(19)
(11)EP 2 885 740 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
22.01.2020 Bulletin 2020/04

(21)Application number: 13830605.5

(22)Date of filing:  16.08.2013
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06K 7/08(2006.01)
H01F 27/29(2006.01)
H05K 13/04(2006.01)
H01R 12/57(2011.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2013/055441
(87)International publication number:
WO 2014/031493 (27.02.2014 Gazette  2014/09)

(54)

MAGNETIC READ HEAD WITH FLAT-EXTENDING PINS

MAGNETISCHER LESEKOPF MIT FLACHVERLÄNGERTEN STIFTEN

TÊTE DE LECTURE MAGNÉTIQUE COMPRENANT DES BROCHES D'EXTENSION PLATES


(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: 20.08.2012 US 201213589518

(43)Date of publication of application:
24.06.2015 Bulletin 2015/26

(73)Proprietor: Square, Inc.
San Francisco, CA 94103 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • TEMPLETON, Thomas
    San Francisco, California 94115 (US)

(74)Representative: Shipp, Nicholas et al
Kilburn & Strode LLP Lacon London 84 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8NL
London WC1X 8NL (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 339 505
US-A1- 2002 134 837
US-A1- 2009 072 033
WO-A1-2009/131558
US-A1- 2004 012 875
  
      
    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] This disclosure relates to a magnetic read head.

    BACKGROUND



    [0002] Magnetic read heads can be used to read magnetic media, e.g., the magnetic stripe on a magnetic stripe card. For example, the magnetic stripe on a magnetic stripe card generally has up to three tracks of data, each of which can be accessed by a magnetic read head. Magnetic read heads convert magnetic signals from the magnetic stripe to electrical signals. Magnetic read heads can include a core of material with high magnetic permeability, sometimes arranged in a U-shape, having a narrow gap between parallel ends of the core. The gap can be filled with a dielectric material. A coil can be wound around the core. When the magnetic read head scans the magnetic media, the magnetic read head converts fluctuations in the magnetic field caused by motion of the magnetic media into electrical signals. The electrical signals are transmitted to an electrical component, e.g., a printed circuit board.

    [0003] Generally, a magnetic read head is connected to a printed circuit board using pins. The printed circuit board can have holes in the board for the pins to pass through. The pins project down "vertically", i.e., away from the magnetic media, from the magnetic read head. The pins are soldered on an underside of the printed circuit board.

    [0004] Further relevant background information can also be found in the following documents: WO 2009/13158, which describes a read head for reading a magnetic strip card reader having a sensing core with an upright head section and leads having a respective proximate section extending away from the head section in opposite directions.
    US 2002/0134837, which describes a magnetic head assembly including a magnetic head and a chip including an amplifier.

    SUMMARY



    [0005] Card readers can be bulky because of their many components. Generally, the components have been designed to emphasize function as opposed to both function and size. For example, a typical point of sale system might include a housing that includes a combined touch display or keypad and a slot to swipe the card; miniaturization is not a particular concern in this environment. However, as card readers become more mobile, they may need to be thinner to increase overall convenience of use and card reader portability.

    [0006] The thickness of a magnetic read head can be reduced by using "flat" pins. The magnetic read head can include circuitry for reading magnetic fields and a shield that encloses the circuitry. The shield can have openings on sides of the shield. This allows pins to extend from the openings "horizontally" parallel to the slot in the card reader. Thus, the horizontal pins can extend parallel to a primary surface of the magnetic stripe card. In addition, the pins can extend a plane parallel to a plane defined by a base of the shield.

    [0007] According to an aspect, a magnetic read head as defined in claim 1 is provided for reading a magnetic stripe of a magnetic stripe card. Optional features are set out in the dependent claims.

    [0008] In one example, a magnetic card reader for reading a magnetic stripe of a magnetic stripe card includes a plurality of pins; circuitry for converting magnetic signals to electrical signals, where output of the circuitry is coupled to the plurality of pins; and a shield that encloses the circuitry, the shield having a front face through which magnetic signals pass to read the magnetic stripe, a base on a side of the shield opposite the front face, and one or more side surfaces between the base and the front face, and wherein the shield has an opening for each pin of the plurality of pins, wherein each pin is configured to pass through a respective opening, wherein the plurality of openings are positioned on the one or more side surfaces of the shield, where each pin extends from the shield along an axis that is parallel to a plane defined by the base of the shield.

