06628474 is referenced by 9 patents and cites 14 patents.

An information storage device (

10, 510, 610, 710

) includes a cradle (

12, 512, 612, 712

) which can removably receive a cartridge (

11, 411, 511, 611, 711

) that contains a rotatable hard disk (

91, 326-327

). The cartridge contains a pivotal actuator arm (

101

), which supports a read/write head (

107, 331-334

) for movement adjacent the disk. Circuitry is provided within the sealed housing (

59

), including a preamplifier (

111

) for the head. A connector (

71

) is provided on the exterior of the housing, and is coupled to electrical components within the cartridge, including the head and preamplifier. Structure is provided to prevent static electricity from damaging electrical components when the cartridge is not installed in a cradle. One approach is to provide an electrostatic discharge buffer (

112

) between the connector and electrical components within the cartridge. An alternative approach is to provide a cover (

73

) which has a conductive layer (

76

) that shorts out terminals of the connector when the cartridge is not inserted in the cradle.

Title
Method and apparatus for electrostatic discharge protection in a removable cartridge
Application Number
9/590509
Publication Number
6628474 (B1)
Application Date
June 9, 2000
Publication Date
September 30, 2003
Inventor
Todd R Shelton
Syracuse
UT, US
Jeffery D Penman
Ogden
UT, US
Agent
Baker Botts L
US
Assignee
Iomega Corporation
UT, US
IPC
G11B 33/14
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