06856506 is referenced by 220 patents and cites 12 patents.

The present invention provides a tablet computer and a docking station assembly. This docking station comprises a docking assembly for positioning with three degrees of freedom and having a data connector for mechanically supporting and interfacing with the tablet computer. A support member couples the docking assembly to an expansion base. The base includes a number of ports for interfacing with a variety of peripheral devices or power supplies. These varieties of ports mount to a printed circuit board contained within the expansion base. A flexible printed circuit (FPC) combines the signal pathways for the variety of ports, allowing the signal pathways to travel from the printed circuit board and to the data connector. The tablet computing device has a plurality of contact or touch points positioned on the right and left edges of the tablet to facilitate aligning the tablet to the docking assembly in either a landscape or portrait mode.

Title
Tablet computing device with three-dimensional docking support
Application Number
10/175581
Publication Number
6856506 (B2)
Application Date
June 19, 2002
Publication Date
February 15, 2005
Inventor
David Cutherell
Austin
TX, US
David Altounian
Austin
TX, US
Philip Leveridge
Austin
TX, US
Jefferson Blake West
Austin
TX, US
Todd W Steigerwald
Austin
TX, US
John Doherty
Austin
TX, US
Agent
Hulsey Grether Fortkort & Webster
William N Hulsey II
Assignee
Motion Computing
TX, US
IPC
G06F 003/033
G06F 001/16
G06F 001/16
G06F 001/16
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