Patent Number: 6,168,459

Title: Flex support and seal apparatus for a disc drive

Abstract: A flex circuit support and apparatus (148) for a disc drive (100) comprising a flex circuit (150) with a conductor portion (154), a rigid dielectric support bracket (156), and a compressible, deformable resilient dielectric gasket seal (174), and extends through a connector aperture (162) of a basedeck (104). The support bracket (156) has a base portion (158) and a connector portion (160) vertically extending bi-directionally from the base portion (158). The gasket seal (174) is secured between the basedeck 104 and the support bracket (156). The connector portion 160 supports the conductor portion (154) of the flex circuit (150) and extends through the connector aperture (162). The support bracket (156) and the attached flex circuit (150) is secured to the basedeck (104) in a conventional manner through the use of fasteners (161). The flex circuit support and seal apparatus (148) conducts electrical signals between read/write heads (132) of the disc drive (100) and an electrical spring connector on a printed circuit board (152). The support bracket (156) may include a flex circuit tensioning portion (166) and a strain relief portion (168). The flex circuit (150) may be attached to stiffeners (146, 186) and to wire routing channels. The assembly may include a seal (212) having a nest portion (216) for sealingly fitting into a nesting portion (236) in the basedeck (104).

Inventors: Cox; Alvin E. (Yukon, OK), Eckerd; Steven S. (Oklahoma City, OK), Dakroub; Housan (Oklahoma City, OK)

Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC

International Classification: G11B 25/04 (20060101); G11B 33/12 (20060101); G11B 5/48 (20060101); H05K 1/11 (20060101); H01R 012/24 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018