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Publication numberUS3188509 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 8, 1965
Filing dateMay 29, 1961
Priority dateJul 15, 1960
Publication numberUS 3188509 A, US 3188509A, US-A-3188509, US3188509 A, US3188509A
InventorsBerg Dirk Arie Van Den
Original AssigneePhilips Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Glow-discharge digit lamp
US 3188509 A
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J1me 1965 D. A. VAN DEN BERG 3, 8 09 GLOW-DISCHARGE DIGIT LAMP Filed May 29, 1961 INVENTOR DIRK A.VAN DEN BERG BY 1 M 1E,

AGENT United States Patent 3,188,509 GLOW-DISCHARGE DIGIT LAMP Dirk Arie van den Berg, Eindhoven, Netherlands, assignor to North American Philips'Company, Inc., New York, N .Y., a corporation of Delaware Filed May 29, 1961, Ser. No. 113,188 Claims priority, applicatosr tlgiefither-lands, July 15, 1960, S 4 Claims. (Cl. 313-1095) The invention relates to a glow-discharge digit lamp in which ten cathode digits are arranged behind each other in parallel planes in two groups of five between which a screen is arranged, an anode being associated with each group of five and each individual digit of one group being connected with a digit of the other group.

The above-mentioned lamps are already known and the advantage is that with only eight supply pins one out of ten digits may be made visible at will, since two pins are required for the anodes, one pin for the screen and five pins for the five times two digits. In the known lamps, the cathode digits are arranged parallel to the bottom of the lamp. This entails fairly long connections between digits and supply pins.

For various applications, it is desirable to reproduce numbers up to about 20 with the aid of a digit lamp. However, the application of two digit lamps arranged side by side is fairly expensive, whilst moreover too much space would be occupied in the apparatus.

The invention has for its object to provide a simple construction which solves the problem concerned in a simpler manner.

In a glow-discharge digit lamp in which ten cathode digits are arranged behind each other in parallel planes in two groups of five between which a screen is arranged, an anode being associated with each group of five and each individual digit of one group being connected with a digit of the other group, according to the invention, the assembly of electrodes is arranged parallel to the axis of the lamp, the screen substantially passing through the axis of the lamp and having a larger extent than the remaining electrodes, whilst a cathode digit in the form of a 1 is arranged at the side of this screen or in an elongated aperture of the latter so that, when this 1 and one of the remaining ten digits luminesce, the numbers of from to 19 may be reproduced.

An additional supply pin is required for the additional digit, but lamp sockets with nine pins are very commonly used. Therefore, the requirement to reproduce the digits of from 0 to 19 may be satisfied in a simple manner. This additional digit is arranged so that it is adapted to luminesce both when the first and when the second electrode is switched on The connections between the supply pins and the digits may be short and the volume of the lamp is utilized satisfactorily. An application of this lamp is, for example, the indication of the channel switched on in a television receiver.

The invention will now be described more fully with reference to the accompanying drawing in which FIG. 1 is an elevation of a partly developed bulb of a lamp according to the invention,

FIG. 2 is a section parallel to the axis and at right angles to theelevation of FIG. 1, and

FIG. 3 is a section at right angles to the axis of the lamp.

In the figures, the cathode digits are designated by 1 to 10. Together with the anodes 12, the first of which tial applied between a cathode 'ice Patented June 8, 1965 is partly grid-shaped, the digits are stacked on enamelcoated pins 15 by means of ceramic spacers 16. The screen is designated by 14. In an aperture in the screen, an additional cathode digit 11 is arranged which has the form of a 1. The bottom of the lamp is denoted by 17 and the bulb by 13:. As is common practice in biquinary lamps, the screen voltage is half the anode voltage. The digits are pairwise connected with each other on the upper side.

What is claimed is:

p 1. A glow-discharge indicator tube comprising a gasfilled envelope having a transparent window, a stack of character-shaped cathode electrodes arranged in at least two groups, an anode associated with each group of cathodes whereby with a potential applied between a cathode of one group and the anode associated therewith a glow discharge appears at said cathode, and a separate character-shaped cathode electrode spaced from said stack and being positioned in glow-discharge relationship with the anode associated with each stack whereby with a potential applied thereto said cathode can glow.

2. A glow-discharge indicator tube comprising a gasfilled envelope having a transparent window, a stack of character-shaped cathode electrodes arranged in two groups of five cathodes, an anode associated with each group of cathodes whereby with a potential applied between a cathode of one group and the anode associated therewith a glow-discharge appears at said cathode, and a separate character-shaped cathode electrode spaced from said stack and positioned in glow-discharge relationship with the anode associated with each stack whereby with a potential applied thereto said cathode can glow.

3. A glow-discharge indicator tube comprising a gasfilled envelope having a transparent window, a stack of character-shaped cathode electrodes arranged in two groups of five cathodes, a screen electrode between the two groups of electrodes, an anode associated with each group of cathodes whereby with a potential applied between a cathode of one group and its associated anode a glow-discharge appears at said cathode, and a separate character-shaped cathode electrode spaced from said stack and in the plane of said screen and in glow-discharge relationship with the anode associated with each stack whereby with a potential applied thereto said cathode can glow.

, 4. A glow-discharge indicator tube comprising a gasfilled envelope having a transparent window, a stack of character-shaped cathode electrodes arranged in two groups of five cathodes each, a screen electrode separating said groups in said stack, each cathode of one group being connected to one cathode of the other group, an anode associated with each group whereby with a potenof one group and the anode associated therewith a glow-discharge appears at said cathode, and a separate character-shaped cathode electrode spaced from said stack and in the plane of said screen and in glow-discharge relationship with the anode associated with each stack whereby with a potential applied thereto said cathode can glow.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,906,906 9/59 McCauley et al 313-4095 GEORGE N. WESTBY, Primary Examiner. RALPH G. NILSON, Examiner.

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US2906906 *May 22, 1958Sep 29, 1959Burroughs CorpIndicator tubes
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US3229731 *Dec 18, 1963Jan 18, 1966Hilton Gerald WEnd and dowel sizer
US3265915 *Jan 4, 1963Aug 9, 1966Rca CorpCathode ray tube
US3358176 *Jul 19, 1965Dec 12, 1967Burroughs CorpMultiple cathode indicator tube having no obstruction in the form of support disks
US3517257 *Sep 25, 1967Jun 23, 1970Burroughs CorpIndicator tube for displaying a plurality of characters
US4448536 *Aug 9, 1982May 15, 1984Strong William AConcrete mixer device
Classifications
U.S. Classification313/521, D18/26, 313/589
International ClassificationH01J17/49
Cooperative ClassificationH01J2893/0069, H01J17/49
European ClassificationH01J17/49