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Display device and manufacturing method thereof

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Title: Display device and manufacturing method thereof.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes a display, a circuit substrate, connector terminals, a first cover, a second cover, and a fastening member. The circuit substrate includes a first side and a second side adjacent to the first side, and overlaps a second face of the display. The connector terminals are disposed at a vicinity of each of the first side and the second side. The first cover includes a first opening exposing the connector terminals therethrough, and covers the second face. The second cover includes a linking portion and a noncircular through hole, and covers the first opening across the first side and the second side. The linking portion is positioned in between the first side and the second side. The fastening member is inserted through the through hole so as to fix the second cover, the circuit substrate, and the display. ...


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Inventor: Keisuke HARITA
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120039030 - Class: 36167901 (USPTO) - 02/16/12 - Class 361 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120039030, Display device and manufacturing method thereof.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is based upon and claims the benefit of priority from Japanese Patent Application No. 2010-180375, filed Aug. 11, 2010, the entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD

Embodiments described herein relate generally to a display device and a manufacturing method thereof.

BACKGROUND

Typically, display devices are known in which a connector is exposed through an opening formed on a rear face of a housing.

With regard to such display devices, there is a demand for reducing the time and efforts required during manufacturing even in the case when more than one connector is disposed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

A general architecture that implements the various features of the invention will now be described with reference to the drawings. The drawings and the associated descriptions are provided to illustrate embodiments of the invention and not to limit the scope of the invention.

FIG. 1 is an exemplary front view of a display device according to an embodiment;

FIG. 2 is an exemplary rear view of the display device in the embodiment;

FIG. 3 is an exemplary perspective view of a portion on a rear side of the display device in the embodiment;

FIG. 4 is an exemplary rear view of the display device with a rear cover removed therefrom, in the embodiment;

FIG. 5 is an exemplary plan view of a substrate and a side cover of the display device in the embodiment;

FIG. 6 is an exemplary plan view of the substrate of the display device in the embodiment;

FIG. 7 is an exemplary plan view of the side cover of the display device in the embodiment;

FIG. 8 is an exemplary perspective view of the side cover of the display device in the embodiment;

FIG. 9 is an exemplary perspective view of the side cover of the display device before being bent in the embodiment;

FIG. 10 is an exemplary perspective view of a portion at which a linking portion of the side cover of the display device is provided in the embodiment;

FIG. 11 is an exemplary cross-sectional view taken along the line XI-XI illustrated in FIG. 2, in the embodiment;

FIG. 12 is an exemplary perspective view of a portion at which a first fixing piece of the side cover of the display device is provided in the embodiment;

FIG. 13 is an exemplary perspective view of a portion at which a second fixing piece of the side cover of the display device is provided in the embodiment;

FIG. 14 is an exemplary perspective view of a portion at which a third fixing piece of the side cover of the display device is provided in the embodiment;

FIG. 15 is an exemplary cross-sectional view taken along the line XV-XV illustrated in FIG. 2, in the embodiment;

FIG. 16 is an exemplary plan view of the portion at which the first fixing piece of the side cover of the display device is provided in the embodiment;

FIG. 17 is an exemplary plan view of the portion at which the second fixing piece of the side cover of the display device is provided in the embodiment;

FIG. 18 is an exemplary perspective view of a portion of the side cover of the display device in the embodiment;

FIG. 19 is an exemplary perspective view of another portion of the side cover of the display device in the embodiment; and

FIGS. 20A to 20C are exemplary plan views illustrating a sequence of fixing the side cover to the substrate of the display device, and FIG. 20A is an exemplary plan view of only the substrate, FIG. 20B is an exemplary plan view of the substrate close to which a first facing portion of the side cover is disposed, and FIG. 20C is an exemplary plan vie of the substrate close to which the first facing portion and a second facing portion of the side cover is arranged.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

In general, according to one embodiment, a display device comprises a display, a circuit substrate, a plurality of connector terminals, a first cover, a second cover, and a fastening member. The display comprises a first face and a second face. The first face comprises a display screen. The second face is on an opposite side of the first face. The circuit substrate comprises a first side and a second side adjacent to the first side, and overlaps the second face of the display. The plurality of connector terminals are disposed at a vicinity of each of the first side and the second side of the circuit substrate. The first cover comprises a first opening exposing the connector terminals therethrough, and covers the second face. The second cover comprises a linking portion and a noncircular through hole, and covers the first opening across the first side and the second side of the circuit substrate. The linking portion is positioned in between the first side and the second side. The fastening member is inserted through the through hole of the second cover so as to fix the second cover, the circuit substrate, and the display.

