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EP1526902B1
EP1526902B1 EP20030790694 EP03790694A EP1526902B1 EP 1526902 B1 EP1526902 B1 EP 1526902B1 EP 20030790694 EP20030790694 EP 20030790694 EP 03790694 A EP03790694 A EP 03790694A EP 1526902 B1 EP1526902 B1 EP 1526902B1
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Walter Fix
Axel Gerlt
Andreas Ullmann
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According to the invention, an electronic device, in particular a games device may carry out a number of differing functions, in particular games functions, in a simple and economical manner, whereby the device comprises a main module (1) and at least one sub-module (2) which may be plugged into the above. The sub-module (2) comprises a circuit (13), which, in cooperation with a further circuit (5) in the main module (1), trains the device to carry out a function specific for each sub-module (2) and whereby the circuit (13) in the at least one sub-module (2) is embodied as an organic circuit. The sub-module (2) may be selected from a number of different types of sub-modules each with different circuits for different functions.

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  • Elektronische Geräte, beilspielsweise Spielgeräte, erlauben in Abhängigkeit von einer in ihnen enthaltenen Funktionslogik (Spielelogik), die Ausübung von Funktionen (Spielen), wobei die Funktion (Spiel) über Eingabemittel beeinflusst, im einfachsten Fall ein- und ausgeschaltet werden kann und in Verbindung mit der Funktionsausübung auftretende Informationen (Spielinformationen, wie z. B. Spielstände, Spielerfolge oder -niederlagen) über Anzeigemittel optisch und/oder akustisch angezeigt werden können. Electronic devices, beilspielsweise play area, permit depending on a contained therein function logic (Logical games), the exercise of functions (games), the function (play) influenced by input means, one in the simplest case can be turned on and in connection with occurring function exercise information (game information, such as. for example, scores, game achievements or -niederlagen) on display means visually and / or acoustically can be displayed. Die Funktionslogik kann als Hardware und/oder Software in dem Gerät implementiert sein. The function logic can be implemented in hardware and / or software in the device.
  • Wie aus dem As from the bekannt ist, eröffnen seit einiger Zeit leitende oder halbleitende Kunststoffe einen Weg zur billigen Massenfertigung von elektronischen Bauelementen und Schaltungen. is known conductive or semiconductive plastics open up a path to cheap mass production of electronic components and circuits for some time. Beispiele dafür sind Folienbatterien, organische Solarzellen, Displays aus organischen Leuchtdioden (OLEDs) und integrierte Schaltungen aus (halb)leitenden organischen Materialien, wie z. Examples thereof are thin-film batteries, organic solar cells, displays, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and integrated circuits (semi) conductive organic materials such. B. Polymeren (Integrated Plasic Circuits = IPCs). B. polymers (Integrated plasic Circuits = IPCs). Für diese neue Technik werden Begriffe wie organische Elektronik, Polymerelektronik, Polytronik, Electronic Plastics oder Conductive Polymers oft synonym verwendet. Terms such as organic electronics, polymer electronics, polytronics, Electronic Plastics or Conductive Polymers are often used interchangeably for this new technology. Dabei muss nicht das komplette Bauelement oder die komplette Schaltung aus organischen Materialien bestehen, sondern es reicht aus, dass die für die Funktion entscheidenden Teile aus dem leitenden oder halbleitenden organischem Material bestehen. Not must be the complete component or the complete circuit of organic materials, but it is sufficient that the decisive for the functional parts of the conductive or semi-conductive organic material.
  • Siehe and see and US-A-6 083 104 US-A-6,083,104 . ,
  • Der Erfindung liegt die Aufgabe zugrunde, ein elektronisches Gerät anzugeben, dass auf sehr einfache und preiswerte Weise die Ausführung einer Vielzahl von unterschiedlichen Funktionen ermöglicht. The object of the invention is of providing an electronic device that a very simple and cheap way allows you to run a variety of different functions.
