first drives are coupled to the first management controller and the plurality of second drives are coupled to the second management controller.06-21-2012
20120159030Storage Card Having Selectable Contact Elements and Method of Its Operation - The present invention relates to a storage card having selectable contact elements, a terminal capable of receiving said storage card, and method of its operation. The storage card with selectable contact elements, comprises an interface having a plurality of contact elements, a storage card controller, being connected to at least a subset of said contact elements, a storage memory device, being connected to said storage card controller, a switching unit, that is connected to said storage card controller and to at least one of said contact elements of said interface, wherein said storage card controller is connected to said switching unit to controllably select said at least one contact element.06-21-2012
20120317325METHOD AND WIRELESS ACCESS TERMINAL FOR USING WIRELESS DATA CARD INDIVIDUALLY TO ACCESS NETWORK - A method and wireless access terminal are provided for using a wireless data card individually to access a network. The wireless access terminal includes a data line switching module and a power line switching module; the method includes: when the wireless access terminal detects that the wireless data card is connected with a terminal through a universal serial bus (USB) cable, the power line and the data line of the wireless data card are respectively switched to connect the data line and the power line of the external USB interface thereon. By adopting the present invention, the user can still freely connect the 3G network at anytime and anywhere by connecting a common USB cable between the laptop and the wireless data card in the wireless access terminal in the case without the mains supply.12-13-2012
20110113177SERVER AND UPDATE METHOD THEREOF - A server is provided, and the server includes an embedded management board (EMB), a management backplane and a plurality of independent motherboards. The management backplane is coupled to the EMB. The plurality of motherboards respectively coupled to the management backplane and issues a command for performing a data-update on the EMB. Each motherboard of the plurality of independent motherboards includes a network interface and a management controller. The network interface receives a control command issued from a far-end device. The baseboard management controller coupled to the network interface for receives the control command and sends the command to the plurality of independent motherboards, wherein the each motherboard of the plurality of independent motherboards includes an individual on/off function. When the EMB is working, the EMB switches to connect with the plurality of motherboards through the management backplane by an polling method.05-12-2011
20120221758ELECTRONIC DEVICES USING DIVIDED MULTI CONNECTOR ELEMENT DIFFERENTIAL BUS CONNECTOR - In one example an electronic device includes a housing that includes an A/C input or DC input, and at least one circuit substrate that includes electronic circuitry, such as graphics processing circuitry that receives power based on the A/C input or DC input. The electronic device also includes a divided multi- connector element differential bus connector that is coupled to the electronic circuitry. The divided multi-connector element differential bus connector includes a single housing that connects with the circuit substrate and the connector housing includes therein a divided electronic contact configuration comprised of a first group of electrical contacts divided from an adjacent second group of mirrored electrical contacts wherein each group of electrical connects includes a row of at least lower and upper contacts.08-30-2012
20120215956COMPUTING DEVICE WITH INDEPENDENT DUAL CPUS - A computing device includes a first motherboard and a second motherboard perpendicularly attached to the first motherboard. The first motherboard includes a first CPU module and a plurality of first peripheral component interconnect (PCI) sockets. The second motherboard includes a second CPU module and a plurality of second PCI sockets. The plurality of first PCI sockets is located perpendicularly to both motherboards. The plurality of second PCI sockets includes at least one PCI socket that is obliquely oriented relative to the first motherboard.08-23-2012
20100205342FUNCTION EXPANSION METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC PRODUCT AND DEVICE THEREOF - In a function expansion method for an electronic product and a device thereof, the device includes a circuit board, a microprocessor unit and a storage unit. The circuit board includes an expansion socket, and the expansion socket includes a plurality of plugholes. The microprocessor unit is installed onto the circuit board and electrically coupled to the each plughole. The storage unit is installed onto the circuit board and electrically coupled to the microprocessor unit. The microprocessor unit scans a predetermined plughole group installed on the expansion socket to determine whether or not a functional device is plugged, and then determines what type of functional device is plugged into the plughole group, and finally reads a driver program of the functional device from storage unit, and the functional device is installed or driven.08-12-2010
