(19)
(11)EP 1 603 073 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
01.08.2012 Bulletin 2012/31

(21)Application number: 04718443.7

(22)Date of filing:  08.03.2004
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H04B 1/38  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2004/002963
(87)International publication number:
WO 2004/079640 (16.09.2004 Gazette  2004/38)

(54)

DEVICE WITH CARD-HOLDING MECHANISM

EINRICHTUNG MIT KARTENHALTEMECHANISMUS

DISPOSITIF DOTE D'UN MECANISME PORTE-CARTES


(84)Designated Contracting States:
DK FI FR GB NL

(30)Priority: 07.03.2003 JP 2003061765

(43)Date of publication of application:
07.12.2005 Bulletin 2005/49

(73)Proprietor: Nokia Corporation
02150 Espoo (FI)

(72)Inventor:
  • TAKAGI, Kazuya,
    Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 2360043 (JP)

(74)Representative: Lippich, Wolfgang et al
Samson & Partner Widenmayerstrasse 5
80538 München
80538 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A- 1 204 064
GB-A- 2 347 538
JP-A- 2001 251 402
GB-A- 2 341 259
JP-A- 2000 253 119
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


    (i) Field of the Invention



    [0001] This invention relates to an apparatus having a card holding mechanism, particularly, a card holding mechanism which can hold two cards at the same time.

    (ii) Description of the Related Art



    [0002] Of electronics including portable telephones and home video cameras, some are operated with cards housed and held therein. For example, some portable telephones are operated with a data storage card, such as a SIM card (which enables a telephone call when inserted into a portable telephone), MMC card, SmartMedia or memory stick which has data about the contract of a sender, housed and held therein. Heretofore, each of these cards has been held by an independent holding mechanism.

    [0003] However, when an independent holding mechanism is provided to each card, considerable space is required for the holding mechanisms. This can be a significant problem in reducing the size of the apparatus.

    [0004] Furthermore, an apparatus according to the preamble of claim 1 is known from GB 2 341 259 A.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0005] The present invention has been conceived to solve this problem. An object of the present invention is to provide an apparatus having, particularly, a card holding mechanism which can hold two cards in housing sections simultaneously. The present invention also provides various functions for improving ease of use of this holding mechanism.

    [0006] To achieve the above object, an apparatus according to the present invention has a card holding mechanism comprising:

    a first card housing section having a holding section which holds one end of a first card,

    a second card housing section having a holding section which holds one end of a second card, and

    a sliding holding section which can hold the end opposite to the one end of the first card housed in the first card housing section and the end opposite to the one end of the second card housed in the second card housing section simultaneously,

    the sliding holding section can slide among:

    a first position at which the sliding holding section holds the opposite end of the first card housed in the first card housing section and also holds the opposite end of the second card housed in the second card housing section,

    a second position at which the sliding holding section leaves the second card housing section open to make it possible to house the second card while holding the opposite end of the first card housed in the first card housing section, and

    a third position at which the sliding holding section leaves the first card housing section open to make it possible to house the first card while holding the opposite end of the second card housed in the second card housing section.



    [0007] Further, the first card housing section may have a concave shape and an opening for holding one end of the first card, the second card housing section may have a concave shape and an opening for holding one end of a second card, and the sliding holding section may be a sliding holding member which is positioned above the first card housing section and the second card housing section and provided independently of the first card housing section and the second card housing section, wherein the sliding holding member can slide between the first card housing section and the second card housing section, parallel to the one end and opposite end of the first card and vertically to the one end and opposite end of the second card.

    [0008] By these constitutions, two cards can be held simultaneously.

    [0009] In the above apparatus, the sliding holding member may hold the opposite end of the first card over a full width and hold the opposite end of the second card only over a partial width. Thereby, the first card in particular can be held securely from both sides thereof.

    [0010] Further, in the above apparatus, the sliding holding member may be chamfered along the direction in which the first card is inserted into the opening of the first card housing section. Thereby, the sliding holding member can be inserted into or removed from the card housing section more smoothly.

    [0011] Further, in the above apparatus, a portion of an area other than an area to which the fingers of a user mostly apply force when the user slides the sliding holding member may be omitted from the sliding holding member. Thereby, it can be prevented that the sliding holding member is slid involuntarily.

    [0012] Further, in the above apparatus, the edges of the opening of the first card housing section may protrude in a curved form in the direction opposite to the direction in which the first card is inserted into the opening of the first card housing section. Thereby, the first card can be inserted into the opening of the first card housing section smoothly.

    [0013] Further, in the above apparatus, the sliding holding member may be provided with a supporting section which supports the underside of the sliding holding member, on the underside of the sliding holding member. Thereby, breakage of the apparatus can be prevented.

    [0014] Further, in the above apparatus, the sliding holding member may have antislips.

    [0015] Further, in the above apparatus, the sliding holding member may be held on the apparatus at three spots which form a nearly triangular shape. Thereby, a tolerance for size can be rendered relatively large. In addition, sliding of the sliding holding member can be controlled easily, and the operation of the sliding holding member can be stabilized.

    [0016] Further, in the above apparatus, the sliding holding member may have curves corresponding to the first, second and third positions, and an elastic member provided on the apparatus may engage each of the curves at the first, second or third position according to sliding of the sliding holding member. Further, the portion between the first and second positions and the portion between the second and third positions may be formed in a curved form. Thereby, force required to slide the sliding holding member can be equalized. Further, in the above apparatus, the curve which engages the elastic member at the first position may be deeper than the curves which engage the elastic member at the second and third positions. Thereby, a given feeling of clicking can be given to a user at each of the first to third positions.

    [0017] Further, in the above apparatus, the sliding holding member is brought close and attached to the apparatus and may have protrusions which can engage pits provided in a portion of the apparatus when the apparatus is assembled. Thereby, the sliding holding member can be positioned securely at a predetermined position of the apparatus.

    [0018] Further, the above apparatus may be constituted such that the sliding holding member has a wall which is in direct contact with a predetermined wall of the second card housed in the second card housing section and can hold the card in the second card housing section by predetermined force, except for at least when the sliding holding member is positioned at the second position, in the direction perpendicular to a slide face which can be formed by the sliding holding member when the sliding holding member slides, and on the wall, a flat section parallel to the sliding direction of the sliding holding member and a retracted section which is inclined in a direction which moves away from the predetermined wall of the second card when the sliding holding member is slid from the second position are formed continuously. Further, the boundary between the flat section and the retracted section may be gently continuous. Thereby, the second card can be held in the second card housing section by predetermined force.

    [0019] Further, the above apparatus may be constituted such that the sliding holding member is brought close and attached to the apparatus, in the direction perpendicular to a slide face which can be formed by the sliding holding member when the sliding holding member slides, and the apparatus has a horizontal portion extending parallel to the slide face at a position remote in the perpendicular direction from the apparatus, and
    after the sliding holding member is brought close to the apparatus in the perpendicular direction, the sliding holding member is slid in the sliding direction, whereby the sliding holding member is sandwiched and held between the horizontal portion and the apparatus.

    [0020] Further, the above apparatus may be constituted such that it apparatus has an elastic member which can be elastically displaced in the perpendicular direction, the elastic member collides with the sliding holding member and is displaced in the perpendicular direction when the sliding holding member is brought close to the apparatus in the perpendicular direction, and then,
    when the sliding holding member is slid and sandwiched between the horizontal portion and the apparatus, the elastic member disengages from the sliding holding member and returns to the original position so as to prevent the sliding holding member from sliding back in the sliding direction.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0021] 

    Fig. 1 is a perspective diagram showing some components of a portable telephone having a card holding mechanism.

    Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the back side of the portable telephone.

    Fig. 3 is a diagram illustrating a method of housing a SIM card in a SIM card slot.

    Fig. 4 is a diagram illustrating a method of housing an MMC card in an MMC card slot.

    Fig. 5 is a diagram showing where the SIM card and the MMC card are held by a sliding holding member.

    Fig. 6 is a schematic enlarged perspective view of a portion of a card housing.

    Fig. 7 is a plan view of the front side of the sliding holding member.

    Fig. 8 is a perspective view of the back side of the sliding holding member.

    Fig. 9 is a perspective diagram showing a state in which the sliding holding member is about to be attached to the card housing.

    Fig. 10 is a diagram showing the positions, in the card housing, of the attachment guiding protrusion, first guide protrusion, second guide protrusion and holding hook of the sliding holding member when the sliding holding member has just been attached to the card housing.

    Fig. 11 is a perspective diagram showing a state in which the sliding holding member has been slid in a transverse direction.

    Fig. 12 is a diagram corresponding to Fig. 10 in the state shown in Fig. 11.

    Fig. 13 is a perspective diagram showing a state in which the sliding holding member has been slid in a longitudinal direction.

    Fig. 14 is a perspective diagram viewing the state of Fig. 13 from a different angle.

    Fig. 15 is a diagram corresponding to Fig. 10 in the state shown in Fig. 13.

    Fig. 16 is a perspective diagram showing a state in which the sliding holding member has been further slid in the longitudinal direction.

    Fig. 17 is a diagram corresponding to Fig. 10 in the state shown in Fig. 16.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS



    [0022] Hereinafter, a description will be given to an example of application of a card holding mechanism according to one embodiment of the present invention to a portable telephone in particular. However, this card holding mechanism is not limited to the portable telephone and is also applicable to various other devices such as a home video camera. Thus, the following embodiment does not intend to limit the present invention to the portable telephone.

    1. Assembling



    [0023] Fig. 1 shows a perspective view of some components of a portable telephone having a card holding mechanism. The card holding mechanism 1 primarily comprises a card housing 3 and a sliding holding member 5 and further comprises a rear cover 7 of the portable telephone and the main body of the portable telephone as peripheral components. Further, from the viewpoint of the card holding mechanism, it can be said that the rear cover 7 is intended solely to prevent the sliding holding member 5 from coming off the card housing 3.

    [0024] A method for assembling the portable telephone will be described briefly. First, the sliding holding member 5 is attached to the card housing 3 in the direction of an arrow (a) shown in Fig. 1. Then, the card housing 3 is attached to the rear cover 7 of the portable telephone in the direction of an arrow (b) shown in Fig. 1 and fixed to the rear cover 7 by use of screw holes 31 and screws (not shown). Finally, the rear cover 7 is fixed to the main body (refer to Fig. 2) of the portable telephone in which major electrical modules are placed, in the same direction as the arrow (a) shown in Fig. 1. The direction in which the sliding holding member 5 is attached to the card housing 3 or the direction in which the card housing 3 is attached to the rear cover 7 of the portable telephone is perpendicular to a slide face which can be formed by the sliding holding member 5 when it slides.

    2. Housing and Holding of SIM Card and MMC Card



    [0025] Fig. 2 shows a perspective view of a fully assembled portable telephone, especially the back side thereof. It can be seen that a nearly concave SIM card slot 11 and a nearly concave MMC card slot 13 are formed. These slots 11 and 13 can house a SIM card 110 and an MMC card 130 (refer to Figs. 3 and 4), respectively. Thus, this portable telephone can house two cards at the same time. When the SIM card and the MMC card are housed in the SIM card slot 11 and the MMC card slot 13, terminals (not shown) exposed on the surfaces of the SIM card and the MMC card can be electrically connected to corresponding terminals 111, 131 and the like (exposed in the main body of the portable telephone). The sliding holding member 5 can slide freely between the SIM card slot 11 and the MMC card slot 13 in given sliding directions, i.e., in the directions of arrows (c) and (d) shown in Fig. 2. The position of the sliding holding member 5 in the card housing 3 shown in Fig. 2 will be specifically referred to as "home position" for the sake of convenience.

    [0026] A method of housing the SIM card in the SIM card slot will be described in detail with reference to Fig. 3. First, the sliding holding member 5 positioned at the home position is slid in the direction of the arrow (c) shown in Fig. 3 so as to make the SIM card slot 11 fully opened. The position of the sliding holding member 5 in the card housing 3 at that time will be referred to as "SIM card slot opened position" for the sake of convenience. Then, the front end of the SIM card 110 is inserted into the opening 113 (shown clearly in Fig. 6) of the SIM card slot 11 at an angle from above, i.e., in the direction of an arrow (f) shown in Fig. 3, and held in that state. Then, the back portion of the SIM card 110 is pressed against the terminals 111 and the like (refer to Fig. 2) exposed in the SIM card slot 11 in the direction of an arrow (g) shown in Fig. 3. Finally, the sliding holding member 5 is slid in the direction of the arrow (d) shown in Fig. 3. To remove the SIM card 110 from the SIM card slot 11, the above procedure is reversed.

    [0027] A method of housing the MMC card 130 in the MMC card slot 13 will be described in detail with reference to Fig. 4. First, the sliding holding member 5 positioned at the home position is slid in the direction of the arrow (d) shown in Fig. 4 so as to make the MMC card slot 13 fully opened. The position of the sliding holding member 5 in the card housing 3 at that time will be referred to as "MMC card slot opened position" for the sake of convenience. Then, one end of the MMC card 130 is inserted into the opening 133 of the MMC card slot 13 at an angle from above, i.e., in the direction of an arrow (h) shown in Fig. 4, and held in that state. Then, the other end portion of the MMC card 130 is pressed against the terminals 131 and the like (refer to Fig. 2) exposed in the MMC card slot 13 in the direction of an arrow (i) shown in Fig. 4. Finally, the sliding holding member 5 is slid in the direction of the arrow (c) shown in Fig. 4. At that time, when the SIM card is already housed, care must be taken not to slide the sliding holding member 5 beyond the home position and to the SIM card slot opened position. The reason is that the already housed SIM card 110 may pop out of the SIM card slot if the sliding holding member 5 is slid to the SIM card slot opened position. The same applies to a case where the MMC card is housed first.

    [0028] As clearly shown in Fig. 5, according to the present invention, the SIM card 110 and the MMC card 130 are held at the same time by the sliding holding member 5 with the member 5 positioned over the cards. More specifically, in the case of the SIM card 110, by sliding the sliding holding member 5 nearly parallel to holding spaces 115A and 115B, the top and under surfaces of the other end of the SIM card 110 can be held in the holding space 115A by the sliding holding member 5 and the SIM card slot 11, respectively, with one end of the SIM card 110 held in the holding space 115B which is the opening 113 of the SIM card slot. As a result, the SIM card 110 is held securely at both ends in the holding spaces 115A and 115B positioned parallel to each other.

    [0029] Meanwhile, in the case of the MMC card 130, by sliding the sliding holding member 5 nearly vertically to holding spaces 135A and 135B, the top and under surfaces of the other end of the MMC card 130 can be held in the holding space 135B by the sliding holding member 5 and the MMC card slot 13, respectively, with one end of the MMC card 130 held in the holding space 135A which is the opening 133 of the MMC card slot. As a result, the MMC card 130 is held securely at both ends in the holding spaces 135A and 135B positioned parallel to each other.