  • Gemäß der Erfindung wird die Aufgabe durch ein elektronisches Gerät gelöst, das aus einem Hauptmodul und mindestens einem an diesem ansteckbaren Untermodul besteht, wobei das Untermodul eine Schaltung enthält, die im Zusammenwirken mit einer weiteren Schaltung in dem Hauptmodul das Gerät zur Ausübung einer für das jeweilige Untermodul spezifischen Funktion ertüchtigt, und wobei die Schaltung in dem mindestens einen Untermodul als organische Schaltung ausgebildet ist. According to the invention the object is achieved by an electronic device which consists of a main module and at least one at this attachable sub-module, wherein the sub-module contains a circuit which the device for exerting a respective in cooperation with a further circuit in the main module for the upgraded sub-module-specific function, and wherein the circuit is formed as an organic circuit in the at least one sub-module.
  • Bei dem erfindungsgemäßen Gerät handelt es sich vorzugsweise um ein Spielgerät, wobei die Funktion eine Spielfunktion ist. In the inventive device is preferably a gaming device, wherein the function is a game function.
  • Der wesentliche Vorteil des erfindungsgemäßen elektronischen Geräts besteht darin, dass je nach an dem Hauptmodul angesteckten Untermodul unterschiedliche Funktionen des Geräts realisiert werden können, wobei das Untermodul dadurch, dass seine Schaltung als organische Schaltung ausgebildet ist, als Massenartikel sehr preiswert herstellbar ist. The main advantage of the electronic device according to the invention is that different functions of the device can be realized depending on the infected to the main module sub-module, wherein the sub-module in that its circuit is formed as an organic circuit as a mass article is very inexpensive to produce. Das Untermodul ist dabei aus einer Vielzahl von unterschiedlichen Typen von Untermodulen mit jeweils unterschiedlichen Schaltungen für unterschiedliche Funktionen auswählbar. The sub-module is selectable from a plurality of different types of sub-modules having respectively different circuits for different functions. In diesem Zusammenhang ist das Untermodul selbst vorzugsweise als Plastikkarte oder -folie ausgebildet, auf der die Schaltung beispielsweise in einer Drucktechnik, z. In this regard, the sub-module itself is preferably formed as a plastic card or film, on which the circuit for example in a printing technique such. B. unter Verwendung von Polymeren in Lösung (sog. elektronische Tinte), realisiert ist. is for example using polymers in solution (so-called. electronic ink) is realized. Die Plastikkarte und insbesondere die Plastikfolie kann daher als billigst herstellbarer Massenartikel unterschiedlichen Verkaufsprodukten, wie z. Therefore, the plastic card and especially the plastic film can be used as cheaply producible mass-produced different sales products such. B. Zeitschriften, Lebensmittelverpackungen, Überraschungseiern usw., mit immer wieder neuen Funktionen kostenlos zugegeben werden. As magazines, food packaging, Surprise eggs, etc., are added with constant new features for free. Unter Funktionen, wie z. Under functions such. B. Spielfunktionen, sind hier sowohl komplette eigenständige Funktionen, beispielsweise komplette Spiele, als auch Funktionsteile, wie z. B. game features both a complete stand-alone functions, such as complete games, as well as functional parts such here. B. Teile eines Spiels, oder Funktionsvarianten, wie z. As part of a game, or functional variants such. B. Varianten eines Spiels, zu verstehen. to understand as variants of a game. So können beispielsweise an einem Spielzeugraumschiff als Hauptmodul mehrere unterschiedliche Untermodule angesteckt werden, die unterschiedliche Spielfunktionen wie z. So several different sub-modules can be attached for example on a toy spaceship as the main module, different game features such. B. Schutzschildfunktion, Angriffswaffen, Raumschiffantrieb, Bordenergieversorgung realisieren. B. shield function, assault weapons, spacecraft propulsion, realize on-board power supply. Das Anstecken des Untermoduls an das Hauptmodul beinhaltet allgemein das Befestigen, z. Plugging of the sub module to the main module generally involves attaching such. B. auch Aufkleben, des Untermoduls an dem Hauptmodul, wobei die beiden Schaltungen entweder kontaktgebunden, beispielsweise über einen Steckverbinder, oder kontaktlos, beispielsweise über eine Transponderfunktion, z. As well as adhesive bonding, the sub-module on the main module, wherein the two circuits either contact-bonded, for example, through a connector, or contact, for example via a transponder function, z. B. Radio Frequency Identification = RFID, oder optisch, z. B. Radio Frequency Identification = RFID, or optical, eg. B. mit einem Leuchtelement und einem Lichtdetektor, miteinander kommunizieren. Example, with a light-emitting element and a light detector, communicate with each other.
