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(11)EP 2 568 351 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
03.10.2018 Bulletin 2018/40

(21)Application number: 12180693.9

(22)Date of filing:  16.08.2012
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06F 1/16(2006.01)
H04M 1/02(2006.01)

(54)

Electronic device having a slide-tilt operation

Elektronische Vorrichtung mit Schiebe- und Kippbetrieb

Dispositif électronique comportant une opération de coulissement-inclinaison


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 07.09.2011 KR 20110090735

(43)Date of publication of application:
13.03.2013 Bulletin 2013/11

(73)Proprietor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 443-742 (KR)

(72)Inventor:
  • Choi, Sung-wook
    Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (KR)

(74)Representative: Nederlandsch Octrooibureau 
P.O. Box 29720
2502 LS The Hague
2502 LS The Hague (NL)


(56)References cited: : 
JP-A- H0 372 695
US-A- 5 001 659
US-A1- 2008 230 437
JP-A- 2009 071 511
US-A1- 2008 174 942
US-A1- 2011 182 011
  
      
    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


    [0001] Exemplary embodiments relate to an electronic device that has two bodies capable of moving between an overlapping position and a slid-and-tilted position according to a slide-tilt operation.

    [0002] From among electronic devices, such as a communication terminal, a game console, a multimedia device, a laptop computer, and in particular a tablet computer, a portable mobile device includes a display unit for visually providing information and a manipulation unit for manipulating the portable mobile device. The display unit and the manipulation unit may be separately mounted on two different bodies of the device. By sliding and tilting the bodies, the manipulation unit, the display unit, or both may be switched between an operation state for allowing a user to use the portable mobile device and a pause state for carrying or holding the portable mobile device.

    [0003] As such, a connection member for electrically connecting the two bodies when the bodies are separated is required. The connection member is used to transmit electrical signals and power between the two bodies. If the connection member is externally exposed, the appearance of a product may be diminished. Also, if the connection member is externally exposed, the connection member may be damaged by an external impact.

    [0004] US 2008/0230437, US 2011/182011 and JP 2009/071511 disclose electronic devices having a screen that is rotatable and slidable with respect to a main body.

    [0005] US 2008/174942 A1 discloses an electronic device comprising a first body and a second body, each comprising an electronic component. The second body is moveable between a first position in which the second body at least partially overlaps the first body, a second position in which the second by is configured to slide from the first body, and a third position in which the second body is configured to rotate with respect to the first body. The device comprises a slide member between the first and second bodies, the slide member being rotationably coupled to the first body and slidably coupled to the second body. A flexible connection member connects the electronic components and extends through respective openings in both bodies. A part associated with the slide member prevents external exposure of the flexible connection member when the second body is moved with respect to the first body. However, the flexible connection member may interfere with a rotation axis allowing for rotation of the second body with respect to the first body. Exemplary embodiments provide an electronic device of which two bodies are capable of sliding and tilting and in which a flexible connection member for electrically connecting the two bodies is not externally exposed and is protected from a rotational shaft of the electronic device.

    [0006] According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided an electronic device according to claim 1. Optional features are set out in the dependent claims.

    [0007] Additional features and utilities of the present invention will be set forth in part in the description which follows and, in part, will be obvious from the description, or may be learned by practice of the present invention.

    [0008] According to features and utilities of the present invention, there is provided an electronic device for connecting a first body including a first electronic component and a second body including a second electronic component; the device including a slide member disposed between the first and second bodies, the slide member being rotatably coupled to the first body and slidably coupled to the second body; a flexible connection member to electrically connect the first and second electronic components; and an exposure prevention member configured to cover the connection member when the second body is rotated with respect to the first body.

    [0009] The first electronic component includes a first printed circuit board (PCB); the second electronic component includes a second PCB, and the second body is moveable between a first position at which the second body at least partially overlaps the first body, a second position at which the second body is extended from the first body, and a third position at which the second body is rotated with respect to the first body.

    [0010] The electronic device further includes a first opening formed in an upper surface of the first body, the connection member extending through the first opening; and a second opening formed in a lower surface of the second body, the connection member extending through the second opening, the upper surface of the first body and the lower surface of the second body being adjacent to and facing each other when the second body is disposed at the first position, and the first opening and the second opening being disposed at opposite sides of the first surface and second surface, respectively, when the second body is disposed at the first position.

    [0011] The exposure prevention member is disposed to prevent the connection member from being exposed between the first opening and the second body when the second body is disposed at the third position, the exposure prevention member rotating together with the slide member.

    [0012] The exposure prevention member may extend from the slide member such that sliding the second body does not affect the position of the exposure prevention member and rotating the second body rotates the exposure prevention member together with the slide member.

    [0013] The electronic device further includes a rotation shaft about which the second body rotates to the third position, and a protection member to prevent interference between the rotation shaft and the connection member. The protection member is disposed between the exposure prevention member and the rotation shaft to form together with the exposure prevention member a space through which the connection member passes. The protection member prevents the connection member from interfering with the rotation shaft when the second body is disposed at the first position, the second position, and the third position.