    [0030] As is well known, the SIM card 110 has problems of being highly susceptible to thermal deformation and being thin and fragile. According to the present invention, the SIM card 110 can be held stably because the SIM card 110 is held securely at both opposed ends thereof. Meanwhile, since the MMC card 130 is firmer than the SIM card 110 and, unlike the SIM card 110, the MMC card 130 hardly undergoes thermal distortion, it is sufficient that the MMC card 130 is held over a full width 135A only at one end where the terminals 131 and the like are disposed and only over a partial width 135B at the opposed end.

    3. Card Housing and Sliding Holding Member



    [0031] The card housing will be described in detail with reference to Fig. 6 that is a schematic enlarged perspective view of a portion of the card housing.

    3-1. Card Housing


    1) Overall Constitution



    [0032] The card housing 3 may be integral-molded from a resin or the like. The card housing primarily comprises an electronic module forming section 30, a SIM card slot forming section 34 which forms nearly all of the SIM card slot 11, and an MMC card slot forming section 38 which forms a portion of the MMC card slot 13.

    [0033] On the back of the electronic module forming section 30, various electronic modules provided in the main body of the portable telephone are disposed when the portable telephone is assembled. After completion of assembling of the portable telephone, a product seal or the like may be placed on the electronic module forming section 30.

    [0034] The opening 113 into which the SIM card is inserted is formed in the SIM card slot forming section 34 and formed by the upper plate 341 and lower plate 342 of the card housing 3. The edges 343 and 344 of these upper plate 341 and lower plate 342 protrude in a curved form in the direction opposite to the insertion direction of the SIM card so as to further facilitate insertion of the SIM card. These edges 343 and 344 have nearly the same curved shape. In particular, the edge 344 of the lower plate protrudes farther in the direction opposite to the insertion direction of the SIM card than the edge 343 of the upper plate. Thereby, the SIM card can be inserted more smoothly. In the center of the SIM card slot forming section 34, a relatively large hole 345 is formed so as to expose the terminals 111 (refer to Fig. 2) and the like provided in the main boy of the portable telephone. The terminals 111 and the like remain exposed as shown in Fig. 2 through the hole 345, even after the card housing 3 is fixed to the main body of the portable telephone.

    [0035] The MMC card slot forming section 38 is so constituted that the card housing 3 does not exist in the vicinity of the terminals 131 and the like provided in the main body of the portable telephone so as to expose the terminals 131 and the like. In other words, the card housing 3 forms only nearly a half of the MMC card slot area. Thus, the above opening 133 (described with reference to Fig. 4) into which the MMC card is to be inserted is formed not by (the MMC card slot forming section 38 of) the card housing 3 but by the main body of the portable telephone.

    2) Guide Slit and Guide Rail



    [0036] To hold and guide the sliding holding member 5, a first guide rail 346, a first guide slit 300, a second guide rail 380 and a second guide slit 382 are provided. The guide rails 346 and 380 are formed as mere grooves which do not penetrate the card housing 3. Meanwhile, the guide slits 300 and 382 penetrate the card housing 3. The guide rails and the guide slits have nearly the same length and formed in the sliding direction of the sliding holding member 5.

    [0037] In particular, the first guide rail 346 is formed at one side of the SIM card slot forming section 34.

    [0038] The first guide slit 300 is formed by the electronic module forming section 30 and the SIM card slot forming section 34. More specifically, the first guide slit 300 is formed by forming a given opening 303 in a planar direction between a vertical wall 302 of the electronic module forming section 30 and a vertical wall 347 of the SIM card slot forming section 34 and by forming a given opening 305 in a vertical direction by the electronic module forming section 30 positioned at the upper position and the SIM card slot forming section 34 positioned at the lower position. The former opening 303 is useful for facilitating attachment of the sliding holding member 5 to the card housing 3 in the planar direction. Meanwhile, the latter opening 305 is useful for attaching the sliding holding member 5 to the card housing 3 or holding the sliding holding member 5 in the card housing 3.

    [0039] The second guide rail 380 is formed at one side of the MMC card slot forming section 38.

    [0040] Although the second guide slit 382 is also formed at one side of the MMC card slot forming section 38, the second guide slit 382 is formed closer to the MMC card slot forming section 38 than to the second guide rail 380. The second guide slit 382 is formed by a flat protruding section 384 which extends along a portion of the second guide rail 380 and the remaining portion of the second guide rail 380 and the MMC card slot forming section 38. More specifically, the second guide slit 382 is formed by forming a given opening 381 in a planar direction between a wall 386 of a portion of the second guide rail 380 and a wall 388 of the flat protruding section and a wall 390 of the MMC card slot forming section 38 and by forming a given opening 383 in a vertical direction by the flat protruding section 384 positioned at the upper position and the MMC card slot forming section 38 positioned at the lower position. The former opening 381 is useful for facilitating attachment of the sliding holding member 5 to the card housing 3 in the planar direction. Meanwhile, the latter opening 383 is useful for attaching the sliding holding member 5 to the card housing 3 or holding the sliding holding member 5 in the card housing 3. Further, although not particularly shown in Fig. 6, the above wall 386 of a portion of the second guide rail 380 may be inclined toward the lower portion of the second guide slit 382 so as to facilitate attachment of the sliding holding member 5 (holding hook 72 to be described later).

    [0041] The sliding holding member 5 is positioned and held at 4 spots where the first guide rail 346, the first guide slit 300, the second guide rail 380 and the second guide slit 382 are disposed, or at 3 spots that form a nearly triangular shape because the second guide rail 380 and the second guide slit 382 can be considered substantially disposed at the same spot. As a result, a tolerance for size can be rendered relatively large, as compared with a case where the sliding holding member 5 is positioned and held at only 2 spots. Further, it becomes no longer necessary to control the sizes of guide protrusions, guide rails and the like strictly for positioning and holding the sliding holding member, and a tolerance for their sizes is allowed to be relatively large. Therefore, it becomes easy to control sliding of the sliding holding member, and its movement can be stabilized.

    [0042] Portions of these guide rails and guide slits where the sliding holding member 5 is guided first when the sliding holding member 5 is attached to the card housing 3, i.e., attachment guiding sections 348, 304, 392 and 394, are formed in a form that is slightly expanded in a transverse direction (direction of an arrow (k) in Fig. 6). Meanwhile, portions where the sliding holding member 5 is guided thereafter, i.e., sliding guiding sections 349, 306, 396 and 398, are formed in a form that is extended relatively long in a longitudinal direction (direction of an arrow (1) in Fig. 6).

    3) Locking Lever and Holding Rib



    [0043] A locking lever 350 and a holding rib 351 are provided next to the first guide rail 346, particularly, next to the attachment guiding section 348 of the first guide rail 346. The locking lever 350 and the holding rib 351 are provided adjacent to each other.

    [0044] The locking lever 350 can be elastically displaced in a vertical direction (that is, a direction perpendicular to a slide face that can be formed by the sliding holding member when it slides. The same will apply to the following description.), i.e., in the direction of an arrow (m) in Fig. 6. Along with this displacement, a front-side locking tab 352 provided at the top of the locking lever 350 moves up and down. The locking lever 350 is displaced downward when the sliding holding member 5 is attached to the card housing 3, while the locking lever 350 returns to the original position after the sliding holding member 5 is completely attached to the card housing 3. By this movement, the locking lever 350 and the front-side locking tab 352 prevent the sliding holding member 5 from sliding back to the position where it is detached from the card housing 3, after the sliding holding member 5 is completely attached to the card housing 3. Further, although not particularly shown in Fig. 6, a back-side locking tab is provided at the other side of the locking lever 350 which is opposite to the side where the front-side locking tab 352 is provided, and after completion of assembling of the portable telephone, this back-side locking tab contacts a portion of the main body of the portable telephone so as to prevent the front-side locking tab 352 from moving downward again. Accordingly, it is also prevented that the sliding holding member 5 slides back to the position where it is detached from the card housing 3.