20100205341CARD RECOGNITION METHOD FOR MICRO SD ADAPTER - A card recognition method is disclosed to provide a Micro SD adapter, which has a common insertion slot for the insertion of a M2 memory card or a Micro SD memory card, and a microprocessor with a built-in software program for detecting the potential signal of the inserted memory card and switching on or off the Micro SD memory card signal transmission path or the M2 memory card signal transmission path subject to the detection result, so that an external electronic device to which the Micro SD adapter is electrically connected can communicate with the memory card in the common insertion slot for signal transmission.08-12-2010
20120137036BASIC INPUT OUTPUT SYSTEM REFRESH APPARATUS - A basic input output system (BIOS) refresh apparatus includes a jumper device, which includes a first pin, a second pin connected to a power source through a resistor, a third pin, and a grounded fourth pin. A master BIOS socket includes a voltage pin connected to the power source and a signal pin connected to the first pin of the jumper device. A slave BIOS socket includes a voltage pin connected to the power source and a signal pin connected to the third pin of the jumper device. Other pins of the master BIOS socket are correspondingly connected to other pins of the slave BIOS socket. The signal pin of the master BIOS socket or the slave BIOS socket receives high level signal to make a corresponding BIOS chip mounted thereon work when the first or third pin is connected to the second pin of the jumper device.05-31-2012
20120137037Data Acquisition Card, Expansion Control System For Data Acquisition Card And Method Thereof - A data acquisition card, an extension control system of data acquisition cards and method thereof are disclosed. The method includes: presetting a card address for each data acquisition card, and presetting a channel address for each data channel in the data acquisition card; the data acquisition card generating a corresponding card address signal after receiving a card beat signal from a user circuit, and judging whether the data acquisition card is gated; and if the data acquisition card is gated, then generating a corresponding channel address signal after receiving a channel beat signal from the user circuit, and gating a data channel corresponding to the channel address signal. The data acquisition card, the extension control system of the data acquisition cards and method thereof have the strong extensibility and high stability.05-31-2012
20110185098MEMORY CARD SUPPLEMENTED WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION MODULE, TERMINAL FOR USING SAME, MEMORY CARD INCLUDING WPAN COMMUNICATION MODULE, AND WPAN COMMUNICATION METHOD USING SAME - A memory card with a wireless communication module attached and its associated terminal for using the memory card are disclosed. A memory card that provides both of an external memory to an information communication terminal and a connectable memory card WPAN add-on to an information communication terminal lacking a built-in wireless communication module, and its associated information communication terminal are disclosed. According to the disclosure, the memory card with the extra wireless communication module adds the WPAN function to the information communication terminal lacking a built-in wireless communication module by inserting it into a card slot of the terminal, protecting the wireless communication module from external impacts and permitting the module to be left and secured inside the terminal at the card slot without a concern to lose such a module.07-28-2011
20120084479Modular Digital Presentation Switcher - A modular digital presentation switcher is a device that can convert different kinds of incoming multimedia signals into an outgoing signal in an analog and digital format. The device retrieves the incoming multimedia signals through input modules. Each of the input modules is capable of retrieving a unique signal such as composite video or S-video, VGA, and DVI-D. The device sends the outgoing signal through output modules, which are connected to the display device and the audio amplifier. A communication bus allows the input modules and the output modules to communicate with each other so that the device can cater and format the outgoing signal for the display device and the audio amplifier. An HDMI digital signal bus allows the input modules to send the outgoing signal in HDMI digital format to the output modules. A user interface module allows the user to access the functions of the device.04-05-2012
20120260015PCI EXPRESS PORT BIFURCATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (“PCIe”) Port bifurcation systems and methods are provided. An illustrative PCIe port bifurcation card can include: a PCIe interface and a plurality of PCIe devices, each independently coupled to the interface via an unswitched connection. The card can further include a read only memory (ROM) coupled to the interface, the ROM can include bifurcation data. A clocking signal replicator can be coupled to the interface to: replicate a reference clock signal received via the interface and provide the replicated reference dock signal to each of the plurality of PCIe devices.10-11-2012
20090019204SELF-HEALING NOISE DISPERSION SYSTEM FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MULTIDROP SYSTEMS - The key limiter in a multi-drop system, such as a multi-drop memory system, is the super-positioning of reflection noise from multiple modules or pluggable units, such as DIMMs. Using the noise cancellation approach of the present invention, the noise is distributed across the width of the pulse thus significantly reducing the impact of noise super-positioning. Use of the system of the present invention provides improved noise margins and is a key enabler of high performance, high speed bus, particularly at higher bit rates, as well as an enabler for higher capacity modules, such as DIMMs. The system provides for electrical traces from each of the modules of varying lengths thereby distributing the noise reflections.01-15-2009
