CBM edge connectors pitch?

Brent Hilpert hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Thu Oct 13 14:56:54 CDT 2016

On 2016-Oct-13, at 10:39 AM, Jim Brain wrote:
> I thought the question about the prevalence of .156" connectors in early systems was interesting and I assume someone here has the detail on the rationale.
> Jim
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> Subject: 	CBM edge connectors pitch?
> Date: 	Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:31:47 +0200
> From: 	silverdr at wfmh.org.pl
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> Do we know what is the norm used in the CBM edge connectors? Like the IEEE, USER PORT or CASSETTE?
> I found out mentions that it uses a 0.156" pitch. Where the heck does that come from? Nothing "round" in either metric or imperial..
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The 0.156" is presumably the oldest PCB edge connector, I have an example in tube equipment going back to 1959.
Very common in all sorts of equipment through the 60s and 70s.

As Tony suggests, it matches up with 5/32" spacing, just as 0.125 is 1/8".
Where the rounding of the 1/4 thou (0.00025) took place - in the name or the implementation - I'm not sure.

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