  • Um die Untermodule zum Sammeln oder Tauschen attraktiv zu machen, kann in vorteilhafter Weise vorgesehen werden, dass an dem Hauptmodul mindestens zwei Untermodule ansteckbar sind, welche aus einer Vielzahl von unterschiedlichen Typen von Untermodulen mit jeweils unterschiedlichen Schaltungen auswählbar sind, wobei nur bei vorgegebenen Kombinationen von Typen von Untermodulen deren Schaltungen im Zusammenwirken mit der weiteren Schaltung in dem Hauptmodul das Gerät zur Ausübung einer für die jeweilige Kombinationen von Typen von Untermodulen spezifischen Funktion ertüchtigen. To make the sub-modules attractive for collecting or exchange, can be provided in an advantageous manner that at least two sub-modules can be plugged to said main module, which can be selected, each with different circuits from a wide variety of different types of sub-modules, wherein only predetermined combinations of toughen types of sub-modules which circuits in cooperation with the further circuit in the main module, the device for applying a specific for the respective combinations of types of sub-modules function. So können beispielsweise zwei Spieler nur dann gemeinsam mit dem erfindungsgemäßen Spielgerät eine bestimmte Spielfunktion ausüben, wenn die sich im Besitz der Spieler befindenden Untermodule in Kombination dies zulassen. For example, two players can practice a specific game function only together with the inventive gaming machine when the that are available in the possession of the players sub-modules allow in combination so.
  • Als billiges Massenprodukt sind die Untermodule vorzugsweise als Wegwerfware konzipiert, wozu eine der beiden Schaltungen in dem Untermodul bzw. Hauptmodul Abschaltmittel aufweist, die die Benutzung des Untermoduls an dem Hauptmodul erfassen und nach Überschreiten eines vorgegebenen Benutzungsumfangs das weitere Zusammenwirken beider Schaltungen dauerhaft verhindern. As a cheap mass-produced the sub-modules are preferably designed as a disposable product, for which purpose one of the two circuits has in the sub-module or the main module shut-off means which detect the use of the sub module to the main module and permanently prevent the further cooperation of the two circuits after exceeding a predetermined usage circumference. Im einfachsten Fall erfolgt die Abschaltung in dem Untermodul, indem dessen Schaltung beispielsweise durch Ändern einer funktionsrelevanten Bitinformation verändert oder an einer funktionsrelevanten Stelle zerstört wird. In the simplest case, the cut-off in the sub-module is carried out by the circuit is changed, for example by changing a functionally relevant bit information or destroyed in a functionally relevant point. Das Verhindern des weiteren Zusammenwirkens beider Schaltungen in dem Haupt- und Untermodul kann nach einmaliger oder mehrmaliger Benutzung erfolgen. The prevention of the further interaction of both circuits in the main and sub-module can be effected by single or multiple use. Dabei sind die Abschaltmittel zur Erfassung des Benutzungsumfangs des Untermoduls vorzugsweise zur Überwachung des Verlaufs der ausgeübten Funktion, z. Here, the cut-off means for detecting the use of the periphery of the sub-module preferably for monitoring the progression of the applied function, z. B. des Spielverlaufs, ausgebildet, wobei in Abhängigkeit vom Spielstand, nach einer vorgegebenen Anzahl von Spielzügen oder Aktionen des Spielers oder nach einer vorgegebenen Anzahl von gespielten, gewonnenen oder verlorenen Spielen die weitere Benutzung des Untermoduls unmöglich gemacht wird. B. course of the game is formed, the further use of the sub-module is made impossible in response to the game, after a predetermined number of moves or actions of the player, or after a predetermined number of played, won or lost games.
  • Die von dem Gerät ausübbaren Funktionen können als Funktionslogik in der Schaltung des Hauptmoduls implementiert sein, wobei die Schaltung in dem Untermodul Freischaltmittel zur Freischaltung der jeweiligen spezifischen Funktion in dem Hauptmodul aufweist. The exercisable by the device functions may be implemented as a function of logic in the circuit of the main module, the circuit comprising in the sub-module activation means for enabling the respective specific function in the main module. Ergänzend oder alternativ kann die Schaltung in dem Untermodul eine Zusatzlogik enthalten, die zusammen mit einer in dem Hauptmodul enthaltenen Funktionslogik die Ausübung der jeweiligen Funktion ermöglicht. Additionally or alternatively, the circuit may include an additional logic in the sub-module, that allows along with a contained in the main module function logic exercising the respective function. Zusatzlogik und Funktionslogik können dabei hard- und/oder softwaremäßig in den jeweiligen Schaltungen des Haupt- und Untermoduls implementiert sein. Additional logic and functional logic can thereby be hardware and / or software implemented in the respective circuits of the main and sub-module.