20120233368AUTOMATED PROTOCOL SELECTION FOR HOST ADAPTER CARD - A networking system includes a host adapter card including a card connector having four transceiver pairs and a mechanical connector configuration, and a controller having control logic for detecting whether a single-channel connection or a four-channel connection is made to the card connector. The controller further includes control logic for communicating over a network using a default, four-channel-protocol in response to detecting the four-channel connection or using an alternative, single-channel-protocol in response to detecting the single-channel connection. The system further includes an alternative-network compatibility device including a first connector configured for releasably mating with the card connector and a second connector having a different mechanical connector configuration than the card connector. The alternative-network compatibility device includes a transceiver lane from the first connector end to the second connector end, which transceiver lane is placed in connection with one of the four transceiver pairs when mated with the card connector.09-13-2012
20080301346MOTHER BOARD MODULE AND PERSONAL COMPUTER HOST USING THE SAME - A mother board module suitable for being disposed in a housing of a personal computer (PC) host is provided. The housing has expansion port openings at a rear wall of the housing. The mother board module includes a mother board, a sound card and a signal transmission cable. The mother board includes a circuit board and interface card slots. The interface card slots are juxtaposed on the circuit board and disposed corresponding to the expansion port openings respectively. The sound card has a fixing plate and audio jacks disposed thereon. Each of the audio jacks has a plug-in hole. The fixing plate is suitable for being removably fixed on one of the expansion port openings, which exposes the plug-in holes of the audio jacks beyond the rear wall. Two ends of the signal transmission cable are connected with the sound card and the circuit board respectively.12-04-2008
20080301345MULTI-CHARACTER ADAPTER CARD - One embodiment of an adapter card in accordance with the invention includes a circuit board connectable to a motherboard of a computer system. A logic chip is connected to the circuit board to provide functionality to the adapter card. One or more programmable devices are connected to the circuit board and store data read by the logic chip upon initialization. This data may include first character data to program the logic chip to have a first character and second character data to program the logic chip to have a second character. A switching mechanism is provided to switch between the first and second character data in response to an external input, thereby causing the logic chip to read one of the first and second character data.12-04-2008
20110004716DISCRETE LATERAL MOSFET POWER AMPLIFIER EXPANSION CARD - The teachings are directed to a power amplifier expansion card (“amplifier card”) for a computer. The amplifier card receives audio data through an input port and amplifies the audio data to high-level passive speaker power for transmissions through an output port. The amplifier card can comprise a circuit board having (i) at least two audio channels; (ii) an audio power amplification circuit for amplifying audio power to at least 20 W RMS per channel; and (iii) an onboard cooling system. The amplifier card can be used, for example, in a multimedia system having at least a studio controller operably connected to the amplifier card for receiving and processing input audio data. Examples of such multimedia systems include, but are not limited to, a television home entertainment system, an audio home entertainment system, a music production studio system, a gaming system, a personal computing system, or any combination thereof.01-06-2011
20120265912OUT OF BAND LOCATION INFORMATION RETRIEVAL - A data processing system boots at least one service processor controlling at least one PCIe card in an I/O unit. The data processing system boots a second service processor located in a processor unit, wherein the processor unit and I/O unit are interconnected using functional path conductors, wherein functional path conductors are according to PCIe standard. The data processing system reads location information from the first at least one service processor, wherein the location information is reported for each PCIe card prior to initializing a functional path to the PCIe card. The data processing system sends location information from the second at least one service processor to a system controller. The data processing system initializes the PCIe card and a hub card of the processor unit in order to initialize a functional path and configures the I/O unit by communicating configuration commands over the functional path.10-18-2012
20120324134ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a monitor/control unit of an electronic circuit board monitors the receiving state of a transmitting/receiving circuit unit and controls a parameter setting unit, causing the same to change the reception parameter of the transmitting/receiving circuit unit, and if the receiving state remains not changed to a specified state, the monitor/control unit informs a host control device of this fact. The host control device instructs the switching process board to designate a channel, thereby to change, the specified state, the receiving sate of the electronic circuit board associated with the channel informed of that fact.12-20-2012
