Patent Number: 6,480,398

Title: CPU easy access panels

Abstract: A computer system includes a frame for attaching a plurality of electronic components including a predetermined electronic component. A cover for covering the electronic components is provided along with a mask having an opening. The mask is disposed between the frame and the cover so that a mask opening allows access to the predetermined electronic component while masking other electronic components. The cover includes an access cover panel that is released using a single button and pivoted for removal from the frame. The one-piece access cover panel is fabricated from a single piece of plastic and includes alignment tabs, pivot tabs, and snaps for attaching the access cover panel with the cover. Additionally, a metal shield is attached to the access cover panel for simultaneously shielding the predetermined electronic component when attaching the access cover panel to the cover. The metal shield reduces electromagnetic interference ("EMI"). Advantageously, a method for accessing an electronic component attached to a frame in a computer is provided.

Inventors: Fiora; Troy Anthony Della (Spring, TX), Massaro; Kevin L. (Houston, TX), Mundt; Kevin W. (Spring, TX)

Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation

International Classification: G06F 1/18 (20060101); H05K 007/14 (); H05K 009/00 ()

Expiration Date: 11/12/2019