    [0045] The holding rib 351 extends vertically from the card housing 3, and its top extends in a horizontal direction (that is, a direction parallel to the slide face that can be formed by the sliding holding member 5 when it slides. The same will apply to the following description.) toward the inside of the card housing 3. By such a shape, when the sliding holding member 5 is attached to the card housing 3, a portion of the sliding holding member 5 is positioned under the portion extending in the horizontal direction, that is, a portion of the sliding holding member 5 is inserted between the card housing 3 and the holding rib 351 so as to prevent the sliding holding member 5 from falling off the card housing 3.

    4) Spring Lever



    [0046] A spring lever 353 is provided next to the guide rail, particularly, next to the sliding guiding section of the first guide rail 346. The spring lever 353 can be elastically displaced at least in a horizontal direction, i.e., in the direction of an arrow (o) shown in Fig. 6. This spring lever 353 is helpful for holding the sliding holding member 5 at a predetermined position after the sliding holding member 5 is attached to the card housing 3. That is, a circular tab 354 provided at the top of the spring lever 353 engages a predetermined portion of the sliding holding member 5 so as to hold the sliding holding member 5 at the predetermined position by predetermined force.

    3-2. Sliding Holding Member



    [0047] The sliding holding member will be described in detail with reference to Figs. 7 and 8. Fig. 7 is a plan view of the front side of the sliding holding member, and Fig. 8 is a perspective view of its back side. The sliding holding member 5 may be integral-molded from a resin or the like.

    1) Chamfering



    [0048] To facilitate insertion of the SIM card into the SIM card slot or removal of the SIM card from the SIM card slot, particularly the edge 50 on the SIM card slot 11 side of the sliding holding member 5 is chamfered along the direction in which the SIM card is inserted into the opening 113 (refer to Fig. 3) of the SIM card slot 11 (or the SIM card is removed from the opening 113). That is, the surface of the edge 50 is inclined.

    2) Grip Grooves



    [0049] On the sliding holding member 5, grip grooves 52 are provided in a portion where the fingers of a user touch when he slides the sliding holding member 5, as antislips for the fingers of the user. Further, in the surface area of the sliding holding member 5, an area in which the fingers of the user apply force when he slides the sliding holding member 5 is considered to be primarily an area on the spring lever 353 side. Thus, an area other than the area, i.e., a portion (portion indicated by a dashed line) 54, is omitted so as to prevent the user from hooking the fingers to the portion involuntarily or from grabbing the portion intentionally and thereby detaching the sliding holding member 5.

    3) Nearly Semicircular Curves



    [0050] In correspondence to the spring lever 353 of the card housing 3, three nearly semicircular curves 56, 57 and 58 are formed on a side of the sliding holding member 5 along the sliding direction. In response to sliding of the sliding holding member 5, the side face of the circular tab 354 on the top of the spring lever 353 engages these three curves 56, 57 and 58 successively by the elastic force of the spring lever 353, thereby holding the sliding holding member 5 at the MMC card slot opened position, the home position and the SIM card slot opened position, respectively. At each of the above positions, the sliding holding member 5 is held by a predetermined elastic force of the spring lever 353. As is obvious, when the circular tab 354 engages each of the nearly semicircular curves 56, 57 and 58, a user can feel clicking of given intensity by the elastic force of the spring lever 353. In particular, since the nearly semicircular curve 57 for holding the sliding holding member 5 at the home position is rather deeper than the other semicircular curves 56 and 58, the user can feel clicking of higher intensity. In contrast, since the nearly semicircular curves 56 and 58 are rather shallower than the nearly semicircular curve 57, the user can disengage the sliding holding member 5 from these nearly semicircular curves 56 and 58 smoothly. Please also note that a portion 56' between the curves 56 and 57 and a portion 57' between the curves 57 and 58 are also curved. The reason is that since the pressing force of the spring lever 353 changes by displacement, sliding force gradually increases on a straight slope, when those vectors in the sliding direction are taken into consideration. In contrast, when the portions 56' and 57' between the curves are curved as in the present invention, force required to slide the sliding holding member can be equalized. The lowermost nearly semicircular curve 59 is provided merely for preventing a portion of the sliding holding member 5 from interfering with attachment of the sliding holding member 5 to the card housing 3 and is not intended for engagement with the spring lever 353. Further, the semicircular curve 59 has such a shape simply because it does not interfere with attachment of the sliding holding member 5 to the card housing 3.

    4) Horseshoe-Shaped Protrusions



    [0051] On a surface of the sliding holding member 5, a horseshoe-shaped protrusion 60 and a cylindrical protrusion 62 (also shown in Fig. 9 and other drawings to be described later) are provided. When the rear cover 7 is secured after the sliding holding member 5 is attached to the card housing 3, these protrusions 60 and 62 engage predetermined pits (not shown) of the rear cover 7, and a predetermined portion of the cover 7 is pressed from above along the internal positions of these protrusions 60 and 62, i.e., positions indicated by a line 64. As a result, the sliding holding member 5 is positioned at a predetermined position on the rear cover 7, and it is also effectively prevented that the sliding holding member 5 falls off the card housing 3.

    5) Guide Plate, Attachment Guiding Protrusion, Guide Protrusion, and Holding Hook



    [0052] In correspondence to the first guide rail 346, the first guide slit 300, the second guide rail 380 and the second guide slit 382 (refer to Fig. 6), four protrusions, i.e., a first guide protrusion 66, a guide plate 68, a second guide protrusion 70 and a J-shaped holding hook 72, are formed on the sliding holding member 5, respectively. Particularly, please note that the first guide protrusion 66 is formed in a pressing section 74. This point is important from the viewpoint of a relationship with the locking lever 350 (front-side locking tab 352) of the card housing 3 which will be described later.

    [0053] Of these protrusions, the first guide protrusion 66 and the second guide protrusion 70 are merely protruded vertically from the sliding holding member 5. The first guide protrusion 66 and the second guide protrusion 70 can slide on the first guide rail 346 and second guide rail 380 of the card housing 3, respectively. Meanwhile, the guide plate 68 extends in a horizontal direction, and the holding hook 72 has a portion 73 which also extends in the horizontal direction. When the sliding holding member 5 is completely attached to the card housing 3, the guide plate 68 and the holding hook 72 can slide in the first guide slit 300 and the second guide slit 382 with the horizontally extending portions engaging the above openings of the card housing 3.

    [0054] As is obvious, the sliding holding member 5 can be positioned, slid and held on the card housing 3 at these four protrusions, or three protrusions which form a nearly triangular shape because the second guide protrusion 70 and the holding hook 72 can be considered substantially the same protrusion. Accordingly, as described above, the above positioning and the like can be conducted with some flexibility.

    [0055] Of these protrusions, the first guide protrusion 66, the second guide protrusion 70 and the holding hook 72 are useful for positioning between the sliding holding member 5 and the card housing 3 when the sliding holding member 5 is attached to the card housing 3. Although the guide plate 68 is not directly associated with the positioning, an attachment guiding protrusion 69 provided at the top of the guide plate 68 serves this purpose. The attachment guiding protrusion 69 is used solely for this positioning and does not contribute to sliding.

