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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Composite Card-Type Structure", for Approval

February 25, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Yu, Hong-Chi (Kaohsiung, TW); Chang, Mao-Ting (Kaohsiung, TW), filed on September 6, 2012, was made available online on February 13, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "1) Field of the Invention

"The present invention provides a card-type carrier that features a thin composite transmission interface in which there are metal contacts available to a smart card and a universal serial bus via a composite design and is developed to be a separable and fordable structure which is compatible to interfaces of both the smart card and the universal serial bus.

"2) Description of the Prior Art

"Internet technologies and portable devices which are known as convenience and speed have significantly progressed in recent years. Among portable devices, the portable data storage device with a data transfer interface and one type of non-volatile memory (for instance, flash memory) integrated has been substantially popularized. On the other hand, a portable device with the USB (Universal Serial Bus) data transfer interface combined which features some advantages such as lightness, portability, and plug-and-play attracts the public's interests.

"For example, the multi-functional data storage device (R.O.C. Patent No. M328060 (FIG. 1)) comprises a flat case (60) manufactured to be a business card with an integrated circuit module to which a signal cable (61) and a USB (Universal Serial Bus) Series A male connector (62) of the signal cable (61) are connected. The case (60) comprises a first panel (601) and a second panel (602) wherein the first panel (601) is provided with two grooves connected each other such as a narrow wire groove (603) on its surface and a rectangular connector groove (604) to accommodate a USB Series A male connector (62) and the second panel (602) is printed with verified patterns, characters, or trademarks according to each demand of an enterprise (the government or an individual) for specific matters, advertisements, propaganda or instructions to operate specific matters. As a result, the case similar to a business card for conventional printed advertisements as well as digital data simultaneously combined and expressed makes some specific matters amply and completely displayed.

"However, referring to FIGS. 2A and 2B which illustrate a USB Series A male connector (70) as well as a USB Series A female connector (80) (unit: millimeter) wherein the USB Series A male connector (70) has a metal frame (71) with the thickness of 4.5 mm.+-.0.1 mm and a partial thickness space (72) to accommodate a plurality of metal contacts (83) and a carrier (84) of the female connector (80) according to standards of the USB data transfer interface. Then, a thickness space (82) in the female connector (80) between 2.0 and 2.3 mm is used to accommodate a plurality of metal contacts (73) and a carrier (74) of the male connector (70). That is, the distance from the carrier (84) to the outer frame (81) of the female connector (80) is equal to the minimum thickness of the male connector (70).

"Accordingly, the thickness of 4.5 mm.+-.0.1 mm for the male connector (70) along with the metal frame (71) under restrictions of standard specifications cannot be thinner and causes a USB Series A male connector not to be thinner or effectively connected to any other products such as credit card, ATM card, personal ID card (thickness between 1.7 and 1.9 mm), general business card (thickness between 0.3 and 0.5 mm) and promotional cardboard (thickness between 1.0 and 2.0 mm) without creation of further purposes despite products based on R.O.C. Patent No. M328060 being available in the market."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "To settle the above problems, the present invention provides a composite card-type structure with an interface compatible to both a smart card and a universal serial bus through a separable and foldable manner.

"Accordingly, the object of the present invention is to provide a composite card-type structure effectively integrating specifications of both a smart card and a universal serial bus.

"The other object of the present invention is to provide a composite card-type structure simplifying two structural systems and minimizing manufacturing costs.

"The further object of the present invention is to provide a composite card-type structure simplifying individual controllers initially required by a smart card and a universal serial bus to be one unit of controllers.

"The yet other object of the present invention is to provide a composite card-type structure simplifying individual metal contacts initially required by a smart card and a universal serial bus to be one unit of metal contacts.

"The yet still other object of the present invention is to provide a composite card-type structure featuring simplified material control by integrating two types of specifications.

"The yet still further object of the present invention is to provide a composite card-type structure easily portable with two types of specifications integrated.

