Patent Number: 6,295,207

Title: Retractable and removable extensions with edge plated PCB's in thin-profile electronic devices

Abstract: The present invention relates to a removable and/or retractable extension for an electronic apparatus which is electrically connected to the apparatus through electrically conductive surfaces which are formed on the edge of a PCB. Some preferred embodiments of the present invention comprise PCB edge conductors which are formed by preparation of the edge surface followed by typical plating methods while other preferred embodiments comprise PCB edge conductors formed by exposing surfaces of conductors formed by filling vias with conductive material. The extensions of some embodiments of the present invention comprise antennas, physical/electrical media connectors and similar electrical and electronic devices.

Inventors: Jones; Jeffrey L. (Orem, UT)

Assignee: 3Com Corporation

International Classification: G06F 1/16 (20060101); H01Q 1/22 (20060101); H01Q 1/38 (20060101); H05K 3/40 (20060101); H05K 3/32 (20060101); H05K 3/00 (20060101); H05K 1/16 (20060101); H05K 001/14 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018