    [0014] The first opening may be covered by the slide member when the second body is disposed at the first position and the second position, and the second opening may be covered by the slide member when the second body is disposed at the second position and the third position.

    [0015] The second opening may be formed behind a front surface of the second body and may be covered by the first body when the second body is disposed at the first position.

    [0016] The electronic device may further include a rotation shaft about which the second body is rotatable relative to the first body, and a hinge unit including a fixed plate fixed to the first body and connected to the rotational axis and a rotating plate being rotatable about the rotation shaft.

    [0017] The slide member may be connected to the rotating plate.

    [0018] The connection member may pass through the first opening at a rear side of the rotation shaft.

    [0019] The exposure prevention member may extend through the first opening into the first body.

    [0020] The exposure prevention member may extend across substantially the full width of the first opening.

    [0021] The exposure prevention member may extend in an arc which is coaxial with and spaced apart from the rotation shaft.

    [0022] The protection member may rotate together with the slide member.

    [0023] The protection member may extend from the slide member such that sliding the second body does not affect the position of the protection member and rotating the second body rotates the protection member together with the slide member.

    [0024] The protection member may prevent the connection member from being exposed to a front side of the electronic device when the second body is disposed at the third position.

    [0025] The protection member may extend from the slide member through the first opening into the first body.

    [0026] The protection member may extend across substantially the full width of the first opening.

    [0027] The protection member may extend in an arc which is coaxial with and spaced apart from the rotation shaft.

    [0028] The space between the exposure prevention member and the protection member through which the connection member passes may form an arc which is coaxial with and spaced apart from the rotation shaft.

    [0029] The second body may rotate about an axis parallel to a plane of the first body.

    [0030] In a further embodiment, a slide-and-tilt mechanism for connecting a first body having a first electronic component and a second body having a second electronic component comprises a slide member disposed between the first and second bodies, the slide member being rotatably coupled to the first body and slidably coupled to the second body; a flexible connection member to electrically connect the first and second electronic components; and an exposure prevention member configured to cover the connection member when the second body is rotated with respect to the first body.

    [0031] These and/or other features and utilities of the present invention will become apparent and more readily appreciated from the following description of the exemplary embodiments, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings of which:

    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an electronic device according to one or more exemplary embodiments;

    FIG. 2 is a perspective view of an electronic device according to one or more exemplary embodiments;

    FIG. 3 is a front perspective view of an electronic device according to one or more exemplary embodiments;

    FIG. 4 is a rear perspective view of an electronic device according to one or more exemplary embodiments;

    FIG. 5 is a perspective view showing a connection between a hinge unit and a slide member according to one or more exemplary embodiments;

    FIGS. 6 through 8 are side views respectively showing when a second body is disposed at a first position, a second position, and a third position according to one or more exemplary embodiments;

    FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view of a connection member according to one or more exemplary embodiments;

    FIG. 10 is a cross-sectional view of a connection member according to one or more exemplary embodiments;

    FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view of a connection member according to one or more exemplary embodiments; and

    FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view of a connection member according to one or more exemplary embodiments.



    [0032] Reference will now be made in detail to exemplary embodiments of the present invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals refer to the like elements throughout. Exemplary embodiments are described below in order to explain the present invention while referring to the figures.

    [0033] As used herein, the term "and/or" includes any and all combinations of one or more of the associated listed items.

    [0034] FIGS. 1 through 3 are perspective views of an electronic device according to exemplary embodiments of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 1, the electronic device includes a first body 1 and a second body 2. The second body 2 may be disposed at a first position in which the second body 2 entirely or at least partially overlaps with the first body 1, as illustrated in FIG. 1, a second position in which the second body 2 slides and is dislocated from the first body 1, as illustrated in FIG. 2, and a third position in which the second body 2 tilts, or is tilted, with respect to the first body 1 from the second position, as illustrated in FIG. 3.

    [0035] Referring to FIGS. 1 through 3, an image display window 3 is formed on or disposed at an upper surface 21 of the second body 2, which is opposite to a lower surface 22 of the second body 2, which faces the first body 1. Image information may be provided on the image display window 3 by a display unit 31 (see FIG. 6) included in the second body 2. The display unit 31 may be, for example, a liquid crystal display device, plasma display device, a flat panel display device using an organic light-emitting diode, or the like. A manipulation unit 4 may be formed on or disposed at an upper surface 11 of the first body 1, which faces the lower surface 22 of the second body 2. The manipulation unit 4 may be, for example, a keyboard, buttons, a touch pad, touch screen, or the like for operating the electronic device.

    [0036] Although not shown in FIGS. 1 through 3, keys or buttons for manipulating the electronic device when the second body 2 is disposed at the first or closed position may be formed on the upper surface 21 or a side surface of the second body 2, or a lower surface or a side surface of the first body 1. Also, although not shown in FIGS. 1 through 3, a speaker that outputs sound may be formed on the first body 1 and/or the second body 2. In addition, a various-standard input/output port (not shown) for inputting and outputting audio signals and image signals and for connecting the electronic device to an external device, and a power supply port (not shown) for supplying power may be formed on the first body 1 and/or the second body 2.