    6) Retracted Section



    [0056] On a wall that extends in a vertical direction continuously from the holding hook 72, a flat section 77 that is parallel to the sliding direction of the sliding holding member and a retracted section 76 which is slightly inclined to the sliding direction of the sliding holding member are formed.

    [0057] The retracted section 76 and the flat section 77 are useful for holding the MMC card in the MMC card slot by predetermined force. More specifically, the retracted section 76 and the flat section 77 are in direct contact with a predetermined wall of the MMC card and can sandwich the MMC card between a predetermined wall (i.e., a wall inside the opening 133 with which the MMC card may collide when the MMC card is inserted into the opening 133 of the MMC card slot) of the portable telephone and themselves and hold the MMC card by predetermined force, except for when the sliding holding member 5 is positioned at the MMC card slot opened position. The retracted section 76 is disposed closer to the front side than the flat section 77. That is, the retracted section 76 is disposed on the side where it makes direct contact with the MMC card first when the sliding holding member 5 is moved from the MMC card slot opened position. Further, the direction of inclination of the retracted section 76 is a direction which moves away from the above predetermined wall of the portable telephone (the same applies to a case when it is viewed from a wall of the MMC card housed in the MMC card slot 13) in the direction from the MMC card opened position toward the home position (SIM card opened position).

    [0058] The retracted section 76 and the flat section 77 are useful for fine adjustment of force to hold the MMC card. The reason is as follows. That is, when the MMC card is held by the retracted section 76, the MMC card is held in a relatively narrow width between the retracted section 76 and a predetermined wall of the portable telephone more securely, while when the MMC card is held by the flat section 77, the MMC card is held in a relatively wide width between the flat section 77 and a predetermined wall of the portable telephone more loosely.

    [0059] Further, since the boundary 78 between the retracted section 76 and the flat section 77 is relatively gently continuous, the user does not feel that the sliding holding member 5 has collided with the MMC card when a state in which the MMC card is held by the retracted section 76 is switched to a state in which the MMC card is held by the flat section 77.

    4. Operation



    [0060] The operation of the card holding mechanism will be described with reference to Figs. 9 to 17. Fig. 9 and Fig. 10, Fig. 11 and Fig. 12, and Fig. 16 and Fig. 17 are paired up, respectively, and Figs. 13 to 15 form a group. These drawings show the relationship between the card housing and the sliding holding member along with passage of time.

    [0061] Fig. 9 is a perspective diagram showing a state in which the sliding holding member is about to be attached to the card housing. Fig. 10 is a diagram showing in a simplified form the positions of the attachment guiding protrusion, first guide protrusion, second guide protrusion and holding hook of the sliding holding member in the card housing when the sliding holding member has just been attached to the card housing.

    [0062] As is obvious from these drawings, when the sliding holding member is about to be attached to the card housing 3, the attachment guiding protrusion 69, the second guide protrusion 70 and the holding hook 72 are positioned nearly right above the attachment guiding sections 304, 392 and 394 of the first guide slit 300, second guide rail 380 and second guide slit 382 of the card housing, respectively. Therefore, when the sliding holding member is brought closer to the card housing 3 in this state, these attachment guiding protrusion 69, second guide protrusion 70 and holding hook 72 are guided to the attachment guiding sections 304, 392 and 394 smoothly, respectively.

    [0063] Meanwhile, the first guide protrusion 66 is positioned slightly away from the attachment guiding section 348, i.e., not nearly right above the attachment guiding section 348 but in the vicinity of the front-side locking tab 352 of the locking lever 350. Therefore, even if the sliding holding member is brought closer to the card housing 3 in this state, the first guide protrusion 66 is not guided to the attachment guiding sections 348. However, such a positional relationship is applied simply because of installation of the locking lever 350 and is not significant. It should be noted that the pressing section 74 (indicated by a dotted line) having the first guide protrusion 66 is positioned above the front-side locking tab 352, i.e., at a position where it may collide with the front-side locking tab 352. By positioning the pressing section 74 at such a position, the front-side locking tab 352 is pressed downward, i.e., in the direction of an arrow (p) shown in Fig. 10, by the pressing section 74, as the sliding holding member 5 approaches the card housing 3. As a result, the front-side locking tab 352 is gradually moved downward.

    [0064] Fig. 11 is a perspective diagram showing a state in which the sliding holding member is slid in a transverse direction, i.e., in the direction of an arrow (q) shown in Fig. 11, with the front-side locking tab moved downward to a sufficient extent. Fig. 12 is a diagram corresponding to Fig. 10.

    [0065] As is clearly shown in Fig. 11, in response to the transverse sliding, the first guide plate 68 of the sliding holding member 5 slips under the electronic module forming section 30, i.e., slips into the opening 305 formed by the electronic module forming section 30 and the SIM card slot forming section 34. As a result, one side of the sliding holding member 5 is held by the card housing 3.

    [0066] Further, as is clearly shown in Fig. 12, in response to the above transverse sliding, the attachment guiding protrusion 69, first guide protrusion 66, second guide protrusion 70 and holding hook 72 of the sliding holding member 5 move from the attachment guiding sections 304, 348, 392 and 394 to the corresponding slide guiding sections 306, 349, 392 and 398, nearly simultaneously. Thereby, the first guide protrusion 66 is fitted into the corresponding attachment guiding section 348 of the first guide rail 364 for the first time and slid to the sliding guiding section 349. Even in the state shown in these drawings, the front-side locking tab 352 remains pressed downward.

    [0067] Fig. 13 is a perspective diagram showing a state in which the sliding holding member is slid in a longitudinal direction, i.e., in the direction of an arrow (r) shown in Fig. 13, from the state shown in Figs. 11 and 12, and completely attached to the card housing. Fig. 14 is a perspective diagram viewing the above state from a different angle. Fig. 15 is a diagram corresponding to Fig. 10. The position of the sliding holding member shown in these drawings corresponds to the above MMC card slot opened position.

    [0068] As is clearly shown in Fig. 13, in response to the longitudinal sliding, the pressing section 74 pressing the locking lever 350 of the card housing 3 downward moves away from the front-side locking tab 352, whereby the locking lever 350 snaps back in the direction of an arrow (s) shown in Fig. 13. As a result, the top of the front-side locking tab 352 of the locking lever 350 is positioned close to the upper edge of the pressing section 74, thereby preventing the sliding holding member 5 form sliding back to the position where the sliding holding member 5 is detached from the card housing 3, i.e., preventing the sliding holding member 5 from sliding in the direction opposite to the direction of the arrow (r) shown in Fig. 13. again. In this case, even if a user attempts to slide the sliding holding member 5 in the direction opposite to the direction of the arrow (r) shown in Fig. 13, the pressing section 74 of the sliding holding member 5 collides with the front-side locking tab 352. Therefore, unless the front-side locking tab 352 is moved downward again, the sliding holding member 5 is not slid in such a direction. To prevent the front-side locking tab 352 from being moved downward again, the above back-side locking tab is used after completion of assembling of the portable telephone.

    [0069] Further, in response to the longitudinal sliding, a portion of the pressing section 74 slips in between the lower flat plate 360 and holding rib 351 of the card housing 3. As a result, the sliding holding member 5 is held not only at one side held by the opening 305 but also at its opposed side held by the card housing 3. Further, since the circular tab 354 of the spring lever of the card housing 3 engages the nearly semicircular curve 56 of the sliding holding member 5 at that time, the sliding holding member 5 is held at this position by predetermined force.

