(19)
(11)EP 3 643 053 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
15.12.2021 Bulletin 2021/50

(21)Application number: 18835653.9

(22)Date of filing:  18.07.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G01K 1/16(2006.01)
G06F 1/20(2006.01)
G06F 1/16(2006.01)
H05K 3/36(2006.01)
H01M 10/48(2006.01)
G01K 7/22(2006.01)
G01K 1/14(2021.01)
H05K 1/18(2006.01)
H01M 10/42(2006.01)
(52)Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC):
G01K 1/14; G01K 1/16; G01K 7/22; G06F 1/1626; G06F 1/203; G06F 1/206; H01M 10/425; H01M 10/486; H01M 2220/30; H05K 1/189; H05K 3/361; H05K 2201/10151; Y02E 60/10
(86)International application number:
PCT/KR2018/008108
(87)International publication number:
WO 2019/017684 (24.01.2019 Gazette  2019/04)

(54)

STRUCTURE FOR DETECTING TEMPERATURE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE

STRUKTUR ZUR ERFASSUNG DER TEMPERATUR EINER ELEKTRONISCHEN VORRICHTUNG

STRUCTURE PERMETTANT DE DÉTECTER LA TEMPÉRATURE D'UN DISPOSITIF ÉLECTRONIQUE


(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: 18.07.2017 KR 20170091170

(43)Date of publication of application:
29.04.2020 Bulletin 2020/18

(60)Divisional application:
21200268.7

(73)Proprietor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do 16677 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • JU, Wanjae
    Seongnam-si Gyeonggi-do 13583 (KR)
  • NA, Hyoseok
    Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do 16950 (KR)
  • PARK, Chanho
    Hwaseong-si Gyeonggi-do 18470 (KR)

(74)Representative: Arnold & Siedsma 
Bezuidenhoutseweg 57
2594 AC The Hague
2594 AC The Hague (NL)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2015/123394
US-A1- 2004 212 350
US-A1- 2011 283 132
US-A1- 2012 049 933
US-A1- 2017 047 791
JP-A- 2017 059 731
US-A1- 2009 317 699
US-A1- 2011 301 778
US-A1- 2013 120 630
US-B1- 9 213 361
  
      
    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] The disclosure relates to an electronic device. More particularly, the disclosure relates to a structure for detecting a temperature of a housing and a battery of an electronic device.

    [0002] With the development of mobile communication technology and processing technology, mobile terminal devices (hereinafter, electronic devices) may implement various functions as well as a communication function. In order to implement various functions, the electronic device includes various electronic components.

    [0003] When the electronic device performs various functions, a processor, memory, and battery within the electronic device may emit a heat as a byproduct of their operation. Such heat may be transferred to a user through a housing which may be dangerous, thus, accurate sensing of heat is required.

    [0004] A conventional electronic device was configured to mount at least one thermistor on a main printed circuit board (PCB) and to measure a surrounding temperature of the thermistor according to an electrical signal of the thermistor. Because the thermistor is mounted together with other elements (e.g., processor, memory) on the PCB, a temperature of the thermistor changes according to a temperature change of peripheral components. Thus, when a lot of heat is produced by an element such as the processor, there is a problem that the thermistor may not accurately measure the temperature.

    [0005] Further, in some situations, a large difference may occur between an internal temperature of the electronic device and an external temperature of a portion with which a user contacts, and in this case, the effect of temperature control in which the user directly performs may be deteriorated.

    [0006] A computing device and method known in the art are those disclosed in US 9213361 B1. These include a thermal sensor positioned on a flexible circuit located in close proximity to the device enclosure or hot-spot to most accurately track and control skin temperature of the electronic device. One or more flexible circuits may be implemented to include one or more low profile temperature sensors specifically located to detect temperature in close proximity to the enclosure and/or components of interest or hot spots which may be more accurately monitored by locating the low profile temperature sensor on the flexible circuit within the enclosure without substantially increasing the z-height of the existing flexible circuits or taking up additional room within the enclosure.

    [0007] A thermistor known in the art is the one disclosed in JP 2017 059731A which includes an element body having flexibility and a linear signal line provided to the element body. The signal line includes: a first connecting section and a second connecting section used for the connection between the signal line and the external circuit; and a first routing section and a sensing section which are electrically connected in series in the order between the first connecting section and the second connecting section. The average value of line widths of the sensing section is less than the average value of line widths of the first routing section.

    [0008] Further electronic devices known in the art are those disclosed in US 2017 0047791 A1, which include: a first plate directed in a first direction, a second plate directed in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and a side member configured to surround at least a part of the space between the first and second plates; a first printed circuit board (PCB) that is disposed between the first and second plates and includes at least one processor; a second printed circuit board (PCB) that is disposed between the first printed circuit board and the second plate and includes at least one antenna pattern; and a temperature sensor disposed to measure the temperature of at least a part of the second printed circuit board.

    [0009] Also known in the art is a predefined mathematical relationship as disclosed in US 2011 0301778 A1, which is stored in the memory of a computing system is accessed, wherein the relationship refers to temperatures of a number of points in the system, wherein the points together define a zone. The mathematical relationship yields a representative temperature for the zone. Temperature data from sensors in the system is obtained and applied to thermal models, to estimate the temperatures of at least some of the points that define the zone. The representative temperature for the zone is computed using the estimated temperatures as input to the mathematical relationship. A decision is then made on whether or not to change a power consuming activity limit in the system, based on the computed representative temperature.

    [0010] A communication device for utilization in a communication network known in the art is the one disclosed in US 2011 0283132 A1. The communication device includes a communication process section for controlling communications in the communication network, a battery for supplying power to the communication process section, a battery control section for controlling supplying of power to the battery, a sub-board temperature detection section for detecting temperature of a battery housing section, and a temperature control section for, (A) when charging of the battery is underway and the temperature detected by the sub-board temperature detection section is outside a predetermined first charging-temperature range, controlling the battery control section to halt the charging of the battery, and, (B) when supplying of power from the battery to the communication process section is underway and the temperature detected by the sub-board temperature detection section is outside a predetermined first discharging-temperature range, halting the supplying of power from the battery to the communication process section.

    [0011] The above information is presented as background information only to assist with an understanding of the disclosure. No determination has been made, and no assertion is made, as to whether any of the above might be applicable as prior art with regard to the disclosure.

    [0012] Aspects of the disclosure are to address at least the above-mentioned problems and/or disadvantages and to provide at least the advantages described below. Accordingly, an aspect of the disclosure is to provide an apparatus and method for providing a temperature detection structure of an electronic device that can accurately sense a temperature of a battery and a specific area (e.g., a rear cover) of the housing.

    [0013] Additional aspects will be set forth in part in the description which follows and, in part, will be apparent from the description, or may be learned by practice of the presented embodiments.

    [0014] In accordance with an aspect of the disclosure, an electronic device is provided according to the accompanying claims.

    [0015] Other aspects, advantages, and salient features of the disclosure will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description, which, taken in conjunction with the annexed drawings, discloses various embodiments of the disclosure.

    [0016] Various aspects of the disclosure can provide an apparatus and method for providing a temperature detection structure of an electronic device that can accurately sense a temperature of a battery and a specific area (e.g., a rear cover) of the housing.

    Brief description of the figures



    [0017] The above and other aspects, features, and advantages of certain embodiments of the disclosure will be more apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

    FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an electronic device in a network environment according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

    FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

    FIGS. 3A and 3B are a diagram and a temperature measurement graph, respectively, of an electronic device according to various embodiments of the disclosure;

    FIGS. 4, 5, and 6 are diagrams illustrating a thermistor disposition structure of an electronic device in a lateral direction according to various embodiments of the disclosure;

    FIGS 7 and 8 are diagrams illustrating a thermistor disposition structure of an electronic device in a lateral direction according to examples which are not part of the present invention.

