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SRC Receives Patent for Novel Backplane Installation Technique

July 2, 2013

Syracuse, NY – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued SRC, Inc. a patent for the “Circuit Board Chassis and Method Including Sidewall Aperture and Backplane Insertion Slots for Side Assembled Backplane.” This invention provides an enhancement to a traditional backplane and chassis design which reduces the chassis size, eliminates dozens of fasteners, and provides a more rugged installation method.

“This patent demonstrates SRC’s continual focus on innovation,” said Paul G. Tremont, president of SRC. “We’re proud to give our employees the opportunities and freedom to try new things and pursue ideas that lead to patents such as this.”

The inventor for this patent is Mike Fowler (headshot), technical area manager for ground radar programs. Backplanes are typically large circuit boards that numerous other circuit cards plug into, allowing the cards to communicate with one another. They are usually installed with dozens of screws and washers, which require labor to install and are easy to lose. This invention replaces those fasteners with a pair of wedge-locking card retainers, allowing the backplane to slide into a simple slot in the chassis; each retainer has a single screw which clamps the backplane rigidly in place. This novel design reduces the parts count and installation labor, reduces the width of the backplane and chassis by eliminating the space reserved for fasteners, adds rigidity to the backplane, and can aid in heat transfer to the chassis walls. It is a simple but effective enhancement to existing backplane and chassis design.

About SRC, Inc.

SRC, Inc. formerly Syracuse Research Corporation, is a not-for-profit research and development company with more than 55 years of experience in defense, environment and intelligence. Through innovation in science, technology and information, SRC is redefining possible® – helping keep America safe and strong. The company works with the customer for the best solution – not the bottom line – resulting in nationally significant, next-generation products and services.

SRC has been recognized as a “best company to work for” in New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia and nationally by FORTUNE magazine. The company employs more than 1,000 people in 15 offices throughout Colorado, Maine, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. For more information, visit

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