    [0070] Further, as is clearly shown in Fig. 14, in response to the longitudinal sliding, the holding hook 72, particularly its horizontally extending portion 73, slips into the opening 383 formed by the flat protruding section 384 and MMC card slot forming section 38 of the card housing 3, particularly, under the flat protruding section 384. As a result, the sliding holding member 5 is held by the card housing 3 in this portion as well.

    [0071] Further, as is clearly shown in Fig. 14, a supporting rib 393 is provided at a position where considerable force is to be applied from the sliding holding member 5, i.e., near the boundary between the MMC card slot forming section 38 and the SIM card slot forming section 34 of the card housing 3. By having the supporting rib 393, the sliding holding member 5 is supported securely on the underside thereof. Hence, even if a user applies considerable force to the sliding holding member 5 to slide it, the sliding holding member 5 or the SIM card 110 or MMC card 130 which lies thereunder is not broken by the pressing. Further, since both sides of the sliding holding member 5 are supported securely by the card housing 3, the user can slide the sliding holding member 5 at ease.

    [0072] Fig. 16 is a perspective diagram showing a state in which the sliding holding member has been further slid in the longitudinal direction. Fig. 17 is a diagram corresponding to Fig. 10. The position of the sliding holding member shown in these drawings corresponds to the above home position.

    [0073] Along with the longitudinal sliding of the sliding holding member 5, the circular tab 354 of the spring lever moves from the nearly semicircular curve 56 toward the nearly semicircular curve 57 while contacting a side of the sliding holding member 5 by predetermined elastic force and snaps in the nearly semicircular curve 57 when reaching a certain position. As a result, the sliding holding member 5 is held at this position by predetermined force. A description will not be given with respect to the SIM card slot opened position since it is assumed to be obvious from the above description.

    [0074] According to the present invention described above, an apparatus having a card holding mechanism which can hold two cards at the same time can be provided.

    [0075] In the above embodiment, the sliding holding member has been described as a member formed independently of the apparatus. However, the sliding holding member may be integrated with the apparatus.


    Claims

    1. An apparatus having a card holding mechanism,
    wherein the card holding mechanism comprises:

    a first card housing section (11) having a holding section (115B) which holds a first end of a first card (110),

    a second card housing section (13) having a holding section (135A) which holds a first end of a second card (130), and

    a sliding holding section (5) which can hold a second end opposite to the first end of the first card (110) housed in the first card housing section (11) and a second end opposite to the first end of the second card (13) housed in the second card housing section (130) simultaneously, characterized in that

    the sliding holding section (5) can slide among:

    a first position at which the sliding holding section (5) holds the second end of the first card (110) housed in the first card housing section (11) and also holds the second end of the second card (130) housed in the second card housing section (13),

    a second position at which the sliding holding section (5) leaves the second card housing section (13) open to make it possible to house the second card (130) while holding the second end of the first card (110) housed in the first card housing section (11), and

    a third position at which the sliding holding section (5) leaves the first card housing section (11) open to make it possible to house the first card (110) while holding the second end of the second card (130) housed in the second card housing section (13).


     
    2. The apparatus according to claim 1,
    wherein the first card housing section (11) has a concave shape and an opening for holding said one end of the first card (110),
    the second card housing section 13 has a concave shape and an opening for holding said one end of the second card (130), and
    the sliding holding section (5) is a sliding holding member (5) which is positioned above the first card housing section (11) and the second card housing section (13) and provided independently of the first card housing section (11) and the second card housing section (13), wherein
    the sliding holding member (5) can slide between the first card housing section (11) and the second card housing section (13), parallel to the first end and the second end of the first card (110) and vertically to the first end and the second end of the second card (130).
     
    3. The apparatus according to claim 1 or 2,
    wherein the sliding holding member (5) holds the second end of the first card (110) over a full width (135A) and holds the second end of the second card (130) only over a partial width (135B).
     
    4. The apparatus according to claim 3, wherein the sliding holding member (5) is chamfered along the direction in which the first card (110) is inserted into the opening of the first card housing section (11).
     
    5. The apparatus according to claim 2, wherein a portion of an area (54) other than an area configured to receive a force by the fingers of a user when the user slides the sliding holding member (5) is omitted from the sliding holding member (5).
     
    6. The apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the edges of the opening of the first card housing section (11) protrude in a curved form in the direction opposite to the direction in which the first card (110) is inserted into the opening of the first card housing section (11).
     
    7. The apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the sliding holding member (5) is provided with a supporting section which supports the underside of the sliding holding member (5), on the underside of the sliding holding member (5).
     
    8. The apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the sliding holding member (5) has grip grooves (52).
     
    9. The apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the sliding holding member (5) is held on the apparatus at three spots (66, 68, 70) which form a nearly triangular shape.
     
    10. The apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the sliding holding member (5) has curves (57, 58, 59) corresponding to the first, second and third positions, and an elastic member (354) provided on the apparatus engages each of the curves at the first, second or third position according to sliding of the sliding holding member (5).
     
    11. The apparatus according to claim 10, wherein the curve (59) which engages the elastic member (354) at the first position is deeper than the curves (57; 58) which engage the elastic member (354) at the second and third positions.
     
    12. The apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the sliding holding member (5) is brought close and attached to the apparatus and has protrusions (60, 62) which can engage pits provided in a portion of the apparatus when the apparatus is assembled.
     
    13. The apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the sliding holding member has a wall which is in direct contact with a predetermined wall of the second card (130) housed in the second card housing section (13) and can hold the card in the second card housing section (13) by predetermined force, except for at least when the sliding holding member is positioned at the second position, in the direction perpendicular to a slide face which can be formed by the sliding holding member (5) when the sliding holding member slides, and
    on the wall, a flat section (77) parallel to the sliding direction of the sliding holding member and a retracted section (76) which is inclined in a direction which moves away from the
    predetermined wall of the second card (130) when the sliding holding member (5) is slid from the second position are formed continuously.
     
    14. The apparatus according to claim 13, wherein the boundary between the flat section (77) and the retracted section (76) is gently continuous.
     
    15. The apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the sliding holding member is brought close and attached to the apparatus, in the direction perpendicular to a slide face which can be formed by the sliding holding member (5) when the sliding holding member (5) slides, and
    the apparatus has a horizontal portion extending parallel to the slide face at a position remote in the perpendicular direction from the apparatus, and after the sliding holding member (5) is brought close to the apparatus in the perpendicular direction, the sliding holding member (5) is slid in the sliding direction, whereby the sliding holding member (5) is sandwiched and held between the horizontal portion and the apparatus.
     
    16. The apparatus according to claim 15, wherein the apparatus has an elastic member (350) which can be elastically displaced in the perpendicular direction,
    the elastic member (350) collides with the sliding holding member (5) and is displaced in the perpendicular direction when the sliding holding member (5) is brought close to the apparatus in the perpendicular direction, and then,
    when the sliding holding member (5) is slid and sandwiched between the horizontal portion and the apparatus, the elastic member (350) disengages from the sliding holding member (5) and returns to the original position so as to prevent the sliding holding member (5) from sliding back in the sliding direction.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Einrichtung mit einem Kartenhaltemechanismus, wobei der Kartenhaltemechanismus Folgendes umfasst:

    einen ersten Kartenaufnahmebereich (11), der einen Haltebereich (115B) hat, der ein erstes Ende einer ersten Karte (110) hält,

    einen zweiten Kartenaufnahmebereich (13), der einen Haltebereich (135A) hat, der ein erstes Ende einer zweiten Karte (130) hält, und