    FIGS. 9, 10, 11, and 12 are diagrams illustrating a thermistor disposition structure of an electronic device in a rear direction according to various embodiments of the disclosure; and

    FIG. 13 is a diagram of a circuit for detecting a temperature of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

    Throughout the drawings, like reference numerals will be understood to refer to like parts, components, and structures.


    Detailed description



    [0018] In this disclosure, an electronic device may be a device that involves a communication function. For example, an electronic device may be a smart phone, a tablet personal computer (PC), a mobile phone, a video phone, an e-book reader, a desktop PC, a laptop PC, a netbook computer, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a portable multimedia player (PMP), an MP3 player, a portable medical device, a digital camera, or a wearable device (e.g., an head-mounted device (HMD) such as electronic glasses, electronic clothes, an electronic bracelet, an electronic necklace, an electronic accessory, or a smart watch), or the like, but is not limited thereto.

    [0019] According to some embodiments, an electronic device may be a smart home appliance that involves a communication function. For example, an electronic device may be a TV, a digital video disc (DVD) player, audio equipment, a refrigerator, an air conditioner, a vacuum cleaner, an oven, a microwave, a washing machine, an air cleaner, a set-top box, a TV box (e.g., Samsung HomeSyncTM, Apple TVTM, Google TVTM, etc.), a game console, an electronic dictionary, an electronic key, a camcorder, or an electronic picture frame.

    [0020] According to some embodiments, an electronic device may be a medical device (e.g., magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography, etc.), a navigation device, a global positioning system (GPS) receiver, an event data recorder (EDR), an flight data recorder (FDR), a car infotainment device, electronic equipment for ship (e.g., a marine navigation system, a gyrocompass, etc.), avionics, security equipment, or an industrial or home robot, or the like, but is not limited thereto.

    [0021] According to some embodiments, an electronic device may be furniture or part of a building or construction having a communication function, an electronic board, an electronic signature receiving device, a projector, or various measuring instruments (e.g., a water meter, an electric meter, a gas meter, a wave meter, etc.), or the like, but is not limited thereto. An electronic device disclosed herein may be one of the above-mentioned devices or any combination thereof. As well understood by those skilled in the art, the above-mentioned electronic devices are examples only and not to be considered as a limitation of this disclosure.

    [0022] FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an example electronic device in a network environment according to an example embodiment of the disclosure.

    [0023] Referring to FIG. 1, the electronic device 101 may include a bus 110, a processor (e.g., including processing circuitry) 120, a memory 130, an input/output interface (e.g., including input/output circuitry) 150, a display 160, and a communication interface (e.g., including communication circuitry) 170.

    [0024] The bus 110 may be a circuit for interconnecting elements described above and for allowing a communication, e.g. by transferring a control message, between the elements described above.

    [0025] The processor 120 can receive commands from the above-mentioned other elements, e.g. the memory 130, the input/output interface 150, the display 160, and the communication interface 170, though, for example, the bus 110, can decipher the received commands, and perform operations and/or data processing according to the deciphered commands.

    [0026] The memory 130 can store commands received from the processor 120 and/or other elements, e.g. the input/output interface 150, the display 160, and the communication interface 170, and/or commands and/or data generated by the processor 120 and/or other elements. The memory 130 may include software and/or programs 140, such as a kernel 141, middleware 143, an application programming interface (API) 145, and an application 147. Each of the programming modules described above may be configured by software, firmware, hardware, and/or combinations of two or more thereof.

    [0027] The kernel 141 can control and/or manage system resources, e.g. the bus 110, the processor 120 or the memory 130, used for execution of operations and/or functions implemented in other programming modules, such as the middleware 143, the API 145, and/or the application 147. Further, the kernel 141 can provide an interface through which the middleware 143, the API 145, and/or the application 147 can access and then control and/or manage an individual element of the electronic device 101.

    [0028] The middleware 143 can perform a relay function which allows the API 145 and/or the application 147 to communicate with and exchange data with the kernel 141. Further, in relation to operation requests received from at least one of an application 147, the middleware 143 can perform load balancing in relation to the operation requests by, for example, giving a priority in using a system resource, e.g. the bus 110, the processor 120, and/or the memory 130, of the electronic device 101 to at least one application from among the at least one of the application 147.

    [0029] The API 145 is an interface through which the application 147 can control a function provided by the kernel 141 and/or the middleware 143, and may include, for example, at least one interface or function for file control, window control, image processing, and/or character control.

    [0030] The input/output interface 150 may include various input/output circuitry and can receive, for example, a command and/or data from a user, and transfer the received command and/or data to the processor 120 and/or the memory 130 through the bus 110. The display 160 can display an image, a video, and/or data to a user.

    [0031] The communication interface 170 can establish a communication between the electronic device 101 and other electronic devices 102 and 104 and/or a server 106. The communication interface 170 can support short range communication protocols 164, e.g. a Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) protocol, a Bluetooth (BT) protocol, and a near field communication (NFC) protocol, communication networks, e.g. Internet, local area network (LAN), wire area network (WAN), a telecommunication network, a cellular network, and a satellite network, or a plain old telephone service (POTS), or any other similar and/or suitable communication networks, such as network 162, or the like. Each of the electronic devices 102 and 104 may be a same type and/or different types of electronic device.

    [0032] FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

    [0033] Referring to FIG. 2, an electronic device 200 may include a processor 210, memory 220, battery 230, power management module 240, display 250, and thermistor 260, and even if at least a portion of the shown elements is omitted or replaced, various embodiments of the disclosure may be implemented. The electronic device 200 may further include at least some of configurations and/or functions of the electronic device 101 of FIG. 1.

    [0034] According to various embodiments, the shown elements and various elements that are not shown may be received in a housing (not shown). The housing forms an external shape of the electronic device, some elements (e.g., the processor 210, memory 220, battery 230, and power management module 240) of the electronic device 200 may be disposed inside the housing, and some other elements (e.g., the display 250) may be disposed outside the housing. According to an embodiment, the electronic device 200 may have a portion (e.g., a rear portion of the housing) of the housing or a cover (not shown) that may separate from the housing at a rear surface. The cover may be implemented with various materials of a metal or a nonmetal such as plastic. According to an embodiment, the electronic device 200 may be provided with an integral housing without a separate cover, and in this case, a material (e.g., metal) constituting at least a portion of a front surface and/or a side surface of the housing and a material (e.g., plastic) constituting the rear surface may be different. Hereinafter, the rear surface of the housing may mean a rear area of the housing formed in a one piece or may mean a detachable separate cover provided at a rear surface of the housing.

    [0035] According to various embodiments, the processor 210 may perform an operation or data processing related to the control and/or communication of each element of the electronic device 200 and include at least some of configurations and/or functions of the processor 120 of FIG. 1. The processor 210 may be electrically connected to internal elements of the electronic device 200, such as the memory 220, the display 250, the power management module 240, and the thermistor 260. The processor 210 may be mounted on a main printed circuit board (PCB) (or the first board), and the main PCB may mount various elements of the electronic device 200, such as the memory 220 and the power management module 240.

    [0036] According to various embodiments, the memory 220 may store temporarily or permanently unlimited digital data and include at least some of configurations and/or functions of the memory 130 of FIG. 1. The memory 220 may store various instructions that may be performed in the processor 210. Such instructions may include a control command such as arithmetic and logic operations, a data movement, and an input and output that may be recognized by the processor 210 and may be defined on a framework stored at the memory 220. Further, the memory 220 may store at least a portion of the program 140 of the FIG. 1.