    [0009] Examples can include one or more of the following. Each pin is coupled to a printed circuit board, and where the printed circuit board is positioned parallel to the base. Each opening is positioned a distance from the base of the shield, where the printed circuit board is positioned to be flush with the base of the shield, and where the printed circuit board fits under the extended plurality of pins. The printed circuit board has a socket for the magnetic read head to fit into. Each opening is positioned on the same side of the shield. Each opening includes insulation around a respective pin that passes through the opening. The coupling of each pin to the circuitry is configured to reduce noise, where the pin initially extends from the circuitry and curves up to 90 degrees through the respective opening.

    [0010] In another example, a magnetic read head for reading a magnetic stripe of a magnetic stripe card includes a core having a first end and a second end that is generally flush with the first end, the first end and the second end configured to read the magnetic stripe of the magnetic stripe card as the magnetic stripe card is positioned in a plane adjacent to the first end and the second end; a coil wound around a portion of the core; a plurality of pins electrically connected to opposite ends of the coil; and a shield that encloses the core and the coil, wherein the shield has a front face that is generally flush with the first end and the second end of the core, a base on a side of the shield opposite the front face, and one or more side surfaces between the base and the front face, and at an opening in the one or more side surfaces for each pin of the plurality of pins, wherein each pin extends through a respective opening along an axis that is parallel to the plane.

    [0011] In another example, a magnetic stripe card reader includes a housing having a slot shaped to receive a magnetic stripe card; a printed circuit board in the housing; a magnetic read head supported by the housing and positioned adjacent the slot to read a magnetic stripe of the magnetic stripe card when the magnetic strip card is swiped through the slot, the magnetic read head comprising a core having a first end and a second end, the first end and the second end configured to read the magnetic stripe of the magnetic stripe card as the magnetic stripe card is positioned in a plane adjacent the first end and the second end, a coil wound around a portion of the core, and a plurality of pins electrically connected to opposite ends of the coil, where each pin extends along an axis that is parallel to the slot and is electrically connected to the printed circuit board.

    [0012] Advantages may include the following. Thickness of the magnetic read head can be reduced because the pins extend in a flat direction, e.g., extend in a direction in the XY plane rather than along a Z-axis. Manufacturing of magnetic read heads with pins extending in the flat direction is improved by attaching the pins to a printed circuit board using Surface Mount Technology (SMT). In particular, being able to use SMT improves throughout, decreases cast, and increases XY placement accuracy. The magnetic read head can have openings that insulate the flat pins from noise. If the pins extend in a flat direction and are positioned a height from the base of the shield, a printed circuit board can be flush with the base of the shield, thereby fitting under the pins and saving more space. Pins can be positioned on one side of the shield, which can make space for a system that requires more than one magnetic read head, e.g., a magnetic card reader with two magnetic read heads, which can allow card swipes from two directions.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0013] 

    FIG. 1A is a block diagram of an example architecture for a system using a magnetic read head.

    FIG. 1B is a schematic perspective view of an example architecture for a system using a magnetic read head.

    FIG. 2A is a top view of an example magnetic read head.

    FIG. 2B is a side view of the example magnetic read head.

    FIG. 3A is a side view of the example magnetic read head with pins that are lying "flat"

    FIG. 3B is a side view of the example magnetic read head coupled with pins slightly elevated from a base of a shield.

    FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the example magnetic read head turned upside down.

    FIG. 5A is a side view of an example magnetic read head in a magnetic stripe reader with a magnetic stripe card being swiped.

    FIG. 5B is a top view of the example magnetic stripe reader.



    [0014] Like reference numbers and designations in the various drawings indicate like elements.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0015] FIG. 1A is a block diagram of an example architecture for a system using a magnetic read head 104. The system can include magnetic media 102, the magnetic read head 104, and a printed circuit board 106. The magnetic read head 104 reads magnetic signals from the magnetic media 102, e.g., a magnetic stripe of a magnetic stripe card, and converts the magnetic signals to electrical signals. The magnetic read head 104 can have pins that are coupled to the printed circuit board 106, e.g., using surface mount technology (SMT). The magnetic read head 104 can send the electrical signals to the printed circuit board 106. Circuitry on the printed circuit board 106, e.g., an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) or a programmed microprocessor, can process the electrical signals and perform operations based on the signals. For example, the circuitry on the printed circuit board 106 can determine a digital output, such as alphanumeric values stored on the magnetic stripe, e.g., a credit card number, from the electrical signals.