    ein gleitendes Haltelement (5), das ein zweites Ende halten kann, das entgegengesetzt zum ersten Ende der im ersten Kartenaufnahmebereich (11) aufgenommenen ersten Karte (110) angeordnet ist, und gleichzeitig ein zweites Ende halten kann, das entgegengesetzt zum ersten Ende der im zweiten Kartenaufnahmebereich (130) aufgenommenen zweiten Karte (13) angeordnet ist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

    das gleitende Haltelement (5) zwischen den folgenden Positionen verschoben werden kann:

    einer ersten Position, in der das gleitende Haltelement (5) das zweite Ende der im ersten Kartenaufnahmebereich (11) aufgenommenen ersten Karte (110) hält und ebenfalls das zweite Ende der im zweiten Kartenaufnahmebereich (13) aufgenommenen zweiten Karte (130) hält,

    einer zweiten Position, in der das gleitende Haltelement (5) den zweiten Kartenaufnahmebereich (13) offen lässt, um es zu ermöglichen, die zweite Karte (130) aufzunehmen, und dies während das zweite Ende der im ersten Kartenaufnahmebereich (11) aufgenommenen ersten Karte (110) gehalten wird, und

    einer dritten Position, in der das gleitende Haltelement (5) den ersten Kartenaufnahmebereich (11) offen lässt, um es zu ermöglichen, die erste Karte (110) aufzunehmen, und dies während das zweite Ende der im zweiten Kartenaufnahmebereich (13) aufgenommenen zweiten Karte (130) gehalten wird.


     
    2. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 1,
    wobei der erste Kartenaufnahmebereich (11) eine konkave Form hat sowie eine Öffnung zum Halten des einen Endes der ersten Karte (110),
    der zweite Kartenaufnahmebereich (13) eine konkave Form hat sowie eine Öffnung zum Halten des einen Endes der zweiten Karte (130), und
    das gleitende Haltelement (5) ein gleitendes Haltelement (5) ist, das über dem ersten Kartenaufnahmebereich (11) und dem zweiten Kartenaufnahmebereich (13) angeordnet ist und das unabhängig vom ersten Kartenaufnahmebereich (11) und vom zweiten Kartenaufnahmebereich (13) bereitgestellt wird, wobei
    das gleitende Haltelement (5) zwischen dem ersten Kartenaufnahmebereich (11) und dem zweiten Kartenaufnahmebereich (13) verschoben werden kann, und dies parallel zum ersten Ende und zum zweiten Ende der ersten Karte (110) und vertikal zum ersten Ende und zum zweiten Ende der zweiten Karte (130).
     
    3. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 1 oder 2,
    wobei das gleitende Haltelement (5) das zweite Ende der ersten Karte (110) über eine volle Breite (135A) hält und das zweite Ende der zweiten Karte (130) nur über einen Teil einer Breite (135B) hält.
     
    4. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 3, wobei das gleitende Haltelement (5) entlang der Richtung, in der die erste Karte (110) in die Öffnung des ersten Kartenaufnahmebereichs (11) eingeführt wird, abgeschrägt ist.
     
    5. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei ein Teil einer Fläche (54) des gleitenden Halteelements (5) ausgespart wird, der nicht gleich der Fläche ist, die dafür eingerichtet ist, eine durch die Finger eines Benutzers ausgeübte Kraft aufzunehmen, wenn der Benutzer das gleitende Haltelement (5) verschiebt.
     
    6. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei die Ränder der Öffnung des ersten Kartenaufnahmebereichs (11) in einer gekrümmten Form hervorstehen, und dies in der entgegengesetzten Richtung zur Richtung, in der die erste Karte (110) in die Öffnung des ersten Kartenaufnahmebereichs (11) eingeführt wird.
     
    7. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei das gleitende Halteelement (5) auf der Unterseite des gleitenden Halteelements (5) mit einem abstützenden Bereich ausgestattet ist, der die Unterseite des gleitenden Halteelements (5) abstützt.
     
    8. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei das gleitende Halteelement (5) Griffigkeitsrillen (52) hat.
     
    9. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei das gleitende Halteelement (5) an drei Stellen (66, 68, 70) auf der Einrichtung gehalten wird, die eine nahezu dreieckige Form bilden.
     
    10. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei das gleitende Halteelement (5) Rundungen (57, 58, 59) hat, die der ersten, zweiten und dritten Position entsprechen, wobei ein an der Einrichtung vorgesehenes elastisches Element (354) entsprechend der Verschiebung des gleitenden Halteelements (5) in der ersten, zweiten oder dritten Position in jeweils eine der Rundungen eingreift.
     
    11. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 10, wobei die Rundung (59), in die das elastische Element (354) in der ersten Position eingreift, tiefer ist als die Rundungen (57; 58), in die das elastische Element (354) in der zweiten und dritten Position eingreift.
     
    12. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei das gleitende Halteelement (5) nahe zur Einrichtung geführt und an dieser angebracht wird und wobei es Vorsprünge (60, 62) hat, die beim Zusammenbau der Einrichtung in Vertiefungen eingreifen können, die in einem Teil der Einrichtung vorgesehen sind.
     
    13. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei das gleitende Halteelement Folgendes umfasst: eine Wand, die mit einer vorbestimmten Wand der im zweiten Kartenaufnahmebereich (13) aufgenommenen zweiten Karte (130) in direktem Kontakt ist und die, außer wenigstens dann, wenn das gleitende Halteelement sich in der zweiten Position befindet, die Karte durch eine vorgegebene Kraft im zweiten Kartenaufnahmebereich (13) halten kann, und dies in der Richtung senkrecht zu einer Gleitfläche, die vom gleitenden Halteelement (5) gebildet werden kann, wenn das gleitende Halteelement verschoben wird, und wobei
    auf der Wand ein flacher Bereich (77) parallel zur Gleitrichtung des gleitenden Halteelements und ein zurückgezogener Bereich (76), der in eine Richtung geneigt ist, die weg von der vorbestimmten Wand der zweiten Karte (130) führt, wenn das gleitende Halteelement (5) aus der zweiten Position verschoben wird, ununterbrochen ausgebildet sind.
     
    14. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 13, wobei der Übergang zwischen dem flachen Bereich (77) und dem zurückgezogenen Bereich (76) durchgehend weich verläuft.
     
    15. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei das gleitende Halteelement nahe zur Einrichtung geführt und an dieser angebracht wird, und dies in der Richtung senkrecht zu einer Gleitfläche, die vom gleitenden Halteelement (5) gebildet werden kann, wenn das gleitende Halteelement (5) verschoben wird, und wobei die Einrichtung einen horizontalen Abschnitt hat, der sich parallel zur Gleitfläche erstreckt, und dies in einer bezüglich der senkrechten Richtung zur Einrichtung entfernt liegenden Position, und wobei gilt, dass nachdem das gleitende Haltelement (5) in der senkrechten Richtung nahe zur Einrichtung geführt wurde, das gleitende Haltelement (5) in die Gleitrichtung verschoben wird, wobei das gleitende Haltelement (5) zwischen dem horizontalen Abschnitt und der Einrichtung in Sandwichanordnung aufgenommen und gehalten wird.
     
    16. Einrichtung nach Anspruch 15, wobei die Einrichtung ein elastisches Element (350) hat, das in der senkrechten Richtung elastisch verschoben werden kann,
    wobei das elastische Element (350) mit dem gleitenden Halteelement (5) zusammenstößt und in der senkrechten Richtung verschoben wird, wenn das gleitende Halteelement (5) in der senkrechten Richtung nahe zur Einrichtung geführt wird, wobei anschließend,
    wenn das gleitende Halteelement (5) verschoben und in Sandwichanordnung zwischen dem horizontalen Abschnitt und der Einrichtung aufgenommen wird, das elastische Element (350) sich vom gleitenden Halteelement (5) löst und in die ursprüngliche Position zurückkehrt, um dadurch das gleitende Halteelement (5) daran zu hindern, in der Gleitrichtung zurück zu gleiten.
     