    [0037] According to various embodiments, operation and data processing functions are not limited in which the processor 210 may implement within the electronic device 200, but in this specification, a temperature of at least a portion of the electronic device 200 may be detected from an electrical signal received from the thermistor 260 and technical characteristics for providing feedback thereof to the user will be described. Operations performed in the processor 210 may be performed by loading instructions stored at the memory 220.

    [0038] According to various embodiments, the battery 230 may supply power to at least one element of the electronic device 200 such as the processor 210 and the memory 220.

    [0039] According to various embodiments, the power management module 240 manages power supplied from the battery 230 to each element of the electronic device 200 and may be configured as at least a portion of a power management integrated circuit (PMIC).

    [0040] According to various embodiments, the display 250 displays an image, may be implemented into any one of a liquid crystal display (LCD), light-emitting diode (LED) display, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) display, and electronic paper (e-paper) display, but it is not limited thereto. The display 250 may include at least some of configurations and/or functions of the display 160 of FIG. 1.

    [0041] According to various embodiments, the electronic device 200 may include at least one thermistor 260 for detecting a temperature. The thermistor (thermally sensitive resistor) 260 may be produced by sintering a semiconductor device, for example, metal oxide such as manganese, nickel, cobalt, iron, copper, and titanium having a property in which a resistance value sensitively decreases when a temperature increases. In this specification, it is described that the electronic device uses the thermistor as an element for detecting a temperature, but the disclosure is not limited thereto and the electronic device can use various devices for detecting a temperature other than the thermistor. In this case, the thermistor of FIGS. 2 to 13 may be replaced with any other device for detecting a temperature.

    [0042] When a temperature of the thermistor 260 increases due to a heat generated within the electronic device 200, a resistance value of the thermistor 260 increases; thus, a voltage value (or a current value) applied to the thermistor 260 may be changed. The processor 210 may determine a temperature of the thermistor 260 based on an electrical signal (e.g., a voltage value or a current value) detected by the thermistor 260. A circuit for measuring a temperature through an electrical signal of the thermistor 260 will be described in detail later with reference to FIG. 13.

    [0043] According to various embodiments, the electronic device 200 may have at least one thermistor 260 in each area therein, and at least some thereof may be mounted on the first board (e.g., a main PCB) in which the processor 210 and the memory 220, etc. are mounted.

    [0044] According to various embodiments, at least one thermistor 260 that is not mounted on the first board may be mounted on the second board (e.g., flexible printed circuit board (FPCB)). Here, the second board may be provided for mounting of the thermistor 260 and electrical connection to the first board. Various embodiments in which the thermistor 260 is mounted on the second board will be described in detail later with reference to FIGS. 4 to 8. According to other embodiments, the thermistor 260 is a sheet type and may be attached to a particular area of the electronic device 200 without a separate FPCB. The embodiment will be described in detail with reference to FIG 8.

    [0045] According to various embodiments, the first board and the second board are electrically connected to each other, and the processor 210 may determine a temperature of a partial area (e.g., a rear housing) of the housing through an electrical signal transferred from the thermistor 260 mounted on the second board and a temperature of each element, provided in the housing of the electronic device 200, such as the battery 230.

    [0046] According to various embodiments, the processor 210 may control a performance of the processor 210 or may control charge of the battery 230 according to the measured temperature. Further, the processor 210 may provide various feedback related to a temperature to the user through the display 250, a speaker, or a haptic module.

    [0047] FIG. 3A is a diagram illustrating a rear surface of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the disclosure. FIG. 3B illustrates a temperature measurement graph of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

    [0048] FIG. 3A illustrates a housing whose portion (e.g., rear housing) is removed from a rear surface of an electronic device 300, and FIG. 3B is a graph of a temperature measured in each area of FIG. 3A.

    [0049] Referring to FIGS. 3A and 3B, at a processor at a position 310 and a power management integrated circuit (PMIC) at a position 320 of the electronic device 300, the center 330, the upper left end 340, and the lower right end 350 of the battery, and the lower end area 360 of the PCB, temperatures may be measured. As shown in the graph of FIG. 3B, it may be determined that a temperature is high in order of a processor 311 and a PMIC 321 of the electronic device 300, the center 331, the upper left end 341, and the lower right end 351 of the battery, and the lower end 361 of the PCB.

    [0050] When the electronic device 300 mounts a thermistor on a main PCB, only in a position 310 adjacent to the processor, a position 320 adjacent to the PMIC, and a lower end area 360 of the PCB on the main PCB among six areas of FIG. 3A, thermistors may be disposed. In this case, the electronic device 300 may measure a temperature of corresponding areas 310, 320, and 360 through the thermistors disposed at the corresponding areas 310, 320, and 360 and estimate a temperature of each area using a temperature difference measured in a pre-test between the remaining areas 330, 340, and 350 and the disposition areas 310, 320, and 360 of the thermistor. However, this is an estimation value that does not directly measure a temperature of each area and has a drawback that cannot accurately measure a temperature in real time. Further, at a position 310 adjacent to the processor and a position 320 adjacent to the PMIC, because the thermistors may be disposed to contact with the processor and the PMIC on the main PCB, even if the thermistors are disposed at corresponding positions, a temperature of the processor and the PMIC cannot be accurately measured.

    [0051] According to various embodiments of the disclosure, the electronic device 300 may include at least one thermistor (e.g., the thermistor 260 of FIG. 2) disposed adjacent to a portion (e.g., a rear surface of the housing) of the housing to more accurately measure a temperature of the housing. For example, the electronic device 300 may include a first board (e.g., a main PCB) disposed in a first direction (e.g., a rear direction) of the housing and in which at least one processor (e.g., the processor 210) is mounted, a second board (e.g., an FPCB) disposed between the housing and the first board and electrically connected to the first board, and a thermistor mounted in the second board.

    [0052] FIGS. 4 to 8 are diagrams illustrating a disposition structure of a thermistor for more accurately measuring a temperature of a housing of an electronic device according to various embodiments of the disclosure.

    [0053] FIGS. 4 to 8 illustrate a disposition structure of a thermistor for accurately measuring a temperature of a rear surface of the housing of the electronic device. Hereinafter, a downward direction of the drawing corresponding to a front direction in which a cover of the electronic device (e.g., the electronic device 200 of FIG. 2) is positioned may be referred to a first direction, and an upward direction of the drawing corresponding to a rear direction in which the display (e.g., the display 250 of FIG. 2) of the electronic device is positioned may be referred to a second direction. Further, in a configuration having both surfaces such as the cover, the first board, and the second board, a surface toward the first direction may be referred to a first surface, and a surface toward the second direction may be referred to a second surface.

    [0054] According to other embodiments, the electronic device may dispose thermistors in at least a portion of a side surface of the housing, a front window, and a bezel area. In this case, the first direction may mean a direction toward the inside of the electronic device based on a surface of the housing (or window) in which the thermistor is disposed, and the second direction may mean a direction toward the outside of the electronic device. In the embodiment, although not described in detail hereinafter, in a structure of FIGS. 4 to 8, it may be easily understood that rear housings 410, 510, 610, 710, and 810 may be replaced with a side surface of the housing, a front window, and a bezel area.

    [0055] First, a first embodiment of FIG. 4 will be described.