An embodiment is described in detail below with reference to the accompanying drawings. For the sake of convenience in the following explanation, the directions are defined in the following manner. When viewed from the front of a display device 1, the leftward direction (or when viewed from behind, the rightward direction) is defined as the X direction, the upward direction is defined as the Y direction, and the depth direction (backward direction) is defined as the Z direction. In the accompanying drawings, arrows are illustrated to represent the abovementioned directions in the assembled state of the display device 1.

As illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2, the display device 1 according to the present embodiment comprises a main body 3 and a leg 4 that supports the main body 3. The main body 3 comprises a built-in display 2 such as a liquid crystal display (LCD).

The main body 3 comprises a front face 3a and a rear face 3b on an opposite side of the front face 3a. The main body 3 is configured to be thin in the front-back direction, is horizontally oblong in appearance when viewed from the front, and is formed in the shape of a flat rectangular parallelepiped. A front mask 5a that covers a front face 2a of the display 2 and that constitutes a housing 5 also comprises a rectangular opening 5b formed thereon. Through the opening 5b, the front face 2a comprising the display screen of the display 2 is exposed. In the present embodiment, the front face 2a comprising the display screen corresponds to a first face. A portion on the front face 2a exposed via the opening 5b is the display screen.

A rear cover 5c that covers a rear face 3b of the main body 3 and that constitutes the housing 5 also has an L-shaped depression 3c formed thereon from the left-side area in FIG. 2 to the lower-side area in FIG. 2. Moreover, as illustrated in FIG. 3, a bottom face 3d of the depression 3c and a top face 3e, which serves as a general surface of the rear face 3b, have a difference in their respective levels, and a plurality of slit-like openings 3f are formed therebetween. The openings 3f are formed to open in a direction along the bottom face 3d (rear face 3b) (in the present embodiment, formed to open either laterally or downwardly). Through the openings 3f are exposed a plurality of connector terminals 6. As is clear from FIGS. 2 and 4, the rear cover 5c covers a rear face 2b of the display 2. In the present embodiment, the rear face 2b of the display 2 corresponds to a second face and the rear cover 5c corresponds to a first cover. The openings 3f extend up to the bottom face 3d. Thus, interference between the rear cover 5c and the connector terminals 6 can be prevented when the rear cover 5c is mounted over the rear face 2b of the display 2.

As illustrated in FIG. 4, a circuit substrate 7 is fixed to a rear wall 2c, which constitutes the rear face 2b of the display 2, with screws 8 serving as fastening members. In the present embodiment, as illustrated in FIG. 6, the connector terminals 6 are disposed at a vicinity of and along a lower side 7a and a left-hand side 7b adjacent to the lower side 7a of the circuit substrate 7 positioned in the leftmost portion in FIG. 4. The examples of the connector terminals 6 include card sockets, universal serial buses (USBs), local area network (LAN) cable sockets, RCA terminals, D-terminals, S-terminals, DV terminals, radio frequency (RF) terminals, SCART terminals, serial digital interface (SDI) terminals, and audio pin terminals. The connector terminals 6 are exposed to the outside of the housing 5 through the openings 3f formed on the rear cover 5c. Meanwhile, the circuit substrate 7 comprises wiring patterns (not illustrated) designed using conductors and electronic components (not illustrated) other than the connector terminals 6 mounted thereon.