    Revendications

    1. Appareil ayant un mécanisme porte-cartes, dans lequel le mécanisme porte-cartes comprend :

    une première section de logement de carte (11) ayant une section de support (115B) qui supporte une première extrémité d'une première carte (110),

    une seconde section de logement de carte (13) ayant une section de support (135A) qui supporte une première extrémité d'une seconde carte (130), et

    une section de support coulissante (5) qui peut supporter une seconde extrémité opposée à la première extrémité de la première carte (110) logée dans la première section de logement de carte (11) et une seconde extrémité opposée à la première extrémité de la seconde carte (13) logée dans la seconde section de logement de carte (130) simultanément, caractérisé en ce que :

    la section de support coulissante (5) peut coulisser entre :

    une première position dans laquelle la section de support coulissante (5) supporte la seconde extrémité de la première carte (110) logée dans la première section de logement de carte (11) et également supporte la seconde extrémité de la seconde carte (130) logée dans la seconde section de logement de carte (13),

    une deuxième position dans laquelle la section de support coulissante (5) laisse la seconde section de logement de carte (13) ouverte pour permettre de loger la seconde carte (130) tout en supportant la seconde extrémité de la première carte (110) logée dans la première section de logement de carte (11), et

    une troisième position dans laquelle la section de support coulissante (5) laisse la première section de logement de carte (11) ouverte pour permettre de loger la première carte (110) tout en supportant la seconde extrémité de la seconde carte (130) logée dans la seconde section de logement de carte (13).


     
    2. Appareil selon la revendication 1,
    dans lequel la première section de logement de carte (11) a une forme concave et une ouverture pour supporter ladite une extrémité de la première carte (110),
    la seconde section de logement de carte (13) a une forme concave et une ouverture pour supporter ladite une extrémité de la seconde carte (130), et
    la section de support coulissante (5) est un élément de support coulissant (5) qui est positionné au-dessus de la première section de logement de carte (11) et de la seconde section de logement de carte (13) et prévu indépendamment de la première section de logement de carte (11) et de la seconde section de logement de carte (13), dans lequel :

    l'élément de support coulissant (5) peut coulisser entre la première section de support de carte (11) et la seconde section de support de carte (13), parallèlement à la première extrémité et à la seconde extrémité de la première carte (110) et verticalement par rapport à la première extrémité et à la seconde extrémité de la seconde carte (130).


     
    3. Appareil selon la revendication 1 ou 2,
    dans lequel l'élément de support coulissant (5) supporte la seconde extrémité de la première carte (110) sur toute la largeur (135A) et supporte la seconde extrémité de la seconde carte (130) uniquement sur une largeur partielle (135B).
     
    4. Appareil selon la revendication 3, dans lequel l'élément de support coulissant (5) est chanfreiné le long de la direction dans laquelle la première carte (110) est insérée dans l'ouverture de la première section de logement de carte (11).
     
    5. Appareil selon la revendication 2, dans lequel une partie d'une zone (54) autre qu'une zone configurée pour recevoir une force par les doigts d'un utilisateur lorsque l'utilisateur fait coulisser l'élément de support coulissant (5), est omise de l'élément de support coulissant (5).
     
    6. Appareil selon la revendication 2, dans lequel les bords de l'ouverture de la première section de logement de carte (11) font saillie d'une forme incurvée dans la direction opposée à la direction dans laquelle la première carte (110) est insérée dans l'ouverture de la première section de logement de carte (11).
     
    7. Appareil selon la revendication 2, dans lequel l'élément de support coulissant (5) est prévu avec une section de support qui supporte la face inférieure de l'élément de support coulissant (5), sur la face inférieure de l'élément de support coulissant (5).
     
    8. Appareil selon la revendication 2, dans lequel l'élément de support coulissant (5) a des rainures de préhension (52).
     
    9. Appareil selon la revendication 2, dans lequel l'élément de support coulissant (5) est maintenu sur l'appareil au niveau de trois points (66, 68, 70) qui forment une forme presque triangulaire.
     
    10. Appareil selon la revendication 2, dans lequel l'élément de support coulissant (5) a des courbes (57, 58, 59) correspondant aux première, deuxième et troisième positions, et un élément élastique (354) prévu sur l'appareil met en prise chacune des courbes dans la première, deuxième ou troisième position selon le coulissement de l'élément de support coulissant (5).
     
    11. Appareil selon la revendication 10, dans lequel la courbe (59) qui met en prise l'élément élastique (354) dans la première position est plus profonde que les courbes (57 ; 58) qui mettent en prise l'élément élastique (354) aux deuxième et troisième positions.
     
    12. Appareil selon la revendication 2, dans lequel l'élément de support coulissant (5) est amené à proximité de et fixé à l'appareil et a des saillies (60, 62) qui peuvent mettre en prise des trous prévus dans une partie de l'appareil lorsque l'appareil est assemblé.
     
    13. Appareil selon la revendication 2, dans lequel l'élément de support coulissant a une paroi qui est en contact direct avec une paroi prédéterminée de la seconde carte (130) logée dans la seconde section de logement de carte (13) et peut supporter la carte dans la seconde section de logement de carte (13) par une force prédéterminée, sauf lorsque l'élément de support coulissant est positionné dans la seconde position, dans la direction perpendiculaire à une face coulissante qui peut être formée par l'élément de support coulissant (5) lorsque l'élément de support coulissant coulisse, et
    sur la paroi, une section plate (77) parallèle à la direction de coulissement de l'élément de support coulissant et une section rétractée (76) qui est inclinée dans une direction qui s'éloigne de la paroi prédéterminée de la seconde carte (130) lorsque l'élément de support coulissant (5) coulisse à partir de la seconde position, sont formées de manière continue.
     
    14. Appareil selon la revendication 13, dans lequel la limite entre la section plate (77) et la section rétractée (76) est légèrement continue.
     
    15. Appareil selon la revendication 2, dans lequel l'élément de support coulissant est amené à proximité de et fixé à l'appareil, dans la direction perpendiculaire à une face coulissante qui peut être formée par l'élément de support coulissant (5) lorsque l'élément de support coulissant (5) coulisse, et l'appareil a une partie horizontale s'étendant parallèlement à la face coulissante dans une position à distance dans la direction perpendiculaire de l'appareil, et après que l'élément de support coulissant (5) a été amené à proximité de l'appareil dans la direction perpendiculaire, l'élément de support coulissant (5) coulisse dans la direction de coulissement, moyennant quoi l'élément de support coulissant (5) est pris en sandwich et maintenu entre la partie horizontale et l'appareil.
     
    16. Appareil selon la revendication 15, dans lequel l'appareil a un élément élastique (350) qui peut être déplacé dans la direction perpendiculaire,
    l'élément élastique (350) entre en collision avec l'élément de support coulissant (5) et est déplacé dans la direction perpendiculaire lorsque l'élément de support coulissant (5) est amené à proximité de l'appareil dans la direction perpendiculaire, et ensuite,
    lorsque l'élément de support coulissant (5) coulisse et est pris en sandwich entre la partie horizontale et l'appareil, l'élément élastique (350) se dégage de l'élément de support coulissant (5) et revient dans la position d'origine pour empêcher l'élément de support coulissante (5) de revenir en coulissant dans la direction de coulissement.
     




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