  • Zur Beeinflussung der von dem erfindungsgemäßen Gerät ausgeübten Funktion und/oder zur Anzeige von in Verbindung mit der Funktionsausübung auftretenden Informationen weist das mindestens eine Untermodul vorzugsweise Eingabemittel, beispielsweise einen Druckschalter oder -sensor, und/oder Anzeigemittel, wie z. In order to influence the function and / or exerted by the inventive apparatus for displaying in conjunction with the function exercise information occurring, the at least one sub-module preferably input means such as a pressure switch or sensor, and / or display means such. B. eine organischen Leuchtdiode, ein elektrochromes Element oder ein elektrolumineszierendes Element, auf. B. an organic light emitting device, an electrochromic element or an electroluminescent element on.
  • Zur weiteren Erläuterung der Erfindung wird im Folgenden auf die Figuren der Zeichnung Bezug genommen; To further illustrate the invention, reference is made below to the figures of the drawing; im Einzelnen zeigen In detail
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    ein Ausführungsbeispiel des erfindungsgemäßen Geräts in Form eines Spielgerätes und An embodiment of the device according to the invention in the form of a game device and
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    ein weiteres Ausführungsbeispiel des erfindungsgemäßen Gerätes mit mehreren Untermodulen. a further embodiment of the device according to the invention with a plurality of sub-modules.
  • Figur 1 Figure 1 zeigt in Form eines vereinfachten Blockschaltbildes das aus einem Hauptmodul 1 und mindestens einem Untermodul 2 bestehende elektronische Spielgerät. shows the existing of a main module 1 and at least one sub-module 2 electronic game machine in the form of a simplified block diagram. Wie gestrichelt angedeutet ist, kann das Hauptmodul 1 ggf. zur Verwendung mit weiteren Untermodulen 3 ausgebildet sein. As indicated by dashed lines, the main module 1 may optionally be adapted for use with other sub-modules. 3
  • Das Hauptmodul 1 enthält eine aus einer Stromversorung 4, z. The main module 1 includes one of a supply of power 4, z. B. einer Batterie oder Solarzelle, gespeiste Schaltung 5 mit der die hard- und/oder softwaremäßig eine Funktionslogik, hier eine Spielelogik, realisiert ist. As a battery or solar cell powered circuit 5 with, is realized the hardware and / or software function logic here a game logic. An der Schaltung 5 sind Eingabemittel 6, z. are attached to the circuit 5 input means 6, for example. B. Taster oder Sensoren (z. B. für Temperatur oder Licht), zur Spielbeeinflussung und Anzeigemittel 7, hier beispielsweise ein Lautsprecher 8, eine Lampe 9 und ein Display 10 zur akustischen bzw. optischen Anzeige von Spielinformationen angeschlossen. As push buttons or sensors (eg. For example, for temperature or light), the game manipulation and display means 7, here for example, a speaker 8, a lamp 9, and a display 10 for acoustic or optical display of game information connected. Ferner verfügt die Schaltung 5 über ein Verbindungsteil 11, z. Further, the circuit has 5 via a connection part 11, z. B. ein Steckerteil oder ein induktiver Aufnehmer, zum elektrischen Anschluss des Untermoduls 2 und ggf. weitere Verbindungsteile 12 für die weiteren Untermodule 3. As a plug part or an inductive transducer, for the electrical connection of the sub-module 2 and any further connecting portions 12 for the other sub-modules. 3