    [0016] FIG. 1B is a schematic illustration of an example architecture for a system using a magnetic read head 104 in a magnetic strip card reader. A magnetic stripe card 110 is held by a frame (e.g., see slot 509 in FIG. 5A and 5B) of the card reader. A primary face of the card 110 when it is oriented by the frame defines an XY plane. The magnetic stripe 102 on the card 110 extends along a direction that defines a Y-axis. The direction perpendicular to the XY plane defines a Z-axis.

    [0017] The magnetic read head 104 is positioned adjacent the magnetic stripe 102 of the card 110; the magnetic read head 104 has a depth along the Z-axis extending away from the card 110. Although the read head 104 is shown as spaced apart along the Z-axis from the card 110 in FIG. 1B, in practice the card 110 can contact the read head 104. Pins 206 that extend from the read head 104 electrically connect the read head 104 to circuitry on the printed circuit board 106.

    [0018] FIG. 2A is a top view of a magnetic read head 104, and FIG. 2B is a side view of the magnetic read head 104. The magnetic read head 104 can be a 3-track read head with three track readers 202. In some implementations, the magnetic read head is a 1-track or 2-track read head. Where the magnetic read head 104 includes multiple tracks, the tracks can be spaced apart along the X-axis in order to read the separate tracks on the magnetic stripe of the card.

    [0019] The magnetic read head 104 includes a shield 208 that surrounds internal circuitry. The internal circuitry can be configured to convert magnetic signals from magnetic media to electrical signals. Output of the internal circuitry can be coupled to pins 204 of the magnetic read head. For example, each track reader can be coupled to two pins. The shield 208 can have a grounding pin 206 for connection to electrical ground to ground the shield. Each of the pins 204 can be coupled to a printed circuit board. The pins 204 can receive the output of the internal circuitry, e.g., the electrical signals based on the magnetic media, which is passed to the printed circuit board for processing, e.g., converting the analog electrical signals to digital signals. The grounding pin 206 can be connected to an electrical around trace on the printed circuit board.

    [0020] The pins 204 can extend from openings 210 in the shield 208. The openings 210 can be positioned on one or more sides 214 of the shield 208. In some implementations, the openings 210 are positioned immediately adjacent a base 212 of the shield. The pins 204 can extend from the shield along an axis that is parallel to a plane defined by the base 212 of the shield. In some implementations, the pins 204 lie on an XY plane as they emerge from the shield. In some alternative implementations, after emerging from the shield on the XY plane, the pins 204 extend obliquely from or perpendicular to the XY plane. Generally, pins extend from the base along an axis perpendicular to the plane defined by the base 212 of the shield. By having pins extend in a "flat" direction, e.g., in a direction in the XY plane instead of the Z-direction, the height, also referred to as a thickness, of the magnetic read head is reduced.

    [0021] FIG. 3A is a side view of the magnetic read head with pins that are lying "flat." The magnetic read head can read magnetic media 302 that is positioned above the shield. Pins 306 of the magnetic read head can extend from the openings 304. For example, the magnetic read head can be in a card reader, and the magnetic media 302 can be a magnetic stripe card, e.g., a credit card. When swiping the card in the card reader, the magnetic read head can read information stored on the magnetic stripe. The magnetic read head can lie on a printed circuit board 308, and pins 306 can be coupled to the printed circuit board 308, e.g., using surface mount technology for soldering.

    [0022] FIG. 3B is a side view of the magnetic read head coupled with pins slightly elevated from a base 310 of a shield. Pins 306 of the magnetic read head, and therefore openings 304 in the shield, can be positioned at a height above the base 310 of the shield. For example, the height value can be equivalent to, or slightly higher than, a thickness of the printed circuit board 308. By positioning the pins 306 above the base 310 of the shield, the printed circuit board 310 can be positioned to be flush with the base 310 of the shield, thereby being aligned on a same plane as the base 310. In some implementations, the printed circuit board 308 includes an aperture 320 that provides a socket for the bottom of the magnetic read head to fit into. Pins of the magnetic read head can be soldered to the printed circuit board 308. By placing the magnetic read head into the socket, the overall height of a system including both the magnetic read head and the printed circuit board 310 can be reduced.