    [0056] According to various embodiments, as shown in FIG. 4, in a first direction (e.g., a front direction of an electronic device 400) of a rear housing 410, a first board 420 may be disposed, and a second board 440 may be disposed between the rear housing 410 and the first board 420.

    [0057] According to various embodiments, the first board 420 may be a main PCB that may mount various elements such as a processor (e.g., the processor 210 of FIG. 2) and a memory (e.g., the memory 220 of FIG. 2). Further, the second board 440 may be a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) in which a thermistor 430 is mounted. According to an embodiment, the second board 440 (or FPCB) is an element for mounting of the thermistor 430 and electrical connection to the first board 420, a plurality of thermistors 430 may be mounted within one second board 440, and the electronic device 400 may include a plurality of thermistors 430 corresponding to at least one thermistor 430 according to a disposition position of the thermistor 430.

    [0058] According to various embodiments, two connecting portions 421 and 422 may be used to electrically connect the first board 420 and the second board 440. The two connecting portions 421 and 422 may be separate or included with the first board 420 or the second board 440. The connecting portions 421 and 422 for electrical connection of the first board 420 and the second board 440 may use various methods such as a C-Clip, contact pad, and connector form. According to an embodiment, at least one connecting portion (not shown) may be included for electrically connecting the first board 420 to an element such as another circuit board other than the second board 440. The descriptions of connecting portions 421 and 422 may be equally applicable to any other connecting portion referred to herein.

    [0059] According to various embodiments, as shown in FIG. 4, the thermistor 430 may be disposed at a second surface of a second direction (e.g., a rear direction of the electronic device 400) of the second board 440. According to the embodiment, in order to secure a disposition space of the thermistor 430, the rear housing 410 may be formed in a form in which at least a partial area including a disposition area 415 of the thermistor 430 has a groove.

    [0060] According to an embodiment, the thermistor 430 may be disposed closer to the rear housing 410 rather than the first board 420.

    [0061] According to an embodiment, at a first surface of the rear housing 410, first structures 451 and 452 for securing a space of the thermistor 430 may be disposed. A first surface of the first structures 451 and 452 may be attached to at least a portion of the second surface of the second board 440, and a second surface thereof may be attached to at least a portion of the first surface of the rear housing 410. According to an embodiment, the first structures 451 and 452 are made of a material such as a sponge and a tape and support a pressure in the first direction and/or the second direction to prevent a physical impact that may be applied to the thermistor 430. Further, in order to prevent a heat from being transferred from the outside to a space 415 in which the thermistor 430 is mounted, the first structures 451 and 452 may be made of a material having thermal conductivity of a reference value or less. Therefore, a heat transferred from the outside to a disposition area of the thermistor 430 may be blocked to the maximum.

    [0062] According to an embodiment, in an area 415 in which the thermistor 430 is disposed, a distance between the rear housing 410 and the second board 440 may be greater than a length of a first direction and a second direction of the thermistor 430. In other words, the thermistor 430 may not directly contact with the rear housing 410.

    [0063] Accordingly, upon contacting with the rear housing 410 made of a metal material and that may occur according to a pressure in the first direction and/or the second direction, a short phenomenon of a circuit including the thermistor 430 can be prevented and/or upon contacting with the rear housing 410 made of a metal or a nonmetal, damage by a physical impact of the thermistor 430 and the rear housing 410 can be prevented.

    [0064] According to an embodiment, because a predetermined gap is formed between the rear housing 410 and the thermistor 430, the rear housing 410 and the thermistor 430 may not contact with each other. A length of the gap may be a length that enables the rear housing 410 and the thermistor 430 not to come in contact with each other even while using the electronic device 400 in consideration of elasticity of the second board 440 including the rear housing 410 and the thermistor 430. According to another embodiment, a second structure 460 for preventing a contact may be disposed between the rear housing 410 and the thermistor 430. A first surface of the second structure 460 may be attached to at least a portion of a second surface of the thermistor 430, and a second surface thereof may be attached to at least a portion of a second surface of the rear housing 410. The second structure 460 may be made of an insulating material to prevent the thermistor 430 and the rear housing 410 made of a metal material from being electrically connected.

    [0065] FIG. 5 illustrates a second embodiment of the disclosure. The second embodiment described with reference to FIG. 5 is somewhat different in a form of the rear housing, compared with the first embodiment described with reference to FIG. 4.

    [0066] In an electronic device 500 according to the second embodiment, a first board 520 may be disposed in a first direction of a rear housing 510, a second board 540 may be disposed between the rear housing 510 and the first board 520, and a thermistor 530 may be disposed at a second surface of the second board 540. According to an embodiment, a second structure 560 for preventing contact may be disposed between the rear housing 510 and the thermistor 530.

    [0067] Referring to FIG. 5, the rear housing 510 may have a thickness to receive the thermistor 530 according to an implementation of the electronic device 500. According to the embodiment, in order to secure a disposition space 515 of the thermistor 530, at least a partial area 515 including a disposition area of the thermistor 530 may be formed in a groove form and a thickness of the rear housing 510 is sufficient; thus, the rear housing 510 may not include a first structure (e.g., the first structures 451 and 452 of FIG. 4) for securing a space of the thermistor 530 unlike the first embodiment.

    [0068] In the embodiment, because the rear housing 510 may enclose a side surface of the thermistor 530, a heat transferred from the outside to a disposition area of the rear housing 510 may be blocked.

    [0069] According to various embodiments, two connecting portions 521 and 522 may be used to electrically connect the first board 520 and the second board 540.

    [0070] FIG. 6 illustrates a third embodiment of the disclosure. The third embodiment described with reference to FIG. 6 is an embodiment of a case of maintaining a flat shape without removing a partial area of the rear housing, compared with the first embodiment described with reference to FIG. 4 and the second embodiment described with reference to FIG. 5.

    [0071] In an electronic device 600 according to the third embodiment, a first board 620 may be disposed in a first direction of a rear housing 610, a second board 640 may be disposed between the rear housing 610 and the first board 620, and a thermistor 630 may be disposed at a second surface of the second board 640. Further, a second structure 660 for preventing contact may be disposed between the rear housing 610 and the thermistor 630.

    [0072] In an electronic device according to the embodiment, by disposing first structures 651 and 652 at a side surface of the thermistor 630, a disposition space 615 of the thermistor 630 can be secured.

    [0073] According to various embodiments, two connecting portions 621 and 622 may be used to electrically connect the first board 620 and the second board 640.

    [0074] According to various embodiments described with reference to FIGS. 4 to 6, at spaces (e.g., 415, 515, 615) in which thermistors (e.g., 430, 530, 630) are disposed, by blocking a heat generating at adjacent other spaces of the electronic device, a heat of the rear housing (e.g., 410, 510, 610) can be more accurately measured. Portions in which much heat occurs in the electronic device are a first board in which the processor and the memory are mounted and a display positioned in a first direction of the first board, and according to the embodiment described with reference to FIGS. 4 to 6, the second board may be provided between the first board and the thermistor to minimize an influence of a heat transferred in the second direction. Further, due to the second structures (e.g., 451, 452, 651, 652) or the rear housing, an influence of a heat transferred from a side surface of the thermistor may be minimized.

    [0075] According to various embodiment described with reference to FIGS. 4 to 6, a thermistor is disposed in a second direction of the first board, but according to other embodiments, the thermistor may be disposed in a second direction of the battery (e.g., the battery 230 of FIG. 2). For example, the thermistor may be disposed at the center of the battery to measure a temperature of the battery. In this case, a size of the second board may be extended to cover both the first board and the battery. In other words, at least a portion of the first board may be disposed in at least a partial area of a first direction of the second board, and at least a portion of the battery may be disposed in at least another portion of a first direction of the second board.