  • Das Untermodul 2 enthält ebenfalls eine Schaltung 13 mit daran angeschlossenen Eingabemitteln 14 zur Spielbeeinflussung und Anzeigemitteln 15 zur Anzeige von Spielinformationen sowie mit einem Verbindungsteil 16 zum Anschluss an das Verbindungsteil 11 des Hauptmoduls 1. Der Aufbau der weiteren Untermodule 3 entspricht dem des Untermoduls 2. Die Schaltung 13 des Untermoduls 2 enthält eine hard- und ggf. softwaremäßig realisierte Zusatzlogik, die zusammen mit der in dem Hauptmodul 1 enthaltenen Spielelogik die Ausübung einer für das jeweilige Untermodul spezifischen Spielfunktion ermöglicht. The sub-module 2 also includes a circuit 13 with connected input means 14 to the game manipulation and display means 15 for displaying game information, as well as with a connecting part 16 for connection to the connecting part 11 of the main module 1. The structure of the other sub-modules 3 corresponding to the sub-module 2. The circuit 13 of the sub-module 2 includes a hardware and possibly software-implemented additional logic that enables together with the information contained in the main module 1 Games logic exercising a specific for the respective sub-module game function. Die Schaltung 13 des Untermoduls 2 enthält ferner Abschaltmittel 17 die die Benutzung des Untermoduls 2 an dem Hauptmodul 1 erfassen und nach Überschreiten eines vorgegebenen Benutzungsumfangs das weitere Zusammenwirken beider Schaltungen 5 und 13 dauerhaft verhindern. The circuit 13 of the sub-module 2 further includes shut-off means 17 which detect the use of the sub-module 2 to the main module 1 and 5 and 13 permanently prevent the further cooperation of the two circuits after exceeding a predetermined usage circumference. Die Abschaltmittel 17 bestehen hier in Form einer für das Funktionieren der Schaltung 13 erforderlichen Teillogik, z. The shut-off means 17 consist here in the form of a time required for the functioning of the circuit 13, part logic, z. B. eine bestimmte Bitkombination, die während des Spielverlaufs, beispielsweise nach Ablauf einer vorgegebenen Anzahl von Spielen, durch die Schaltung des Hauptmoduls 1 dauerhaft verändert, z. As a specific bit combination, which permanently changed during the game, for example, after a predetermined number of games by the circuit of the main module 1, z. B. durch Stromfluss zerstört wird. B. is destroyed by current flow. Anschließend ist das Untermodul 1 nicht mehr zu gebrauchen. Then, the sub-module 1 is no longer usable.
  • Die Schaltung 5 in dem Hauptmodul 1 übernimmt die Hauptarbeit bei der Ausführung der Spielefunktion, während die Schaltung in dem Untermodul 2 nur geringe, aber für den Spielablauf unabdingbare Aufgaben wahrnimmt. The circuit 5 in the master module 1 takes on the main work in the execution of the game function, while the circuit performs in the sub-module 2 only small, but essential for the game progress tasks. Dementsprechend ist die Schaltung 5 des Hauptmoduls 1 vergleichsweise komplex und typischerweise in herkömmlicher Siliziumtechnologie realisiert. Accordingly, the circuit 5 of the main module 1 is relatively complex and typically realized in conventional silicon technology. Die vergleichsweise einfache Schaltung 13 und die Eingabe- und Anzeigemittel 14 und 15 des Untermoduls 2 sind dagegen in Polymerelektronik, hier als IPC und OLED, realisiert, wobei das Untermodul 2 selbst als Plastikkarte oder -folie ausgebildet ist. In contrast, the relatively simple circuit 13 and the input and display means 14 and 15 of the sub-module 2 are in polymer electronics, here realized as IPC and OLED, wherein the sub-module 2 itself is designed as a plastic card or sheet.