    [0037] FIG. 4 is a rear perspective view of the electronic device when the second body 2 is disposed at the third position according to exemplary embodiments of the present invention. FIG. 5 is an exploded perspective view of an example of a slide-tilt unit according to exemplary embodiments of the present invention. Referring to FIGS. 4 and 5, the slide-tilt unit includes a hinge unit 5 and a slide member 6. The hinge unit 5 is an assembly in which a fixed plate 51 and a rotating plate 52 are rotatably connected. The hinge unit 5 may include a rotation shaft 53 disposed between the fixed plate 51 and the rotating plate 52. A plurality of members for providing a friction resistance when the rotating plate 52 rotates, e.g., an elastic member, may be coupled to the rotation shaft 53. The fixed plate 51 is fixed to, for example, the first body 1, and the rotating plate 52 rotates about the rotation shaft 53 if a force greater than the friction resistance is applied to the rotating plate 52. Although only one hinge unit 5 is illustrated in FIG. 5, as illustrated in FIG. 4, two or more hinge units 5 may be formed if desired. Aspects need not be limited to the above, for example, the hinge unit 5 may be formed by fixing the rotation shaft 53 to the fixed plate 51, and rotatably coupling the rotating plate 52 to the rotation shaft 53.

    [0038] The slide member 6 is connected to the rotating plate 52 via a hinge bracket 61. The hinge bracket 61 may be connected to the rotating plate 52 by using, for example, screws. The slide member 6 may be connected to the hinge bracket 61. However, the connection between the slide member 6 and the rotating plate 52 need not be limited thereto and the slide member 6 may be directly connected to the rotating plate 52.

    [0039] Referring to FIG. 5, wings (protrusions) 62 are formed or disposed at at least one side of the slide member 6. Referring to FIG. 4, a pair of guide grooves 23 into which the protrusions 62 are inserted are formed in the lower surface 22 of the second body 2. The protrusions 62 may be disposed at opposite sides of the slide member 6 and may be disposed outside of the hinge brackets 61. If the protrusions 62 of the slide member 6 are inserted into the guide grooves 23, the second body 2 is connected to the slide member 6 so as to be slidable on the slide member 6. The protrusions 62 and the guide grooves 23 may have complementary shapes such that the protrusions 62 fit within the guide grooves 23 and are slideable therein. For example, the protrusions 62 may be L-shaped or T-shaped and extend away from a surface of the sliding member 6 attached to the hinge bracket 61. The protrusions 62 may be inserted into the guide grooves 23 having an L-shape or T-shape in which the L-shaped or T-shaped protrusions 62 may be slideable. Further, the protrusions 62 may have an L-shape while the guide grooves 23 have a T-shape but aspects are not limited thereto. Although illustrated in FIGS. 4 and 5 as being at opposite sides of the slide member 6, features and utilities are not limited thereto such that the protrusions 62 and the guide grooves 23 may disposed anywhere along the slide member 6 and the second body 2, respectively, such that the second body 2 may be slidable with respect to the first body 1 and/or the slide member 6. Also, features and utilities are not limited to multiple protrusions 62 and guide grooves 23 being included in the electronic device according to the present invention such that there may be only one protrusion 62 and one guide groove 23.

    [0040] FIG. 6 is a side view showing the second body 2 disposed at the first or closed position with respect to the first body 1. FIG. 7 is a side view showing the second body 2 at the second or slid position with respect to the first body 1. FIG. 8 is a side view showing the second body 2 at the third or slid-and-tilted position with respect to the first body 1. Referring to FIG. 6, the second body 2 is disposed at the first position at which the second body 2 overlaps the first body 1. In this state, a user may carry or hold the electronic device. Also, if keys or buttons for manipulating the electronic device are formed on the upper surface 21 or the side surface of the second body 2, or the lower surface or the side surface of the first body 1, the user may use at least some functions of the electronic device by manipulating such keys or buttons.

    [0041] The user may push the second body 2 to slide the second body 2 to the second position, as illustrated in FIG. 7. The second body 2 is guided by the guide grooves 23 and the wings 62 to slide on the slide member 6, and moves the second body 2 to the second position to expose the manipulation unit 4. In this state, the user may use functions of the electronic device by manipulating the manipulation unit 4.

    [0042] As illustrated in FIG. 8, the user may grab an upper portion of the second body 2 and may raise or tilt the second body 2 with respect to the first body 1 such that the upper surface 11 of the first body 1 and the upper surface 21 of second body 2 form an angle less than 180°. The second body 2 is connected to the rotating plate 52 of the hinge unit 5 via the slide member 6. Accordingly, the second body 2 rotates about the rotation shaft 53 to the third position, as illustrated in FIG. 8.