    [0076] In the embodiment, in an area in which the first board is disposed in the first direction of the second board, at least one connecting portion for electrical connection to the first board may be provided.

    [0077] FIG. 7 illustrates a fourth embodiment of the disclosure which is not part of the present invention.

    [0078] According to various embodiments, a thermistor 730 may be disposed at a first surface of a first direction of a second board 740.

    [0079] Referring to FIG. 7, at the first surface of the second board 740, connecting portions 721 and 722 for electrical connection with a first board 720 may be formed. A second surface of the second board 740 may be directly attached to a rear housing 710.

    [0080] A structure of the fourth embodiment is a structure that enables the first board 720 and the connecting portions 721 and 722 and the thermistor 730 to be positioned at the same surface and that may be applied when a distance between the rear housing 710 and the first board 720 is small. In the embodiment, because the rear housing 710 and the second board 740 are attached directly in a large area, a temperature of the rear housing 710 may be transferred to the thermistor 730 through the second board 740.

    [0081] According to an embodiment, the rear housing 710 and the second board 740 may be attached through a tape (e.g., 3M8804N tape that uses for heat spread of a heat pipe or CU sheet tape, which is a metal sheet of a copper material) of a high thermal conductive material to maximally transfer a heat of the rear housing 710 to the second board 740. Further, in the embodiment, the thermistor 730 may be more closely disposed to the rear housing 710 rather than the first board 720.

    [0082] According to various embodiments, two connecting portions 721 and 722 may be used to electrically connect the first board 720 and the second board 740.

    [0083] FIG. 8 illustrates a fifth embodiment of the disclosure which is not part of the present invention.

    [0084] According to various embodiments, an electronic device 800 may include a sheet type thermistor 830. For example, the sheet type thermistor 830 may be formed in a sheet or film type by widely spreading a negative temperature coefficient (NTC) material, which is a constituent element of the thermistor.

    [0085] According to an embodiment, a second surface of the sheet type thermistor 830 and a first surface of a rear housing 810 may be directly attached to each other, and in this case, the second surface of the sheet type thermistor 830 and the first surface of the rear housing 810 may be attached through a tape of a high thermal conductive material. According to an embodiment, at a surface of the sheet type thermistor 830, connecting portions 821 and 822 for electrical connection with the first board 820 may be provided.

    [0086] In the embodiment, because it is unnecessary to separately configure the thermistor (e.g., the thermistor 430 of FIG. 4) and the second board (e.g., the second board 440 of FIG. 4), there is a merit that the thermistor and the second board can be easily processed in various shapes and sizes and that a thickness of the electronic device 800 can be reduced.

    [0087] In various embodiments described with reference to FIGS. 4 to 8, the thermistor (e.g., 430 of FIG. 4) is disposed adjacent to the rear housing to measure a temperature of the rear housing, but a disposition position of the thermistor is not limited thereto. For example, in the electronic device, by disposing the thermistor in at least a portion of a side surface of the housing, a front window, and a bezel area, a temperature of an internal configuration of the electronic device or an area of the housing in which the thermistor is disposed can be measured.

    [0088] FIGS. 9 to 12 illustrate a disposition form of a thermistor and a second board according to various embodiments of the disclosure. FIGS. 9 to 12 are diagrams viewed in a first direction from a rear surface of an electronic device 900 and may have a form in which a rear housing (e.g., the rear housing 410 of FIG. 4) is removed.

    [0089] According to various embodiments, in at least a partial area of the first direction of the second board (the second board 440 of FIG. 4), at least a portion of the first board (e.g., the first board 420 of FIG. 4) may be disposed, and in at least another partial area thereof, at least a portion of a battery 910 may be disposed. That is, as shown in FIG. 9, a second board 920 may be formed to cover both a portion of the battery 910 and the first board in the first direction.

    [0090] According to an embodiment described with reference to FIG. 9, a thermistor 930 may be disposed in an area (e.g., a second direction of the center of the battery) in which a battery is disposed in the first direction. Accordingly, the thermistor 930 can measure a temperature of the battery 910. In the second board, in an area in which the first board is disposed in the first direction, a connection portion 940 for electrical connection to the first board may be provided; thus, an electrical signal transferred from the thermistor 930 can be provided to the processor mounted in the first board.

    [0091] Referring to FIG. 10, a second board 1020 may be provided in various forms (e.g., T-shaped form); thus, a thermistor 1030 can be disposed in various areas of a battery 1010. For example, in an embodiment described with reference to FIG. 10, the second board 1020 is extended to a position of the upper end of the battery, compared with an embodiment described with reference to FIG. 9; thus, the thermistor 1030 can be disposed to measure a temperature of a corresponding area. Also, a connection portion 1040 for electrical connection to the first board may be provided.

    [0092] According to various embodiments, an electronic device 1000 includes a plurality of thermistors to measure a temperature of various elements (e.g., a cover, battery) of the electronic device using each thermistor.

    [0093] Referring to FIG. 11, in an area of an electronic device 1100 in which a battery 1110 is disposed in a first direction of the second board 1120, a first thermistor 1132 may be disposed, and in an area in which a first board 1150 is disposed in a first direction, a second thermistor 1134 may be disposed. Here, the first thermistor 1132 is disposed in a first direction of the second board 1120, i.e., a direction close to the battery 1110 to measure a temperature of the battery 1110, and the second thermistor 1134 is disposed in a second direction of the second board 1120, i.e., a direction adjacent to the rear housing to measure a temperature of the rear housing. In the embodiment, in an area in which the first board 1150 is disposed in a first direction of the second board 1120, a connection portion 1140 for electrical connection to the first board 1150 is provided; thus, an electrical signal transferred from the first thermistor 1132 and the second thermistor 1134 can be provided to a processor (e.g., the processor 210 of FIG. 2) mounted on the first board 1150.

    [0094] FIG. 12 illustrates a disposition form of a sheet type thermistor.

    [0095] According to various embodiments, an electronic device 1200 may include a sheet type thermistor 1230. For example, the sheet type thermistor 1230 may be formed in a sheet or film type by widely spreading an NTC material, which is a constituent element of the thermistor.

    [0096] Referring to FIG. 12, the sheet type thermistor 1230 may cover all or a portion of a battery area to measure a temperature of the battery. In the embodiment, a first board may be disposed in a first direction of at least a portion of the sheet type thermistor 1230 to provide a connection portion 1240 for electric connection to the first board.

    [0097] FIG. 13 is a diagram of a circuit for detecting a temperature of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

    [0098] According to various embodiments, the thermistor may be formed in parallel to a pull-up resistor. When a temperature of the thermistor increases due to a heat generated within the electronic device, a resistance value of the thermistor increases; thus, a value of a current distributed to the thermistor and the pull-up resistor can be changed. A current value transferred from the thermistor (or the pull-up resistor) may be input to the processor, and the processor may measure a temperature of the thermistor through the current value.

    [0099] FIG. 13 illustrates an example of a circuit configuration, and various embodiments of the disclosure are not limited thereto.

    [0100] An electronic device according to various embodiments of the disclosure includes a housing (e.g., 410 of FIG. 4) configured to form an external shape thereof; a first board (e.g., 420 of FIG. 4) disposed in a first direction (e.g., a front direction) of the housing and in which at least one processor (e.g., 210 of FIG. 2) is mounted; a second board (e.g., 440 of FIG. 4) disposed between the housing and the first board and electrically connected to the first board; and a thermistor (e.g. 430 of FIG. 4) mounted on the second board, wherein the processor 210 measures a temperature of the housing based on an electrical signal received from the second board.

