The patent's assignee for patent number 8630100 is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Circuit boards disposed inside of consumer electronics are often fragile. As products get smaller and thinner, the distance between the circuit board and the housing of the electronic device is therefore often reduced. In this case, circuit boards may become more susceptible to damage, particularly from externally applied forces having components that are normal to the plane of the circuit boards. For example, such forces may be applied when the electronic device is placed inside a user's pocket or when the user repeatedly presses buttons on the electronic device.
"When an external normal force is applied to an electronic device in which the distance between the circuit board and the housing is small, the inside wall of the housing or components disposed between the housing and the circuit board can come into contact with the circuit board (and components disposed on the circuit board) and cause damage. Also, repetitive strain on the circuit board may cause components attached to the board to detach, e.g., from failure of solder connections of a BGA (Ball Grid Array). These failures can result in failure of the product to function, which in turn results in field returns."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "It is an object of the present invention to provide methods and apparatus for supporting a circuit board and protecting the circuit board from externally applied forces.
"In accordance with the present invention, an electronic device is provided that can have one or more support tabs disposed therein. Each support tab can be disposed substantially orthogonal to a circuit board in the electronic device. Some support tabs can traverse holes or slots disposed through the circuit board.
"Each tab can buttress the housing of the device when a compressive force is applied, thereby protecting the circuit board. That is, each tab can reduce the likelihood that the housing of the electronic device will contact and potentially damage the circuit board.
"Each tab may be disposed on a frame to which the circuit board is assembled. Each tab also may be disposed on another structure of the electronic device, such as the housing of the electronic device.
"When the electronic device is fully assembled, one or more tabs may be disposed within or near the central region of the circuit board or electronic device. One or more additional tabs may be disposed on or near the edges of the circuit board or electronic device."
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