  • Figur 2 Figure 2 zeigt ein als Spielzeugraumschiff ausgebildetes Hauptmodul 19, an das an unterschiedlichen Stellen vier unterschiedliche Typen von Untermodulen 20, 21, 22 und 23 mit jeweils unterschiedlichen Schaltungen ansteckbar sind. is designed as a toy ship main module 19, to the different at different locations, four types of sub-modules 20, 21, 22 and 23 are plugged with respectively different circuits. Jedes der Untermodule 20, 21, 22 und 23 übernimmt im Zusammenwirken mit der Schaltung in dem Hauptmodul 19 eine Teilfunktion, wie z. Each of the sub-modules 20, 21, 22 and 23 shall, in cooperation with the circuit in the main module 19 is a partial function such. B. Schutzschildfunktion, Angriffswaffen, Raumschiffantrieb und Bordenergieversorgung im Rahmen einer Gesamtspielfunktion. B. shield function, assault weapons, spacecraft propulsion and on-board power supply in the context of an overall game function. Die Teilfunktionen können unabhängig voneinander sein, so dass das Spiel auch nur mit einem Untermodul, z. The sub-functions may be independent of one another, so that the game even with only one sub-module, z. B. 21, dann aber in beschränktem Umfang, ausgeführt werden kann, oder die Teilfunktionen können voneinander abhängig sein, so dass nur dann ein Spiel möglich ist, wenn man im Besitz von mindestens zwei, drei oder allen vier zueinander passenden Typen von Untermodulen ist. B. 21, but then can be performed to a limited extent, or the part of functions can be mutually dependent, so that only then a match is possible if you are in the possession of at least two, three or all four mating types of sub-modules. Mit einer anderen Kombination von zueinander passenden Untermodulen ist eine andere Spielvariante mit demselben Hauptmodul 19 möglich. With a different combination of matching sub-modules another variant of the game is possible with the same main module 19th Andere Typen von Untermodulen können für das hier gezeigte Spielzeugraumschiff 19 unbrauchbar sein, aber für andere Typen von Spielgeräten geeignet sein. Other types of sub-modules may be useless for the one shown here toy spaceship 19, but be suitable for other types of play equipment.
  • Anstelle der hier beispielsweise dargestellten Spielgeräte sind auch andere elektronische Geräte, beispielsweise Kommunikationsgeräte oder medizinische Geräte, denkbar, wobei die Untermodule das jeweilige Hauptmodul zur Ausübung von unterschiedlichen Kommunikationsfunktionen oder patientenbezogenen Diagnosefunktionen ertüchtigen. Instead of the example shown here, game devices, other electronic devices, such as communication devices, and medical devices, are also conceivable, wherein the sub-modules toughen the respective main module for the practice of different communication functions or patient-related diagnostic functions.

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  1. Electronic device comprising a main module (1) and at least one sub-module (2) that can be plugged onto the latter, wherein the sub-module (2) contains a circuit (13) which, in cooperation with a further circuit (5) in the main module (1), enhances the device for performing a function specific to the respective sub-module (2), wherein the circuit (13) in the at least one sub-module (2) is formed as an organic circuit and the sub-module (2, 3; 20, 21, 22, 23) is formed as a plastic card, in particular as a plastic film, wherein one of the two circuits (13, 5) in the sub-module (2) and the main module (1), respectively, has switch-off means (17) which detect the use of the sub-module (2) on the main module (1) and permanently prevent the further cooperation of the two circuits (13, 5) after a predetermined extent of use has been exceeded.
  2. Electronic device according to Claim 1, characterized in that the device is a games device and the function is a game function.
  3. Electronic device according to Claim 1 or 2, characterized in that at least two sub-modules (20, 21, 22, 23) can be plugged onto the main module (19), which sub-modules can be selected from a multiplicity of different types of sub-modules having respectively different circuits, wherein it is only in the case of predetermined combinations of types of sub-modules (20, 21, 22, 23) that the circuit thereof, in cooperation with the further circuit in the main module (19) enhance the device for performing a function specific to the respective combinations of types of sub-modules (20, 21, 22, 23).
  4. Electronic device according to any of Claims 1, 2 or 3, characterized in that the switch-off means (17) are designed to monitor the progress of the function performed, in order to detect the extent of use of the sub-module (2).
  5. Electronic device according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the circuit (13) in the sub-module (2) has enable means for enabling the respective specific function in the main module (1).
  6. Electronic device according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the circuit (13) in the sub-module (2) contains an additional logic which, together with a function logic contained in the' main module (1) permits the respective function to be performed.
  7. Electronic device according to any of the preceding claims,' characterized in that the sub-module (2) has input means (14) and/or display means (15) for influencing the function or display of items of information appearing in connection with performance of the function.
  8. Electronic device according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the switch-off is effected in the sub-module (2), wherein the circuit thereof is altered by a functionally relevant bit information item being changed.
  9. Electronic device according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the switch-off is effected in the sub-module (2), wherein the circuit thereof is destroyed at a functionally relevant location.
  10. Electronic device according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the switch-off is effected after multiple use.
  11. Electronic device according to any of the' preceding claims, characterized in that the switch-off is effected after single use.
  12. Electronic device according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the switch-off is effected depending on the progress of the function performed.
  13. Electronic device according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that switch-off is effected in the main module (1).
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