On November 10, 2014, the electronic connector manufacturer, FCI, introduced a new wire to board connector. The new product is under the Griplet line of connectors and is a described as a miniature low profile and compact IDC terminal. The small IDC wire to board design was designed to be ideal for small and tight spaces while providing easy installation to the user. The connector has a height of only 3.7mm with a footprint of only 4.0mm x 6.1 mm. Another feature of the design is a stackable pitch of up to 12 positions with housings to secure and protect the terminated components. Custom housings are also available to allow for automatic pick and place processes.


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On October 3, 2014, the electronic interconnector manufacturer, Molex, introduced their new Temp-Flex FEP Flat-Ribbon Cable. This new cable will be the only FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene) on the market that meets specific military specification requirements for M49055/11 and M49055/12. Designed especially for harsh environment use, the Temp-Flex FEP flat-ribbon cable is able to tolerate high temperatures, high flexure, abrasion, and chemical exposure better than Polyvinyl Chloride and Thermoplastic Elastomers products. Such environments include rugged and extensive use in military aircraft instruments and industrial equipment.


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Headquartered in Tuchen, New Taipei Taiwan, and founded in 1974, Foxconn Technology Group is the world’s largest electronics contractor manufacturer. Producing a large variety of electronic products such as Motherboards, Chassis, Card Readers, Graphics Cards, LCD Monitors, and Power Supplies, many well-known brands of today have or are using Foxconn to produce their own products. Such brands include Acer, Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Google, Toshiba, Sony, Amazon, Nintendo, Blackberry Ltd., and Hewlett-Packard. Mainstream consumer electronic products that are manufactured by Foxconn include the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and the Wii U. In addition to electronic products, Foxconn is also a major manufacture of electronic connectors including Board-to-Board Connectors, Cable Assemblies, Fiber Optics, I/O Connectors, PCB Connectors, and Switches. Foxconn’s electronics manufacturing services reach the worldwide market. The company has factories in China, Brazil, Europe, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea, and the United States. All combined, Foxconn’s factories produce approximately 40 percent of all consumer electronics sold worldwide.


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Since the company’s establishment in 1932, Amphenol Corporation has become a major manufacturer of electronic connectors, fiber optic connectors, cable systems, and interconnect systems. Headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, Amphenol Corporation first started out producing tube sockets for radio tubes. It was not until World War II that the company was recognized a leader in the connector industry as Amphenol Corporation became the principal producer of connectors used in military hardware. In present day, Amphenol Corporation is a worldwide manufacturer that serves consumers, businesses, and OEMs in a variety of industries such as automotive, broadband, IT, industrial, medical, and military alike. Their massive product line varies from CATV connectors to HD-optyx to PT/LC connector assemblies. Amphenol Corporation has also been a producer of world first products such as the inventions of the MIL-DTL-38999 cylindrical connector and the BNC connector. The U.S. Military regularly awards Amphenol Corporation with defense contracts to support the Air Force, Navy, and the Army. In 2012, the U.S. Military awarded Amphenol Corporation over 9 government defense contracts with a total combined award amount of over $1,000,000.


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TE Connectivity, Ltd. is an electronic component designer and manufacture located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and Berwyn, Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 2007 after Tyco International was split, resulting in two major companies, Tyco Electronic Ltd. and Covidien to become separate entities. The publically traded company Tyco Electronics Ltd. was renamed to TE Connectivity on March 10, 2011. Traded on the NYSE and S&P 500, TE Connectivity serves over 150 countries with 100,000 employees and has met yearly revenues of over $14 Billion.


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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, or DuPont, is an enormous American company, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. With $35.7 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2013 and approximately 70,000 employees, DuPont is the third largest chemical company in the world manufacturing with seven primary business segments: agriculture (32% of sales), performance chemicals (19%), performance materials (18%), safety & protection (11%), nutrition & health (10%), industrial biosciences (3%), and electronics & communications (7%).


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Panasonic Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers in the electronics, semiconductor, and home appliance industries. Established in 1918 and Headquartered in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan, the publically traded company has since become a worldwide name brand in a variety of electronic products. With competitors such as Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba, and Canon, Panasonic has still been able to remain competitive in the industry meeting over $75 billion in yearly revenue.


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The company’s history of innovation runs still deeper. In 1911, Kettering invented the first viable electric starter, derived from a cash register motor, which were used by Cadillac in 1912. In 1915, he invented the Delco-Light, a portable internal combustion power and light generator intended for those without access to the electrical grid system. In 1918, General Motors acquired United Motors Company which contained Delco, among other manufacturers. In 1985, GM merged Delco Electronics with Hughes Aircraft to form Hughes Electronics Corporation as an independent subsidiary. In 1930, Delco developed the Cold Carburetion System, an auto carburetion system functioning as both a standard carburetor and a fuel injection system. In 1956, the company invented a transistorized hybrid signal-seeking car radio using both vacuum tubes and transistors in its circuitry.


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Headquartered in Plano, Texas and incorporated in 1959, Diodes Inc. is a global manufacturer of a vast array of application specific standard electronics, including diodes, rectifiers, transistors, MOSFETs (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors), protection devices, functional specific arrays, single gate logic, amplifiers and comparators, Hall-effect and temperature sensors; power management devices, including LED drivers, AC/DC converters and controllers, DC/DC switching and linear voltage regulators, and voltage references; and specialty devices including USB power switches, load switches, voltage supervisors, and motor controllers.


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Working out of Everett, Washington, Fluke Electronics is a prominent manufacturer of industrial testing equipment. The company provides testing and troubleshooting solutions to the manufacturing and service industries with every new office, retail operation, bank, hospital, or manufacturing facility being a potential client for Fluke. Fluke Electronics was founded in 1948 by John Fluke—a former General Electric employee and former roommate of David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard. Since 1998, Fluke has been operating as the Test & Measurement Division of Washington, D.C.-based Danaher Corporation. Field applications of Fluke Electronics technologies include:


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