    [0043] FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view of a connection member when the second body 2 is disposed at the first position according to exemplary embodiments of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 9, a first printed circuit board (PCB) 81 is provided in the first body 1, and a second PCB 82 is provided in the second body 2. The first PCB 81 may be, for example, a control circuit board for controlling operation of the electronic device according to a manipulation signal of the manipulation unit 4. The second PCB 82 may be, for example, a PCB for controlling the display unit 31, or a PCB of the display unit 31. The first PCB 81 and the second PCB 82 may have one or more semiconductor chips, for example, semiconductor memory chips or processor chips, and electrical components to perform the functions of the electronic device.

    [0044] The first and second PCBs 81 and 82 are electrically connected to each other. Referring to FIG. 9, the first and second PCBs 81 and 82 are connected to each other by a connection member 100 having flexibility, for example, a flexible printed circuit (FPC).

    [0045] One end of the connection member 100 is connected to a connector 91 of the first PCB 81, and the other end is connected to a connector 92 of the second PCB 82.

    [0046] A first opening 121 that penetrates the upper surface 11 of the first body 1 is formed in a rear portion of the first body 1, i.e., a portion behind the hinge unit 5. The first opening 121 is at a position at which the first opening 121 is covered by the slide member 6 when the second body 2 is at the first position and the second position. A second opening 122 that penetrates the lower surface 22 of the second body 2 is formed in a front portion of the second body 2, i.e., a portion opposite to the hinge unit 5. The second opening 122 may be formed at a position slightly behind a front surface 24 of the second body 2. As will be described below, the second opening 122 is at a position at which the second opening 122 is covered by the slide member 6 when the second body 2 is at the second position and the third position.

    [0047] A first end of the connection member 100 is connected to the connector 91 of the first PCB 81. The connection member 100 extends forward and then backward to form a surplus part 101, and extends out of the first body 1 through the first opening 121. For example, the connection member 100 extends away from the connector 91 in a direction opposite from the first opening 121 and is bent or curved to extend to and through the first opening 121. The connection member 100 extends between the first and second bodies 1 and 2 and then into the second body 2 through the second opening 122, and extends backward and then forward to form a bent part 102. For example, the connection member 100 may exit the first opening 121, extend away from both the first opening 121 and the second opening 122, bend or curve toward the second opening 122, bend or curve to extend beyond the connector 92, and then bend or curve back to connect to the connector 92. A second end of the connection member 100 is connected to the connector 92 of the second PCB 82. As such, the connection member 100 disposed between the first and second PCBs 81 and 82 may have a general "W" shape.

    [0048] Due to the above-described configuration, when the second body 2 is disposed at the first position illustrated in FIGS. 1, 6, and 9, the connection member 100 is disposed in the first body 1, between the slide member 6 and the second body 2, between the first and second bodies 1 and 2, and in the second body 2. Also, the first opening 121 is covered by the slide member 6, and the second opening 122 formed in the lower surface 22 of the second body 2 is covered by the first body 1 because the first and second bodies 1 and 2 overlap with each other. Accordingly, the connection member 100 is not externally exposed.

    [0049] FIG. 10 is a cross-sectional view of a connection member according to exemplary embodiments of the present invention. If the second body 2 is pushed backward to place the second body 2 at the second position, the connection member 100 that extends between the first and second bodies 1 and 2 is pushed into the second body 2 through the second opening 122. Then, as illustrated in FIG. 10, the bent part 102 of the connection member 100 moves backward and thus the connection member 100 pushed into the second body 2 is accommodated in the second body 2. For example, as the second body 2 is moved from the first position to the second position, the portion of the connection member 100 disposed between the first opening 121 and the second opening 122 is accommodated in the second body 2 as the bent part 102. As the second body 2 moves closer to the second position, the bent part 102 of the connection member 100 accommodated in the second body 2 increases in length. If the second body 2 reaches the second position, as illustrated in FIG. 11, the connection member 100 is disposed in the first body 1, between the second body 2 and the slide member 6, and in the second body 2. Also, the first and second openings 121 and 122 are covered by the slide member 6. Accordingly, the connection member 100 is not externally exposed.

    [0050] FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view of a connection member according to exemplary embodiments of the present invention. As shown in FIG. 11, the second body 2 is disposed in the second position. In order to place the second body 2 at the third position, the second body 2 rotates about the rotation shaft 53 of the hinge unit 5. When the second body 2 rotates from the second position to the third position, the connection member 100 is slightly pulled toward the second body 2 to generate a tensile force. In order to prevent the connection member 100 from being broken or being separated from the connectors 91 and 92 due to the tensile force, as illustrated in FIGS. 9 through 11, the first end of the connection member 100 connected to the connector 91 extends slightly forward and then backward. As such, the connection member 100 has the surplus part 101, and the tensile force generated when the second body 2 rotates from the second position to the third position may be absorbed by the surplus part 101.

    [0051] FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view of a connection member according to exemplary embodiments of the present invention. As illustrated in FIG. 12, when the second body 2 is disposed at the third position, the connection member 100 is disposed in the first body 1, between the second body 2 and the slide member 6, and in the second body 2. The second opening 122 is covered by the slide member 6. However, since the slide member 6 rotates about the rotation shaft 53 and is spaced apart from the upper surface 11 of the first body 1, the first opening 121 and the connection member 100 outside the first opening 121 may be externally exposed.