    [0023] FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the magnetic read head turned upside down. The magnetic read head can have 3 tracks 402. Each track can be coupled to pins 408 that extend laterally, e.g., in a "flat" direction. Each track can be in a slightly recessed region of the shield 406. The pins 408 can pass through openings 404 in the shield 406. The openings 404 can include insulation, e.g., a resin, around the pins 408 to reduce noise. In some implementations, each of the pins 408 extends from the tracks 402 and can curve up to 90 degrees before passing through a respective opening. The curvature 412 of the pin can reduce electrical noise.

    [0024] In some implementations, openings 404 are positioned on only one side 410 of the shield. The other sides of the shield do not have openings for pins. In this way, each of the pins 408 can extend in the same direction, e.g., extend from one side of the shield. This can allow two magnetic read heads to be positioned, e.g., in a card reader, so that the pins will not overlap with each other.

    [0025] FIG. 5A is a side view of a magnetic read head in a magnetic stripe reader with a magnetic stripe card being swiped, and FIG. 5B is a top view of the magnetic stripe reader. The magnetic stripe reader can include a housing 502 that encapsulates a magnetic read head attached to a printed circuit board 504. A magnetic stripe card 508 can be swiped in a direction parallel to the Y-axis through a slot 509 of the magnetic stripe reader 502.

    [0026] The magnetic stripe of the magnetic stripe card 508 can be scanned by a magnetic read head 104. The magnetic read head includes a shield 506, a core 520, and pins 514 extending from the shield. The core 520 can have a first end 510 and a second end 512 which are configured to read the magnetic stripe. In particular, the first end 510 and the second end 512 are smooth surfaces that can be substantially coplanar and spaced apart by a very small gap. Although illustrated in FIG. 5A as a planar surface, the ends 510, 512 can have a slight curvature.

    [0027] The core can have coil 518 wrapped around a bobbin 516 that surrounds a portion of the core 520. In some implementations, the bobbin 516 is manufactured from materials that are able to withstand high temperatures. This allows SMT to be used on the entire magnetic read head. The coil 518 can be coupled to the pins 514 extending from the shield 506 of the magnetic read head.

    [0028] The shield 506 encloses the core 520 and the coil 518. The shield 506 can have a front face 522 through which magnetic signals pass. In particular, the core 520 can project into openings in the front face 522. The ends 510, 512 of the core 520 can be substantially flush with the front face 522. Although the front face 522 is illustrated in FIG. 5A as a planar surface, the front face 522 can be slightly convex. The gap between the ends 510, 512 can be located at the outermost point of the convex surface. The plane tangent to the front face 522 at the outermost point of the convex surface can be parallel to the XY plane.

    [0029] A base 526 can be on a side of the shield opposite the front face 522. The shield 506 can have one or more side surfaces 524, 528 between the base 526 and the front face 522. The shield 506 can have one or more openings 530 for pins 514 to extend along an axis that is parallel to a plane defined by the base 526 of the shield 506.

    [0030] The magnetic stripe of the magnetic stripe card 508 can be positioned in a XY plane adjacent to the first end 510 and the second end 512. As the magnetic stripe card 509 is swiped near the core 520, the magnetic signals from the card 509, which can represent a card number, pass through the core 520 and generate one or more currents in the coil 518. Changes in the currents can be digitized, e.g., by an analog to digital converter on the printed circuit board 504, into digital signals for processing.


    Claims

    1. A magnetic read head (104) for reading a magnetic stripe of a magnetic stripe card, comprising:

    a plurality of pins (306);

    circuitry to convert magnetic signals to electrical signals, where output of the circuitry is coupled to the plurality of pins (306); and

    a shield (208) that encloses the circuitry, the shield (208) having a front face through which magnetic signals pass to read the magnetic stripe, a base on a side of the shield opposite the front face, and one or more side surfaces between the base and the front face,

    wherein the shield has a plurality of openings (304),

    wherein each opening of the plurality of openings (304) in the shield (208) extends through a side surface from the one or more side surfaces of the shield (208),

    wherein each pin (306) of the plurality of pins (306) passes from inside of the shield (208), through an opening (304) in a side surface of the shield (208), and to outside of the shield (208), characterised in that;

    beyond the point where each pin (306) exits a respective opening (304), a bottom surface of each pin (306) is adjacent to and co-planar with a bottom surface of the base (310) of the shield (208).


