Patent Number: 6,283,777

Title: Dual style connector for handheld computer

Abstract: Embodiments of this invention provide for a versatile connector that is capable of receiving any one of two types of connectors. The connector is preferably positioned on a bottom edge of a handheld computer to receive either pogo style or wiping style connectors. As a result, the connector enables the handheld computer to connect with accessory devices that use either style connectors. In particular, the handheld computer can connect with communication cradles using wiping style connectors, or smaller accessory devices that use pogo style connectors.

Inventors: Canova; Francis J. (Fremont, CA), Francavilla; Madeleine L. (Santa Cruz, CA), Han; Amy A. (Palo Alto, CA), Neist; Traci A. (Palo Alto, CA), Twiss; Robert G. (Portola Valley, CA), Boyle; Dennis J. (Palo Alto, CA)

Assignee: Palm, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 1/16 (20060101); H01R 27/00 (20060101); H01R 027/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/04/2018