Patent Number: 6,167,014

Title: Disc loading device for loading a cartridge containing therein a disc or a disc cartridge

Abstract: A disc loading device for loading discs of different diameters on a disc rotating driving device provided within a outer casing is disclosed. The discs are the recording media on which information signals are pre-recorded or are to be recorded. The disc loading device includes a supporting base provided with the disc rotating driving device for rotationally driving the discs, and a disc transporting tray for holding and transporting the discs. The disc transporting tray is arranged above the supporting base and is movable between a position in which it is drawn into an outer casing containing the supporting base and a position in which it is drawn out of the outer casing. The disc transporting tray includes a first positioning recess for holding and positioning the disc having a first diameter, a second positioning recess for holding and positioning the disc having a second diameter lesser than the first diameter, and a third positioning recess for holding and positioning the disc having a third diameter lesser than the second diameter to enable the three types of the discs having respective different diameters to be loaded selectively on the disc rotating driving device.

Inventors: Kajiyama; Yoshihiro (Chiba, JP), Inatani; Akihisa (Kanagawa, JP), Aramaki; Junichi (Chiba, JP)

Assignee: Sony Corporation

International Classification: G11B 17/04 (20060101); G11B 017/04 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017