    [0101] According to various embodiments, the thermistor (e.g., 430 of FIG. 4) may be disposed at a second surface of a second direction (e.g., a rear direction) opposite to the first direction of the second board (e.g., 440 of FIG. 4).

    [0102] According to various embodiments, in a first surface of the first direction of the housing (e.g., 410 of FIG. 4), a hole (415 of FIG. 4) may be formed in at least a partial area in which the thermistor (430 of FIG. 4) is disposed in the first direction.

    [0103] According to various embodiments, the first surface may be attached to at least a portion of the second surface of the second board (e.g., 440 of FIG. 4), and the second surface positioned in a direction opposite to that of the first surface may further include at least one first structure (451 and 52 of FIG. 4) attached to at least a portion of the first surface of the housing (410 of FIG. 4).

    [0104] According to various embodiments, the first structure (e.g., 451 and 452 of FIG. 4) may be made of a material having thermal conductivity of a reference value or less.

    [0105] According to various embodiments, in an area in which the thermistor (e.g., 430 of FIG. 4) is disposed, a distance between the housing (e.g., 410 of FIG. 4) and the second board (e.g., 440 of FIG. 4) may be larger than a length of the first direction and the second direction of the thermistor.

    [0106] According to various embodiments, the first surface may be attached to at least a portion of the second surface of the second direction of the thermistor (e.g., 430 of FIG. 4), and the second surface positioned in a direction opposite to that of the first surface may further include at least one second structure (e.g., 460 of FIG. 4) attached to at least one of the first surface of the housing (e.g., 410 of FIG. 4).

    [0107] According to various embodiments, the second structure (e.g., 460 of FIG. 4) may be an insulator.

    [0108] According to various embodiments, the thermistor (e.g., 730 of FIG. 7) may be disposed at the first surface of the first direction of the second board (e.g., 740 of FIG. 7).

    [0109] According to various embodiments, the second surface of the second direction of the second board (e.g., 740 of FIG. 7) may be attached to the first surface of the housing (e.g., 710 of FIG. 7).

    [0110] According to various embodiments, at least two connecting portions (e.g., 421 and 442 of FIG. 4) may be separate or included with the first board (e.g., 420 of FIG. 4) or the second board (e.g., 440 of FIG. 4) for electrical connection to the other of the first board (e.g., 420 of FIG. 4) and the second board (e.g., 440 of FIG. 4).

    [0111] According to various embodiments, the electronic device may further include a battery (e.g. 910 of FIG. 9), wherein the thermistor (e.g., 930 of FIG. 9) may be disposed in an area in which at least a portion of the battery is disposed in the first direction in the second board (e.g., 920 of FIG. 9).

    [0112] According to various embodiments, in at least a partial area of the first direction of the second board, at least a portion of the first board may be disposed, and in at least another partial area of the first direction of the second board, at least a portion of the battery may be disposed.

    [0113] An electronic device according to various embodiments of the disclosure includes a housing (e.g., 410 of FIG. 4) configured to form an external shape thereof; a first board (e.g., 420 of FIG. 4) disposed in a first direction of the housing; and a thermistor (e.g. 430 of FIG. 4) disposed between the housing and the first board, wherein a distance of the first direction between the thermistor and the housing is smaller than that of the first direction between the thermistor and the first board.

    [0114] According to various embodiments, the thermistor (e.g., 430 of FIG. 4) may be mounted at a first surface of the first direction of the second board (440 of FIG. 4) electrically connected to the first board (e.g., 420 of FIG. 4) or a second surface of a second direction opposite to the first direction.

    [0115] According to various embodiments, the thermistor (e.g., 430 of FIG. 4) may not come in physical contact with the housing (e.g., 410 of FIG. 4).

    [0116] According to various embodiments, the electronic device may further include a first structure (e.g., the second board 440 of FIG. 4) disposed in the first direction of the thermistor (e.g., 430 of FIG. 4) and configured to block a heat transferred in a second direction opposite to the first direction in the first board (e.g., 420 of FIG. 4); and a second structure (e.g., 451 and 452 of FIG. 4) disposed in a third direction perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction of the thermistor and configured to block a heat transferred from the outside to the thermistor and/or transferred from the thermistor to the outside.

    [0117] An electronic device according to various embodiments of the disclosure includes a housing configured to form an external shape thereof; a battery (e.g., 1110 of FIG. 11) disposed in a first direction of the housing; a first board (1150 of FIG. 11) disposed in the first direction of the housing; a second board (e.g., 1120 of FIG. 11) in which at least a portion of the battery is disposed in the first direction of the first area and in which at least a portion of the first board is disposed in the first direction of a second area different from the first area; and a first thermistor (e.g., 1132 of FIG. 11) mounted in the first area of the second board and a second thermistor (e.g., 1134 of FIG. 11) mounted in the second area of the second board.

    [0118] According to various embodiments, the first board (e.g., 1150 of FIG. 11) may include at least one processor 210, and wherein the at least one processor 210 may be configured to determine a temperature of the battery (e.g., 1110 of FIG. 11) based on an electrical signal transmitted from the first thermistor (e.g., 1132 of FIG. 11) and to determine a temperature of the first board (e.g., 1150 of FIG. 11) based on an electrical signal transmitted from the second thermistor (e.g., 1134 of FIG. 11).

    [0119] According to various embodiments, the first thermistor (e.g., 1132 of FIG. 11) may be disposed at the first surface of the first direction of the first area of the second board (e.g., 1120 of FIG. 11), and the second thermistor (e.g., 1134 of FIG. 11) may be disposed at a second surface of a second direction opposite to the first direction of the second area of the second board.

    [0120] According to various embodiments of the disclosure, a temperature detection structure of an electronic device that can accurately sense a temperature of a cover and a battery can be provided.


    Claims

    1. An electronic device (400, 500, 600), comprising:

    a housing including a rear housing (410, 510, 610);

    a first board (420, 520, 620) disposed in a first direction from the rear housing (410, 510, 610) of the housing, wherein at least one processor is mounted at the first board (420, 520, 620);

    a second board (440; 540; 640) disposed between the rear housing (410, 510, 610) and the first board (420, 520, 620) and electrically connected with the first board (420, 520, 620), the second board (440, 540, 640) being spatially separated from the rear housing (410, 510, 610);

    a thermistor (430; 530; 630) mounted on the second board (440; 540; 640), wherein the thermistor (430; 530; 630) is disposed at a surface of the second board (440; 540; 640) in a second direction that is towards the rear housing (410, 510, 610), the second direction being opposite to the first direction;

    wherein a disposition space (415; 515; 615) of the thermistor (430; 530; 630) is secured by forming within the rear housing (410, 610) at least a partial area including a disposition area of the thermistor (430; 530) in a groove form and/or by disposing first structures (451, 452; 651, 652) at a side surface of the thermistor (430; 630), wherein the disposition space (415; 515; 615) is configured to block heat generated at adjacent other spaces of the electronic device (400, 500, 600),

    wherein the first structures (451, 452; 651, 652) are configured to support a pressure in the first direction and/or the second direction to prevent a physical impact and/or to block heat transferred from the outside to the disposition space (415; 515; 615); and

    wherein the at least one processor is configured to receive an electrical signal from the thermistor (430; 530; 630) for determining a temperature of the housing.