     
    2. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 1, wherein each pin (306) is curved before the respective opening (304) and beyond the respective opening (304) the bottom surface of each pin (306) is co-planar with the bottom surface of the base (310) of the shield (208), the curvature of each pin (306) being accommodated in a recessed region within the shield (208).
     
    3. The magnetic read head (104) of any preceding claim, wherein each pin (306) is coupleable to a printed circuit board (308) positioned parallel to the base (310).
     
    4. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 3, wherein the bottom surface of each pin (306) where each pin (306) passes each opening is flush against a top surface of the printed circuit board (308).
     
    5. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 1, wherein each opening (404) is positioned on a same side of the shield (406).
     
    6. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 1, wherein at least two openings (404) of the plurality of openings (404) are positioned on opposite sides of the shield (406).
     
    7. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 1, wherein each opening (404) includes insulation around a respective pin that passes through each opening (404).
     
    8. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 1, wherein each pin (408) initially extends from the circuitry and curves up to 90 degrees through the respective opening (404).
     
    9. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 1, wherein a portion of each pin (408) of the plurality of pins (408) that extends outside of the shield (406) is straight.
     
    10. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 1, wherein the circuitry comprises a core (520) having a first end (510) and a second end (512) that is generally flush with the first end (510), the first end (510) and the second end (512) being configured to read the magnetic stripe of the magnetic stripe card as the magnetic stripe card is positioned in a plane adjacent to the first end (510) and the second end (512), and a coil (518) wound around a portion of the core (520), wherein the plurality of pins (514) are electrically connected to opposite ends of the coil.
     
    11. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 1 further comprising:

    three tracks (402) spaced apart along a first direction, each track including circuitry to convert magnetic signals to electrical signals so as to read three tracks on a magnetic stripe card; and

    wherein the plurality of pins (306) comprises six pins (408),

    wherein a first pair of pins are electrically connected to circuitry of a first track of the three tracks and extend through a same first side of the shield (406), a second pair of pins are electrically connected to circuitry of a second track of the three tracks (402) and extend through a same second side of the shield (406) on an opposite side of the shield (406) from the first side, and a third pair of pins are electrically connected to circuitry of a third track of the three tracks and extend through a third side of the shield (406) and a fourth side of the shield (406) that on a side of the shield (406) opposite the third side.


     
    12. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 11, wherein the first side is substantially parallel to the second side.
     
    13. The magnetic read head (104) of claim 11, wherein the third side and the fourth side are substantially perpendicular to the first side and the second side.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) zum Lesen eines Magnetstreifens einer Magnetstreifenkarte, der Folgendes umfasst:

    mehrere Stifte (306);

    eine Schaltungsanordnung zum Umwandeln magnetischer Signale in elektrische Signale, wobei ein Ausgang der Schaltungsanordnung mit den mehreren Stiften (306) gekoppelt ist; und

    eine Schirmung (208), die die Schaltungsanordnung umschließt, wobei die Schirmung (208) eine vordere Fläche, durch die magnetische Signale hindurchlaufen, um den Magnetstreifen zu lesen, eine Basis auf einer Seite der Schirmung gegenüberliegend der vorderen Fläche und eine oder mehrere Seitenflächen zwischen der Basis und der vorderen Fläche hat,

    wobei die Schirmung mehrere Öffnungen (304) hat,

    wobei sich jede Öffnung der mehreren Öffnungen (304) in der Schirmung (208) durch eine Seitenfläche aus der einen oder den mehreren Seitenflächen der Schirmung (208) erstreckt,

    wobei jeder Stift (306) der mehreren Stifte (306) von einer Innenseite der Schirmung (208) durch eine Öffnung (304) in einer Seitenfläche der Schirmung (208) und zur Außenseite der Schirmung (208) verläuft, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass:
    jenseits des Punktes, an dem jeder Stift (306) aus einer jeweiligen Öffnung (304) austritt, eine untere Oberfläche jedes Stiftes (306) angrenzend an und koplanar mit einer unteren Oberfläche der Basis (310) der Schirmung (208) ist.