    [0052] In order to prevent this, referring to FIGS. 9 through 12, an exposure prevention member 130 is formed. The exposure prevention member 130 rotates together with the slide member 6. Sliding the second body 2 does not affect the position of the exposure prevention member 130 relative to the first body 1. Rotating the second body 2 rotates the exposure prevention member 130 together with the slide member 6, and hence relative to the first body 1. The exposure prevention member 130 has a shape capable of ensuring a space for passing the connection member 100 between the exposure prevention member 130 and the rotation shaft 53. The exposure prevention member 130 is connected to the slide member 6 and extends from the slide member 6 into the first opening 121. The exposure prevention member 130 may extend across substantially the full width of the first opening 121. An extending part 131 of the exposure prevention member 130 is disposed behind and is spaced apart from the rotation shaft 53. The extending part 131 extends in an arc which is coaxial with and spaced apart from the rotation shaft 53. As such, the connection member 100 passes between the rotation shaft 53 of the hinge unit 5 and the exposure prevention member 130 through the first opening 121. Accordingly, even when the electronic device is viewed from a rear side of the electronic device, the connection member 100 is covered by the exposure prevention member 130 and is not externally exposed.

    [0053] An elastic member, a washer, etc. for applying a friction resistance when the rotating plate 52 rotates is coupled to the rotation shaft 53 of the hinge unit 5. If the connection member 100 contacts the elastic member and the washer, the connection member 100 may be damaged. In order to prevent damage to the connection member 100, referring to FIGS. 9 through 12, a protection member 140 may be disposed between the rotation shaft 53 and the exposure prevention member 130. The protection member 140 rotates together with the slide member 6. Sliding the second body 2 does not affect the position of the protection member 140 relative to the first body 1. Rotating the second body 2 rotates the protection member 140 together with the slide member 6, and hence relative to the first body 1. The protection member 140 is connected to the slide member 6 and/or the exposure prevention member 130 and extends from the slide member 6 into the first opening 121. The protection member 140 may extend across substantially the full width of the first opening 121. The protection member 140 extends in an arc which is coaxial with and spaced apart from the rotation shaft 53. The protection member 140 and the exposure prevention member 130 are spaced apart from each other. The connection member 100 passes between the protection member 140 and the exposure prevention member 130 through the first opening 121. The space between the exposure prevention member 130 and the protection member 140 through which the connection member 100 passes forms an arc which is coaxial with and spaced apart from the rotation shaft 53. As such, by disposing the protection member 140 between the connection member 100 and the rotation shaft 53, damage to the connection member 100 may be prevented due to interference between the connection member 100 and the rotation shaft 53.

    [0054] The protection member 140 may extend to surround a portion of the rotation shaft 53 so that the connection member 100 does not contact the rotation shaft 53 when the second body 2 is disposed at or between the first position, the second position, and the third position. Also, as illustrated in FIG. 11, since the protection member 140 is disposed in front of the exposure prevention member 130, the connection member 100 may not be externally exposed at a front side of the electronic device when the second body 2 is disposed at the third position.

    [0055] As described above, by coupling the exposure prevention member 130 to the slide member 6 and extending the exposure prevention member 130 through the first opening 121 to be near the rotation shaft 53, the connection member 100 may not be exposed at a rear side of the electronic device when the second body 2 is disposed at the third position. Also, by disposing the protection member 140, which forms together with the exposure prevention member 130 a space through which the connection member 100 passes, between the exposure prevention member 130 and the rotation shaft 53, interference between the connection member 100 and the rotation shaft 53 may be prevented. Furthermore, by extending the protection member 140 through the first opening 121 and rotating the protection member 140 together with the slide member 6, the connection member 100 may not be exposed at a front side of the electronic device when the second body 2 is disposed at the third position. As such, since the connection member 100 is prevented from being externally exposed, an overall appearance of the electronic device may be improved.

    [0056] Transposition from the third position to the first position may be performed oppositely to the transposition from the first position to the third position. In this case, as the second body 2 slides, the connection member 100 accommodated in the second body 2 is naturally pushed into the space between the first and second bodies 1 and 2 through the second opening 122.

    [0057] Features and utilities of the present invention may be applied to a game console, a communication terminal, a multimedia device for reproducing voice information, or image information and voice information, a laptop computer, a tablet computer, etc.

    [0058] In another embodiment the coupling mechanism may be considered separately, for example, in a slide-and-tilt mechanism for connecting a first body having a first electronic component and a second body having a second electronic component. The slide-and-tilt mechanism may include a slide member disposed between the first and second bodies, the slide member being rotatably coupled to the first body and slidably coupled to the second body; a flexible connection member to electrically connect the first and second electronic components; and an exposure prevention member configured to cover the connection member when the second body is rotated with respect to the first body. Any feature described can be incorporated into the embodiment of the coupling mechanism, in isolation or combination with any other feature.