     
    2. The electronic device (500) of claim 1, wherein a thickness of the rear housing (510) is sufficient for the disposition space (515) of the thermistor (530) to be secured by just forming within the rear housing (510) at least a partial area including a disposition area of the thermistor (530) in a groove form, and wherein a surface of the second board (540) facing the second direction is attached to a surface of the rear housing (510) facing the first direction; and/or,
    wherein the rear housing (510) encloses a side surface of the thermistor (530).
     
    3. The electronic device (400, 600) of claim 1, wherein the disposition space (415; 615) of the thermistor (430; 630) is at least secured by disposing first structures (451, 452; 651, 652) at the side surface of the thermistor (430; 630), and wherein a first surface of the first structures (451, 452; 651, 652) is attached to at least a portion of a surface of the second board (420; 620) facing the second direction, and a second surface thereof is attached to at least a portion of a surface of the rear housing (410, 610) facing the first direction.
     
    4. The electronic device (400, 600) of claim 1, wherein, when present, the first structures (451, 452; 651, 652) are made of a material having a thermal conductivity of a reference value or less.
     
    5. The electronic device (400, 500, 600) of any of the previous claims, wherein at an area in which the thermistor (430; 530; 630) is disposed, a distance between the rear housing (410, 510, 610) and the second board (440, 540, 640) is larger than a length of the thermistor (430; 530; 630).
     
    6. The electronic device (400, 500, 600) of any of the previous claims, further comprising:

    a second structure (460; 560; 660) disposed between the rear housing (410, 510, 610) and the thermistor (430, 530, 630), wherein a first surface of the second structure (460; 560; 660) is attached to at least a portion of the thermistor (430; 530; 630) and wherein a second surface of the second structure (460; 560; 660) is attached to at least a portion of the rear housing (410; 510; 610),

    wherein the second structure (460; 560; 660) is configured to prevent the thermistor (430; 530; 630) and the rear housing (410; 510; 610) from being physically and/or electrically connected.


     
    7. The electronic device (400, 500, 600) of claim 6, wherein the second structure (460; 560; 660) is an insulator.
     
    8. The electronic device (400, 500, 600) of claim 1, wherein the second board (440, 540, 640) comprises at least two connecting portions (421, 422; 521, 522; 621, 622) for electrical connection to the first board (410; 510, 610).
     
    9. The electronic device (400, 500, 600) of claim 1, further comprising a battery,
    wherein the thermistor (430; 530; 630) is disposed at an area in which at least a portion of the battery is disposed at a surface of the second board (440, 540, 640) in the first direction.
     
    10. The electronic device (400, 500, 600) of claim 9,

    wherein at at least a partial area of the surface of the second board (440, 540, 640) facing the first direction, at least a portion of the first board (420, 520, 620) is disposed, and

    wherein at at least another partial area of the surface of the second board (440, 540, 640) facing the first direction, at least a portion of the battery is disposed.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Elektronisches Gerät (400, 500, 600), umfassend:

    ein Gehäuse mit einem hinteren Gehäuse (410, 510, 610);

    eine erste Platine (420, 520, 620), die in einer ersten Richtung bezüglich des hinteren Gehäuses (410, 510, 610) des Gehäuses angeordnet ist, wobei wenigstens ein Prozessor an der ersten Platine (420, 520, 620) montiert ist;

    eine zweite Platine (440; 540; 640), die zwischen dem hinteren Gehäuse (410, 510, 610) und der ersten Platine (420, 520, 620) angeordnet und mit der ersten Platine (420, 520, 620) elektrisch verbunden ist, wobei die zweite Platine (440, 540, 640) räumlich von dem hinteren Gehäuse (410, 510, 610) getrennt ist; und

    einen auf der zweiten Platine (440, 540, 640) montierten Thermistor (430; 530; 630), wobei der Thermistor (430; 530; 630) an einer Oberfläche der zweiten Platine (440, 540, 640) in einer zweiten Richtung angeordnet ist, die zum hinteren Gehäuse (410, 510, 610) gerichtet ist, wobei die zweite Richtung der ersten Richtung entgegengesetzt ist;

    wobei ein Anordnungsraum (415; 515; 615) des Thermistors (430; 530; 630) dadurch gesichert ist, dass innerhalb des hinteren Gehäuses (410, 610) mindestens ein Teilbereich gebildet wird, der einen Anordnungsbereich des Thermistors (430; 630) enthält, und zwar in einer Rillenform und/oder dadurch, dass erste Strukturen (451, 452; 651, 652) an einer Seitenfläche des Thermistors (430; 630) angeordnet sind, wobei der Anordnungsraum (415; 515; 615) dazu konfiguriert ist, Wärme zu blockieren, die in benachbarten anderen Räumen des elektronischen Geräts (400, 500, 600) erzeugt wird, wobei die ersten Strukturen (451, 452; 651, 652) konfiguriert sind, um einen Druck in die erste Richtung und/oder die zweite Richtung zu unterstützen, um einen physischen Aufprall zu verhindern und/oder um Wärme zu blockieren, die von außen auf den Anordnungsraum (415; 515; 615) übertragen wird; und

    wobei der wenigstens eine Prozessor dazu konfiguriert ist, ein elektrisches Signal von dem Thermistor (430; 530; 630) zum Bestimmen einer Temperatur des Gehäuses zu empfangen.


     
    2. Elektronisches Gerät (500) nach Anspruch 1, wobei eine Dicke des hinteren Gehäuses (510) ausreicht, um den Anordnungsraum (515) des Thermistors (530) zu sichern, und zwar einfach dadurch, dass innerhalb des hinteren Gehäuses (510) wenigstens ein einen Anordnungsbereich des Thermistors (530) enthaltender Teilbereich in einer Rillenform ausgebildet wird, und wobei eine Fläche der zweiten Platine (540), die der zweiten Richtung zugewandt ist, an einer Fläche des hinteren Gehäuses (510) befestigt ist, die der ersten Richtung zugewandt ist; und/oder wobei das hintere Gehäuse (510) eine Seitenfläche des Thermistors (530) umschließt.
     
    3. Elektronisches Gerät (400, 600) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Anordnungsraum (415; 615) des Thermistors (430; 630) zumindest durch Anordnen erster Strukturen (451, 452; 651, 652) an der Seitenfläche des Thermistors (430; 630) gesichert ist, und wobei eine erste Fläche der ersten Strukturen (451, 452; 651, 652) an wenigstens einem Abschnitt einer Fläche der zweiten Platine (420; 620) befestigt ist, die der zweiten Richtung zugewandt ist, und eine zweite Fläche davon an wenigstens einem Abschnitt einer Fläche des hinteren Gehäuses (410, 610) befestigt ist, die der ersten Richtung zugewandt ist.
     
    4. Elektronisches Gerät (400, 600) nach Anspruch 1, wobei, falls vorhanden, die ersten Strukturen (451, 452; 651, 652) aus einem Material bestehen, das eine Wärmeleitfähigkeit mit einem Referenzwert oder weniger aufweist.
     
    5. Elektronisches Gerät (400, 500, 600) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei in einem Bereich, in dem der Thermistor (430; 530; 630) angeordnet ist, ein Abstand zwischen dem hinteren Gehäuse (410, 510, 610) und der zweiten Platine (440, 540, 640) größer ist als eine Länge des Thermistors (430; 530; 630).
     