Herein, the connector terminals 6 are disposed at the vicinity of the lower side 7a and the left-hand side 7b of the circuit substrate 7, as illustrated in FIG. 6. Hence, in a configuration in which the connector terminals 6 are merely exposed through the slit-like openings 3f, the periphery of the circuit substrate 7 (in the present embodiment, the lower side 7a and the left-hand side 7b) is also exposed through the openings 3f together with the connector terminals 6. That mars the aesthetic appearance of the display device 1. Thus, in the present embodiment, a side cover 9 is disposed along the lower side 7a and the left-hand side 7b of the circuit substrate 7 as illustrated in FIG. 5. Thus, as illustrated in FIG. 3, the lower side 7a and the left-hand side 7b of the circuit substrate 7 is covered by the side cover 9. Therefore, the lower side 7a and the left-hand side 7b are prevented from being exposed to the outside through the openings 3f . Herein, the side cover 9 partially covers the openings 3f, and partially covers the lower side 7a and the left-hand side 7b of the circuit substrate 7 in a lateral fashion. In the present embodiment, the side cover 9 corresponds to a second cover and corresponds to a cover member. Moreover, in the present embodiment, the lower side 7a of the circuit substrate 7 corresponds to a first side and the left-hand side 7b of the circuit substrate 7 corresponds to a second side.

As illustrated in FIGS. 5, 7, and 8, the side cover 9 comprises a first portion 11, a second portion 12, and a linking portion 10. The first portion 11 is arranged along the lower side 7a of the circuit substrate 7. The second portion 12 is arranged along the left-hand side of the circuit substrate 7. The linking portion 10 links the first portion 11 and the second portion 12 with each other. Regarding the side cover 9 according to the present embodiment, since the first portion 11 and the second portion 12 are linked by the linking portion 10, a smaller number of components are required as compared to the case when a separate cover is mounted for each of the plurality of sides. That enables achieving reduction in the time and efforts during manufacturing.

The first portion 11 comprises a first facing portion 11a, a first bottom wall 11b, and a first top wall 11c. The first facing portion 11a opposes the lower side 7a of the circuit substrate 7, extends along the lower side 7a in a belt-like manner, and rises from the rear face 2b of the display 2. The first bottom wall 11b is connected to the first facing portion 11a at a side of the rear face 2b, and extends in a belt-like manner along the rear face 2b . The first top wall 11c is connected to the first facing portion 11a at a side opposite to the side of the rear face 2b, and extends in a belt-like manner parallel to the rear face 2b. Thus, due to the first facing portion 11a, the first bottom wall 11b, and the first top wall 11c that are mutually connected; the first portion 11 is formed to have an S-shaped cross-section.

The second portion 12 comprises a second facing portion 12a, a second bottom wall 12b, and a second top wall 12c. The second facing portion 12a opposes the left-hand side 7b of the circuit substrate 7, extends along the left-hand side 7b in a belt-like manner, and rises from the rear face 2b of the display 2. The second bottom wall 12b is connected to the second facing portion 12a at a side of the rear face 2b, and extends in a belt-like manner along the rear face 2b. The second top wall 12c is connected to the second facing portion 12a at a side opposite to the rear face 2b, and extends in a belt-like manner parallel to the rear face 2b. Thus, due to the second facing portion 12a, the second bottom wall 12b, and the second top wall 12c that are mutually connected, the second portion 12 is formed to have an S-shaped cross-section.

On the first facing portion 11a and on the second facing portion 12a that are formed as vertical walls, openings 13 are formed in such a way that the connector terminals 6 are exposed therethrough. Each of the openings 13 is provided to each of the connector terminals. Accordingly, the lower side 7a and the left-hand side 7b of the circuit substrate 7 are prevented from being exposed through the openings 13. In the present embodiment, the openings 13 correspond to second openings.

As illustrated in FIGS. 5, 8, and 10, the linking portion 10 links together the first portion 11 and the second portion 12 arranged along a direction so as to intersect each other (in the present embodiment, arranged along mutually perpendicular directions). As illustrated in FIG. 5, when fixed in accordance with the shape of the circuit substrate 7, the linking portion 10 is bent in an arc-like manner around the outside of a corner 7c formed between the lower side 7a and the left-hand side 7b of the circuit substrate 7.