    [0059] Although a few exemplary embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described, it will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that changes may be made in these exemplary embodiments without departing from the principles of the invention, the scope of which is defined in the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. An electronic device comprising a first body (1) and a second body (2), the first body comprising a first printed circuit board, PCB, (81) and the second body comprising a second printed circuit board, PCB, (82), wherein the second body (2) is movable between a first position at which the second body (2) at least partially overlaps the first body (1), a second position at which the second body (2) is configured to slide from the first body (1), and a third position at which the second body (2) is configured to rotate with respect to the first body (1), the electronic device comprising:

    a slide member (6) disposed between the first and second bodies (1, 2), the slide member (6) being rotatably coupled to the first body (1) and slidably coupled to the second body (2);

    a flexible connection member (100) to electrically connect the first and second PCBs (81, 82);

    a first opening (121) formed in an upper surface (11) of the first body (1), the flexible connection member (100) extending through the first opening (121);

    a second opening (122) formed in a lower surface (22) of the second body (2), the flexible connection member (100) extending through the second opening (122), the upper surface (11) of the first body (1) and the lower surface (22) of the second body (2) being adjacent to and facing each other when the second body (2) is disposed at the first position, and the first opening (121) and the second opening (122) being disposed at opposite sides of the upper surface (11) and lower surface (22), respectively, when the second body (2) is disposed at the first position;

    an exposure prevention member (130) coupled to the slide member (6) and configured to prevent the flexible connection member (100) from being externally exposed when the second body (2) is rotated with respect to the first body (1)

    a rotation shaft (53) about which the second body (2) is configured to rotate to the third position;

    a protection member (140) configured to prevent interference between the rotation shaft (53) and the flexible connection member (100), wherein the protection member (140) is disposed between the exposure prevention member (130) and the rotation shaft (53) to form together with the exposure prevention member (130) a space through which the flexible connection member (100) passes, wherein the protection member (140) is configured to prevent the flexible connection member (100) from interfering with the rotation shaft (53) when the second body (2) is disposed at the first position, the second position, and the third position.


     
    2. The electronic device of the preceding claim, wherein the first opening (121) is covered by the slide member (6) when the second body (2) is disposed at the first position and the second position, and
    wherein the second opening (122) is covered by the slide member (6) when the second body (2) is disposed at the second position and the third position.
     
    3. The electronic device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the second opening (122) is formed behind a front surface (24) of the second body (2) and is covered by the first body (1) when the second body (2) is disposed at the first position.
     
    4. The electronic device of any one of the preceding claims, further comprising:
    a hinge unit (5) comprising a fixed plate (51) fixed to the first body (1) and connected to the rotation shaft (53), and a rotating plate (52) being rotatable about the rotation shaft (53), the slide member (6) being connected to the rotating plate (52).
     
    5. The electronic device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the flexible connection member (100) is configured to pass through the first opening (121) at a rear side of the rotation shaft (53).
     
    6. The electronic device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the exposure prevention member (130) extends through the first opening (121) into the first body (1); and/or the protection member (140) extends from the slide member (6) through the first opening (121) into the first body (1).
     
    7. The electronic device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the exposure prevention member (130) extends in an arc which is coaxial with and spaced apart from the rotation shaft (53); and
    the protection member (140) extends in an arc which is coaxial with and spaced apart from the rotation shaft (53).
     
    8. The electronic device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the protection member (140) is configured to rotate together with the slide member (6).
     
    9. The electronic device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the protection member (140) is configured to prevent the flexible connection member (100) from being exposed to a front side of the electronic device when the second body (2) is disposed at the third position.
     
    10. The electronic device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the second body (2) is configured to rotate about an axis parallel to a plane of the first body (1).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Elektronisches Gerät, das ein erstes Gehäuse (1) und ein zweites Gehäuse (2) umfasst, wobei das erste Gehäuse eine erste Leiterplatte, Printed Circuit Board, PCB, (81) umfasst und das zweite Gehäuse eine zweite Leiterplatte, Printed Circuit Board, PCB, (82) umfasst, wobei das zweite Gehäuse (2) zwischen einer ersten Stellung, in der das zweite Gehäuse (2) das erste Gehäuse (1) mindestens teilweise überlappt, einer zweiten Stellung, in der das zweite Gehäuse (2) konfiguriert ist, vom ersten Gehäuse (1) zu gleiten, und einer dritten Stellung beweglich ist, in der das zweite Gehäuse (2) konfiguriert ist, in Bezug auf das erste Gehäuse (1) zu rotieren, wobei das elektronische Gerät Folgendes umfasst:

    ein Gleitelement (6), das zwischen den ersten und zweiten Gehäusen (1, 2) angeordnet ist, wobei das Gleitelement (6) drehbar mit dem ersten Gehäuse (1) und gleitend mit dem zweiten Gehäuse (2) gekoppelt ist;

    ein flexibles Verbindungselement (100), um die ersten und zweiten PCBs (81, 82) elektrisch zu verbinden;