20120271978Resource Sharing Expansion Card - An expansion card is provided that allows resources allocated to the expansion card to be shared with a different card. The expansion card comprises a coupling device that couples the expansion card to a data processing system. The expansion card also includes an identifier data structure that when queried by the data processing system, identifies the expansion card as a resource sharing expansion card. The data processing system reallocates one or more resources allocated to the expansion card to a different card coupled to the data processing system.10-25-2012
20120331199COMPUTER SYSTEM, HOST-BUS-ADAPTOR CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF - A computer system includes: a first HBA that constitutes an operational path and on which a first PCI/PCIe-bus expansion card having a PCI PM function, which is a power saving function, is mounted; and a second HBA that constitutes a standby path and on which a second PCI/PCIe-bus expansion card having the PCI PM function is mounted; and a control section that controls the first HBA and the second HBA. The control section first uses the operational path by setting the first PCI/PCIe-bus expansion card to an active state. When a failure occurs in the operational path, the control section performs control such that communication recovery processing for the operational path is applied to the first HBA and further the second PCI/PCIe-bus expansion card of the second HBA is changed from a power saving state to which the second PCI/PCIe-bus expansion card has been first set, to an active state. When the communication recovery processing ends unsuccessfully, the control section performs communication with the I/O device by using the second PCI/PCIe-bus expansion card of the second HBA.12-27-2012
20110320668WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS DEVICE, SD CONTROL CHIP, AND METHOD FOR DATA COMMUNICATION - A wireless Internet access device, a secure digital (SD) control chip, and a data communication method are disclosed. The method includes the following steps: the wireless Internet access device receives an SD command from a terminal device, where the SD command is converted by the terminal device from a command and/or data sent by an upper layer; the wireless Internet access device determines an interface mode according to the SD interface support of the terminal device; the wireless Internet access device executes the SD command according to the interface mode. In embodiments of the present invention, the SD card is integrated with the wireless Internet access function, which reduces the size of the wireless Internet access device and enables the wireless Internet access device to select a proper mode to meet different service requirements of terminal devices according to the SD interface support of different terminal devices.12-29-2011
20100199011Adaptable Hardware-Programmable Transmission Interface for Industrial PCs - An adaptable hardware-programmable transmission interface for an industrial PC is characterized by a module switch provided on a motherboard of the industrial PC, and a plurality of riser cards, each of which is connectable to a connecting end of the motherboard and formed with one or a plurality of slots having a variety of specifications, allowing the motherboard to be significantly downsized. In addition, the same motherboard can be connected with a selected one of the different riser cards to provide lane interfaces that meet various dynamic changing needs.08-05-2010
20130013836HOST FOR USE WITH DUAL INTERFACE CARD WITH BACKWARD AND FORWARD COMPATIBILITY - A host device includes a slot configured to receive a first type of memory card having an indentation and a mechanical structure. The mechanical structure includes a pivot structure and a lever arm. The lever arm is configured to pivot on the pivot structure and a portion of the lever arm is configured to at least partially fit into the indentation to distinguish the first type of memory card from a second type of memory card.01-10-2013
20130024591LANE JUMPER - A lane jumper for transmitting at least one lane from a first interface to a second interface is disclosed. The at least one lane is connected with the first interface. The first interface defines a first pin group and a second pin group, and the second interface defines a third pin group connected with the second pin group. The lane jumper includes a fourth pin group and a fifth pin group, wherein the fourth pin group and the fifth pin group of the lane jumper are configured for being respectively connected with the first pin group and the second pin group. The at least one lane is transmitted from the first interface to the second interface sequentially through the first pin group, the fourth pin group, the fifth pin group, the second pin group, and the third pin group.01-24-2013
20130173833SWITCH APPARATUS SWITCHING BETWEEN BASIC INPUT OUTPUT SYSTEM CHIP AND DIAGNOSTIC CARD - A switch apparatus which can switch between two different booting chips includes a first connector, a platform controller hub (PCH) chip, a first basic input output system (BIOS) chip, a switch circuit, and a diagnostic card. The diagnostic card includes a second connector operable to be plugged into the first connector, and a second BIOS chip. When the switch circuit receives a high level control signal from the second BIOS chip, the switch circuit outputs a high level switch signal to first and second trapping pins of the PCH chip, to select the second BIOS chip to bootstrap the motherboard. When the switch circuit does not receive a high level control signal, the switch circuit outputs a low level signal to the first and second trapping pins of the PCH chip, to select the first BIOS chip to bootstrap the motherboard.07-04-2013