"The yet still further object of the present invention is to provide a composite card-type structure which is foldable and makes a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface more compact.

"To achieve the above purposes, the present invention adopts the following technical measures. A composite card-type structure comprises at least an integrated circuit module and a carrier: (1) the integrated circuit module comprises a substrate, at least an electronic component, and a composite connector: (a) the substrate has an internal surface and an external surface; (b) the electronic component is disposed at the internal surface or the external surface; the composite connector is provided with at least a metal contact which is electrically connected to the electronic components via a circuit on the substrate; (2) the carrier comprises a driven structure which is movably held in the carrier and equipped with a supporting segment and a support pad wherein the supporting segment is next to the support pad and used to sustain the integrated circuit module; (3) features: the carrier's height exactly matches the card reader's height and the composite connector's metal contacts are reliably and electrically connected to the card reader when the carrier with the integrated circuit module mounted is inserted into a card reader by one user; the composite connector's metal contacts are reliably and electrically connected to a computer's USB port whose height exactly matching the support pad's length for development of a stable supporting segment when the support pad is removed out of the carrier and toward a lower surface of the carrier under effect of a user's acting force.

"The purposes and technical issues with regard to the present invention are further fulfilled by the following technical measures.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the support pad's length is greater than or equal to 1 mm.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the driven structure has at least a sliding member installed on at least one lateral margin.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the carrier is equipped with a track being at one lateral margin and corresponding to the sliding member so that the sliding member is held and moved inside the track.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the track runs through the carrier and the sliding member makes the driven structure move out of the carrier via the track.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the track does not run through the carrier and the sliding member is movably held in the track.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the integrated circuit module's height is less than or equal to 1 mm.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the electronic component comprises at least a memory unit and a control unit.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the driven structure is held in an accommodating space of the carrier and the accommodating space runs through the carrier.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the driven structure is held in an accommodating space of the carrier and the accommodating space does not run through the carrier.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the supporting segment and the support pad are designed to be a one-piece structure with a bridge piece installed between the two components.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the supporting segment and the support pad are separable in their design wherein the supporting segment is next to the support pad by a clearance and adjoins the support pad with at least an adhesive film.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the metal contacts are exposed from the adhesive film.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the support pad is manufactured with a flexible material.

"In the above composite card-type structure, the supporting segment intersects the support pad to develop an interior angle less than 90 degrees when the support pad is moved out of the carrier and toward the carrier's lower surface.

"In contrast to prior arts, the present invention features a USB connector's metal contacts electrically connected to a USB port in virtue of a support pad's length exactly matching the USB port's height for development of a stable supporting segment; the electrical link between the USB connector's metal contacts and a computer's USB port is always available without failure even if the integrated circuit module's thickness is thinner. The integrated circuit module's reduced thickness is of service to other card-type products linking the present invention and one product effectively thinned.

BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a schematic perspective view of a conventional card structure based on prior arts.

"FIG. 2A is a sectional view of a USB (Universal Serial Bus) Series A male connector.

"FIG. 2B is a sectional view of a USB (Universal Serial Bus) Series A female connector.

"FIG. 3 is the first perspective view of the present invention in a preferred embodiment.

"FIG. 4 is the first sectional view of the present invention in a preferred embodiment.

"FIG. 5 is the second perspective view of the present invention in a preferred embodiment.

"FIG. 6 is the first schematic view of using a USB interface with respect to the present invention in a preferred embodiment.

"FIG. 7 is a schematic view of using a smart card interface with respect to the present invention in a preferred embodiment.

"FIG. 8 is the second sectional view of the present invention in a preferred embodiment.

"FIG. 9 is the third perspective view of the present invention in a preferred embodiment.

"FIG. 10 is the second schematic view of using a USB interface with respect to the present invention in a preferred embodiment."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Yu, Hong-Chi; Chang, Mao-Ting. Composite Card-Type Structure. Filed September 6, 2012 and posted February 13, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4659&p=94&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140206.PD.&OS=PD/20140206&RS=PD/20140206

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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