    6. Elektronisches Gerät (400, 500, 600) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, ferner umfassend:

    eine zweite Struktur (460; 560; 660), die zwischen dem hinteren Gehäuse (410, 510, 610) und dem Thermistor (430; 530; 630) angeordnet ist, wobei eine erste Fläche der zweiten Struktur (460; 560; 660) an wenigstens einem Abschnitt des Thermistors (430; 530; 630) befestigt ist, und wobei eine zweite Fläche der zweiten Struktur (460; 560; 660) an wenigstens einem Abschnitt des hinteren Gehäuses (410; 510; 610) befestigt ist,

    wobei die zweite Struktur (460; 560; 660) so konfiguriert ist, dass sie verhindert, dass der Thermistor (430; 530; 630) und das hintere Gehäuse (410; 510; 610) physisch und/oder elektrisch verbunden werden.


     
    7. Elektronisches Gerät (400, 500, 600) nach Anspruch 6, wobei die zweite Struktur (460; 560; 660) ein Isolator ist.
     
    8. Elektronisches Gerät (400, 500, 600) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die zweite Platine (440, 540, 640) wenigstens zwei Verbindungsabschnitte (421, 422; 521,522; 621, 622) für eine elektrische Verbindung mit der ersten Platine (420; 520; 620) umfasst.
     
    9. Elektronisches Gerät (400, 500, 600) nach Anspruch 1, das ferner eine Batterie umfasst, wobei der Thermistor (430; 530; 630) in einem Bereich angeordnet ist, in dem wenigstens ein Abschnitt der Batterie an einer Fläche der zweiten Platine (440, 540, 640) in der ersten Richtung angeordnet ist.
     
    10. Elektronisches Gerät (400, 500, 600) nach Anspruch 9,

    wobei wenigstens ein Abschnitt der ersten Platine (420, 520, 620) in wenigstens einem der ersten Richtung zugewandten Teilbereich der Fläche der zweiten Platine (440, 540, 640) angeordnet ist, und

    wobei wenigstens ein Abschnitt der Batterie, in wenigstens einem der ersten Richtung zugewandten Teilbereich der Fläche der zweiten Platine (440, 540, 640) angeordnet ist.


     


    Revendications

    1. Appareil électronique (400, 500, 600), comprenant :

    un boîtier comportant un boîtier arrière (410, 510, 610) ;

    une première carte électronique (420, 520, 620) disposée dans une première direction par rapport au boîtier arrière (410, 510, 610) du boîtier, au moins un processeur étant monté sur la première carte électronique (420, 520, 620) ;

    une deuxième carte électronique (440 ; 540 ; 640) disposée entre le boîtier arrière (410, 510, 610) et la première carte électronique (420, 520, 620) et reliée électriquement à la première carte électronique (420, 520, 620), la deuxième carte électronique (440, 540, 640) étant séparée spatialement du boîtier arrière (410, 510, 610) ; et

    une thermistance (430 ; 530 ; 630) montée sur la deuxième carte électronique (440, 540, 640), ladite thermistance (430 ; 530 ; 630) étant disposée sur une surface de la deuxième carte électronique (440, 540, 640) dans une deuxième direction orientée vers le boîtier arrière (410, 510, 610), la deuxième direction étant opposée à la première direction ;

    un espace de disposition (415 ; 515 ; 615) de la thermistance (430 ; 530 ; 630) étant assuré grâce à la formation au sein du boîtier arrière (410, 610) d'au moins une zone partielle, comportant une zone de disposition de la thermistance (430 ; 530), sous la forme d'une rainure, et/ou grâce à la disposition de première structures (451, 452 ; 651, 652) sur une surface latérale de la thermistance (430 ; 630), ledit espace de disposition (415 ; 515 ; 615) étant conçu pour bloquer la chaleur générée dans d'autres espaces adjacents de l'appareil électronique (400, 500, 600), lesdites premières structures (451, 452 ; 651, 652) étant conçues pour soutenir une pression dans la première direction et/ou la deuxième direction afin d'empêcher un choc physique et/ou pour bloquer la chaleur transférée depuis l'extérieur vers l'espace de disposition (415 ; 515 ; 615) ; et

    ledit au moins un processeur étant conçu pour recevoir un signal électrique en provenance de la thermistance (430 ; 530 ; 630) pour déterminer la température du boîtier.


     
    2. Appareil électronique (500) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'épaisseur du boîtier arrière (510) est suffisante pour assurer l'espace de disposition (515) de la thermistance (530) en formant simplement, au sein du boîtier arrière (510), au moins une zone partielle, comportant une zone de disposition de la thermistance (530), sous la forme d'une rainure, et dans lequel une surface de la deuxième carte électronique (540) tournée vers la deuxième direction est rattachée à une surface du boîtier arrière (510) tournée vers la première direction ; et/ou
    dans lequel le boîtier arrière (510) renferme une surface latérale de la thermistance (530).
     
    3. Appareil électronique (400, 600) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'espace de disposition (415 ; 615) de la thermistance (430 ; 630) est assuré au moins grâce à la disposition de premières structures (451, 452 ; 651, 652) sur la surface latérale de la thermistance (430 ; 630), et dans lequel une première surface des premières structures (451, 452 ; 651, 652) est rattachée à au moins une partie d'une surface de la deuxième carte électronique (420 ; 620) tournée vers la deuxième direction, et une deuxième surface de celles-ci est rattachée à au moins une partie d'une surface du boîtier arrière (410, 610) tournée vers la première direction.
     
    4. Appareil électronique (400, 600) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel, lorsqu'elles sont présentes, les premières structures (451, 452 ; 651, 652) sont réalisées dans un matériau présentant une conductivité thermique correspondant à une valeur de référence ou moins.
     
    5. Appareil électronique (400, 500, 600) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel, au niveau d'une zone dans laquelle la thermistance (430 ; 530 ; 630) est disposée, la distance entre le boîtier arrière (410, 510, 610) et la deuxième carte électronique (440, 540, 640) est supérieure à la longueur de la thermistance (430 ; 530 ; 630).
     
    6. Appareil électronique (400, 500, 600) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant en outre :

    une deuxième structure (460 ; 560 ; 660) disposée entre le boîtier arrière (410, 510, 610) et la thermistance (430 ; 530 ; 630), une première surface de la deuxième structure (460 ; 560 ; 660) étant rattachée à au moins une partie de la thermistance (430 ; 530 ; 630) et une deuxième surface de la deuxième structure (460 ; 560 ; 660) étant rattachée à au moins une partie du boîtier arrière (410; 510; 610),

    ladite deuxième structure (460 ; 560 ; 660) étant conçue pour empêcher la thermistance (430 ; 530 ; 630) et le boîtier arrière (410 ; 510 ; 610) d'être reliés physiquement et/ou électriquement.


     
    7. Appareil électronique (400, 500, 600) selon la revendication 6, dans lequel la deuxième structure (460 ; 560 ; 660) est un isolant.
     
    8. Appareil électronique (400, 500, 600) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la deuxième carte électronique (440, 540, 640) comprend au moins deux parties de liaison (421, 422 ; 521, 522 ; 621, 622) permettant une liaison électrique à la première carte électronique (420 ; 520 ; 620).
     
    9. Appareil électronique (400, 500, 600) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre une batterie, ladite thermistance (430 ; 530 ; 630) étant disposée au niveau d'une zone dans laquelle au moins une partie de la batterie est disposée au niveau d'une surface de la deuxième carte électronique (440, 540, 640) dans la première direction.
     
    10. Appareil électronique (400, 500, 600) selon la revendication 9,

    dans lequel au moins une partie de la première carte électronique (420, 520, 620) est disposée au niveau d'au moins une zone partielle de la surface de la deuxième carte électronique (440, 540, 640) tournée vers la première direction, et

    dans lequel au moins une partie de la batterie est disposée au niveau d'au moins une autre zone partielle de la surface de la deuxième carte électronique (440, 540, 640) tournée vers la première direction.


     




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