As illustrated in FIG. 9, in the present embodiment, the linking portion 10 is not bent before installed in the display device 1. Accordingly, the first portion 11, the linking portion 10, and the second portion 12 are arranged in a linearly extended manner (in a rod-like manner). Thus, when the side cover 9 is transported from the manufacturing site thereof to the assembling site of the display device 1, the side cover 9 can be in the linear form (elongated form), as illustrated in FIG. 9. As compared to the bent form illustrated in FIG. 8, the elongated form makes it easier to stack a plurality of the side covers 9 in a more compact manner. This, according to the present embodiment, by keeping the side covers 9 in the elongated form upon manufacturing, transportation thereof becomes more efficient.

The linking portion 10 is bent before assembling the side cover 9 in the display device 1. In the present embodiment, the linking portion 10 is thinner than the first portion 11 and the second portion 12. More particularly, a width Wb (in the S direction) of the linking portion 10 is smaller than a width Wa (in the Z direction) of the first portion 11 and of the second portion 12. Besides, in contrast to the S-shaped cross-section of the first portion 11 and of the second portion 12, the linking portion 10 has a plate-like shape. Hence, the linking portion 10 has a lower resistance to bending than the first portion 11 and the second portion 12. Thus, by applying force to the first portion 11 and the second portion 12, the worker can bend the side cover 9 at the linking portion 10 and thus achieve the bent form of the side cover 9 in a relatively easy manner. For that reason, the linking portion 10 can be called a bending portion or an easily-deformable portion. Herein, in order to bend the linking portion 10 in a predetermined shape, the worker can press the linking portion 10 against a curved surface for pressing of a predetermined jig. Meanwhile, on the linking portion 10, at least a single folding line can be provided as a groove along the Z direction.

As illustrated in FIGS. 10 and 11, as compared to a top side 11d of the first facing portion 11a and a top side 12d of the second facing portion 12a positioned away from the rear face 2b of the display 2, the linking portion 10 is positioned closer to the rear face 2b. That makes it easier to prevent interference between a tilted portion 5d of the rear cover 5c and the linking portion 10. Thus, by avoiding interference with the linking portion 10, the tilted portion 5d (see FIG. 3) formed on the rear cover 5c enables achieving enhancement in the aesthetic appearance of the display device 1.

As illustrated in FIG. 8 and in FIGS. 12 to 14, the side cover 9 comprises a plurality of fixing pieces 14 each having a through hole 14a formed thereon. In the present embodiment, the fixing pieces 14 are disposed at three locations in all, namely, a location at an end of the first portion 11 away from the linking portion 10 (first fixing piece 14A), a location at a middle part of the second portion 12 (second fixing piece 14B), and a location at an end of the second portion 12 away from the linking portion 10 (third fixing piece 14C). In the present embodiment, as illustrated in FIG. 15, each screw 8 inserted into the through hole 14a of one of the fixing pieces 14 and into a through hole 7e formed on the circuit substrate 7, and is screwed into a screw hole 2e formed on a boss portion 2d disposed on the rear wall 2c of the display 2. As a result, the side cover 9 and the circuit substrate 7 is fixed to the display 2. Thus, in order to fix the side cover 9, the fixing configuration for the circuit substrate 7 (i.e., the fixing configuration comprising the screws 8 and the boss portions 2d) is used.

As illustrated in FIG. 15, each fixing piece 14 protrudes toward the circuit substrate 7 from the first facing portion 11a or the second facing portion 12a opposing an edge of the circuit substrate 7 (in the present embodiment, the lower side 7a or the left-hand side 7b), and is mounted on a top face 7d of the circuit substrate 7. Herein, although FIG. 15 illustrates the configuration of the second fixing piece 14B, the first fixing piece 14A and the third fixing piece 14C also have the same configuration.

