Mary Gannon released an article on Connector Tips discussing the new announcement of the new type of push and pull interconnect series PL for industrial and medical applications. These ITT Cannon interconnects are plastic and are considered high performance.


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The new PCI Express 4.0 spec running at 16 Gbps per lane is being supported by the 2nd generation Optical Copper (Cu) Link interconnect system for inside and outside the box. Molex’s Nano Pitch connector and cable assembly system was selected by the PCI-SIG committee and is the option for the newly developing SAS 4.0 spec 24 Gbps per lane performance storage links. Internal cable assemblies, PCB receptacle connectors, shielded external cable assemblies and port receptacle connectors are nearing the final design and business case inputs by suppliers of tooling development. Some suppliers are expected to design their connector product to be able to support the next generation of PCI Express 5.0 which is running at 32 Gbps per lane for future proofing and reduction of development costs within the next few years.


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Connect and Cable Assembly Supplier released an article March 30th, 2016 talking about what we need to know about the USB Type C. It was Lynnette Reese from Mouser Electronics that has given us this information.


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Kestrel Engineering Ltd recently released a new device, known as the Saf-Deflat-Aer Screw-On, which can be very useful in reducing noise levels when deflating aircraft wheels. The device is meant to reduce noise levels by more than 20 A-Weighted decibels and this is a huge reduction in noise levels considering the noise emitted during wheel deflation. For example, the wheel of a Boeing 747 which has been inflated to 195 psi is deflated by removing the valve core. This can result ear shattering noise levels of up to 117 A-Weighted decibels. This levels are very unsafe and very high according to current international safety standards.


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Researchers at Rice University are developing a carbon nanotube coating that will drastically reduce the weight of coaxial cables. This new development could cut the weight of the cables in half. Aerospace and military users will see this as a huge weight off the users’ shoulders if the things were no longer so heavy. Despite their usefulness, one of the most common complaints about them over the years was how bulky they were.


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Gore Aerospace Cables recently made an announcement about the release of a new family of high speed data cables for civil aerospace use. This family of cables was developed as a response to passenger demands and advancements in modern airborne digital networks. They will be used to address the aerospace industry’s aircraft data needs which are usually made up of passenger in-flight entertainment and aircraft electronic systems.  These new cables will help reduce maintenance downtime and operating costs while delivering excellent signal integrity for high-speed data transmissions of up to 10 gigabits.


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ITT Cannon a brand of ITT Corporation recently received EN3645 certification for its composite and aluminum D38999 connectors. These connectors will be part of the Circular Series III connectors produced by ITT Cannon and are certified under MIL-DTL-38999 in the United States.


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AT&T is ready to invest $3 billion towards expanding its Iusacell network in Mexico, in hopes of providing the same mobile services they do in the United States. Their plan is to have the network reach 40 million people by the end of this year, 75 million by 2016, and 100 million by 2018. Mexico’s current population is 122.3 million.


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A cash sum of USD$190 million has been paid by TE Connectivity to acquire AdvancedCath in a deal that was announced this Wednesday. AdvancedCath is one of the top sources of advanced catheter systems, predicting revenues of approximately USD$60 million for the upcoming year. They are leading the way with their best-in-class technologies and industry-leading experience in the lifesaving therapy field.


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Founded in 1987, Mencom Corporation is an American electrical connector manufacturer. Specializing in industrial requirements, Mencom sells custom made and off the shelf products to consumers, businesses, and Original Equipment Manufacturers alike. The company is headquartered in Oakwood, Georgia and is the North American Master Distributor for ILME rectangular connectors.


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