    eine erste Öffnung (121), die in einer oberen Oberfläche (11) des ersten Gehäuses (1) gebildet ist, wobei sich das flexible Verbindungselement (100) durch die erste Öffnung (121) erstreckt;

    eine zweite Öffnung (122), die in einer unteren Oberfläche (22) des zweiten Gehäuses (2) gebildet ist, wobei sich das flexible Verbindungselement (100) durch die zweite Öffnung (122) erstreckt, wobei die obere Oberfläche (11) des ersten Gehäuses (1) und die untere Oberfläche (22) des zweiten Gehäuses (2) einander benachbart und zugewandt sind, wenn das zweite Gehäuse (2) in der ersten Stellung angeordnet ist, und die erste Öffnung (121) und die zweite Öffnung (122) auf entgegengesetzten Seiten der oberen Oberfläche (11) bzw. unteren Oberfläche (22) angeordnet sind, wenn das zweite Gehäuse (2) in der ersten Stellung angeordnet ist;

    ein Abdeckelement (130), das mit dem Gleitelement (6) gekoppelt und konfiguriert ist, zu verhindern, dass das flexible Verbindungselement (100) nach außen freiliegt, wenn das zweite Gehäuse (2) in Bezug auf das erste Gehäuse (1) gedreht ist;

    eine Drehwelle (53), um die in die dritte Stellung zu rotieren das zweite Gehäuse (2) konfiguriert ist;

    ein Schutzelement (140), das konfiguriert ist, Beeinflussung zwischen der Drehwelle (53) und dem flexiblen Verbindungselement (100) zu verhindern, wobei das Schutzelement (140) zwischen dem Abdeckelement (130) und der Drehwelle (53) angeordnet ist, um zusammen mit dem Abdeckelement (130) einen Raum zu bilden, durch den das flexible Verbindungselement (100) hindurchtritt, wobei das Schutzelement(140) konfiguriert ist, zu verhindern, dass das flexible Verbindungselement (100) die Drehwelle (53) beeinflusst, wenn das zweite Gehäuse (2) in der ersten Stellung, der zweiten Stellung und der dritten Stellung angeordnet ist.


     
    2. Elektronisches Gerät nach dem vorhergehenden Anspruch, wobei die erste Öffnung (121) durch das Gleitelement (6) abgedeckt ist, wenn das zweite Gehäuse (2) in der ersten Stellung und der zweiten Stellung angeordnet ist, und
    wobei die zweite Öffnung (122) durch das Gleitelement (6) abgedeckt ist, wenn das zweite Gehäuse (2) in der zweiten Stellung und der dritten Stellung angeordnet ist.
     
    3. Elektronisches Gerät nach irgendeinem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die zweite Öffnung (122) hinter einer vorderen Oberfläche (24) des zweiten Gehäuses (2) gebildet ist und durch das erste Gehäuse (1) abgedeckt ist, wenn das zweite Gehäuse (2) in der ersten Stellung angeordnet ist.
     
    4. Elektronisches Gerät nach irgendeinem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, das ferner Folgendes umfasst:
    eine Scharniereinheit (5), die eine feststehende Platte (51), die am ersten Gehäuse (1) befestigt und mit der Drehwelle (53) verbunden ist, und eine sich drehende Platte (52) umfasst, die um die Drehwelle (53) drehbar ist, wobei das Gleitelement (6) mit der sich drehenden Platte (52) verbunden ist.
     
    5. Elektronisches Gerät nach irgendeinem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das flexible Verbindungselement (100) konfiguriert ist, an einer Rückseite der Drehwelle (53) durch die erste Öffnung (121) hindurchzutreten.
     
    6. Elektronisches Gerät nach irgendeinem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei sich das Abdeckelement (130) durch die erste Öffnung (121) in das erste Gehäuse (1) erstreckt und/oder das Schutzelement (140) sich vom Gleitelement (6) durch die erste Öffnung (121) in das erste Gehäuse (1) erstreckt.
     
    7. Elektronisches Gerät nach irgendeinem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Abdeckelement (130) sich in einem Bogen erstreckt, der koaxial mit und beabstandet von der Drehwelle (53) ist; und
    das Schutzelement (140) sich in einem Bogen erstreckt, der koaxial mit und beabstandet von der Drehwelle (53) ist.
     
    8. Elektronisches Gerät nach irgendeinem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Schutzelement (140) konfiguriert ist, zusammen mit dem Gleitelement (6) zu rotieren.
     
    9. Elektronisches Gerät nach irgendeinem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Schutzelement (140) konfiguriert ist, zu verhindern, dass das flexible Verbindungselement (100) zu einer Vorderseite des elektronischen Gerätes freiliegt, wenn das zweite Gehäuse (2) in der dritten Stellung angeordnet ist.
     
    10. Elektronisches Gerät nach irgendeinem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das zweite Gehäuse (2) konfiguriert ist, um eine Achse parallel zu einer Ebene des ersten Gehäuses (1) zu rotieren.
     