Each fixing piece 14 is configured by cutting and raising the first facing portion 11a or the second facing portion 12a toward the circuit substrate 7. As a result, in an area on the first facing portion 11a or the second facing portion 12a which is closer to the rear face 2b than the fixing piece 14, a void portion 15 is formed adjacent to the boss portion 2d comprising the through hole 14a through which the screw 8 is inserted. Because of the void portion 15, the boss portion 2d is prevented from interfering with the first facing portion 11a or the second facing portion 12a. Moreover in such a configuration, since each fixing piece 14 is cut and raised from below to upward with respect to the top face 7d of the circuit substrate 7, the suppress strength due to the springback phenomenon acts on that fixing piece 14 in the direction in which the fixing piece 14 is pressed toward the top face 7d of the circuit substrate 7. Hence, such a configuration also makes it easier to maintain the relative positional relation between the circuit substrate 7 and the side cover 9. Meanwhile, each void portion 15 is covered by a side wall 5e of the rear cover 5c and is therefore not exposed.

At the leading end of each fixing piece 14, a warp portion 14b is formed with the tip thereof bent in a direction away from the top face 7d of the circuit substrate 7. When the side cover 2 is disposed along a periphery of the circuit substrate 7 (along the lower side 7a or the left-hand side 7b), the side cover 9 is brought close to the circuit substrate 7 in a lateral direction. Thus, because the warp portion 14b is formed at the leading end of each fixing piece 14, the fixing piece 14 can be prevented from being interfered by the circuit substrate 7. Therefore, it becomes possible to reduce difficulty in arranging the fixing piece 14 at the predetermined position.

The through hole 14a formed on each fixing piece 14 is larger in size than the outside diameter of the screws 8. Besides, in the present embodiment, as illustrated in FIGS. 16 and 17, some of the through holes 14a comprise one or more locking side portions 14c formed therein to restrict the side cover 9 from being out of position. The locking side portions 14c are formed as rectilinear edges so as to restrict the movement of the side cover 9 in the direction perpendicular to the locking side portions 14c. Thus, in the present embodiment, the through holes 14a are formed in noncircular by the locking side portions 14c, which increases accuracy in the positioning the side cover 9. As illustrated in FIG. 16, the through hole 14a formed on the first fixing piece 14A has a locking side portion 14c1 that restricts the downward movement of the side cover 9 when viewed from behind and has a locking side portion 14c2 that restricts the leftward movement of the side cover 9 when viewed from behind. Moreover, as illustrated in FIG. 17, the through hole 14a formed on the second fixing piece 14B has the locking side portion 14c2 that restricts the leftward movement of the side cover 9. Meanwhile, in the second fixing piece 14B, the side cover 9 is allowed to have positional degree of freedom in the direction along the left-hand side 7b of the circuit substrate 7. That eliminates the difficulty that may otherwise arise while fixing the corresponding screw 8.

Each of the locking side portions 14c restricts the lateral movement (in the present embodiment, downward movement or leftward movement when viewed from behind) of the side cover 9. For that reason, it becomes possible to prevent the side cover 9 from interfering with the tilted portion 5d or the side wall 5e (see FIG. 3) of the rear cover 5c.

As illustrated in FIG. 8, on the first top wall 11c and the second top wall 12c are respectively formed through holes 11e and 12e with the aim of avoiding interference with the screws 8, or tools, or the connector terminals 6. However, at the leading end side with respect to the portions having the through holes 11e and 12e formed thereon (i.e., on the distant side from the first facing portion 11a and the second facing portion 12a), no notches are formed but bridge members 11f and 12f are disposed that extend in the longitudinal direction. That enables preventing a decline in the tolerance at the portions having the through holes 11e and 12e formed thereon. Besides, when external force is applied to the side cover 9 for the purpose of bending it at the linking portion 10, it becomes possible to bend the linking portion 10 in a more reliable manner.



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Application #
US 20120039030 A1
Publish Date
02/16/2012
Document #
13116972
File Date
05/26/2011
USPTO Class
36167901
Other USPTO Classes
295921
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