     
    2. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 1, wobei jeder Stift (306) vor der entsprechenden Öffnung (304) gekrümmt ist, und wobei jenseits der entsprechenden Öffnung (304) die untere Oberfläche jedes Stiftes (306) koplanar mit der unteren Oberfläche der Basis (310) der Schirmung (208) ist, wobei die Krümmung jedes Stiftes (306) in einer vertieften Region innerhalb der Schirmung (208) aufgenommen ist.
     
    3. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei jeder Stift (306) mit einer gedruckten Leiterplatte (308) koppelbar ist, die parallel zur Basis (310) positioniert ist.
     
    4. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 3, wobei die untere Oberfläche jedes Stiftes (306) dort, wo jeder Stift (306) die einzelnen Öffnungen passiert, bündig an einer oberen Oberfläche der gedruckten Leiterplatte (308) anliegt.
     
    5. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 1, wobei jede Öffnung (404) auf einer gleichen Seite der Schirmung (406) positioniert ist.
     
    6. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 1, wobei mindestens zwei Öffnungen (404) der mehreren Öffnungen (404) auf gegenüberliegenden Seiten der Schirmung (406) positioniert sind.
     
    7. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 1, wobei jede Öffnung (404) Isolierung rund um einen entsprechenden Stift umfasst, die durch die jeweilige Öffnung (404) läuft.
     
    8. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 1, wobei sich jeder Stift (408) anfänglich von der Schaltungsanordnung ausgehend erstreckt und 90 Grad nach oben durch die entsprechende Öffnung (404) krümmt.
     
    9. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 1, wobei ein Teil jedes Stifts (408) der mehreren Stifte (408), der sich außerhalb der Schirmung (406) erstreckt, gerade ist.
     
    10. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Schaltungsanordnung einen Kern (520) mit einem ersten Ende (510) und einem zweiten Ende (512) umfasst, das im Allgemeinen bündig mit dem ersten Ende (510) ist, wobei das erste Ende (510) und das zweite Ende (512) dazu ausgelegt sind, den Magnetstreifen der Magnetstreifenkarte zu lesen, wenn der Magnetstreifen in einer Ebene angrenzend an das erste Ende (510) und das zweite Ende (512) positioniert ist, und wobei eine Spule (518) um einen Teil des Kerns (520) gewickelt ist, wobei die mehreren Stifte (514) elektrisch mit gegenüberliegenden Enden der Spule verbunden sind.
     
    11. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 1, der ferner Folgendes umfasst:

    drei Spuren (402), die entlang einer ersten Richtung beabstandet sind, wobei jede Spur eine Schaltungsanordnung zum Umwandeln magnetischer Signale in elektrische Signale umfasst, um drei Spuren auf einer Magnetstreifenkarte zu lesen; und

    wobei die mehreren Stifte (306) sechs Stifte (408) umfassen,

    wobei ein erstes Paar Stifte elektrisch mit der Schaltungsanordnung einer ersten Spur der drei Spuren verbunden ist und sich durch eine gleiche erste Seite der Schirmung (406) erstreckt, ein zweites Paar Stifte elektrisch mit der Schaltungsanordnung einer zweiten Spur der drei Spuren (402) verbunden ist und sich durch eine gleiche zweite Seite der Schirmung (406) auf einer der ersten Seite gegenüberliegenden Seite der Schirmung (406) erstreckt, und ein drittes Paar Stifte elektrisch mit der Schaltungsanordnung einer dritten Spur der drei Spuren verbunden ist und sich durch eine dritte Seite der Schirmung (406) und eine vierte Seite der Schirmung (406) erstreckt, die auf einer der dritten Seite gegenüberliegenden Seite der Schirmung (406) ist.


     
    12. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 11, wobei die erste Seite im Wesentlichen parallel zur zweiten Seite ist.
     
    13. Magnetischer Lesekopf (104) nach Anspruch 11, wobei die dritte Seite und die vierte Seite im Wesentlichen senkrecht zur ersten Seite und zur zweiten Seite sind.
     


