News Column

Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Electronic Module Power Supply", for Approval

February 19, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Christo, Michael A. (Round Rock, TX); Maldonado, Julio A. (Austin, TX); Weekly, Roger D. (Austin, TX); Zhou, Tingdong (Austin, TX), filed on September 28, 2013, was made available online on February 6, 2014.

The patent's assignee is International Business Machines Corporation.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to electronic modules, and more specifically to supplying electrical power to electronic modules.

"Printed circuit boards provide a structure on which to integrate various electronic components. The integration may be both structural and electrical. That is, a printed circuit board may provide a common base by which to physically couple electronic components and provide a manner in which to electrically couple two or more of them. Physical coupling may, for example, take place through coupling electronic components to the printed circuit board by pin sockets and/or soldering. Electrical coupling between electronic components coupled to a printed circuit board may, for example, take place through conductive traces on or in the printed circuit board.

"A printed circuit board may also include planes for providing common electrical coupling between components. The commons planes may, for example, be used for power, ground, and signaling. For a printed circuit board having electronic components that operate in different power domains, a number of planes may be included. Other solutions may involve the use of bus bars to provide power for an electronic component."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In one general implementation, a system for supplying electrical power to an electronic module may include a printed circuit board, an electronic module, and a conductive foil. The printed circuit board may include a number of contact locations on a first side, with at least one of the contact locations electrically coupled to a via to a second side of the printed circuit board. The electronic module may be electrically coupled to the contact locations on the first side of the printed circuit board and receive electrical power through the at least one contact location electrically coupled to a via to a second side of the printed circuit board. The conductive foil may be adapted to convey electrical power for the electronic module and electrically coupled on the second side of the circuit board to at least the via that is electrically coupled to a contact location that receives electrical power for the electronic module.

"In another general implementation, a system for supplying electrical power to an electronic module may include a conductive foil. The conductive foil may have a first side and a second side and be adapted to convey electrical power for an electronic module. The conductive foil may include electrical coupling locations on the first side that correspond to a first set of printed circuit board vias and passageways from the first side to the second side that correspond to a second set of printed circuit boards vias.

"The details and features of various implementations will be conveyed by the following description, along with the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a drawing illustrating an example system for supplying power to an electronic module.

"FIG. 2 is another drawing illustrating an example system for supplying power to an electronic module.

"FIG. 3 is a drawing illustrating an example system for coupling a conductive foil to a printed circuit board.

"FIG. 4 is a drawing illustrating an example printed circuit board for conveying electrical power from a conductive foil to an electronic module.

"FIG. 5 is a drawing illustrating an example conductive foil that may be used to convey electrical power for an electronic module.

"FIG. 6 is a drawing illustrating of an example insulator.

"FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating an example process 700 for forming a power supply for an electronic module."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Christo, Michael A.; Maldonado, Julio A.; Weekly, Roger D.; Zhou, Tingdong. Electronic Module Power Supply. Filed September 28, 2013 and posted February 6, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4167&p=84&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140130.PD.&OS=PD/20140130&RS=PD/20140130

Keywords for this news article include: Circuit Board, Electronic Components, International Business Machines Corporation.

Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC


For more stories covering the world of technology, please see HispanicBusiness' Tech Channel



Source: Electronics Newsweekly


Story Tools