20080250180USB peripheral device with dynamic modification class and operation method of the same - A USB peripheral device with dynamic modification class is connected to a basic system of processor through a USB transmission interface. The USB peripheral device contains a card connection unit and a USB microprocessor. By judging whether the card connection unit is inserted with a card device, the USB microprocessor is determined to transmit the data or not with the basic system of processor. If one card device is inserted into the card connection unit, the USB microprocessor outputs the corresponding class code according to the device class of the card device for the basic system of processor distinguishing and confirming said class code. Therefore, dynamically changing the device class in accordance with various card devices is achieved.10-09-2008
20080244142Slot Device - A slot device has a slot, a determining circuit, and a warning device. The slot is used to install an expansion card. The determining circuit is coupled to the slot and is used to determine whether the expansion card is completely installed to the slot. The warning device is coupled to the determining circuit, and when the determining circuit determines that the expansion card is not completely installed to the slot, the determining circuit controls the warning device to send out a warning signal.10-02-2008
20110246697SINGLE-HOST MULTI-WORKSTATION COMPUTER SYSTEM, ITS EQUIPMENT CONFIGURATION METHOD AND WORKSTATION CARD - The invention discloses a single-host multi-workstation computer system and its equipment configuration method. The system includes a host, in which installs at least one separate graphic card and at least one workstation card; the workstation card is integrated with graphic cards and input/output interfaces. The method includes the steps: (a) identify all workstation cards connected to the host; correlate each workstation card with an extended workstation; correlate all separate graphic cards with a primary workstation; (b) allocate human-machine interaction (HMI) devices connected to the same workstation card and graphic cards on the workstation card to the extended workstation corresponding to the workstation card; allocate other HMI devices to the primary workstation. The invention enables automatic “single-host multi-workstation” configuration of all the HMI devices; the configuration logic is simple and clear; the division of various workstations is intuitive; the user can perform hot plug and play to any USB device.10-06-2011
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20130151745SERIAL ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ATTACHMENT DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE ASSEMBLY - A serial advanced technology attachment dual-in-line memory module (SATA DIMM) assembly includes a SATA DIMM module with a first circuit board, an expansion slot, and an expansion card with a second circuit board. A first edge connector is arranged on a bottom edge of the first circuit board and includes first power pins connected to a control chip and first storage chips, and first ground pins. A second edge connector connected to the expansion slot is arranged on a top edge of the first circuit board and includes second power pins connected to the first power pins, second ground pins, and four first signal pins connected to the control chip. A third edge connector engaged in the expansion slot is arranged on a bottom edge of the second circuit board and includes third power pins and four second signal pins connected to the second storage chips, and third ground pins.06-13-2013
20100318708SERVER-BASED NETWORK APPLIANCE - Communication apparatus includes a case including a front panel and having a rear side opposite the front panel. A computer motherboard includes a processor and a bus having bus slots, and is mounted in the case so that the bus slots are located adjacent to the rear side of the case. One or more communication adapter cards, each of which includes a bus connector compatible with the bus and one or more ports for receiving a communication cable, are mounted in the case so that the ports are accessible at the front panel. Bus extension circuitry is connected inside the case between the bus slots on the motherboard and the one or more communication adapter cards, and includes a backplane including at least one backplane slot, for receiving the bus connector of the one or more communication adapter cards.12-16-2010
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20130198430Computer System Including CPU or Peripheral Bridge to Communicate Serial Bits of Peripheral Component Interconnect Bus Transaction and Low Voltage Differential Signal Channel to Convey the Serial Bits - A computer system for multi-processing purposes. The computer system has a console comprising a first coupling site and a second coupling site. Each coupling site comprises a connector. The console is an enclosure that is capable of housing each coupling site. The system also has a plurality of computer modules, where each of the computer modules is coupled to a connector. Each of the computer modules has a processing unit, a main memory coupled to the processing unit, a graphics controller coupled to the processing unit, and a mass storage device coupled to the processing unit. Each of the computer modules is substantially similar in design to each other to provide independent processing of each of the computer modules in the computer system.08-01-2013

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