    Revendications

    1. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) pour lire une bande magnétique d'une carte à bande magnétique, comprenant :

    une pluralité de broches (306) ;

    un circuit pour convertir des signaux magnétiques en signaux électriques, la sortie du circuit étant couplée à la pluralité de broches (306) ; et

    un blindage (208) qui renferme le circuit, le blindage (208) ayant une face avant à travers laquelle des signaux magnétiques passent pour lire la bande magnétique, une base sur un côté du blindage opposé à la face avant, et une ou plusieurs surfaces latérales entre la base et la face avant,

    le blindage ayant une pluralité d'ouvertures (304),

    chaque ouverture de la pluralité d'ouvertures (304) dans le blindage (208) s'étendant à travers une surface latérale à partir d'une ou plusieurs surfaces latérales du blindage (208),

    chaque broche (306) de la pluralité de broches (306) passant à partir de l'intérieur du blindage (208), à travers une ouverture (304) dans une surface latérale du blindage (208), et jusqu'à l'extérieur du blindage (208), caractérisée en ce que ;

    au-delà du point où chaque broche (306) sort d'une ouverture respective (304), une surface inférieure de chaque broche (306) est adjacente à et coplanaire avec une surface inférieure de la base (310) du blindage (208).


     
    2. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 1, chaque broche (306) étant incurvée avant l'ouverture respective (304) et au-delà de l'ouverture respective (304), la surface inférieure de chaque broche (306) étant coplanaire avec la surface inférieure de la base (310) du blindage (208), la courbure de chaque broche (306) étant reçue dans une région évidée à l'intérieur du blindage (208).
     
    3. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, chaque broche (306) pouvant être couplée à une carte de circuit imprimé (308) positionnée parallèlement à la base (310).
     
    4. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 3, la surface inférieure de chaque broche (306), où chaque broche (306) passe chaque ouverture, venant à fleur avec une surface supérieure de la carte de circuit imprimé (308).
     
    5. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 1, chaque ouverture (404) étant positionnée sur un même côté du blindage (406).
     
    6. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 1, au moins deux ouvertures (404) de la pluralité d'ouvertures (404) étant positionnées sur les côtés opposés du blindage (406).
     
    7. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 1, chaque ouverture (404) comprenant une isolation autour d'une broche respective qui passe à travers chaque ouverture (404).
     
    8. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 1, chaque broche (408) s'étendant initialement à partir du circuit et se courbant jusqu'à 90 degrés à travers l'ouverture respective (404).
     
    9. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 1, une partie de chaque broche (408) de la pluralité de broches (408) qui s'étend à l'extérieur du blindage (406) étant droite.
     
    10. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 1, le circuit comprenant un noyau (520) ayant une première extrémité (510) et une seconde extrémité (512) qui vient généralement à fleur avec la première extrémité (510), la première extrémité (510) et la seconde extrémité (512) étant configurées pour lire la bande magnétique de la carte à bande magnétique lorsque la carte à bande magnétique est positionnée dans un plan adjacent à la première extrémité (510) et à la seconde extrémité (512), et une bobine (518) enroulée autour d'une partie du noyau (520), la pluralité de broches (514) étant connectées électriquement aux extrémités opposées de la bobine.
     
    11. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

    trois pistes (402) espacées le long d'une première direction, chaque piste comprenant un circuit pour convertir les signaux magnétiques en signaux électriques de façon à lire trois pistes sur une carte à bande magnétique ; et

    la pluralité de broches (306) comprenant six broches (408),

    une première paire de broches étant connectées électriquement au circuit d'une première piste des trois pistes et s'étendant à travers un même premier côté du blindage (406), une deuxième paire de broches étant connectées électriquement au circuit d'une deuxième piste des trois pistes (402) et s'étendant à travers un même deuxième côté du blindage (406) sur un côté opposé du blindage (406) à partir du premier côté, et une troisième paire de broches étant connectées électriquement au circuit d'une troisième piste des trois pistes et s'étendant à travers un troisième côté du blindage (406) et un quatrième côté du blindage (406) qui sur un côté du blindage (406) fait face au troisième côté.


     
    12. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 11, le premier côté étant sensiblement parallèle au deuxième côté.
     
    13. Tête de lecture magnétique (104) selon la revendication 11, le troisième côté et le quatrième côté étant sensiblement perpendiculaires au premier côté et au deuxième côté.
     




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