    Revendications

    1. Dispositif électronique comprenant un premier corps (1) et un deuxième corps (2), le premier corps comprenant une première carte de circuits imprimés, PCB, (81) et le deuxième corps comprenant une deuxième carte de circuits imprimés, PCB, (82), dans lequel le deuxième corps (2) est mobile entre une première position à laquelle le deuxième corps (2) chevauche au moins partiellement le premier corps (1), une deuxième position à laquelle le deuxième corps (2) est configuré pour coulisser depuis le premier corps (1), et une troisième position à laquelle le deuxième corps (2) est configuré pour tourner par rapport au premier corps (1), le dispositif électronique comprenant :

    un organe coulissant (6) disposé entre les premier et deuxième corps (1, 2), l'organe coulissant (6) étant couplé, de manière à pouvoir tourner, au premier corps (1) et étant couplé, de manière à pouvoir coulisser, au deuxième corps (2) ;

    un organe de raccordement souple (100) pour raccorder électriquement les première et deuxième PCB (81, 82) ;

    une première ouverture (121) formée dans une surface supérieure (11) du premier corps (1), l'organe de raccordement souple (100) s'étendant à travers la première ouverture (121) ;

    une deuxième ouverture (122) formée dans une surface inférieure (22) du deuxième corps (2), l'organe de raccordement souple (100) s'étendant à travers la deuxième ouverture (122), la surface supérieure (11) du premier corps (1) et la surface inférieure (22) du deuxième corps (2) étant adjacentes et se faisant face l'une à l'autre lorsque le deuxième corps (2) est disposé à la première position, et la première ouverture (121) et la deuxième ouverture (122) étant disposées respectivement à des côtés opposés de la surface supérieure (11) et de la surface inférieure (22) lorsque le deuxième corps (2) est disposé à la première position ;

    un organe de prévention d'exposition (130) couplé à l'organe coulissant (6) et configuré pour empêcher que l'organe de raccordement souple (100) ne soit exposé à l'extérieur lorsque le deuxième corps (2) est tourné par rapport au premier corps (1) ;

    un arbre de rotation (53) autour duquel le deuxième corps (2) est configuré pour tourner à la troisième position ;

    un organe de protection (140) configuré pour empêcher toute interférence entre l'arbre de rotation (53) et l'organe de raccordement souple (100), dans lequel l'organe de protection (140) est disposé entre l'organe de prévention d'exposition (130) et l'arbre de rotation (53) pour former, solidairement avec l'organe de prévention d'exposition (130), un espace à travers lequel l'organe de raccordement souple (100) passe, dans lequel l'organe de protection (140) est configuré pour empêcher toute interférence entre l'organe de raccordement souple (100) et l'arbre de rotation (53) lorsque le deuxième corps (2) est disposé à la première position, à la deuxième position et à la troisième position.


     
    2. Dispositif électronique selon la revendication précédente, dans lequel la première ouverture (121) est recouverte par l'organe coulissant (6) lorsque le deuxième corps (2) est disposé à la première position et à la deuxième position, et
    dans lequel la deuxième ouverture (122) est recouverte par l'organe coulissant (6) lorsque le deuxième corps (2) est disposé à la deuxième position et à la troisième position.
     
    3. Dispositif électronique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel la deuxième ouverture (122) est formée derrière une surface avant (24) du deuxième corps (2) et est recouverte par le premier corps (1) lorsque le deuxième corps (2) est disposé à la première position.
     
    4. Dispositif électronique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant en outre :
    une unité de charnière (5) comprenant une plaque fixe (51) fixée au premier corps (1) et raccordée à l'arbre de rotation (53), et une plaque rotative (52) pouvant tourner autour de l'arbre de rotation (53), l'organe coulissant (6) étant raccordé à la plaque rotative (52) .
     
    5. Dispositif électronique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'organe de raccordement souple (100) est configuré pour passer à travers la première ouverture (121) à un côté arrière de l'arbre de rotation (53).
     
    6. Dispositif électronique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, l'organe de prévention d'exposition (130) s'étend à travers la première ouverture (121) dans le premier corps (1) ; et/ou l'organe de protection (140) s'étend depuis l'organe coulissant (6) à travers la première ouverture (121) dans le premier corps (1).
     
    7. Dispositif électronique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'organe de prévention d'exposition (130) s'étend dans un arc qui est coaxial avec l'arbre de rotation (53) et espacé de celui-ci ; et
    l'organe de protection (140) s'étend dans un arc qui est coaxial avec l'arbre de rotation (53) et espacé de celui-ci.
     
    8. Dispositif électronique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'organe de protection (140) est configuré pour tourner solidairement avec l'organe coulissant (6).
     
    9. Dispositif électronique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'organe de protection (140) est configuré pour empêcher toute exposition de l'organe de raccordement souple (100) à un côté avant du dispositif électronique lorsque le deuxième corps (2) est disposé à la troisième position.
     
    10. Dispositif électronique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le deuxième corps (2) est configuré pour tourner autour d'un axe parallèle à un plan du premier corps (1).
     




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