Patent Number: 6,253,269

Title: Bus arbiter system and method for managing communication buses

Abstract: A communication interface device with a card chassis capable of holding a number of electronic equipment or circuit cards. The card chassis provides a communication backplane that provides a plurality of communication buses accessing each of the equipment cards in the card chassis. To select between communication buses with mutually exclusive access to the electronic circuit card, an arbiter monitors the communication buses and determines which of the plurality of communication bus will be provided access to the electronic circuit card.

Inventors: Cranston; Michael T. (Arlington Heights, IL), Brown; Steven R. (Buffalo Grove, IL)

Assignee: 3Com Corporation

International Classification: G06F 13/36 (20060101); G06F 013/00 (); G06F 013/14 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018